November 20, 2012
Ike Reilly has been called a raconteur. Just give his latest solo album, Hard Luck Stories, a listen, and you'll discover a rich, tour-de-force collection of tales that sound so authentic you'd swear they were all true.
The Illinois-born musician delivers them with course, soulful lyrics and a sound that meets at the intersection of groovy blues, folk and plain ol' classic rock. In 2003, with mates Tommy O'Donnell, Ed Tinley, Dave Cottini and Phil Karnats, he created the Ike Reilly Assassination, and has moved back and forth between band and solo incarnations since.
Born in a Milwaukee basement in a puddle of stale beer, R. Mutt has been delivering their own brand of original rock in the Upper Midwest for some time now. While the list of influences is long and wide, the music is resolutely Rock and Roll. The band has been riding high on overwhelmingly positive reception of their 2011 release, Leash on Life.