Specializing in original country/blues, Sarah & The Tall Boys is a Chicago-based Americana band that has been selling out venues across the country. Fronted by lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist, and lyricist, Sarah Potenza-Crossman, the band has been together for 4 years. It includes, base player, Ian Crossman, pedal steel player, Gabriel Stutz, lead guitarist, Dan Allen, and drummer, Jason Smart. Dynamic guitarist Dan Allen has been with Sarah since 2006, with her original group, The Sarah Potenza Band. Previous to that, Potenza-Crossman was featured on "Acoustic Chicago", a compilation of the best singer/songwrittters in the windy city. In 2008, Sarah & The Tall Boys released their debut album, "Shiny & New", a powerful collection of original songs, that drew attention from venues and festival producers nationwide. Within that year, the band was performing at festivals with acts like Joss Stone and the legendary Stevie Wonder. They have since participated in festivals which featured Bonnie Raitt and Alejandro Escovedo. Regulars at The Honky Tink BBQ in the heart of Chicago, the band began playing in premier hot spots throughout the city. In 2010, Sarah & The tall Boys released its second full-length album, "A Lifetime Worth of Sin". A collection of Americana music, derived from blues, bluegrass, and alternative-country, all songs were written and produced by Sarah and the band, with the exception of one cover of Lucinda Williams. This CD features a talented list of notable guest musicians from such groups as The Hen House Prowlers, The Hoyle Brothers, and The Congregation. To capture a warmer and more authentic sound, the entire album was recorded on two inch analogue tape with a Studer track tape machine at Strobe Recording Studio in Humbolt Park, Chicago. Since the release of "A Lifetime Worth of Sin", the album has reached #17 on the Freeform American Roots Radio Charts. Sarah & The Tall Boys have been touring nationally, playing an average of over 175 shows a year. Nate Dow, of the Boston Herald, remarks, "It has been said that Lucina Williams can blow the chrome off her streamline trailer. If that's true, Potenza can blow the trailer right out of the lot." Sarah & The Tall Boys have played for inmates at both the Cook Country Department of Corrections and the Dwight Women's Correctional Facility. In 2011 the group was invited to perform on the main stage at the annual Rhythm & Roots Festival at Ninnigret Park in Charlestown, RI. It was there they shared stages with world-renowned musicians Steve Earle and Richard Thompson. In 2012 the group will be touring coast to coast including a another performance at the Rhythm & Roots Festival as well as a spot on the main stage at the Strawberry Music Festival in California. The Strawberry Music Festival also features performances by Allison Krauss, Jerry Douglas and Robert Earl Keen.http://sarahandthetallboys.com/
The deep working class roots of singer/songwriter Don “Doop” Duprie echo throughout his music. Front man for the Detroit area alt-country/roots rock band , Doop is a laid off firefighter born and raised in industrial River Rouge, Michigan. He teamed up with legendary Detroit producer Jim Diamond (White Stripes) to record his albums “Blood River,” “Everett Belcher” and now “What am I supposed to do?”Doop’s songwriting has received national attention, having been hailed “hands down the best songwriter we (Detroit) now have to offer the American World” by Don Zelaznv (AmericanRoots.com).The albums made the Top Ten List in Metro Times and AmericanRoots.com. “Everett Belcher” won the Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding County Recording” and was named “Album of the Day” by Country Music Pride’s podcast American Daily. Doop’s music has been featured on the American Public Media radio show “The Story,” the award-winning podcast Digivegas.com and the #1 Americana podcast, “Americana Root Roundtable” on NoDepression.com.Now with Pete Ballard on the pedal steel guitar, Katie Grace on bass and Danny Kanka on drums, Doop and the gang just released their third full length album.