Alt-Country / Rock
The Miners + Red Means Run
118 North Wayne Ave
Wayne, PA, 19087
This event is 21 and over
The Miners are an original alt country band based in Philadelphia, PA. Originally formed in
2007, The Miners are known for their country-infused, alt country originals influenced by the
likes of Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, Gram Parsons, and Merle Haggard. Co-founded by Keith
Marlowe (lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitar), the current line-up also includes Gregg
Hiestand (bass), Vaughn Shinkus (drums, backing vocals) and a rotating cast of local pedal steel,
lap steel and electric guitar players.
The Miners debut six-song EP, Miner’s Rebellion, was released in November 2012 to critical
acclaim and notable airplay including a featured write-up on No Depression, inclusion (2X) on
Bill Frater’s legendary podcast, Freight Train Boogie, and praise from alt country/Americana
blogs both in the U.S. and overseas (UK & Netherlands) where it was named a Top-10 release
for 2013 by Adobe & Teardrops, was chosen as the #1 Debut Release of 2013 by the blog
Popa’s Tunes, and a Best of 2013 by UK radio show Standing in the Shadows of Lev. The
Miners will begin working on their follow up full length album in November 2018.
The Miners live shows feature their originals plus a few tasty classic/alt country covers. The
Miners purposely limit their live shows to a half dozen or so per year at a variety of
Philadelphia’s top venues including World Café Live and MilkBoy Center City. For the past
four years, The Miners host a sold-out benefit at World Café Live (upstairs) raising money for
breast cancer charities.
Red Means Run
“He told me, red means run, son, numbers add up to nothin'”
“We lifted the name from Neil Young’s Powderfinger.” says Ryan Wells, singer/guitarist of the Philadelphia based roots rock band, Red Means Run. “After months of going back and forth, we were reduced to stealing. And we figured if you’re going to steal, do so from one of the all-time greats.”
Red Means Run hit the Philadelphia music scene in September 2013 with the release of their debut EP “When All Things Are Said And Done” which features 4 original songs of love, loss, redemption and heartache.
“I like to think of them as country western songs with a lot of distortion,” notes Wells.
The independently produced EP was recorded over 3 days at Philadelphia’s Milkboy Studios with the band playing live in the same room with minimal takes and overdubs.
“It was important for us to keep the recording process as straightforward and real as we could. We wanted the songs to sound loose and a little raw,” says lead guitarist, Jim McKay.
Musically, “When All Things Are Said And Done” is nod towards alt country greats such as Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown and The Bottlerockets, but retains an identity all it’s own.
“I think the EP captures the range of the band well – it’s rock n roll with a little 70’s in there but it’s also got some twang without really being country” explains Wells.
Red Means Run was formed in 2012 when bassist Craig Newschaffer assembled a session with Wells, McKay and drummer Denis Golden – all of whom he had met at different times over the last few years.
“I met Ryan a few years back and Jim and Denis more recently and thought things might click,” says Newschaffer. “So, I contacted them all and got everyone together in a room and luckily things did.”
“We’ve all played in various bands in the past so we had a lot of experience going in,” adds Golden. “It had been a few years since Ryan was in a band, so he had a lot of material ready to go. So, things have come together pretty quickly”.
Since the release of “When All Things Are Said And Done”, Red Mean Run have taken their guitar-fueled approach to Americana to local venues such as Milkboy, The Legendary Dobbs, The Fire, The Grape Room , Melodies Café and the Voltage Lounge and have garnered support from local media outlets such as Rock On Philly.
“It’s been a lot of fun to get the songs out of the studio and to play them live. The reception has been great” explains McKay.
“The sound of the band is evolving” adds Wells. “We’re working on new songs and hope to get back into the studio soon for a follow up”.
"All Things Said And Done" is available exclusively at www.redmeansrun.bandcamp.com.