Hailing from Richmond, VA, The Trongone Band is touring in support of their 2017 debut album,
“Keys to the House”, released on Harmonized Records. With a sound that Paste Magazine likens
to the “freak-outs of My Morning Jacket with the Muscle Shoals-inspired Leslie speakers and
The Band’s narrative storytelling”, The Trongone Band is turning heads and making an impact
on the Southern Rock ‘n’ Soul and Americana scenes.
Formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny Trongone with father John Sr on bass, The Trongone
Band (tron-GO-knee) has grown from a family affair to a full on touring machine with the
addition of keyboardist Ben “Wolfe” White and bassist Chip Hale. In the words of Live for Live
Music, “the quartet has come together to create an old-school and all-in-the-family sound
reminiscent of The Allman Brothers while still keeping it fresh with their cutting edge original
compositions that also infuse funk and blues into the mix.”
Keeping with the homegrown vibe, the band nestled into the woods outside of RVA, tapping
into Montrose Recording’s Flickinger console, one of only seven remaining in the world. Known
as the console that revolutionized the recording industry in the 60s & 70s, the Flickinger
provided the warm sounds that turned into “Keys to the House” and brought to life what
MusicFestNews described as “imagery of boxcar drifters, rolling hills and dirt roads that are
easy to close your eyes and get lost in”.
Summer and Fall of 2017 saw The Trongone Band taking “Keys to the House” on the road while
touring in support of stalwarts including Umphrey’s McGee, Reckless Kelly, American Aquarium
and Cris Jacobs. Having graced the stages of Virginia’s Roosterwalk and FloydFest, Tennessee’s
Riverbend Music Festival, The Allman Brothers’ Peach Festival in Pennsylvania, Atlanta’s
Sweetwater 420 Fest and Macon’s “Big House Presents Summer Jam”, the band is primed for a
busy 2018 festival season and their first full European Tour. This four-piece ensemble may not
all be related, but with a chemistry so emphatically discernible, it's fair to call them brothers.
Pay the Devil got together in the winter of 2011 and has been playing around the Milwaukee area ever since. They play mostly original tunes in a variety of styles alongside an assortment of bluegrass and old-time standards, sea shanties, folk, Irish, and country music. This five-piece, made up of guitar, mandolin, banjo, upright bass, and washboard (spoons and assorted other hillbilly percussive instruments) puts on a fun live show filled with foot-stomping, thigh-slapping music, and enough hollering to go around. Pay The Devil’s genre has been described as “Shantygrass”, “Riotgrass”, and “Horse [Manure] and Gun Music”.