Fort Collins' Americana/rock outfit Blind Alley Troubadours are grinding up the musical food chain the old fashioned way, impressing fans one show at a time. But even with the slow-and-steady approach, it's hard not to feel they are very near the tipping point of more widespread success. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle comments, "Blind Alley Troubadours approach every show as if it could be the one to make them superstars. [They] put on the performance of a lifetime each time they go on stage." Scene Magazine adds, "Entertaining and eclectic... poised to make a splash beyond the local music scene, so catch them while you can."
Their sound is both eclectic and approachable (just as they are, off the stage), but a dark thread runs through both lyrics and music - edges of punk and woes about the depths into which we all find ourselves staring from time to time. Between the darkness, though, you're sure to find great riffs, dancy grooves, heartfelt vocals, and blistering solos. John Erik Priegel's smooth-but-weathered voice is reminiscent of a young Ryan Adams while Karmen Mitchell's classically trained violin lines provide the perfect proverbial lipstick on the pig. The rhythm section is rounded out by Kyle Shelp's tasty upright bass lines and pocket-groove drummer David "Chewie" Rothenberg.
John Erik Priegel - vocals, acoustic & electric guitars
Karmen Mitchell - violin
Kyle Shelp - bass
David "Chewie" Rothenberg - drums