Whiskey Autumn

I am currently in possibly one of my favorite moods. The combination of kicking my feet up after a long day, laying in my comfortable bed, drinking my favorite fall coffee, burning my mellow candle and listening to some awesome music. Not music I have been listening all day on my car radio, either. Music I discovered myself.

I am pretty excited about this band, Whiskey Autumn. This diamond in the rough is the reason why I love looking for weeks to find music worth discovering. It’s not so easy looking for bands that have yet to hit the radio, and this time there wasn’t much searching needed. It was the combination of luck and curiosity. I was looking at a bunch of bands on YouTube, usually a good place to find new music, when I came across a comment under one of the videos talking about them. In the matter of minutes, I racked up my not-so-small iTunes bill. But on the bright side, my 45-minute commute to Kent for class tomorrow doesn’t seem too dreadful.

About Whiskey Autumn

Whiskey Autumn is an “indie/folk/rock” band straight out of Boulder, CO. Oh yeah, the name rocks too! This 3-man band includes:

Greg Laut (vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica)
David Landry (bass, vocals)
Matty Schelling (drums, vocals)

Their bio on reverbnation.com says “formed in early 2011 with the intent of bridging classic rock sensibility with modern-day indie vibes.”

Whiskey Autumn, photo cred: Whiskey Autumn's Facebook

Whiskey Autumn, photo cred: Whiskey Autumn’s Facebook

Want to know the best part about them too?

They use the harmonica in pretty much all of their songs! I am such a nerd for interesting instruments used in songs like the harmonica or the Ukulele. When they can incorporate these instruments into modern music, I just melt.

Favorite song…

It has to be “You Belong to You, I Belong to Me.” This was the first song I listened to before I sat up out of my laziness and decided this is the band I have to share with all of you. Lyrics are pretty good as well. What do you think?
If you agree with me you have to be wondering why they haven’t been discovered yet.

PR Problems?

Well, yeah, some problems here. This has got to be the reason why they aren’t opening for John Mayer yet or getting ready to play at some hippie music festivals. After I listened to them on iTunes I looked at their homepage. This website contains one picture of them, absolutely no links besides to their social media, and a small “Bio” on the left side.

If I was their publicist, their website is the first place I would go to. I would create a gallery, a separate page containing more information on their band, maybe a video or two and definitely gigs they have lined up. So, am I hired? 😉


They are hard at work on their new album coming out soon. This is quite exciting and I will be keeping my ears open! This band deserves some recognition guys!


“Fifth and Main”

My first blog hits close to home for me. Although I wanted to do a lot of research on many upcoming bands and chose my favorites, this particular band was already in my head while I was developing the idea of this blog. My goal is to write about bands that deserve to be praised for their excellent talent and this particular band is the one.

Ryan Kelly, my big brother, came to visit me a couple of weeks back with his fiancé.  After a long day in Ohio City, catching up over drinks and good food, my brother introduced me to a very impressfifthandmainive band, “Fifth and Main”.

Ryan happens to manage this band that began in Rochester, Michigan. The band started off as a trio of brothers and after discovering the severity of their talent, they added three other guys:

-Jack Stablein, Vocals/Guitar

-Brady Stablein, Vocals/Guitar

-Beau Stablein, Keyboard

-Max Shafer, Lead Guitarist

-Cam LaFrance, Bassist

-Sam Clayman, Drummer

Their music reminds me a lot of the 90’s band eras, one of my favorite times of music. When I first heard the song “I Still Have Life”, I instantly thought of The Goo Goo Dolls. Do you agree?

Also, instead of having one solid lead singer, you hear more than just one voice. We don’t see that in music now-a-days. Brothers Brady and Jack Stablein share the stage with their unique sounds.

On their social media sites, “Fifth and Main” repetitively mention their ambition to “take over the world.” I love this because they are passionate about what they are doing and it shows.  They are aggressive about getting gigs around the Michigan area at little pubs and bars. fifthandmain2

Music aside, it is time to put a little bit of my PR advice out there. I think they are doing an amazing job with their audiences through social media. They communicate one-on-one on their Twitter and FaceBook sites. Their Twitter feed is full of a bunch of retweets from fans pleading to the audience about checking out their soundcloud “pronto before they get huge.” They also keep their fan base updated on news about their band. Back in April, they posted a FaceBook status update about the additional band members, Sam Clayman and Max Schafer. Their “team” is not so bad as well. While in Ohio, my brother carried business cards on him and handed them out to people interested in having bands come play at their spot. This to me is all good PR.

If any of you readers are interested in taking a look at Fifth and Main: