A Day In The Country
Red Meat, Rivals of the Peacemaker, Cropduster, Majors Junction, The Lawrence Peters Outfit, Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band, Country Doctors, Al Scorch’s Country Soul Ensemble, Angela James, Western Elstons, Hat Stretchers, Cajun Vagabonds
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
Doors 1:00 PM / Show 2:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
A Day In The Country
Now in its seventh year, this beloved festival features the best country music that Chicago has to offer, including honky tonk, bluegrass, string band, countrypolitan, Cajun, and beyond.
The 2013 lineup gives place-of-pride to the incredible Red Meat, who will be bringing their hardcore, Bakersfield-style honky tonk all the way from San Francisco, CA.
Don’t miss this full day of live country music, Southern cooking, home-made pie, drinking, dancing and socializing- all in the friendliest venue in town.
A DAY IN THE COUNTRY #7
Southern cooking by The Roost
Homemade pie from Cheap Tart Bakery
Front porch stage:
2:00pm- 2:30pm Cajun Vagabonds
2:45pm- 3:15pm Hat Stretchers
3:30pm- 4:00pm Western Elstons
4:15pm- 4:45pm Angela James
5:00pm- 5:30pm Al Scorch’s Country Soul Ensemble
5:45pm- 6:15pm Country Doctors
6:30pm- 7:00pm Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band
7:15pm- 7:45pm The Lawrence Peters Outfit
8:00pm- 9:00pm Red Meat
9:15pm- 9:45pm Majors Junction
10:00pm- 10:30pm Cropduster
10:45pm- 11:15pm Rivals of the Peacemaker
Red Meat began in a Mission District garage in 1993. But they trace their musical roots much farther back – to the hard honky tonk songs of their youths in Iowa, Missouri, Oklahoma, and Ohio, as well as the rock music of the 60s and 70s that they grew up with. Throw in the Ozark gospel harmonies from Scott Young's childhood, and you have the basic backbone of the Red Meat sound. It was this sound that they unleashed on an unsuspecting San Francisco still reeling from the demise of a strong 80s punk rock scene. And in a city known for its unusual music and its off-kilter bands, Red Meat did the craziest thing yet: they returned to their roots, writing and performing hard Bakersfield-style country music to sometimes dumbfounded early audiences.
"Back when we started, nobody was playing this kind of music at all", explains Smelley Kelley, "We'd go into a bar, play our set, and win over these rockers and punk kids. Now it's become a lot more normal to see a country band in a Bay Area bar." And San Francisco now boasts one of the most vibrant twang scenes in America. After hundreds of gigs, five albums, national tours, European dates, sharing the stage with their idol Buck Owens and many other national acts, backing rockabilly legend Wanda Jackson on a tour of California, and movie and television soundtracks, Red Meat has found its place as one of the pre-eminent honky tonk bands in California. It's a lot of progress for five expatriate Midwesterners who found their muse in San Francisco so long ago. And with the release of their fifth album, "Live At the World's Smallest Honky Tonk", don't look for the progress to end anytime soon.
Rivals of the Peacemaker
Chicago has always been a notorious place for artists and outlaws. A city of grit and noise, set between the great lakes and the great plains. The kind of place that could bring together an eclectic group of musicians like Rivals of the Peacemaker.
Rivals are all about their roots - loving Emmylou Harris and Motorhead in the same breath, steeping themselves in the history of their heroes, and bringing a fierce loyalty to each other and to their passion for Americana music.
The band blends foot stomping energy with rich textures and harmonies and driving rhythms. Fronted by singer/songwriter Alex Watson, and layering harmonies with guitarist Billy Watson(vocals/guitar) the two personify rowdy and romantic. Bringing in players on lap steel, harmonica, banjo, madolin, and more, Rivals of the Peacemaker weave stories of rebels and sweethearts, heartbreaks and revenge.
The band has built a solid foundation on original music, a few choice covers and a rip roarin live show. Rivals have been featured artists on the Shure Give it Voice Tour, Do312, Rukus Radio, Q106 Country Showdown and are currently booking a midwest summer tour. Their debut album will be completed in April 2011
Four pickers trying to make Chicago safe for traditional honky-tonk country music.
Rich textures created by the band have been described as “Plush Lonesome Western Blues”. Attracting a listener base whose musical taste transcends different genres, Majors Junction produces a diverse meld of country honky-tonk blues with folk undertones and hints of bluegrass pickin' and good old rock & roll. It is a unique sound that celebrates individuality and hard work, two qualities the band shares with its hometown of Chicago.
The Lawrence Peters Outfit
The Lawrence Peters Outfit is a scrappy honky tonk band from Chicago, with a sound that is deep-rooted in the country music traditions of Webb Pierce, Jimmy Martin, Hank Williams Sr., Harlan Howard, Dwight Yoakam and Ola Belle Reed. Lawrence Peters sings and plays snare drum, leading the band through his finely crafted originals, and cherry-picked classics. The Outfit includes Matt Gandurski on lead guitar, Dave Sisson on rhythm guitar, and Josh Piet on upright bass.
Bubbly Creek Bluegrass Band
Old 'Dan was born back in Detroit, Malloy just an Okie they say, Andy fiddles from Missouri, the bass man's just a pain in the "eh"......
The Country Doctors founded their practice in 2001. They refer to themselves as an “alt-classic-neo-traditionalist-honkabilly band.” Their roots are in the heartfelt repertoire of country musicians who played and sang with a purity of emotion often lacking in the genre today, while at the same time embracing contemporary artists who share a similar approach to country music.
They’re easy to find as they play many venues and festivals in and around the Chicago area. In 2011 they opened Country Music Day at Taste of Chicago which culminated with a classic performance by Loretta Lynn and her band. That year, they were also nominated for a Chicago Music Award as Best Country-Western Entertainer. They have two albums on the independent Medical Records label.
Al Scorch’s Country Soul Ensemble
Since 2004 Al Scorch and Co. have played an original banjo driven style of music rooted in the old-time string bands of the 1930s influenced by Romani folk music, country song-writers and 21st century punk. After years of musically slaving in the sweat sodden basements and dingy living rooms of the country, they have been plucked from obscurity by the benevolent corporate overlords at HEWHOCORRUPTS INC. March 31st sees the release of Al Scorch and the Country Soul Ensemble's new full length Tired Ghostly Town to cassette tape by HWC INC.
Singer-songwriter Angela James' music is clearly influenced by the strong voices of country/folk music in the 60s & 70s - Patsy Cline, Tammy Wynette, Sammi Smith, Linda Rondstadt, etc., but spacious and often experimental arrangements lend a modern, edgy & brooding feel to her songs. James' debut EP, Down and Out, was released in November of 2012 and received a 4-star review from Time Out Chicago: "In her hands, Americana is something best delivered with care, slowed to a crawl and unspooled gently, yielding dusty, delicate passages that put you in a sleepy honky-tonk... Far from down and out, these songs suggest an artist on the up and up."
She is currently putting the finishing touches on her first full-length record, Way Down Deep, which features collaborators across several different Chicago musical communities and was recorded in three different locations.
For this show she'll be joined by co-producers of the record: Jordan Martins (bass, steel guitar, and lead guitar) & Charles Rumback (drums) with a couple of special guest stars.
Primitive Country With Questionable Attitude
Rick Sherry, guitar/vocals/harp
John Hasbrouck, banjo/mando/vocals
Jon Williams, fiddle/accordian/vocals
The Cajun Vagabonds play traditional Cajun and Zydeco music with an occasional rock, funk, or swing classic. The band generates the perfect mix of dance-oriented music for dances, festivals, parties, and other events where people want to enjoy a dance groove. High energy and spontaneity are distinctive features of a Cajun Vagabond performance.
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