Who's the next breakthrough Americana band? Southeast Michigan's own Frontier Ruckus is looking like a strong candidate and has been getting lots of national attention. In the words of Cleveland Scene, Frontier Ruckus "delivers spirited, acoustic-based roots music driven by David W. Jones’ banjo and fleshed out with saws, horns, and other left-field touches. Frontman Matthew Milia’s vocals convey a dreamy, twangy quality, like someone who’s wandering aimlessly through the woods at night. He recalls Michael Stipe in his vivid wordplay and oblique imagery." What's unique about this band is that they use country instrumentation to depict not a rustic utopia but life along the interstate as most of us live it. They've got an deep lyrical streak, and each of their albums so far has been brilliantly original in concept. Rolling Stone thinks Frontier Ruckus has "the perfect recipe for Gothic Americana," and their recent Folk Festival set added more fuel to a growing fire.
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