Fri, Jul 07|
Calvin and the Coal Cars / Counting Coup
Montana double-header featuring two of our states best up and coming country bands!
Time & Location
Jul 07, 8:00 PM
Helena, 1535 Dodge Ave, Helena, MT 59601, USA
About The Event
- $15 day of show
- Ticket required for ages 2+
- Limited seating is at a first come, first serve basis
Calvin and the Coal Cars
What do you get when you throw together a pedal steel player from the Seattle alternative scene, a Pink Floyd enthusiast guitar player from Wisconsin, a Warp Tour punk bassist from North Dakota, a meticulous funk drummer out of Baton Rouge, and a singer-songwriter from the cornfields of Iowa? Well, most wouldn’t jump to “a high energy alt country/Americana band”, but that’s exactly what Calvin and the Coal Cars are.
Calvin and the Coal Cars came together in the spring of 2018 with Brian Wetzstein (pedal steel guitar), Dan Upton (lead guitar), Matt Windmueller (bass), Robert James (drums), and Lee Calvin (vocals and acoustic guitar).
In their short time together, the guys have had the honor of sharing the stage with national touring acts such as Asleep at the Wheel, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, and Sawyer Brown, as well as headlining their own shows at some of the region’s most sought out venues and events.
In 2019 they were honored at the Magic City Music Awards by winning “Country Act of the Year” and “New Band of the Year”, along with second in “Original Song of the Year” for their song “Gypsy Girl”. Matt was also honored with a second place finish for “Bass Player of the Year”.
Calvin and the Coal Cars are getting ready to record their first EP at Jereco Studios in Bozeman, MT.
Coup, pronounced “ko͞o”, meaning to strike. In Native American culture, counting coup is the ultimate display of bravery. It comes in many forms but the most known is to touch your enemy in battle, showing that you could have taken their life and chose not to. No matter the case, counting coup always includes risking one’s life for the sake of honor and bravery.
Counting Coup, in its purest form, is an act of bravery reliant upon steel nerves, glorious ambition, and unfaltering faith. This band brings all these things and more to each performance. Counting Coup, with its rugged, rowdy, and broken sound, is bound to draw you in with soulful leads and melodies while flattening you with lyrics that range from gleeful to heart wrenchingly desolate. It is a collaboration of joy, pain, suffering, understanding, and plain old fun. The band is comprised of Troy Falcon on bass/lead vocals, Toby Falcon on guitar/vocals, Brenden Fritzler on harmonica, and Matt Kuhl on drums.