My Mom’s Guitar is a one-man acoustic act. He would be next to nothing without frantically strumming his mom’s guitar so it seemed fitting to be named after the instrument. And contrary to the name, he picks a soulful banjo here and there as well. It would be bluegrass if there were other people in the band and it would be folk if the lyrics were about folks but as one line goes, “you’ve never heard a guy write more songs about himself and his misery, selfish misery.” Though the songs aren’t all about mental illness they are written with that lens. Psychic pain and disappointment in relationships are common themes but relief comes if you’re willing to laugh about how hard life can be. Kick back, relax and hopefully you’ll hear something you can relate to.
Inspired by bands like Blink-182, Weezer, and Green Day as well as other late 80s and early 90s bands in alternative and punk they have been around since September of 2015 and are working on their first full length “Get a Grip.”
Sammy Purviance is an acoustic guitarist, singer-songwriter who has been preforming most of his life, Since moving to the Twin Cities in June Sammy, has been active in the local music scene, playing at Trotters Café and Bakery, Urban Forage, Precision Grind, House of Mercy, Riverview Café, and at many open mikes including Underground Music Café.
Sam, a native Virginian, plays a mix of folk, country, gospel and rock with a distinctive southern style. To the delight of his audiences, Sammy often punctuates his performances with unique, humorous stories from his life.
Sammy is looking forward to his first gig at the Underground Music Café.
Wild Sonflowers (Stephanie Weiland and T Lee) are an acoustic/electric, singer/songwriter duo from Minnesota. They play original songs that blur the boundaries of folk and emo-rock with sweet harmonies. Described as vivid, focused and engaging, they are newcomers that have a story to tell. From silly to serious, it’s immediately clear the duo loves to convey a message.
Minnesota songwriter Erik Ritland conjures the Band, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Wilco, and the Beatles. His vision of organic rock n’ roll includes various shades of folk, country, and alternative rock.
His first band, Floating Bridge, was a presence in the Twin Cities music scene from 2005-2011. They played many memorable gigs, including shows with legendary Minnesota musicians Mark Mallman and the Urban Hillbilly Quartet. Notable venues they frequented included the 400 Bar, Turf Club, Viking Bar, and 331 Club.
Since Floating Bridge disbanded Erik has released an EP (Firelight, out of print) and written over three albums of new, unreleased material.