Indie Folk (Chicago/Indianapolis)
On a gentle bed of lilting Folk, Midwestern sextet The Bears of Blue River construct warm, alluring, soul-filled Indie Pop songs full of simple wonders and a natural joy. The band formed in Indiana but, currently, members are spread out across the region (Chicago; Indy; Erie, Pa.). The band’s debut EP, The Killer Bee Scare, was recorded with and produced by members of another great Hoosier crew that has spread its wings and flown beyond state lines, Margot and the Nuclear So & So’s.
You’ll Dig It If You Dig: Bright Eyes, Wussy and Cat Power playing Johnny and June’s greatest hits. (Mike Breen, CityBeat)
~ "A truly delightful mix of folk pop that is simply charming (and cleverly carries enough of an edge to avoid ever becoming too saccharine or twee. Bubblegum is carried along on a jaunty melody, sweet vocals and a catchy chorus that makes you think of waking up in a log cabin to early morning sunshine. 'Crayola' begins as a slightly more subdued number before a bold chorus stirs everything up, and 'Betty Homemaker' is carried along on a trademark Johnny Cash beat with classic 'his and hers' vocals that playfully build to a swelling, climactic finish." (The Mad Mackerel, UK)
~ "Your music makes me want to walk naked through the woods!" (NBC Correspondent Rob Hudson)