Dusty Grant - www.dustygrant.com
Dusty Grant is an acoustic singer/songwriter that plays dark acoustic rock music. An Omaha native, now hailing from Wichita, KS, Grant is continuously striving to write, record, and play shows as much as possible. In March of 2019, Grant released his debut EP, "Trapped Here".
"There's a somber intensity to Grant's voice that comes across as intrepid pertinacity that might be considered ruthlessness. He's examining his life and his feelings with ruthless honesty. And that makes for a powerful, emotionally stirring song." - Huffington Post
Since childhood, Grant was always obsessed with music, but it was not until his college years that he got a taste of writing, recording, and performing his own original pieces. Since then, he has learned to play various instruments and has never stopped working on improving as a musician and bringing new ideas to life. Employing a straightforward approach for his solo work, Grant draws inspiration from the ups and downs life throws at you using lyrics as a vehicle for catharsis. Placing emphasis on content and songwriting, Grant showcases honest, memorable hooks and melodies ranging from uplifting to tormenting and everything in-between.
Grant released 4 of his own songs in 2017 and began gigging locally and regionally. Building on that success for 2018, Grant stepped up his game and released two new singles, "All Crashed Down" and "Done So Much" in accordance with visually stunning music videos complete with story-line and performances amassing over 13,000 views on YouTube and over 25,000 views on Facebook. Grant also increased his bookings playing 40 shows in 6 states and completing his first tour in '18. In 2019, Grant kicked off the year by releasing the popular single "All the Good Times" and his debut EP "Trapped Here". For the rest of 2019, Grant will tour regionally and beyond in support of the release of the "Trapped Here" EP and continue to grow his audience. Look for a show in your area!!!!
Rise Again - www.riseagainict.com
Rise Again was established by members of the popular midwest tribal metal band Friday's Waiting. The renaming of the band came following the retirement and move of Fridays Waiting's original lead guitar player Jeremy Twist. The band retains vocalist Bwana Villa, 2nd guitar player Jeremy Woll, drummer Shane Harper, and new bassist Brandon Jones . Jeremy Woll will be taking the helm as the lead guitar player. Jeremy has an extensive writing history with recognition for his influence on FW's successful 2nd album, VII. He contributed popular tracks like "Wanting" and co-wrote "The Fall" (currently #1 for KS Metal on Numberonemusic.com).
In 2018 RISE AGAIN dove into uncharted territory and announced their first-ever acoustic tour; the #ictunplugged "Epic Acoustic Experience". After the 1st show received rave reviews from a packed house, It didn't take long to build buzz and momentum. Their shows earned a reputation for providing top-notch entertainment, promo, venue. and crowd satisfaction. The proof is in the numbers, and following a mere 15 shows, Rise Again gained a total of 4000 new likes, followers and subscribers on FB, IG, and Twitter. The band has embraced a new versatility that has widened their fan-base to reach acoustic songwriter fans, contemporary fans, alternative rock, and metal lovers alike. They maintain their reputation for invoking an internal spiritual reaction from the crowd that has continued to build a lifelong following of fans. From acoustic storytelling to full-on mosh madness, RISE AGAIN will satiate any crowd.
2019 promises to be a big year for RA. This year they partner with TAC Music Management so they can put their full attention into writing and performing. Lead singer Bwana states 'We are taking a completely new approach to our outlook on writing and performing. We are in a completely different place mentally and emotionally. We're an optimistic band now. We've been through the dark phase, struggles with family, faith, relationships, physical and mental health and we've worked hard to overcome it. We agreed that this time around we want to uplift people and help them to feel the love, acceptance, and unity that music has brought into our lives. We may sound like a bunch of hippies, but our mission is to spread the love through what we call "Positive Alternative Metal".' They are currently working on singles for the highly anticipated EP "Mehtevas", recording their acoustic live album, and they're shooting their video debut of the ICTunplugged studio sessions all set to release late Spring. That will be followed by a stacked show schedule crossing the Midwest and beyond. Keep your ear to the pavement because this powerhouse of metal meets beautiful dynamic vocals is headed your way!