The Matchsellers

The Matchsellers

The Matchsellers are Andrew Morris and Julie Bates. The project began when Morris (Warsaw, Indiana) and Bates (Kansas City, MO) met in Leipzig, Germany. While working as ex-pats, the duo began musically reanalyzing the folk forms of their homeland in the decaying buildings of East Germany. In this environment, they developed a new kind of alternative bluegrass. The music is stuck somewhere between the electric blues of Chicago and the bluegrass of Kentucky, and has acquired the filth and abandonment of post-communist, ex-patriot life.

JT and The Beercookies

Singer/Songwriter James Thomas hails from the heart of the Midwest in Kansas City and has been writing songs and performing on the road since 2000. After four albums, a few No. 1 hits on indie radio and moderate success with the band Unified Front (2000-2005), Thomas spent the first months in his solo career in finding new musical stylings.

In winter of 2005, his first attempt came in the form of a haunting, bare-bones acoustic EP titled, “Safe In Sound,” which he mainly sold exclusively at local coffee house shows around the Kansas City area. He then debuted his first full-fledged studio album, “Redemption” in 2009. In the album, James Thomas looks to express his spiritual journey through honest lyrics and catchy melodies.

James filled his band out adding Emily Soetaert (vocals), Todd Davidson (bass), Mark Olson (drums), Chris Jackson (guitar, vocals) and Brian Soetaert (keys, banjo, misc.). The band spontaneously formed into its own small cohesive unit after playing a few small venues consistently for a year or so.

His latest project with The Beer Cookies is titled, "Ballad of the Sinners and Saints," where Thomas looks to put together a storyboard of live performances over a span of a few months, infused with local artists and musicians.



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