The Host Country (Des Moines)
The Host Country’s genre experimentation puts them in a category of their own. Their music is a fusion of folk, rock, and blues; musical storytelling with a mix of raw and vulnerable, combined with hauntingly passionate chord shifts. The group puts forth versatile songs that are evocative and intimate, and are engaging performers on stage. Hear their self-titled 2017 album and previous work on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, or at their website www.thehostcountry.com.
Andrew Bailie (Omaha)
Andrew Bailie is an American songwriter singer and guitarist interweaving intricate songs with raw emotion, powerful guitar work and an unmistakable soaring voice. Drawing from elements of funk soul rock and electronic traditions, Bailie speckles his songwriting with his own experiences hopes fears and trepidations, touching on familiar human themes that can sometimes give us pause and fill us with longing and other times set us ablaze.
Odd Harmona (Lawrence)
Odd Harmona is a Lawrence and Kansas City mid-coast rock outfit that's been playing together for 2-and-a-half years. The band has been touted for its raw rock 'n' roll sound, finely-tuned songwriting, tasty vocal harmonies, and layered instrumental parts.