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Casey Abrams of "American Idol" stops by WYSO to perform live on Excursions.

             Before gaining national attention on the TV show “American Idol”, Abrams was playing bass in small restaurants and other venues in his native Los Angeles. After his run on the show, Abrams began work on his self-titled album with fellow musician Elliot Schwartzman and is currently touring the country.

Rock trio “Sport Fishing USA” visits WYSO to chat with Niki Dakota during this installment of Excursions. 

Local brothers Nathan and Brendan Moore began writing and recording music in 2010. Starting out as a studio-only project, the brothers soon realized that they had stumbled upon something too good to not share. The brothers then recruited drummer David Byrne and have been playing near and far ever since.

In this installment of Excursions, The Relentless Mules visit WYSO to share their energetic brand of Bluegrass.

Based in Columbus, the Relentless Mules have played all across the country bringing high quality Bluegrass wherever they go. Many of the band’s members grew up in the tradition of Bluegrass, and this quality comes across in their playing, as you can tell they all greatly enjoy the music they play as much as their audience does.

 

The Folk-Rock duo known as Water Liars stops by WYSO to chat with Chris Shea on this installment of Excursions.

Water Liars formed after an impromptu basement recording session between band members Andrew Bryant and Justin Kinkel Schuster. With only one microphone, the duo recorded an album that blended folk and rock in a standout way. Having played at the South by Southwest festival, Water Liars’ brand of ghostly folk with a rock edge is quickly gaining a following.

Daniel Dye and the Miller Road Band visit WYSO to chat with Niki Dakota during this installment of Excursions.

Daniel Dye and Andrew, Carrie, and Thomas Miller makeup this excellent group that brings classic Bluegrass style wherever it goes. One unique aspect of this group is that they are family (Daniel being the uncle to the Miller siblings). Dye and the Millers began playing together at family reunions for fun, but soon realized they had stumbled upon a sound that is heartwarming and soulful (and too good to only showcase at the occasional family reunion).

The Folk Indie duo known as the Bengsons (composed of Abigail and Shaun Bengson) come to perform live in this installment of Excursions on WYSO.

       The Bengsons describe themselves as “the best in vaudevillian indie folk”, and this label comes across very clearly in their music. Combining a traditional folk duo sound with musical theater and a little humor, The Bengsons give their music a unique and welcoming feeling that is an absolute treat to hear.

Local musicians Pam Baugham and Mike McDermott, who make up the Folk duo Sweet Betsy, visit WYSO for this installment of Excursions with Niki Dakota. The duo draws inspiration from classic folk music and largely sticks with the timeless style. However, the excellent musicianship of Pam and Mike in their songwriting and playing make Sweet Betsy simply wonderful to listen to. Performances include “Two for One” and “Last Thing”.

 

Local group Sawgrass stops by WYSO to showcase their classic Bluegrass sound on Excursions with Niki Dakota.

Sawgrass formed in 2005 in the Dayton and has been performing all over the country since. In addition to touring, Sawgrass has been featured in the PBS documentary Music Farmers which was nationally broadcast. The group uses traditional instruments and vocal stylings, in addition to their excellent musicianship, to create high- energy Bluegrass that is fresh, yet classic. 

 

Local guitarist Chris Wright (of C.Wright’s Parlour Tricks) stops by Excursions to share his energetic, and standout, brand of instrumental rock.

 

The Los Angeles based a capella group known as Sonos stops by WYSO to chat with Niki Dakota and perform live on Excursions.

Sonos consists of 6 well trained vocalists who met while attending school in Southern California (each of them studying Music). Sonos combines a classical background with contemporary vocal stylings including beat-boxing and electronic modification to create an exciting modern sound that has its roots in the fundamentals of vocal choir.

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