The Whiskey Farm, Evan Murdock, Russ Thompson

The Whiskey Farm

The Whiskey Farm is an Americana and folk rock back from Madison, Wisconsin. Formed in 2010,the band released their first record, Middle of America, in 2011 and in 2012 won the Madison Area Music Award (MAMA) for Best Americana/Folk song for the lead track, “If I Were You.” The Onion A.V. Club described The Whiskey Farm as “straddling the line between bluegrass and folk, blending technical wows with accessible songwriting for very pop-minded Americana.” The Americana Gazette wrote that they have “great tunes, killer hooks, and fantastic harmonies,” and The Isthmus called them “a big boost for the little music scene thriving here in the middle of America.” The band features multi-instrumentalists and layered harmonies in lyric-driven songs. In 2013, The Whiskey Farm won the MAMA for Best Ensemble Vocals, and they released their second full-length album, From the Still. Their third record, Book of Matches (2015) was described by Local Sounds as “another fine recording that exemplifies the Midwestern ethos.” The Whiskey Farm will release an EP of protest music called Songs of Resistance at the High Noon Saloon on June 28.

Evan Murdock

Evan Murdock grew up with two favorite records - Pete Seeger, and the Songs of The Humpback Whales. Try though he will, he's utterly failed to live up to the standards of either of those great singers, however lately he's been backed up by a number of fantastic musicians who have managed to make his songs sound pretty good.

His first album, Feel Bad No More, was recorded in a 100-year-old barn over a weekend. It's not the easiest way to cut a record. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat.

Russ Thompson

Russ Thompson is a singer-songwriter whose acoustic sound is a cross section of American music. Starting as a multi-instrumentalist in rock/Americana band Goodmornings out of Sacramento, CA, then performing as a solo musician in Chicago, Russ continues to refine his sound on his return back home to Wisconsin.

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