The Madpolecats, Wrenclaw, State Maps

The Madpolecats

The Madpolecats unique form of entertainment was developed by fusing together traditional bluegrass instruments with reggae/ska/punk influences, making rastabilly music or, skunkgrass. This family band has an arsenal of instruments, and is made of musicians who have played together at roadhouse bars, churches, music festivals, concert halls, fund raising events, benefits, weddings, wakes, and some of the best street corners in Wisconsin.

Blending country harmonies and slithery slide guitars, they create a down-home, backwoods soul shakedown. Wrenclaw captures the longing and redemption of one-horse towns and whistle-stop childhood memories. Dan Walkner’s voice shimmers and growls; his timeless guitar slides and slurs with bottleneck flourishes. Wrenclaw digs deep in gospel, delta, and back-country roots to create captivating moods. The song-writing is emotive yet never sentimental; honest and universal, but never cliche.

State Maps began as a cover band in 2008 under the name "The Brandymans" (short for Brandy Manhattans, a favorite drink of the members at the time). Guitarist Greg Stelzer and bassist/songwriter Mike Wolf found drummer Nick Panka and keyboardist Adam Morstad through a series of Craigslist ads and chance meetings.

In 2011, the group decided to leave behind the wedding band scene and focus their combined 30 years of music performance experience on creating something original. In 2012, State Maps released "Killer Hill Day," their cardinal offering to the universe of recorded music.

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