CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY
CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY is a high-energy "Brass 'n' Grass" quintet from Wichita, KS. The band, whose sound has been described as “...a stagecoach in overdrive”, has brought their eclectic blend of bluegrass, ska, punk, and dixieland to packed clubs, basements, and festivals across the US since their inception in the spring of 2007.
CNS has built a solid following playing 49 states and 8 countries with their energetic live show and ability to fit on the bill with acts ranging from bluegrass to rockabilly; punk to ska. Thoughtful songwriting is delivered through unique arrangements and unconventional instrumentation. Throaty vocals charge over percussive guitar rhythms. Breakneck mandolin solos melt into blaring trombone and trumpet lines, while the standup bass and charging drums churn out driving rhythms that carry the force of a Kansas freight train.
The band’s DIY mentality is shown through their self-recorded albums, self-published music, self-booked tours, and a community of local and regional visual artists that illustrate the band’s distinctly grassroots approach. CNS has been pounding the highways and byways of this great country (and others) for over 14 years now, bringing their songs and stories to thousands. Always providing a high energy, drink’em down atmosphere to any place they play, CNS has proven a dedication to their live shows with a solid understanding of what live entertainment really means.
W.D. MILLER is the country soundtrack to the deep South’s oldest roots. W.D. hones in on earnest storytelling and song craft, keeping in the tradition of country and folk songwriters. Channeling equal parts John Prine and Merle Haggard with a dash of Tom Waits, his honky-tonk country hymns and folky ballads keep boots stomping and tears flowing, whether touring through Germany or taking a full ensemble band on the highways and byways of America’s back roads. W.D.’s solemn guitar chords and gravelly intonations sing to the vagabond, disaffected spirits of country music’s past, while carving a new voice from traditions of rock n’ roll, blues and folk. W.D. MILLER performed at Muddy Roots Festival, Southbound and Down, Festival of the Red as well as regional tours throughout the southeast, proving this is a voice that speaks to the true heart of country and folk music. W.D.'s sophomore album "Hard Times Like These", was released in March 2022.