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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Americana: Meet the 2015 RFT Music Award Nominees

Posted By on Wed, Jun 3, 2015 at 9:37 AM


The 2015 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is set to be the biggest local music festival in St. Louis history. On June 20, nearly 100 local bands will play across ten venues in the Grove Neighborhood, including just about every genre possible, sans polka. From now until the showcase, we will supply you with the lowdown on every act nominated for an RFT Music Award, so you can be in the know with regards to your vote. Read on and get familiar with your local scene. And don't forget to mark your calendar for June 20!

See also: Vote Now For the 2015 RFT Music Awards

Beth Bombara

  • Photo by Nate Burnell

Beth Bombara (Vocals, Guitar) Kit Hamon (Bass, Fiddle) Karl Eggers (Banjo, Guitar) JJ Hamon (Lap Steel, Horns) Corey Woodruff (Drums)

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Brothers Lazaroff

Catch Brothers Lazaroff at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: SoHo Lounge at 10 p.m. - PHOTO PROVIDED BY THE BAND.
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  • Catch Brothers Lazaroff at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: SoHo Lounge at 10 p.m.

Jeff Lazaroff (Guitar, Vocals) David Lazaroff (Guitar, Vocals) Grover Stewart (Drums, Vocals) Teddy Brookins (Bass, Vocals) Nate Carpenter (Keys)

Official Website | Bandcamp | Facebook

Cara Louise Band

Catch the Cara Louise Band at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: HandleBar at 5 p.m. - PHOTO BY FRESH PHOTOGRAPHY
  • Photo by Fresh Photography
  • Catch the Cara Louise Band at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: HandleBar at 5 p.m.

Cara Wegener (Guitar, Vocals) Nick Adamson (Mandolin) Kellen Meyer (Bass) Adam Donald (Guitar, Steel) Skyler Leeds (Drums)

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Read more about the Cara Louise Band in our review of Live at the Demo:

In 2015, when major world events are just a livestream away, official live albums are a dodgy proposition. In the boom days of major labels, concert recordings often served as little more than catalog fodder or stopgap cash grabs for marquee artists; these days, fans can re-create the concert experience through shakily shot iPhone videos posted to YouTube.

So there's something both charming and a little low-stakes about the Cara Louise Band's twelve-song live album, a digital release available at the group's Bandcamp page. The quintet released its debut EP To Be Dead Is to Be Known just last August, so many listeners will likely have their first taste of the band through this competent, no-frills recording captured at the Demo.

The CharFlies

click to enlarge Catch the CharFlies at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: The Gramophone at 8 p.m. - PHOTO BY CB ADAMS
  • Photo by CB Adams
  • Catch the CharFlies at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: The Gramophone at 8 p.m.

Richard Newman (Vocals, Guitars) Shanie Latham (Vocals, Percussion, Harmonica, Melodica, Toy Piano) Nick Nihira (Vocals, Banjo, Mandolin, Guitar) Dave Melson (Vocals, Upright Bass) Steve Meyers (Drums, Percussion)

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Read more about the CharFlies in our review of Linoleum Angel:

It took about fifteen years and a few hard knocks to get Richard Newman back to writing and performing original music.

Newman played in local acts Junkbox and the Neverminds a few musical generations ago, but since then other endeavors -- such as writing poetry and editing the literary magazine River Styx -- took over his interests. But a self-described midlife crisis and his second divorce managed to reawaken his inner songwriter, and with his group the CharFlies, Newman has paired his evocative and thoughtfully rendered songs with hand-hewn, soulful folk music.

Loot Rock Gang


Mat Wilson (Vocals, Resonator Guitar) Little Rachel (Vocals) Stephen Inman (Upright Bass) Kellie Everett (Baritone Saxophone)

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Read more about Loot Rock Gang in our review of That's Why I've Got to Sing:

It would seem both obvious and insufficient to say that history is important to the Loot Rock Gang. The quartet plays post-war jump-blues and sings often about post-war concerns, alongside more evergreen topics like love, money and the intersection of the two. That the group is named after Jesse James' cavern hideout won't be lost on any Missourian who has trekked to Meramec Caverns (postcard ephemera of which is nicely included in the CD artwork), and opening track "Loot Rock Boogie" plays with that mythology while introducing the outfit to the world. There's history, too, in the band's origins, though of a more recent vintage: Band leader and guitarist Mat Wilson established his unmistakable style with the Rum Drum Ramblers, a trio regularly sidelined as his bandmates tour the world with Pokey LaFarge.

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