Meet the Band: Michael Harvan (vocals, guitars, keys), Doc Blankenhorn (banjo, fiddle, lap steel, strings), Ron Cerosky (bass), and Joel Eric Geiser (percussion)
What They Do: The Akron-based Americana quartet has been playing together for two years, developing an enduring, multigenerational take on working-man's roots music.
For Spinnin': The five-song Crushing Plant EP was released in 2009. A new album is "almost done and set to drop in June," says Geiser.
TV Show They'd Least Want to Appear On: "Pretty sure that would be American Idol," says Geiser.
Why They Say They Matter: "We really do appeal to all ages," says Geiser. "Mike Harvan is a great songwriter, and we have a flippin' banjo player. Doc is a true rock star."
Why We Say They Matter: Earnest folk music works better when you've got a couple older pros to keep the young guns in check, and Cerosky and the multitalented Blankenhorn certainly serve that role well for the talented young Harvan.
Where You Can Hear Them:
Where You Can See Them: At the Outpost in Kent on April 9 (as part of the Akron Americana showcase), and at Brothers Lounge on April 22. — Andrew Clayman