This is a Boats and Bluegrass 2015 Pre-Party!
Fargo’s own BOOTS is a group of four music veterans coming together to sing songs, pick like hell and entertain the folks of the frozen North.
Featuring 3 unique songwriters in Mark Reitan (mandolin), Rob Ashe (guitar), Nathan Pitcher (guitar) and a powerful one man rhythm section in Travis Atwood (bass), the boys in Boots craft songs arranged with powerful 4 part harmonies and tasty, experienced licks. Drawing from folk, bluegrass, blues, gypsy jazz and outlaw country, the band shows a wide range of influences and taste that helps carve our their place among the modern musical landscape.
After releasing their first EP in December of 2013, Boots hit the road hard in 2014 playing to crowds all over the Northern plains including music festival slots at Big Wu Family Reunion, Revival, and Roots On The Red sharing the stage with incredible talent from all across country (and at least one ocean).
Now with their brand new full-length album “1:30″, recorded and engineered at The Hideaway Studios by Minneapolis recording wizard, Dan Jensen, the boys have 13 new original songs that tighten up their writing and arrangements and feature some killer players and friends in Chris Forsberg (Kind Country, Boys and The Barrels) on fiddle, Johnny ‘Hothands’ Kovarik (Kind Country) on banjo and Rob Schmidt (Battlefields) on brush snare.
Black River Revue is a group of friends from Superior, Wisconsin and Duluth, Minnesota who share a love for all different genres of music. Using a bluegrass instrumentation they have crafted their own sound made up of mostly original music which can be heard on their debut album “Garbage Pickin” (released in April of 2013). Black River Revue’s sophomore album “Spring Thaw” (released June 2014) adds another year of songwriting and live performance experience as well a new band member. With their sights held on the future they will continue to grow their catalog of original tunes for new albums and will keep putting their twist on classic traditional songs and cover tunes.