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“Joe’s got a strong and unique voice and sings like he means what he says. Having worked a bit on his new recording, it’s clear to me that he does.” --Willy Porter Joe Richter sings from the heart, emotes his truth with sweet melodies and telegraphs no pretensions in his approach to the microphone. He loves the songcraft of his musical idol Billy Joel as well as Ryan Adams. Richter’s early inspirations included Dave Matthews, John Mayer, Springsteen and, well, Elvis. Richter’s songs are personal yet hold broader meaning. A song to his wife, Emily, also rings true to a world wracked with violent events. "We look around and we hear the sound of a world so down, the pain the hurt and the fear, our love drowns it out, I love the love that I feel for you, I love the way you love me too, I can't get over you." Richter’s first-ever full-band recording “Revival” showcases the sound he envisioned when entering the studio in 2017 with some of Milwaukee’s finest session players. Joe’s Milwaukee music pal Willy Porter lends solo guitar support on the lead single “Happy Tears” that dropped February 26th. “I’ve always wanted to put a full band behind this music,” says Richter. After assembling his first band in 2008, Richter went to Nashville to record his first record. Due to an unsatisfactory album mix, the band disbanded, and the project was scrapped. Richter released a solo acoustic album in 2012 entitled “Grace.” He also formed a band called Joe Richter and Those Fabulous Tremtones to play Milwaukee night club gigs. Since then, the former factory assembly worker has applied himself tirelessly to gigs around southeast Wisconsin performing his own material as well as in-demand covers. He’s willing to play “Piano Man” but he’d rather go deeper into the Joel library. The new album’s title connotes gospel, and Richter is fine with that, but says it’s more about his musical transformation, improvement and growth. His day job changed as well when he returned to school to learn respiratory therapy, a skill he employs at a hospital in Milwaukee’s central city. In 2017, Richter debuted as lead vocalist in the Daryl Stuermer Band performing the songs of Genesis and Phil Collins. Stuermer has been a member of the Genesis and Collins touring bands for decades. Not bad company for singer-songwriter Richter, who one Milwaukee radio disc jockey described as delivering songs “full of pure wonder, delivered with exquisite pop sensibility and lyrical phrasing like a heart-warming conversation.” Richter is emerging in the metro-Milwaukee area – performing to packed house crowds at Summerfest, Anodyne and most recently, The Back Room at Colectivo. He is poised to share his musical talents and heartfelt songs through a wider audience that gets just how much he wants to reach them with his songs.
Brian Hoyt is a Chicago based singer/songwriter who got his start playing professionally in 2015. His sound is blend of Americana and Folk and is driven by his acoustic rhythm guitar and expressive lyrics. He’s been building up his reputation as a strong live performer over the past few years by playing hundreds of shows all over the Chicagoland area at venues ranging from Navy Pier, to the local dive bar, and everywhere in between. His live shows are perfect mix of unique pop covers and soulful originals. Brian released his first EP “Going Home” in May of 2017 and followed that with his second EP "Chicago" in January of 2018.
Dylan Hankey is a Chicago Singer Songwriter who has sharpened his teeth on cover gigs for over the past half decade. Now joined with old music comrades Eric Selke and Matt Levon, the Dylan Hankey Trio is set to perform some honest, upbeat and relate-able original music. With subject matter spilling from Dylan's experience as a working musician and city dweller in general, listeners are sure to find a chord or two that calls back to their own lives.