Night after night at their live shows, Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal leave it all on the table, bringing crowds palpably authentic music. This is a real working band; music for the people, by the people. You hear the veracity in Hoyer’s voice. You hear the strife of a guitar amp being pushed to its limits. You hear keyboards hammering notes home while emboldened horns soar over the top of a rhythm section akin to a freight train. The raucous funk and smooth soul emanating from the stage dutifully pays homage to the past soul giants while simultaneously charging forward, piloting themselves into the modern era. This is soul music.
Hoyer formed Josh Hoyer & Soul Colossal in 2012 in famed blues town Lincoln, Nebraska. The award-winning five-piece band includes some of the area's most revered and accomplished musicians. Joining Hoyer (keyboards/vocals) is Blake DeForest (trumpet), Mike Keeling (bass), Benjamin Kushner (guitar), and Harrison ElDorado (drums). Inspired by the sounds of Stax, Motown, Muscle Shoals, New Orleans, Philly and San Francisco, the band continuously crosses musical boundaries both in style and era, and joins forces each show with a common goal - to have the crowd dancing so much they forget even their smallest troubles.
32 Below takes no breaks, period! Barnstorming the nation with an infectious, rock'n country sound delivered via non-stop three-hour sets of original and foot stompin’ good music, 32 Below is comprised of a collection of hard working rural boys from the midwest. 32 Below’s six albums have sold more than 25,000 copies and have been streamed hundreds of thousands of times.
The boys have shared the stage abroad and at home with the likes of Kris Kristofferson, Keith Urban, Justin Moore, Billy Currington, Easton Corbin, Randy Houser, The Band Perry, Little Big Town, Montgomery Gentry, Charlie Daniels, Old Dominion and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band just to name a few. They've also performed an NFL halftime show @ Soldier Field for The Bears vs Lions.
32 Below’s latest 2 singles, “Shoulda Been Fishin” and “Such a Waste” take us back to the roots of true country with its storytelling, acoustic vibes, and all around feel with a hint of the future to come.
This band has been setting the stage ablaze throughout the U.S. for almost 2 decades. With another album in the works with a fresh, inspired musical direction, the next decade is looking even brighter.
Louisiana born (frontman/bassist) John Scalia and (guitarist) Robert “Burnin” Merlin had been touring North America for 3 years prior to landing in Bismarck ND in 1998, where they were only scheduled to perform for 4 nights, then on to the next town. It was not to be, as they met local drummer, Dale Hieb, and after playing a couple songs together, they made the decision to plant roots, and formed The Dirty Word Band. As a power trio, they quickly gained attention, and became a “must see act”. As John puts it, “We were playing 6 nights a week back then…every night was a different bar, and that went on for a year”. In 99, they added multi instrumentalist/ singer , Bryce Niemiller to the group, and the wheels were beginning to turn, literally. Bryce had a tour bus from his former days as Thunder Canyon drummer, and the decision was made to purchase said bus. With huge, state of the art production, a bus, and a 4 piece group of seasoned talent, they made the decision to move home base to Minneapolis, and were playing over 180 dates per year! In 2000 they went into Makoche Recording Company and recorded their 1st full length self titled record. In 2001, they signed on with Homeslice Group Management, and have since built a loyal following, and have never stopped finding ways to build a kick ass show. They made some additions and subtractions to the lineup, but have maintained a firmly rooted kinship with their alumni. To name a few: Ric Todd, Kat Perkins, Cassie Mae Ronnie, Casey Smith, Elliott Blaufuss, Kale Olsen Reed, Raine Jerky, Stacy K, Shaun Mitzell, Bryan Gallagher, Al Bergstrom, Jesse Langseth, Stein Malvey, Kris Vox, and all of their families became DW family. Skip ahead to today, the band is still fronted by John Scalia, and has no intention of hanging it up. Dirty Word has performed for our armed forces in Germany, Kuwait, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, Dubai, and other “undisclosed locations” on the front lines of our US Armed Forces. They have played festivals, and special events in South Padre Island TX, Las Vegas NV, New Orleans LA, Montgomery AL, Canon City CO, Hershey PA, Vicksburg MS, St. Louis MO, DesMoines IA, Tortola BVI, and the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally . You are in for a serious treat when you enter a room or venue where Dirty Word is playing! Their mission statement? No Booty Left Behind! Check out the full tour schedule and catch the next Dirty Word show near you!
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