Cornmeal / Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

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Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, they

are proving just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energetic

sound and heads back into the studio to nish their long awaited rst studio album after

almost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily inuenced

by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and

impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon

the ve-piece acoustic-electric groups' vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition

of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of

bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing

fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live

performance.

With the release of their debut album "In The Kitchen" (2001 Livin' Live records), Cornmeal

secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003's "Tales from Magic Stone

Mountain" (Livin' Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on

College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country. In May of 2006, Cornmeal released

their third album, "Feet First", which became proof positive that Cornmeal's tenure on the

road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and

bassist Chris Gangi, "Feet First" features a strong condence in songwriting, musicianship

and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without

missing a step.

In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their rst live album, "Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I"

(2010 Livin' Live Records), an album that pays tribute to the fans. Towards the end of 2011,

Cornmeal released the follow up, "Live in Chicago, IL Vol. II" (2011 Livin' Live Records). During

this time the band went into the studio set to record their rst album in over 5 years. Self

produced by bassist Chris Gangi and tracked in Chicago at the prestigious Rax Trax recording

studios, the process was cut short due to lineup changes and the album was shelved. After

almost a year of auditions, rehearsals and wood shedding new material the band is poised to

return to the same recording space to nish the album polishing the old material and setting

forward with a new sound, new songs and a fresh perspective on the future.

While playing a blend of high prole venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands

nationally, Cornmeal has been a main stage act at some of the most renowned festivals in

the country. These festivals include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa

Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple

stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 10K Lakes, and many

others. They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled

live performance that continues to shape itself into an energetic one of a kind experience.

"Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I & II" prove that Cornmeal continues to be a band to watch out for.

Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans begging for more.

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