“Keep a look out for these guys as they tour the country; they may just become a household name” - Huffington Post
Who are The Artisanals? :: WATCH THIS :: https://youtu.be/Cj95hb8rjfU
Watch "Drag" music video premiere on Billboard here: https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/rock/8468109/artisanals-band-drag-video-interview
Somewhere on a dusty road or a well traveled interstate, right at this very moment, a rock n’ roll band is pounding the rock. They’re probably wearing the same clothes they had on yesterday, and reminiscing about last night’s gig. Inspired by a guitar lick that cuts to the bone or a melody that lingers on refrain, this band is following a path forged by countless other musicians who’ve lived and died in dive bars or ‘made it’ with their posters taped to bedroom walls. What makes this band of brothers any different? This band is The Artisanals.
Johnny Delaware grew up in a small South Dakota town surrounded by cornfields and dirt roads. For 19 years, he lived in a wide-eyed perspective baptized in the setting of a John Mellencamp song. In order to personally evolve and carry out his musical destiny, Delaware knew that the heartland wind would have to blow him around the country. Eventually, Delaware would move to Charleston, SC and team up with guitarist Clay Houle, drummer Josh Hoover, and bassist Eric Mixon to form The Artisanals in late 2016. Within a year of forming, The Artisanals dropped their four-track debut EP, Literally, Anywhere, and promptly received critical acclaim from Huffington Post, Paste Magazine, Daytrotter, PopMatters.
Now, The Artisanals are set to drop their debut self-titled full length album. Produced by Wolfgang Zimmerman and set to release on AWAL on September 21, 2018, The Artisanals, is the first ever record to come out of the Magic Barn - an Iowa studio-converted-barn that features the Neve console and gear from NYC’s now defunct Magic Shop Studio which recorded David Bowie’s last two albums, Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs, and can be seen on Dave Grohl’s Sonic Highways.
With sonic influences ranging from the heartland rock of Bruce Springsteen (“Angel 42”), and neo-psychedelia anthems of My Morning Jacket (“Pound The Rock”), to the dream-pop work of The Cars and The War On Drugs (“Drag”), The Artisanals 10-track LP showcases Delaware and Houle’s knack for writing hooks as well as their ear for quality production. The album utilizes everything from a gong, organ, piano, sitar, french horn, trombone, and koto, to a string section sourced from the nearby University of Iowa. Mastered by Howie Weinberg, (Spoon, Ryan Adams, Nirvana), there’s no filler on The Artisanals. From start to finish, this record is a straight banger.
The Artisanals' debut LP will come out fall of 2018, but in the meantime, check out their EP of tracks on Spotify: https://spoti.fi/2rhBNcR
Live at Tricky Falls “Pound The Rock” - https://youtu.be/GkBOBAcIIc4
Live at SouthSounds “Angel 42" - https://youtu.be/H9lWpeWBFDM
The High Divers (Duo):
The rollicking indie rock outfit, The High Divers, will be paring down into the husband/wife duo of Luke and Mary Alice Mitchell. Skeletal outlines of their rock n roll anthems will give listeners the opportunity to hear the songs as they began, with two voices, an acoustic guitar, and some keyboards. These shows will be most rewarding to those that pay close attention to lyrics, something The High Divers have always prided themselves on. After touring the U.S. extensively for years as a full band, these duo shows will be a refreshing change in pace, as well as a chance to prove that a good song can travel in any configuration.