The Lonesome Heroes

We are about to help the Lonesome Heroes add the Martin Hotel to their list of legendary venues, and Nevada to the list of 27 states in which they have performed.  This show will also strengthen our connection to Austin, one of  THE hotbeds of new music in America today. One thing always leads to another, and when Leo Rondeau got back home, he passed on the word about this great little venue out in the middle of the Great Basin.

The Lonesome Heroes extensive tour schedule is bringing them though Winnemucca, and after giving a listen, we were compelled to set up a show for them. We think you will really enjoy this young duo with their wonderful songwriting skills, plugged in dobro,  and their interesting “”chance meeting between Yo La Tengo and Patsy Cline” approach to their music.


On this tour the Lonesome Heroes are:

Rich Russell – Dobro/Guitar/Vocals
Ms. Landry McMeans – Dobro/Guitar/Vocals
Chris Clonts – Harmony Vocals / Guitar / Keys

Proclaimed as “rewriting the rules of alt country” by the Austin Chronicle, The Lonesome Heroes have emerged as a singular talent out of Austin’s music scene. Songwriters Rich Russell and Landry McMeans founded the Heroes in 2005, and the pair has cultivated their Brooklyn and Texan roots into a unique sound that unites Indie Rock, Folk, and Country.

The Heroes’ songs evoke a Western Americana landscape littered with broken hearts, abandoned shopping malls, and crooked highways. Lonesome, yet hopeful, the songs call upon a wide list of influences to step beyond the alt country moniker. McMeans’ lilting voice, meshed with Russell’s drier vocals sits atop a multilayered nest of acoustic guitar, reverb-laden steel, and atmospheric sounds. The result is a haunting city-meets-country feeling that has been compared by Flagstaff Weekly as a “chance meeting between Yo La Tengo and Patsy Cline.”

Not the square kind of country, nor outlaw, or even contemporary country would fit The Lonesome Heroes. Reverb-heavy electric dobro underneath a playful boy-girl vocal blend pushes the indie rock quintet into psychedelia, but not without the songwriting sensibilities of classic country.




Beck, The Silver Jews, Johnny Cash, Smog, Leonard Cohen, Bob Dylan, Wilco, The Velvet Underground, Band of Annuals, Graham Parsons, Lil’ Cap’n Travis, The Magnetic Fields, Neko Case, Hank Williams, Luna, Jan Bell, Yo La Tengo, The Flaming Lips, The Weary Boys, Patty Griffin, Herman Dune, Galaxie 500, Jolie Holland, Kris Kristoferson, The Darling New Neighbors, Will Oldham, Leo Rondeau, Woody Guthrie, Gillian Welch, Lou Barlow, Iron and Wine, Emmylou Harris, The Flying Burrito Brothers…


Rich Russell: Vocals, Guitar, & Steel.
Landry McMeans: Vocals, Lap Steel, Dobro, Guitar.


Jeff Johnston: Electric Bass & Saw.
Jim DeGregorio: Upright/Electric Bass, Banjo.
Chuck Fleming: Drums.
Sarah Stollak: Fiddle
Chris Clonts: Electric Guitar, Harmony Vocals.
Kullen Fuchs: Trumpet, Vibraphone, Keys, Accordion, & textures.


The Lonesome Heroes
play 150+ shows a year both locally and nationally. Playing listening rooms as a two piece and large clubs and festivals with their 5 piece touring band.

Leo Rondeau & Dynamite Tales

Leo Rondeau & Dynamite Tales
7:00 PM Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We have had some pretty interesting trips into old time music, experienced sublime traditional and progressive bluegrass, witnessed amazing modern and traditional folk music of all stripes, we have tasted some great blues, and lately some have been on sort of a streak of outstanding early county music shows.

Here comes another one, from Austin, Texas:

From the Austin Week


Exclusive Interview: Leo Rondeau


Back from tour, Rondeau returns to the Hole in the Wall

By David S. Lewis

The willowy dancer, her dust-blonde hair spilling out underneath the shapeless brown cowboy hat, two-stepping nearly so gracefully as she ducked the amorous advances of her partner, her eyes half-lidded, listening; behind her, on the stage, a young man, his narrow face chiseled from Badlands rock, his sharp features testament to his Native American lineage, his even-toned voice almost matter-of-factly delivering the lyrics:

‘On my way I saw a cavalcade
and a mob at odds with the world
I heard clams clamoring for all of her attention
But I couldn’t take my eyes off the pearl’

The mournful lyrics, a request for reunion with a old flame, belied the energetic stomp of the tune. The singer, Leo Rondeau, fresh off a three-month national tour, has returned to Austin, where he has lived and worked as a musician for six years.
Rondeau is a rarity in Austin, or anywhere, for that matter. He writes his own songs…and makes a living doing it. Now returned, he retakes his throne as the Monday house act at The Hole in the Wall. Continue reading “Leo Rondeau & Dynamite Tales”

Caleb Klauder and his All Star County Band


Caleb is coming back to Winnemucca, this time bringing his all-star band. One our our favorite people, a great musician, wonderful singer, and a song writer with an old beautiful soul, Caleb’s newest record “Dangerous Mes and Poisonous Yous” is spinkled with old standards, and mixed with his new songs, and it is impossible to know the difference. If you haven’t heard it, have a listen.

Caleb Klauder is bringing along a great band, made up of friends from Portland, and interestingly enough, nearly all of them have played the Martin before, but with other bands. Jesse Emerson of Amelia will be here on bass, Paul Brainard the great petal steel player that performs often with Richmond Fontaine, Sophie Vitells of the Crooked Jades will be on fiddle, Sammy Lind of Foghorn will be on guitar. The only stranger (to us) in the group is drummer Ned Folkerth who drums for Caleb as well as with the Lewi Longmire Band, Spigot, the Pinetop Seven, and few others.

Caleb Klauder’s warm sound, authentic and familiar, feels all at once contemporary and vintage, as though it’s coming from the porch next-door. Raised between Orcas Island, Washington and Little Cumberland, Georgia, Klauder took his first steps in Knoxville. If his music could invent a genre, it would be New-school Americana, infusing old standards with Northwestern attitude and spinning out modern classics made elegant with Southern charm.

Klauder writes his rough-hewn lyrics among the chickens scratching in his garden in Portland, Oregon, where he works as a musician and carpenter and is raising his 13-year-old son, Elijah. Winner of the Best Country Album of 2007 at the Portland Music Awards, Caleb Klauder has been on tour for the last fifteen years performing with Calobo, Pig Iron, The Caleb Klauder Band, The Foghorn Stringband, and with Dirk Powell. He’s opened for acts such as JJ Cale, Iris Dement, David Bromberg, and the Del McCoury Band and has shared the stage with Tim O’Brien, Kevin Burke, The Wilders, Uncle Earl, and Justin Townes Earle. Klauder regularly collaborates with Dirk Powell, Riley Baugus, Betse Ellis, Reyna Gellert, and Justin Townes Earle.

Klauder has toured extensively with both the Foghorn Stringband and the Caleb Klauder Country Band throughout the US, the UK, Ireland, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and Malaysia playing a variety of stages including the Tonder Music Festival, the Newport Folk Festival, the Rainforest World Music Festival, the Chicago Folk and Roots Festival, Pick-a-thon Roots Music Festival, The Seattle Folk Life Festival, The Bristol Rhythm and Roots Festival, Bumbershoot and the ROMP Festival.

Jackstraw ~ Bluegrass

When Jackstraw last performed to a sold out house at the Martin Hotel in December 2005, the audience, along with Jesse, Dave, Jon, and Darrin, were all left breathless, and grinning from ear to ear.   We’ve had dozen’s of astonishing shows and hundreds of talented artists perform on our stage and these guys are right at the top.  We can’t think of anything more joyous than spending another evening with Jackstraw.

A stand-up bass, mandolin, and two guitars, this is a bluegrass band with a unique approach to traditional bluegrass and traditional county music along with a suitcase full of great original tunes.

Intensity, dexterity, and pure joy

It’s what they call: High Energy Acoustic Bluegrass from the Pacific Northwest.

Give them a listen at Jackstraw’s MySpace page.


About Jackstraw

After ten years on the road and five albums, Jackstraw is a Northwest institution. This coal-fired Portland quartet plays the kind of music as deep and old as the silt washing out of a defunct Appalachian strip mine. Most of the time it’s bluegrass, but not always. As often as the boys rip through a Stanley Brothers chestnut, they tap into their own deep collection of originals, swerve into honky-tonk or barn-burn a rock ‘n roll classic.

Throughout the band’s history, critics have been quick to praise their energy and speed, often drawing comparisons to punk music. It’s true, Jackstraw does play fast. But the band never replaces musical depth and feeling with showmanship. Jackstraw is not afraid to explore new territory, but they won’t turn on their musical forbears and the hallmarks of bluegrass –great songs, great picking, and great singing. It is this steadfast adherence to their principles that has kept Jackstraw fans coming back for a decade and consistently wins the band new hearts.

A Jackstraw show is truly an inclusive, multi-generational experience. The band’s devoted following includes bluegrass purists, alt-country fans, kids who want to dance, and people who know a good tune when they hear one. Jackstraw was born when rhythm guitarist Darrin Craig and lead player Jon Neufeld met mandolin picker David Pugh and bassist Jesse Withers in 1997 at Artichoke Music, a Portland guitar store and acoustic music institution. Not long after their formation, Jackstraw recorded their first album and hit the road.

Five records later, the band has toured throughout the United States, playing roadhouses, listening rooms and clubs as well as festival stages. Along the way, they have shared bills with many bluegrass greats such as Del McCoury and Tim O’Brien and included legends like Danny Barnes (Bill Frissell, Robert Earl Keen, Bad Livers) and Tony Furtado (Earl Scruggs, Alison Krauss) as temporary band mates.

Don Edwards – Songs of the American West
7:00 PM Monday, January 26

Our favorite porch music, a Winnemucca tradition, and the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today. TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Don Edwards
Don Edwards

In what has become a tradition, Don Edwards will be at the Martin Hotel at 7:00 PM on Monday, January 26, for a performance before he moves on to Elko to join in the 25th Annual Cowboy Poetry Gathering. Folks at the Western Folklife Center in Elko told me yesterday they still have tickets to this great event and if you need one, rooms are still available at many motels in Elko.

Don represents the best of what Great Basin Arts and Entertainement is all about.  He is a truly great singer, guitar player, folklorist, storyteller,  engaging entertainer, and one of the finest gentlemen we have ever met.

This Grammy nominated singer-guitarist continues to build a legacy that enriches our vision of the American West. In tales of the day-to-day lives and emotions of those who have lived it, his ballads paint a sweeping landscape of both mind and heart, keeping alive the sights, sounds and feelings of this most American contribution to culture and art. The quality of this cowboy balladeer’s music stems from the fact that he is so much more than a singer. Bobby Weaver of the National Cowboy Hall of Fame in Oklahoma City, summed up Edwards’ importance as “… the best purveyor of cowboy music in America today.” Continue reading “Don Edwards – Songs of the American West
7:00 PM Monday, January 26″

Foghorn Duo –
7:00 PM, Saturday, September 20, 2008

The Foghorn Duo
The Foghorn Duo

From: the Live Cut
Portland, Oregon’s Music Journal

Posted there by Robert Hamm

Caleb Klauder and Sammy Lind have spent almost a decade dipping into the deep wells of American traditional music as members of the Foghorn Stringband. When they get together outside the band playing shows as the Foghorn Duo, the two explore all of the knotty branches that stretch out from that core sound—from raw bluegrass and country to weeping folk ballads.

The Foghorn Duo brings all of this and more to their first album together, Lonesome Song (Self-released), a warmly recorded collection of both traditional songs and originals written by Klauder that highlight both the duo’s understated playing and the surprisingly full sound they are able to generate with just two acoustic instruments.

Read more of this article including an interview with Caleb. <More….>

Give them a listen on The Foghorn Duospace

Quebe Sister’s Band –
7:00 PM, Friday, September 5, 2008

When Grace, Sophia and Hulda Quebe (pronounced kway-bee) take to a stage, audiences marvel – first at the sight of three young girls ready to please. When they raise their fiddles and play, audiences marvel again at the intricacy of the sound issuing forth. When the girls sing their vintage-style three-part harmony, audiences are blown away. Add the rhythm guitar of Joey McKenzie and the upright bass of Drew Phelps, and the Quebe Sisters Band becomes a force of nature.

Whether it’s a Western swing classic a la Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys, a swing standard (Benny Goodman), vintage country shuffle (Ray Price) or Western anthem that would do Sons of the Pioneers proud, the girls are phenomenal. The house comes down, too, when they launch into bluegrass or a traditional, Texas old-time fiddle breakdown.

Reaction is the same wherever the Fort Worth-based group goes, and it’s been around, to concert halls, festivals, cowboy gatherings and rodeos across North America, as well as The Kennedy Center, the Grand Ole Opry and NYC’s Lincoln Center. Concert performances from Canada to California and Austin to Boston to Bangor, Maine, include shows with Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder, Asleep at the Wheel, Merle Haggard, Riders in the Sky and The Reno Philharmonic.

Investor Warren Buffet was so impressed by the band’s rendition of “Red River Valley” at a Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting that he was moved to sit in with a ukulele and sing along. Singer-songwriter Jimmy Buffett said the band’s “blend of swing with a dash of contemporary color … so unique in today’s music world” and its “cannonball of stage presence … stopped me in my tracks … Man, can they play.”

TIMELESS, the band’s debut album on FiddleTone Records, features the Sons’ “Red River Valley” along with Duke Ellington’s “Take the ‘A’ Train,” Spade Cooley’s “Shame on You” and Hoagy Carmichael and Stuart Gorrell’s “Georgia on My Mind” – just what is promised: a collection of band members’ favorite tunes by their favorite artists, given the QSB-style golden touch.

In 2008, the band will showcase at Austin’s SXSW Music Festival & Media Conference in March, continue with gigs slated nationally behind the release and perform at private engagements – with two new awards in hand: 2007 group/duo of the year from the Academy of Western Artists and the 2007 Crescendo Award from the Western Music Association.

As fast as a Texas fiddle breakdown, the Quebe sisters went from watching a fiddle contest and falling in love with real fiddle music to lessons with both band-mate-to-be and three-time world champion fiddler McKenzie and his wife, Sherry, to winning state, regional and national fiddle championships to singing together – finding themselves gloriously talented, loving it and joyful to share it with others.

$15 Tickets are on sale now at the Martin Hotel and Nature’s Corner.

Give them a look and listen:

Visit the Quebe Sister’s Band Website