I Hear That Train A Comin’

Guaranteed Cash – The Songs and Sounds of Johhny Cash
We are hitting the road with Bob Wootton – Johnny Cash’s Legendary Guitarist and we’re comin’ to a city near you this August!

Order the NEW CD “Guaranteed Cash” from our store:

Click on any of the cities below to get ticket information:
August 19 – Kasson, MN
August 20 – Rochester, MN – Americana Showcase Fall Series Kick Off Concert! SOLD OUT
August 21 – Melrose, MN
August 25 – MN State Fair Leinie Lodge Bandshell
August 25 – New Ulm, MN
August 26 – MN State Fair Leinie Lodge Bandshell
August 26 – Wabasha, MN
August 27 – Austin, MN
August 28 – Cannon Falls, MN

Bob Wootton, “the man behind the man in black,” played lead guitar for Johhny Cash from 1968-1998. His first album recorded and released with Cash in 1969 was “live at San Quentin”. Listen closely and you’ll hear one of the inmates yell “Where’s Luther, Johnny?” Cash explains that Luther Perkins had passed away a few months before, and that a new guitar player had joined the group. That man was Bob Wootton.

Wootton was part of the original “Tennessee Three.” During his 30 years with Johnny Cash, he played famous concerts at Madison Square Garden and The Houston Astrodome. The tour included other country legends: Carl Perkins, The Statlers, and the Carter family. Wootton appeared with Cash at prisons and the White House, he played on Austin City Limits, and before the Queen of England. He played through the group’s last public tour in 1998. Few people know Johnny Cash and his music as closely as Wootton does.

After swearing to never play music again, Wootton had a change of heart in January 2004. He agreed to play a weekend long Johnny Cash tribute in Minneapolis, MN. Needless to say both shows sold out. Wootton has been making regular appearances ever since with his Minneapolis-based band Six Mile Grove, who also serve as his opening act. Six Mile Grove has been a name to know on the Midwest music scene for the past 10 years, and their energetic style compliments Wootton’s laid back stage presence. Their brand of ballads and story-driven songs pays tribute to the simplicity and genius of Johnny Cash. Jack Sparks, of the Minneapolis City Pages comments: “[Wootton] own[s] the stage like a pro… authenticity rocks.”

Live Concert Airs May 12th on KSMQ TV


Click Here For a Preview http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02Rh-n0sooM

AUSTIN, MINN. — KSMQ Public Television, in partnership with KMSU Public Radio will be presenting an Americana Music Showcase recorded live at the Paramount Theatre in Austin. The concert will air Thursday, May 12th, 2011 at 8:00PM.

The Concert will be re-broadcast on the following dates:
May 16th 8PM
May 18th 12 Noon
May 20th 12 Noon
May 26th 9PM

To Order a DVD of the Concert please email: brandon@sixmilegrove.com

Americana music is a moving, influential flavor combining the blue collar sweat of rock and roll and the humble grit of honky tonk. Six Mile Grove yields the energy of American rock and the simplicity of classic country music, delivered with pure farm boy charm.
Six Mile Grove was founded in 1997 in Lyle, MN by brothers Brandon and Brian Sampson, Barry Nelson and Dezi Wallace. Dana Cooper of Nashville, Tennessee has been performing bluegrass music since 1973. Experience the music that provides the credibility of a life lived with genuine hillbilly passion.

Funding for this concert is provided in part by the Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.
KSMQ Public Media, Inc., is based in Austin, Minnesota, and serves the surrounding areas of Austin, Albert Lea, Rochester, Mason City, Mankato, Winona, and other communities throughout Southern Minnesota and Northern Iowa. KSMQ tells the stories of our region in order to honor the past, engage with the present, and inspire the future.

KMSU-FM, Mankato and KMSK-FM, Austin are licensed to Minnesota State University, Mankato. KMSU is a proud member of Ampers – Diverse Radio for Minnesota’s Communities.

Contact Information:
Danica Olson – KSMQ Communications/PR Coordinator
(507) 433-0638 | dolson@ksmq.org

The Loring Theater Minneapolis, MN

Friday Night February 25th
Six Mile Grove is coming in for an all-too-rare Twin Cities appearance, Martin Devaney and his band are fresh off the release of the new LP “The West End” and special guest Sheridan Fox is stepping away from his role in His Mischief to strum some catchy acoustic tunes. – The Loring Theater Website

Visit The Loring Theater (Formerly The Music Box Theatre):
Buy Advance Tickets for $13.00 Here: https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?t=tix&e=16c9dacfd4db4e3874b8f28900c82032

Steel Mule Video

David Dennison, Videographer from Delano, MN spent two days in Lyle, MN during harvest. Here’s what he came up with from the middle of a cornfield.

“I met this band last summer at a small music festival. Their music immediately painted pictures in my imagination and captured my heart. Especially this song, “Steel Mule” written by Lead Singer/songwriter Brandon Sampson, about his 87-year old grandfather who is still an active farmer. After convincing Brandon to allow me to illustrate the song, I spent a day with his grandfather during harvest. This video is the product of that day. Wonderful man, wonderful song.” -DD

Watch the “Steel Mule” Video on You

Zellar – Sampson – Kyle – Weaver

Thanks to the support of our friend James Gullickson from KMSU Radio in Mankato, MN, The Minnesota Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund, and Artists who have played the showcase – The Americana Showcase Sampler CD Volume One is available in limited edition during the month of October!

There are a couple ways to get your hands on a copy of the “Sampler”:

1: Call KMSU Radio in Mankato this week and give your support!
Any donation of $25.00 or more earns that listener/supporter a copy of “The Americana Showcase Sampler” CD It’s easy to give: Call the station at 389-5678, or toll free at 800-456-7810. Online gifts are as easy as going to http://www.kmsu.org/ and clicking on “Donate to KMSU”

2: Call the Rochester Civic Theatre at 507-282-8481 and purchase a 3 show Season Pass to The Americana Showcase Concert Series going on now through Dec 15th. The Season Pass is $45.00 and the CD is FREE. Pick up your copy at the Theatre on October 27th.

Official Website: http://www.americanashowcase.com/

Americana Showcase Fall Series Line Up 2010


Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Martin Zellar
Ben Weaver
Brandon Sampson
Ben Kyle of Romantica


Wednesday, November 17th, 2010
Chuck Suchy
Adam Levy and Ashleigh Still
Brandon Sampson and Barry Nelson


Wednesday, December 15th, 2010


Trailer Trash – Trashy Little Xmas Show
Six Mile Grove


The Rochester Civic Theatre
Doors 6PM. Concert 7:30 PM

$17.50 Advance. $22.00 Door.
$45.oo Season Pass (3 Shows)

Call 507-282-8481 for Tickets!


Special For Email List Members Only:

During the Month of October, purchase anything from the
Six Mile Grove Store
and we’ll throw in a copy of the Americana Showcase Sampler CD for FREE!

Americana Showcase Sampler Volume One

1. Brown Eyed Boy – Martin Zellar
2. Apollo – Brandon Sampson
3. Going Home –GB Leighton
4. Short and Sweet – Aaron Wessel
5. Dulce Et Decorum Est – Matthew Ryan with Molly Thomas
6. Goin’ Home – The Pines
7.There Ain’t No Honky-Tonks In Nashville Tennessee – Erik Koskinen
8. My Love Loves The Ocean – Sally Barris
9. Lingering Questions – Dan Israel
10. Sticks and Stones – Bethany Larson
11. Enough – Dana Cooper with Six Mile Grove
12. Jesse James – Dana Cooper
13. Making Up For Leaving You – Six Mile Grove
14. Better Word – Adam Levy
15. 10,000 Lakes – Darren Jackson
16. The First Thanksgiving – David Stoddard
17. Gunflint Trail – The Sawtooth Bluegrass Band
18. Mastadon – Charlie Parr

The Aster Cafe’

We’re bringing some Farm Boy Alt Country to St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis. The Aster Cafe’ is the latest live music venue and is proving itself to be one of the premier listening rooms in the City. We will start promptly at 9PM and will complete our presentation by 11PM. Call 612-379-3138 for Reservations. We hope you tell some friends and join the movement. Plus, we’ll be giving away some Six Mile Grove merchandise in exchange for small favors throughout the night.


The Americana Showcase Returns, Announces Fall Line-up.

On Wednesday September 22, the well loved Americana Showcase at the Rochester Civic Theatre returns for it’s 3rd season. The kick-off to the fall series includes a performance by the Nashville-based group The Waymores, which consists of the power-house songwriting trio of Grammy Award winning Don Henry, Grammy nominated Sally Barris, and the critically acclaimed Tom Kimmel. In addition, the showcase host, Six Mile Grove frontman Brandon Sampson will be performing with friends Barry Nelson, Aaron Wessel, and John Wheeler.

The Americana Showcase series will continue on Wednesday night each month with performances by Martin Zellar, Ben Kyle of Romantica, Adam Levy of the Honeydogs, as well as the return of the sold out “Trashy Little Christmas Show” with Trailer Trash, along with local farm-boy rockers Six Mile Grove.

The mission of the Americana Showcase is to celebrate the rich musical heritage of the Midwest by connecting artists with music lovers of all ages. This intention is perfectly reflected by the Rochester Civic Theatre, who hosts the event in it’s beautiful and intimate theatre space. Gregory Stavrou, Executive Director of the theatre, expresses his continued support of bringing cutting edge music to Rochester Civic Theatre by saying: “The great success of the Americana Showcase concerts demonstrate that this music deserves, by virtue of its powerful authentic contemporary aesthetic, to be heard. It is hauntingly honest and ranges from the heartbreakingly seductive to dance compelling joyfulness. This is world class Americana and those of us able to enjoy it now, unadulterated and in such an intimate setting, will surely be talking about these performances for many years to come because we are witnessing something new, important and great”.

In addition, the showcase continues to receive support from local music enthusiast Andy Chafoulias, who supports the showcase’s ability to bring in well known artists to perform in a “small-town” setting. Heidi Mestad and John Eckoff of the Rochester Downtown Alliance also continue to support to showcase, and recognize its importance as a means of sustaining a vibrant downtown art’s scene.

Season tickets are available for $55.00 (4 Shows). Individual tickets can be purchased for $17.50 in advance or $22.00 at the door. Tickets are available at www.rochestercivictheatre.org or by call the box office at 507-282-8481.

Arcadia Wisconsin Here We Come!

We are gearing up for our first performance in Arcadia, WI this Saturday Night as part of the “Ashley For The Arts” celebration. The show starts at 5:30PM in the Millenium Amphitheatre. We’ll be joined by very special guests Sally Barris from Nashville, TN singing backup vocals, and “Grandpa” John Wheeler on the pedal steel guitar.

Six Mile Grove and The Honeydogs

Once and a while we decide to play in a Roadhouse. Friday Night, August 6th is one of those occasions. Join us as we split the night with our friends The Honeydogs from Minneapolis, MN at Whiskeybones Roadhouse in Rochester, MN. www.whiskeybonesroadhouse.com

Six Mile Grove on first at 9PM Sharp. The Honeydogs on at 11PM.

Here’s a bit of info from their website: www.honeydogs.com

The last thing The Honeydogs’ lead singer songwriter, Adam Levy, wants his band to be is a Sunshine Committee. You know, the cloying co-workers who attempt to bring a little Trojan Horse happiness to the dysfunctional corporation on the eve of mass layoffs with flowers, pizza, ribbons, lace, and cupcakes? No, the Honeydogs have chosen a tough path, singing about serious subject matter always avoiding the maudlin and producing some music of great emotional intensity, complexity and beauty.

Starting with 2001’s brilliant day darkener, Here’s Luck, the band charted a course of, as Paste magazine said, capturing “the Zeitgeist of this anxious era.” The follow-up, 10,000 Years, was hailed as the bands’ masterpiece—a concept album based on Levy’s experiences in social work telling the story of a poor urban test tube kids’s rise and fall during a genocidal apocalypse in the not-so-distant future. In 2006 the band released Amygdala, a record thematically exploring fear in its varied forms—abandonment, losing children, war & death, aging, social decay.

In 2009 the band emerges with an offering considerably more hopeful in these desperate times. The tracks on Sunshine Committee reflect a complex, often nuanced intersection of art and humanity while marking a return to a more live, rocking sound.

Once featured guests, Matt Darling on trombone and Steven Kung on trumpet have now become integral core members of the band, adding a vintage Stax/Volt-Muscle Shoals unctuousness to the record. Bass player Trent Norton’s writhingly hooky parts almost singularly define the new improved sound. Levy and Brian Halverson have further perfected their guitar matrimony, playing off each other and swapping leads and obbligatos. Peter Sands, given extra real estate space, layers clavinets, harpsichords, pianos, Hammond organs, Chamberlains, and various odd keyboards from his museum of myriad electronic instruments. Drummer Peter Anderson directs traffic like an empathic inner city principal, alternately slamming and playing with great economy, sensitivity and restraint.

As always, the band refers to the traditional soul and rock touchstones while creating something interesting, unpredictable, insightful, and moving: shades of the Stones’ Exile on Main Street, Fresh-era Sly Stone, twilight Hendrix and Revolver-esque Beatles, all with Levy’s surreal, evocative and enigmatic lyrics winding sinuously through the savory mix.

Sunshine Committee is the band’s first truly self-produced effort, with the entire band involved in the conception, engineering and editing of the record. Granted permission to record this and his children’s record (Bunny Clogs) at the Institute of Production and Recording where Levy is a teacher, the EP’s production provided top students with a “laboratory” environment in which to experiment with various mics and recording techniques, comment on arrangement and performance, and assist in the editing process.

Capping off the roster of contributing talent, friend and mainstay John Fields, freshly finished with recording the Jonas Brothers, offered up his mixing expertise to the band.

On the eve of this, the Honeydog’s 10th release, with solo projects and new records percolating, the band emerges confident in their ability to reinvent their sound while keeping alive the best musical and thematic features that have been their trademarks for nearly 15 years.

Americana Showcase with Ray Wylie Hubbard, Dana Cooper and Six Mile Grove

Dana Cooper has boiled the singer/songwriter thing down to its essentials. He’s got the songs he has written, the guitar he plays them on, and the voice he sings them with. What more do you need?

“A few good stories now and then,” he said.

Cooper, who has been performing for 40 years, recorded his debut album in 1973 in Los Angeles. His career has had ups and down since then, but he has in recent years settled in as a well-regarded songwriter. He will be one of the main attractions at Saturday’s Americana Showcase at Rochester Civic Theatre, sharing the stage with Ray Wylie Hubbard and members of Six Mile Grove.

“It’s a nice place to be in,” Cooper said of his current status. “I don’t stress out about it anymore. I’m fairly driven in what I do, I always have been. But I allow myself to have fallow spots. I don’t worry about writer’s block. I’m more concerned about remembering all the songs I’ve written.”

“He makes his music sound brand new with every new song he writes,” said Brandon Sampson, of Six Mile Grove, who has brought Cooper to Minnesota for a series of gigs. “He approaches tender subjects with very strong and descriptive images.”

Perhaps that’s because Cooper originally wrote poetry and planned to become a painter.

“My songwriting came out of poetry I’d written, and I’d put music to it,” he said during a telephone interview. “Now I tend to write from a musical place and often the lyrics start coming from what the music implies.”

When Cooper’s initial run of success in the 1970s ended, he found himself without a record contract. He went back to school to study horticulture. “I thought I would do that when I didn’t want to be in the music business anymore,” he said. “But I never really quit playing music for very long.”

In the past decade, Cooper has developed a reputation as a man of literate lyrics and tastefully produced songs. “I probably write a lot less about the attraction phase of love than I did in my 20s,” he said. “I’ve always had this recurring theme: Seize the day, make the most of the time you’ve got. Most of what I write about sort of hovers around that theme. Musically, it’s a bit of a challenge to take a different approach.”

After 40 years in the music business, Cooper has seen it all. “I’ve been trying to find the niche I’ve carved out for myself now,” he said. “I’m in a good place.”

Headlining the concert will be Ray Wylie Hubbard, a Texas songwriter who also demonstrates a way with words. “I can say that Muddy Waters is as deep as William Blake,” he sings on his new album, and then sets out to prove it with a mix of blues, country and folk and song titles like “Drunken Poet’s Dream” and “Down Home Country Blues”