Dead Ven

If you dig punk rock inspired acoustic music then check out Dead Ven. With a celtic punk sound and activist roots, I would recommend Dead Ven’s street folk to anyone who really loves the working class ethics of The Clash or resistance of Crass. Dead Ven has become a Kansas City staple, but Ven Smith (band namesake and lead vocalist) has deep West Coast roots that shine through in progressive ways. The band’s most recent release was a split with Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds) for the Money Wolf Music Collective. Dead Ven is the perfect band to check out after a long day of work when you just want to throw back a pint of Boulevard Beer (Dead Ven has a Boulevard brewing themed song!) and sing-a-long to some good old fashion celtic inspired anthems. Dead Ven will be contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.  For more information visit: Check out “Plough/Stars” below. Hear There Be Wolves – Free Sampler by Dead Ven Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order by 10:59pm CST on Wednesday Nov 5.

Lauryn Peacock

Lauryn Peacock’s piano pop is compelling and unconventional. Her East Coast, fast paced roots spill out of her music in colorful and interesting ways. As I listen to her album Keep It Simple Let The Sun Come Out (co-produced by Daniel Smith of Danielson), I picture a Wes Anderson movie with actors dancing in the sunrise after a crazy night they somehow just survived. There is much to digest within her songs and they’re just top notch. If Joni Mitchell were young and making music today it might sound a little bit like Lauryn Peacock. Lauryn is going on a short tour starting this Friday. If she comes through your town be sure to check it out. She might even have her own Zany Zine of poetry and art to share with you. Show details are at the bottom of this blog. For more info visit: Lauryn will be contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. This playlist includes over 30 artists and is included with any pledge amount. Order by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday Nov 5. Listen to Keep It Simple Let The Sun Come Out below. Keep It Simple Let the Sun Come Out by Lauryn Peacock Lauryn Peacock …

Angus McKinney

Angus McKinney, a.k.a. Joel Kircher, is a singer/songwriter/rock n’ roller based in New York State. His songs are hard fought and pain forged. This is music anyone can enjoy, especially if you have learned to value life through hard times. Angus McKinney has carefully collected 30 years of music influences and distilled it into one of the best albums I have heard in some time. Two things you will notice about Angus McKinney is that his voice is deep and his lyrics are direct. He recently finished his first proper album, Never Forgotten, which was produced by Jesse Sprinkle. I am listening to it now and it’s bringing a huge smile to my face. Never Forgotten is an album about relationships, loss, faith and love. It is beyond fantastic and well worth the wait for an artist far more people should know about. My first time ever playing guitar publicly I opened for Joel and we have played shows when possible since then. Please listen to his record below. Joel sent me some words about his album and I think you need to read them: “The album is entitled Never Forgotten… after the painting that I used for the front cover. …

Garret Potter

Garret Potter is a spoken word artist and performance poet. His gentle softness and ability to articulate emotion make him compelling and easy to listen to. He is a man who cares and feels deeply for people and the planet. He longs to make a difference in this world and love people well. When I was finishing school and working on my Destroy Nate Allen songbook, Garret was in the same library, working on his first book HIDE AND SEEK: A Poet’s Memoir. Not only did he teach me how to play speed scrabble, but I learned a lot from seeing Garret’s writing process. Not so long ago, Garret moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan from Portland, Oregon and helped resurrect Ann Arbor’s poetry slam team, which recently went to Nationals. I have rarely met a more genuine person that Garrett Potter and I am honored to call him a friend. Garret Potter’s poem “Spray Bottle” will be featured on Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. This playlist includes over 30 artists and is included with any pledge amount. Order by 10:59pm CST on Wednesday Nov 5. For more information visit: Experience “Reconciling My Apartment Complex Below” below.

Nathan Leigh

Theatrical, political, vulnerable, enjoyable, sing-a-long-able. Armed with an acoustic guitar, kind smile and a quick wit, Nathan Leigh is all these and more. He has a great story of walking arm-in-arm with Arlo Gutherie once and that seems fitting. Nathan Leigh’s highly enjoyable acoustic folk rock fits equally well at protests and coffee shops. I met Nathan when we were double-booked to play the same show in Jacksonville, Florida. Apparently the promoter got our emails confused and thought were both the same “Nate” and confirmed us both. It was the kind of comical night friendships are forged in. Nathan Leigh will be contributing his song “Never Be Normal” to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. This playlist includes over 30 artists and is included with any pledge amount. Order by 10:59pm CST on Wednesday Nov 5. Watch the official video for “Never Be Normal” below. For more information visit: