The Bengsons come from a deep and varied musical background. Both have studied musicology, both are influenced by many genres and styles, from hip hop to American traditional, from Mongolian and East European music to Tuvan throat-singing, from Paul Simon to Tom Waits to recent bands like The Gossip.
Within the first 45 seconds of his brand new album, over a greasy blues lick, Jonathan Tyler roars, “Hallelujah, Hallelujah, I’ve been saved.” That simple but revelatory line represents where Tyler’s head is these days as he nears the release date of Holy Smokes. The Tyler of 2015 is far different from five years ago, when following the release of his group’s major label debut, Pardon Me, he was primed for mainstream success and full-fledged rock god status.
American Folk is composed of Shawn Drake (fiddle/backup vocals), Mike Kessler (lead guitar), Adam Lantz (rhythm guitar/lead vocals), TJ Leveque (mandolin), Jim Moses (banjo), and Eric Nelson (bass). The band members have referenced inspirations such as, Bill Monroe, Flatt and Scruggs, The Stanley Brothers, The Dillards, Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Neil Young and The Rolling Stones.
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