Steering Ships With Empty Bottles (SS WEB)
|Spontaneous. Surprising. Weird. Energetic. Boozy. These are just some of the words that have been used to describe Milwaukee dark roots band Steering Ships With Empty Bottles. With an eclectic mix of traditional roots sounds, fast-paced punk and rock riffs, and soulful lyrics it’s no wonder they’ve set themselves apart in an expansive musical landscape. With songs to get your feet stomping and your heart weeping, there truly is something for everyone in their craft. This has offered them the fortunate opportunities to spread their sound both all across the United States and abroad.With four full-length albums, multiple split EPs, and tracks on a slew of samplers across the globe, you can always be sure that there’s something new on the way.|
The tides may change, but the ship with always sail. Want a preview?
Square of the Roots
Square of the Roots is an Americana band featuring the Father Son duo Brian Steinhauer and his father The Rev. Michael E. Steinhauer. Zigzagging their way through the lexicon of American music styles including Blues, Folk, Honky-Tonk and Bluegrass, they have been playing music together for over 20 years. Family harmonies resonate through every show accompanied by Mandolin, Dobro, Harmonica their paired down acoustic sound is rounded out by the acoustic guitar upright string bass and a subtle percussionist. An evening with these Squares will find you engaged with the music; whether clapping, tapping your toe or through the storytelling about the songs and the sometimes crazy circumstances which created them, we hope you will come away with the feeling that righteousness is on your side! Want a preview?
Every now and then, a song, a voice, a lyric, splits your soul right in two and then proceeds to feed both sides. Raw yet refined, mournful yet optimistic, heartbroken yet inspiring… such is the dichotomy, the paradox, and the musical delivery of Joshua Reilly. Born, raised, and marinated on the cornfield-lined country roads of central Illinois, and then cultivated, ripened, and baked on the beaches and concrete swamps of Florida, Reilly understands hard times, he knows redemption, and this unfiltered honesty pours out through his music. It’s a slice of life served clever and real.
Reilly has performed around the country, including a national tour in support of his 2017 album Mercy on the Strange. He has opened for acts such as Billy Joe Shaver, Robbie Fulks, and Slaid Cleaves. And while deepening his roots as a family man in Florida, Reilly has become one of the most respected and beloved musical acts in the Tampa Bay area. Maybe it’s just Joshua and his guitar, or perhaps he is playing with any number of friends he refers to as “Corn-Fed Locals”… either way, his real, genuine, heartfelt energy is admired by young and old.
Reilly’s style and message are all his own. “What I want people to get from listening to my music is, yes… there is hope in these hard times,” says Reilly. His lyrics and music convey the poignant truth that life can be brutal or grand as we navigate the road ahead and face up to the road behind. As New York Times best selling author Tom Robbins wrote, “Vocally and instrumentally, Joshua Reilly has a delivery like the last train out of Real Town before the android invasion. Clear the tracks!”
Nashville duo comprised of guitarist singer/songwriter, Damon Atkins and singer/songwriter, Rylie Bourne.
Randy Charles is a guitar wielding, Americana singing-Illinois song writer who loves to pick some bluegrass and share the stage with others. Starting his music career locally he’s been playing the downtown scene and music festivals for over the past 12 years. Many of his songs feature acoustic rhythms, accompanied by harmonica leads and some rowdy vocals. Randy’s energy on stage is inviting and easy going, often mixing in cover songs with his original music for a knee slapping good time.