The Bands

Blackfoot Gypsies

The Blackfoot Gypsies have unleashed a set of original roadhouse rockin' tunes with To the Top, on Plowboy Records. The Nashville, Tennessee based powerhouse quartet demonstrate raucous energy and soul on this collection delivering their take on white-knuckled rock'n'roll.

Blackfoot Gypsies

Ona

Ona is an indie-rock band comprised of longtime friends Brad Goodall (Keys), Bradley Jenkins (Vocals/Guitar), Zach Johnston (Bass), Max Nolte (Drums), and Zack Owens (Guitar). The band formed in late 2013 and are based in Huntington, WV.

Ona

Drift Mouth

Originally conceived as a retirement gift for Lou Poster's father upon his completion of 37 years mining for Consolidated Coal in West Virginia, the first recording that would become the foundation for Drift Mouth was made in 2006. Poster and drummer Brad Swiniarski had met playing shows together in previous bands (Poster in Grafton, Swiniarski in Bob City, the Means, Bigfoot) but had never worked together in a writing/recording environment. The result was a collection of covers (Dark as a Dungeon) and originals (Loveridge is Burning) that captured a modern yet decidedly time-arrested feel, like an old photograph that somehow hasn't faded or yellowed. Or perhaps a faded yellow photograph of something you thought was brand new. As sometimes happens with projects like these, once the sessions were finished the completed work was delivered to its intended audience of one, and shelved for later. Eight years later, as it turns out.

After several years of touring and recording with the ear-crushing cowpunk Grafton, Poster was looking for a different kind of project. He had already formed the Ferals with Lara Yazvac (Tough and Lovely) and Victoria Mahnke. As the Ferals schedule slowed down in 2013, he approached Swiniarski about reviving their collaboration.

As the conversations turned into practices, more pieces were added to the group: Mark Spurgeon, Craig Davidson, Josh “Roscoe” Draher, and Regan Tonti. More ideas were invited in, and the sounds grew to include multi-part harmonies and layered guitars. Over the years, inevitable lineup changes have taken place—eventually, bass was picked up by Eric Johnson, while slide and rhythm guitar duties were taken over by Brett Burleson.

How the band's sound has developed is a testament to the musical abilities of some of Columbus Ohio’s finest talent; it has shed the protective layers of punk fuzz and bombast while maintaining a decidedly individual sensibility, yet is still well-stocked on the malaise and unique mindset of Appalachian and Midwest small town denizens. From the opening-track hooks of WAKE YOU UP and STARLING to the lovelorn laments THE PRETTIEST GIRL OF ALL TIME and THIS PART OF TOWN, this collection of songs represents the opening salvo from a band that celebrates its rock and roll roots by digging with pick and shovel in the soil on which they feed. And it’s about time.

Drift Mouth

Jake Dunn and The Blackbirds

Originally from Pomeroy, Ohio, lead singer and primary songwriter, Jake Dunn writes with a familiar Midwestern heart, singing about life, love, and loss. The group features guitar work influenced heavily by acts like The Outlaws and Lynyrd Skynyrd, yet retains the subtleties and songwriting talent of artists like Waylon Jennings and Willie Nelson. Their sound, held together by a solid yet ambitious rhythm section, sits somewhere in between Americana and Roots Rock, focusing heavily on lyrics and musicianship.

Jake Dunn and The Blackbirds

Cutler Station

Cutler Station loves you. They love playing for you. They love making music for you. They love designing t-shirts and fanny packs for you. They also love each other. Being friends for 20+ years will do that to someone. These guys have been in various tribes together since the late 90’s and you’d have a hard time finding a musical phrase that they couldn’t finish together. The deep catalog of original songs is a wonderful treat from these foul mouthed indie rockers. CAUTION: DO NOT APPROACH UNLESS YOU WANNA MAKE A NEW FRIEND. These turds don’t mind melting a country backbeat with some synth driven guitar jangles and then flipping it on it’s head like a fresh pizza pie in a box. Open it up and that’s what you have in Cutler Station. A smattering of various toppings, sauce dripping everywhere, and a dough that can keep it mostly together.

Cutler Station

Flat Tracker

We're a rock and roll band based out of Huntington, WV. Playing shows in the Tri-State

Flat Tracker

The Settlement

The Settlement is establishing themselves as one of the region’s premiere jam bands. With new members in the band, new venues in the books, and new music on the horizon, they have had a successful 2018. Beyond the Tri-State, the band has spread their influence as far North as Toledo, Ohio and as far South as Charlotte, North Carolina. Whether you are from near or far, whether you are young or old, black or white, red or blue, The Settlement is here for you. The Settlement is all about: having a good time, encouraging people to shake what their momma gave em’, and they always remind you to be yourself.

The Settlement

Micah Kesselring

Micah Kesselring, 24, has performed blues music since he was 14 years old. Raised in the Appalachia foothills of southeastern Ohio, Kesselring quickly made his way onto the Columbus blues music scene after playing smaller hometown shows, and became acquainted with the Columbus Blues Alliance.

Micah Kesselring

Hayfield & Crow

Hayfield & Crow songs are a lot like someone trying to look on the bright side whilst watching their house burn down around them. With the self-recorded and self-released album "Sunday Hangovers" the group delved into basic, sturdy song structures coupled with ringing harmonies and direct messages. Three years later, the group breaks new ground with a studio album that stands on its own. With songs ranging from hard rock to painfully delicate folk, the track listing shows countless influences, but remains unequivocally Hayfield & Crow. With the addition of musicians to fill out rhythm and live vocals, the group is currently writing their third album.

Hayfield & Crow

Joshua Lee

After 14 years of fifteen-passenger vans, tour buses, and side man gigs, Joshua Lee left Nashville with his young family and headed to West Virginia, trading screaming fans for screaming kids. After a difficult transition, Lee nearly left the music life behind entirely, but he began to write again and in doing so found his own musical voice. In his old life, Lee might have sought collaborators to start a band, but having difficulty finding enough like-minded musicians, he focused instead on discovering himself as a solo artist, something he’d never tried before. Playing solo shows in the Ohio Valley area led to a new confidence in his ability as a singer-songwriter and to a new group of musical collaborators.

On his debut EP, Promise Land (June 2017), Joshua wrestles with questions of loss and cautiously reaches for hope rather than despair. Recorded mostly at home, and self-produced along with Trae Gunter (Guitars, Randy Montana, Jacob Thomas Jr.), he finds himself searching for his own sound by mining the territories of folk rock and heartland rock and blending in synths and ambient guitars. Hints of The National supplement more traditional song forms in the spirit of Ryan Adams and Tom Petty.

Joshua Lee

OYO

Born on the banks of the Ohio River, Oyo began as a weekly jam session at the justAjar print shop in Marietta, Ohio. And like that big muddy river, Oyo is fed by many influences and tributaries upstream - American folk music, bluegrass, old school country, and rock & roll.

OYO

John Kunze

Country music singer/songwriter. 2016 winner of the Country Showdown Ohio/West Virginia Finals

John Kunze

Ben Davis Jr. & The Revelry

Ben Davis Jr. understands what it takes to connect with a large audience of people through the vibrant stories he tells over the microphone and the music from his guitar. For the past two years, this singer-songwriter has been meeting, greeting and playing for hundreds of fans of his alt-country/Americana music both solo and with his three-piece band, thrilling audiences from the live-stage right across the US nation.

Ben Davis Jr. & The Revelry