The Youngstown, OH-area born and bred musician is set to release his new album (his first under just his name due to the very personal nature of the songs), The Middle Distance, via Rock Ridge Music on May 6, 2016. Eicher went for more of a journal entry/diary-type approach this time around, with the album being moodier, and focusing on a lot of internal struggle. Songwriting and superb singing are at the center of each track on The Middle Distance, with Eicher’s Rust Belt upbringing evident as the foundation of his songwriting; Pittsburgh, not far from his hometown of Youngstown, has also embraced the performer and his music as their own.
With his band, The Goodnights, Eicher’s soaring and graceful pop-rock songcraft garnered favorable comparisons to Coldplay, Keane, The Script, The Killers, and Death Cab for Cutie. Alternative Addiction named the group one of the top 10 unsigned bands. Live, JD Eicher & the Goodnights shared the stage with such diverse and respected artists as the Dave Matthews Band, Coldplay, Train, Maroon 5, Hot Chelle Rae, Pete Yorn, Anberlin, Rod Stewart, Bryan Adams, Kelly Clarkson, Cartel, Sister Hazel, and Matt Nathanson, among many others.
Mike Mains, a Detroit based musician, loves rock and roll. He also loves the creative craft of large hooks and lyrical sensibility. His earnest honesty is evident in his music, his shows, his life. Mike approaches his musical passion with lunch pal in hand, hammering out meaningful, well crafted songs like a skilled tradesman.
With two full length albums and an EP(2012’s “Home”, 2013’s “Everything” EP and 2014’s “Calm Down, Everything’s Fine”), Mike has established himself as a more than just a song writer, he’s a song “crafter”. With high octane rockers like “Miracle”(Home), “Stereo”(Home), “Take it All”(CDEF), and “Burn”(CDEF) or slower, emotional tracks like “Lady Love”(Home), “Drifter”(Home, or “Where Love Dies”(CDEF) there is plenty to choose from for music lovers alike.
Performing over 300 shows the last 3 years, Mike Mains has built a committed fan base. His shows have proven to be high energy, interactive and exciting. 2016 has seen him captivate audiences in any setting. Wanting to offer an unique, intimate view into his songs, he played his first 9 week “Living Room Tour”. This 35 date North American tour brought him into the homes and backyards of fans to perform his songs in a new context. The shows received raving reviews and many sold out shows.
Mike again will enter the studio in 2017 to record his 3rd full length LP. Early demos’ point to an expansion of his already established foundation: exciting rock and roll.
Matt Brown is an old soul, and that is evident in the music he creates. With a voice seasoned by influences such as Ray Charles & Bill Withers and guitar styling steeped in the tradition of Eric Clapton & Stevie Ray Vaughn, Brown’s artistry is filled with as much blue-eyed soul as his baby blue Fender Telecaster, “Stella Blue.”