Thank you to everyone who joined us for our 12th Annual Labor of Love Music Festival!
Two sisters from the midwest, Georgia Rae and Kelly Jo have grown into quite a songwriting team since they began playing together at age 12 and 15. Their sound has grown from the traditional into contemporary Americana flavored with family harmony and youthful energy. 7 time state fiddle champion Georgia Rae and sister lead singer/uke Kelly Jo, are joined by a solid driving rhythm “punk rockin’ momma” on guitar, Joe Burie on bass and Laura Lanza on mandolin.They have been pedaling their recent CDs, "Into Our Own" and "Wingin' It" from Texas to MN and WI, and as east as NC. Their original songs are clever and catchy and evoke good vibes all around.
An award winning four-piece collection of songwriters, David O’Neal, Taylor Shuck, Katie “Didit” Caudill, and Kaitlen Farmer, is Mama Said String Band. Based out of Louisville, KY and established in 2016, Mama Said String Band brings a refreshing reinvention to sounds once forgotten. Individually, each member’s background spans multiple cultures, genres, and styles. Together, they draw influences from Bluegrass, Folk and Americana while focusing on vocal harmonies and contemporary instrumentation.
The Cosmic Western Duo of Jenna & Martin combine classic country sounds, bluegrass techniques, gospel harmonies, and rock rhythms to make their unique sounding music. The band formed in 2016 and soon after bought a short school bus to tour out of.
Both Jenna & Martin are multi-instrumentalists and their live show incorporates several different instruments including guitar, pedal steel, banjo, foot pedals and saxophone. The duo’s favorite type of show to play is at honky tonks where they take turns singing classic country songs and original music. But they also have a way of fitting into lots of different environments with their unique sounding music including churches, coffee shops, jazz restaurants, breweries, and more. The duo brings their vintage inspired Cosmic Western vibes wherever they go and deliver a high-spirited performance every time.
Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the midwest folk scene. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness. With tight soaring three part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night with no intention of slowing down. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music. “We want to surprise our audience from song to song. Rather than creating our music to fit a genre, we allow it to be an outpouring of our own stories and unique sound,” says Isaak, frontman of GMB. Just when you think you have Good Morning Bedlam pegged, they take you in another direction. You will be treated to a haunting waltz, whistling, jazz scatting, and the euphoria of the violin melodies. When it comes to their lyrical storytelling, Isaak says, “We’re desperate to connect to people through the common human experiences that we write about and the exuberance of our live show. People have a lot of choices of how they’ll kick-back, so we intend to deliver a show where they can be free–to share in whatever they need to–joy, grief, anger, gratefulness, or bedlam!”
Early 2016, Good Morning Bedlam signed with Minneapolis record label Last Triumph and released their first full-length album, Prodigal. After showcasing their music at SXSW two years in a row, this four piece released their sophomore album in July of 2018 and continue to tour full-time.
Them Coulee Boyscraft a brand of Americana that blends punk, bluegrass, and rock & roll. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, and drum provide the pulse that drives their original music. In the Fall of 2019 they released their 3rd album Die Happy (Lo-Hi Records), which was produced by Dave Simonett of Trampled By Turtles.
Founded in late 2013, Them Coulee Boys have quickly become a force on the Midwest music scene. Them Coulee Boys live shows are energetic affairs, with a constant passion and sincerity evident in each song they play. Some songs it's an infectious stomp, inviting the listener to dance along. Driving banjo, guitar, mandolin, and bass provide a backdrop for fast-paced narratives about love and life, ordinary or incredible. Other songs leave room for space, with ambient electric banjo and finger picked instrumentation accompany songs dealing with the harsh realities of things we cannot control. These are songs from a band that is not afraid to take chances. These are songs from a band that's comfortable stripped down, or turned way up. These songs are deeply personal and entirely relatable. Maybe that's what makes these songs so easy to sing along with, and these performances so moving. You're invited to feel a whole range of emotions, and that makes for shows that you won't soon forget.