FoCoMx 9: Write Minded w/ Gasoline Lollipops, Edison, The Grant Farm, King Cardinal, Lindsey O'Brien Band and Guerrilla Radio

FoCoMx 9: Write Minded w/ Gasoline Lollipops, Edison, The Grant Farm, King Cardinal, Lindsey O'Brien Band and Guerrilla Radio

Sat, April 29, 2017

Doors: 5:00 pm / Show: 6:00 pm

Hodi's Half Note

Fort Collins, CO

Free With FoCoMx Wristband

Write Minded
Write Minded
Write Minded was born when Sam and Jesse branched from a local hip-hop collective and began focusing on acoustic hip-hop. Jonah Greene hopped on the scene incorporating rhythm with drum and bongos. TurtleBear and Forrester merged with the crew from a short-lived psychedelic funk-rock band, and Wilson slid right in bringing tasty keys and synths synonymous with electronic hip-hop.
These six musicians got together in hopes of putting together a wild set for a show that ended up falling through. However, what formed out of the experience was way more valuable.
Things took off for the power group after the release of the Write Minded Demo. The band continued to write new material and just one year later, has released their debut album, "Eye Above".
Write Minded continues to develop a unique and undefinable blend of Hip-Hop, Funk, Reggae, Rock, etc. that captivates all listeners.
Gasoline Lollipops
Gasoline Lollipops
Gasoline Lollipops – winner of Denver Westword's 2016 award for Best Country Artist – is a Colorado band that combines the sincerity of dirt-floor folk with the rebelliousness of punk. It's an all-new incarnation of alt-country that's both high-energy and heartfelt, like the American highway's soundtrack.

The Boulder quartet, led by singer-songwriter Clay Rose, has been honored to open for some phenomenal national acts recently, including Lucero; Todd Snider & The Hard Working Americans; the Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Robert Earl Keen; Junior Brown and Dale Watson.

2014,2015 and 2016 brought numerous awards and accolades for Gasoline Lollipops, including being selected to play six showcases in Austin during SXSW; getting voted Boulder's best band in the Colorado Daily's 2014 and 2015 polls; winning Denver Westword's aforementioned 2016 award for Best Country Artist; being selected as one of only six bands across Colorado for the highly coveted SpokesBUZZ Emerging Artists Incubator program; and winning the Oskar Blues Battle of the Bands in 2015.

Gasoline Lollipops has also been on the bills of a number of great live music festivals, including the Westword Music Showcase; NedFest; Bohemian Nights @ New West Fest; UMS Denver; Frozen Dead Guy Days; the Divide Festival; Higher Ground Music Festival; Empire Americana; FoCoMX; BolderBoulder 10K; Boulder Creek Festival; Boulder's Big Hootenanny (A Conscious Alliance event); and others.
Edison
Edison
Edison—singer/guitarist Sarah Slaton, drummer/vocalist/trumpeter/mandolinist Dustin Morris, and Grammy nominated guitarist Maxwell Hughes (formerly of The Lumineers)—is a dynamic acoustic trio from Colorado which has quickly emerged as a unique musical force. Edison's liltingly melodic, emotionally resonant songs are filled with vivid storytelling, playful harmonies, and irresistible hooks. Although they've only been a band since 2014, they've already built a substantial national fan base, thanks to the their upbeat, high-energy live shows and tireless touring efforts. In addition to countless club gigs, they've earned attention at such music-industry conferences as SXSW, CMJ and Folk Alliance International.
The Grant Farm
The Grant Farm
Grant Farm is a band on a mission. Lead by National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grant (Emmitt/Nershi Band), the talented four-piece is built on the foundation of love, family and the joy of music. The Grant Farm train stops at all the stations on North American roots music line, and is not afraid to let the whistle scream with some blistering jams. After a several solid seasons of touring Coast-to-Coast behind their eponymous debut CD, Grant Farm (Grant Central Records, 2012) audiences everywhere are a-buzz with the Roots, Rock and Cris-Co statement that Grant Farm brings to every performance.

Former members of Leftover Salmon, The Drew Emmitt Band, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Bill Nershi's Blue Planet and Hot Soup, these fine young players have been featured on stage with the likes of The String Cheese Incident, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Motet, Head For The Hills, Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tim O'Brien, Dumpstaphunk, Tony Rice, Larry Keel, Keller Williams, Jon Oates, Gillian Welch and David Rawlings, Disco Biscuits, Abigail Washburn and Peter Rowan.

The seeds of Grant Farm were planted in 2009 by Tyler Grant and Andy Thorn. Tyler was fresh off the boat from Nashville, TN and Andy from Chapel Hill, NC. The duo found themselves in Boulder, CO as members of The Emmitt-Nershi Band, and were eager to showcase some of their original music. When Tyler gave his notice to ENB at the end of 2010 he was driven to make a bigger statement with his music so he dusted off his Telecaster, rounded up a core band, plugged in, turned up, and watched the sprouts of the Grant Farm concept grow.

With the help of Thorn and stellar bassist Keith Moseley of The String Cheese Incident, the electric Grant Farm started rehearsing in early 2011. Their concerts in Denver, Boulder and the mountains beyond caused a ripple in the local music scene that led to some fine festival plays the following Summer, including Yarmonygrass, Four Corners Folk Festival, NedFest, Fort Collins Bark n' Bluegrass, Riverfront, and Harvestival. With a country-disco (Cris-Co), roots-rock, booty-shakin' jam-tastic concept fully formed, Grant Farm prepared to annihilate audiences across the country.

The permanent lineup of Grant Farm is Tyler "The Champ" Grant on electric guitar and vocals, uber-talented Adrian "ACE" Engfer on bass and vocals, rock solid Sean "Magic" Macaulay on drums and the phenomenally prodigious Kevin McHugh on keyboards. Look for them Spring and Summer 2015 at a Festival near you. Look for the Plowin Time album from Grant Central Records on CD, Vinyl, iTunes, and DSD Pure formats. Also check out Meeting on the Mountain on iTunes. C'mon, it's PLOWIN' TIME!

Grant Farm, based in Boulder, boasts some of the ablest musicians not only in the state of Colorado, but in the nation. Their talent was plain to see (and hear) during their performance in our CPR Performance Studio - Daniel Mescher, Colorado Public Radio

Attacking the album as a band gave way to the cohesive and natural sound of the songs, but high-end equipment and lots of labor resulted in a staggeringly rich recording. "Plowin' Time" elevates the band's solid twang-rock sound to enviable levels - Brian Turk, Marquee Magazine
King Cardinal
King Cardinal
Any flannel-clad Bon Iver disciple can pick up an acoustic guitar and throw together a few bleeding-heart tunes dealing with well-worn folk tropes like love, loss and atonement. But only a select few can dig deep enough to transform cliche into palpable, gut-wrenching feeling. Enter Brennan Mackey, brainchild behind Denver-based alt-folk outfit King Cardinal.

On King Cardinal's debut EP, released January 2014, Mackey operated largely as a solo enterprise, relying on strong storytelling and sparse instrumentation to craft an alt-folk identity clearly following the footsteps of elder statesmen like Bill Callahan and Greg Brown. King Cardinal's sophomore release, "Once A Giant", finds Mackey confidently spreading his wings from singer-songwriter into full-fledged band leader, enlisting the services of bassist Kramer Kelling, drummer Scott Roush (both of Denver mainstays Rossonian and The Raven and The Writing Desk), and pedal-steel virtuoso Jamie Mitchell, all while stretching into a sound more reminiscent of The Band or The Flying Burrito Brothers.

Recorded predominantly live in Roush and Kramer's living room, and mixed and mastered by long-time Denver recording stalwarts John Macy and Randy LeRoy, "Once A Giant" is a lush and nuanced six-song EP that effortlessly meanders between moments of haunting poignancy and humble triumph. And while the songs may deal with timelessly familiar themes like regret, resolution and redemption, Mackey summons enough heart and understated emotion to deliver a composition that feels intensely real and adds a much-welcomed layer of depth to King Cardinal's already strong alt-folk foundation.



Members

Brennan Mackey l Vocals, Guitar, Banjo

Scott Roush l Drums

Andrew Porter l Bass

Ben Waligoske l Pedal Steel

Texanna Dennie l Vocals
Guerrilla Radio
Guerrilla Radio
All local artists of the Fort Collins/Denver music scene, joined to pay tribute to the righteous band of our generation, and to continue the movement of awareness and consciousness through music.
Popular for their high energy sets and hard-hitting, accurate renditions.
Venue Information:
Hodi's Half Note
167 N College Ave
Fort Collins, CO, 80524
http://www.hodishalfnote.com/