Indiana is probably a good place to grow up if you are going to make Country music (amber waves of grain and all that). And moving to California, a musical wonderland, to help push along a burgeoning career probably isn’t a bad idea either.
T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes did just that. They now reside in the Bay Area and have been heating up the local scene. After recently earning “Band of the Month” honors from The Deli Magazine’s San Francisco music scene publication, T.V. Mike and his crew are ready for bigger things. Powered by the unusual vocal pairing of T.V. Mike’s twang and Andrea Delarosa’s fervent harmonies (nicely situated next to banjo-picking wizard Toby Oler), this band is poised to take off.
While vocals and a banjo might be the standouts throughout Spittin’ in Cursive, the group’s debut album, it wouldn’t be complete without the other three churning parts. Ever-revolving drumbeats are synced flawlessly to the rolling bass lines and Oler’s banjo-pickin’ is matched impeccably with sprawling guitar riffs. While the album might be as busy as a Cosby sweater, every musical strand is needed. Every song feels familiar, yet each has distinctive qualities, helping build a cohesive, satisfying album that doesn’t leave the listener wanting anything more — except to see them perform live.
These Californian Country rockers have made the Bay Area their scene but are striving to branch out. The band’s current tour should help, kicking off Sept. 1 in Cincinnati and running through the Midwest (including plenty of stops in their old Indiana stomping grounds). Join T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes for a night of knee-slappin’ and hand-clappin’ and give this sextet a jumpstart on their quest to musically enlighten the Midwest.
T.V. Mike and the Scarecrowes play Mayday Wednesday with The Fervor (check out their Sound Advice pick here) and Great Young Hunters.
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