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Beth Bombara #1903

Midwestern roots rocker, Beth Bombara, recently released Evergreen. After regular touring, Bombara headed to the Rocky Mountains to clear her head. The mountain air let her reset mentally, and when she returned to St. Louis, Bombara wrote the songs for her new album.

Bombara and her band honed their communication through a solid tour schedule. When they headed into the studio to record live, they knew the songs and each other like family. Bombara chose a familiar studio and engineer, which allowed the band to focus on delivering their best performances for the live tracking.

Stream Evergreen by Beth Bombara in your favorite apps. Better yet, buy some merch and keep the band on the road.

Ben Miller Band #1505

Ben Miller Band first caught my attention at a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Oktoberfest event, where I had gone to see Bloodkin (previously featured here) perform and catch (the late) Bobby Keys play with them on a few songs. I was not previously familiar with the band, but their homemade washtub bass, stomp boxes, electric spoons, and other percussion kept me listening. I chatted with the band afterwards, and learned they had driven 20 hours to the show from Joplin, Missouri, where their hometown was still ravaged from the 2011 tornadoes.

Since then, Ben Miller Band has released a new album, this time backed by New West Records, and I have seen them live several times. I think their live shows outshine their records, which is handy given how much they are on the road. Currently, you can catch them on tour with Blackberry Smoke (previously featured here), and later this spring with ZZ Top. The record is good, but their shows are great.

Buy Ben Miller Band’s music here.

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Mike Zito #1502

Mike Zito talked with Country Fried Rock just before the announcement that he was leaving Royal Southern Brotherhood — a departure with no drama or backstory, other than a guy who finally found what he wanted to do musically and the craziest opportunity blossomed right in the middle of it. Zito’s growth as a musician really started after getting sober, and that clarity allowed him to find and follow his truth, which he describes as wandering the road of Texas blues. When it became clear that Royal Southern Brotherhood had legs beyond a novelty supergroup, he ushered in Bart Walker and stepped away to continue down his own route.

Buy Mike Zito’s music here.
Buy The Royal Southern Brotherhood’s music here.

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