We’re Gonna Drive The Zamboni

Martin Zellar returning to midwest for a small holiday tour

Austin, MN native musician Martin Zellar, of The Gear Daddies, and “I Want to Drive the Zamboni” fame will be kicking off a Minnesota tour on November 21 at the Pioneer Place Theatre in St. Cloud, MN. Though he now permanently resides in a small mountain village in Mexico, Zellar makes it a point to come back every so often to reconnect with his devoted fan base, which has been building since 1984 when Zellar moved from Austin, MN to the Twin Cities to create the band “The Gear Daddies.”
In recent years, Zellar has become a welcome guest of the Americana Showcase in Rochester, MN, hosted by Six Mile Grove lead singer Brandon Sampson. Sampson, who is only a few years younger than Zellar, grew up just 20 miles south of Austin, MN listening to Zellar’s music, hoping to follow in his footsteps by cracking into the MN music scene. In addition, Six Mile Grove has been Zellar’s opening act numerous times throughout the years, and now the musicians will be partnering for a handful of shows across the midwest.
“I remember the first time Martin played the Americana Showcase a few years ago,” says Sampson. “It was kind of surreal to get to sit on a stage with a guy I’ve looked up to my whole life.” Zellar shares Sampson’s enthusiasm, “It’s refreshing to play with someone as dedicated to songwriting as Brandon is. It definitely motivates me to keep going, to keep writing, to keep playing.”
The first show of the tour, at the Pioneer Place Theater in St. Cloud on November 21 will be a solo acoustic show featuring Sampson as the opening act. Subsequent shows, at the St. Mane Theater in Lanesboro (Nov. 22), Vangarde Arts Center in Sioux City, IA (Nov. 23) and The Olde Pine Theatre in Pine Island, MN (Nov. 24) will feature Sampson’s band Six Mile Grove as the opening act, and backing band for Zellar.
Tour and ticket information can be found at and at SMG Pine Island Nov 24

Bob Wootton Comes To Town!

Bob Wootton will be performing with us in Pine Island on Thursday, August 22nd and in Osage, IA on Saturday, August 24th.

Click Here for tickets to the Osage Performance:—fundraiser

Owatonna Arts Center August 2nd!

Join Six Mile Grove and Special Guest Molly Dean on Friday Night August 2nd for the Americana Showcase at the Owatonna Arts Center.

6:30PM Doors.  7:30PM Music.

Details Here!

Help Us Help The Boys And Girls Club!

Dig Deep Rochester!  Help us Help the Boys and Girls Club of Rochester by attending the Americana Showcase Special Wine Tasting and Concert this coming Wednesday Night July 10th!

A Night of World Class Wines and World Class Music.  5:30PM Wine.  7:30PM Music.

“Songwriters In The Round” Proudly Sponsored by Andy’s Liquor and Featuring:

Martin Zellar of the Gear Daddies

Brian Leighton of GB Leighton

Bob Wootton Legendary Guitarist for Johnny Cash

Brandon Sampson of Six Mile Grove

100% OF ALL TICKET SALES go directly to the Boys and Girls Club.

Click Here for Tickets and Information!

Outdoor Patio at Civic Theatre July 28th!

Join us for an outdoor concert on Friday Night July 28th on the Civic Theatre Patio!

We are kicking off the Rochester Fest Parade and playing from 6-8PM!


The Secret Is Out!

Order the NEW album by Six Mile Grove “Secret Life in a Quiet Town”!

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Saturday March 3rd

On Saturday Night March 3rd, we’re playing a benefit for a little guy named Landon.
He’s from Southern MN where we grew up and he needs a little help from his friends.

If you are anywhere near Austin, MN please come and attend the benefit show.
We start at 8:30PM at the Austin Eagles Club. Silent auction and activities all day.

Here’s a link to the flyer:

New Album Preview Show

Join us Saturday, February 4th at the Aster Cafe’ on St. Anthony Main in Minneapolis, MN for a preview of our NEW Album.
“Secret Life in a Quiet Town” Coming in March! Call the Aster for Reservations 612-379-3138. Music from 9-11PM.

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.”

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.

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

Here’s a bit of info from their website:

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.