The Apache Relay

The Apache Relay

The Apache Relay was formed by chance in a Nashville college dorm when Michael Ford Jr. (vocals, bass) met Mike Harris (guitar, vocals). Ford Jr. happened to be looking for some musicians to help perform his own music live, when he heard about Harris’ newly formed band, The Apache Relay. Ford Jr. hired the trio, which also included Brett Moore (keys, guitar, mandolin) and Kellen Wenrich (fiddle), to back him at a show and it was immediately evident that the four musicians had a unique chemistry and were on to something special.

The four-­piece released their debut LP titled 1988 in 2009. Produced by Doug Williams, (renowned for his authentically raw approach with the Avett Brothers) the record was lauded by Paste Magazine as one of “The Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009”. The band’s ability to effortlessly blend acoustic sounds with ferocious rock anthem elements only hinted at the band’s capabilities.

Capitalizing on the initial success of their debut with relentless touring, The Apache Relay honed their sound and released their sophomore album American Nomad in April 2011, in the US, via indie stalwart Thirty Tigers. Produced by Neilson Hubbard, the collection of modern roots-­?rock tracks encompassed the eclectic range of influences the band meshed so well; a tinge of Bad Brains, some Suzuki training, jazz lessons, a lot of Beatles’ listening, a knowledge of traditional mountain music, a worship of Phil Spector and the love for the complex but accessible layers of bands like Arcade Fire. A few months later, Ford Jr.’s brother, Ben, joined the band as rhythm guitarist and supporting
vocalist. The brothers had been harmonizing and playing together since the age of 12 and 13, so it was a natural fit.
Since the release of American Nomad, The Apache Relay, who round out their live show with the addition of drummer Aaron Early, have continued their regiment of non-­?stop touring, amassing a fervent fanbase and performing over 100 dates in 2011 alone, including coveted spots opening for Grammy nominated Mumford & Sons, and a breakout performance at Bonnaroo Music Festival. 2012 will see the band continue to tour in support of American Nomad including stops at SXSW, Canadian Music Fest, and Newport Folk Festival. The band’s first Canadian release, American Nomad EP, will be available through Dine Alone Records on March 13, 2012. The EP includes selected tracks from the band’s previous US full-­?length release.
“They've got kind of an Arcade Fire meets boys raised on gospel and Bruce Springsteen approach to what they do, and they're called The Apache Relay. They're a fantastic live band.” -­ Huffington Post

“The Apache Relay’s second album, American Nomad, is an excellent effort from a musically skilled group with evident appreciation for the rich, layered brand of American rock ‘n’ roll that pays homage to the road...” -­Indie Shuffle

Wild Rompit

Over the course of two years, Wild Rompit’s intersection of heart pounding indie rock and gritty vocals has helped them to establish a solid fan base in their hometown of Philadelphia. With two self-releases and subsequent national tours, Wild Rompit has been building a family of fans in clubs, warehouses, art galleries, fields and basements where the inspiring fervor of their live show has garnered them legions of loyal fans.

Brotherhood marked pronounced growth in the band’s songwriting. Wild Rompit’s homegrown roots sound reaches new heights in a youthful, yet wizened tone through songs filled with passionate, raw energy and lyrically honest portrayals of self‐discovery, friendships broken and mended. “You can learn a lot about yourself through your relationships with the people around you,” explains lead singer Blair, “and the songs on Brotherhood are about how far you’d go for those people.”

September Call Up

September Call-Up is the primary vehicle of singer-songwriter Christian Bitto, who released his debut EP “September Call-Up” (released as Christian Bitto – The September Call-Up EP) in early 2012. After assembling a band to perform the songs live, he decided to keep the moniker for future releases and performances. That band includes producer/engineer Jesse Gimbel providing drums both live and in the studio and bassist Niall Hood on stage.

Bitto’s lyrics have been labeled a creative and genuine and lacking cliché. The September Call-UP EP has garnered favorable reviews from fans and critics alike being described as “Honest and organic” with songs that range from quiet fingerpicked narratives to dynamic rock all the while maintaining the lyrical earnestness and honesty that defines Bitto’s music.

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The Apache Relay with Wild Rompit, September Call Up

Wednesday, December 12 · 8:00 PM at North Star Bar