Recently I attended my second Barnstormer in Maquoketa, IA at the gorgeous Codfish Hollow Barn. First of all, can I just say that the Daytrotter and Codfish Hollow folks really make it totally worth your while if nothing else. They are amazing people doing amazing things for the sake of music and community that expands all over the country.
This time around I went into this Barnstormer only knowing about a couple of the acts, so I left with some new favorites that I honestly can’t wait to hear more from in the future.
Madi Diaz is a Los Angeles by way of Nashville-based folk pop singer/songwriter. I’m sure you’ve heard the whole, “Little bit country, little bit rock ‘n’ roll.” Well, that describes Madi Diaz and her sound to a T. From dance, twangy rock songs to Taylor Swiftesque slow love jams, Madi Diaz as it all. Her upcoming EP, Far From Things We Know, will be out on September 20 and we can expect a full-length in 2012. Check out the track “Let’s Go” below and then head over to her website and check out the video.
Awesome rock bands are kind of my thing. And if you are looking for a fun, upbeat band I think you should definitely give Austin-based Hundred Visions a listen. Their show at Codfish Hollow was definitely at the top of my favorites list. They have an EP out right now (photo), Last Cab From Tunis and it rules. Check out the title track below.
Wildlife is a Toronto-based dance, pop band with strong vocals and insane drumbeats. The band has a variety of excellent musical influences. It’s easy to tell that they take elements from everything and everywhere to make their sound fresh and unique. Wildlife’s debut album, Strike Hard, Young Diamond, is out now on Easy Tiger. Check out an awesome track (more available for free on Bandcamp) below.
For the latest, coolest, newest and most excellent bands you need to check out, go to Daytrotter and check out their growing list of amazing bands passing through their studios. And the next time a Barnstormer tour rolls around do not hesitate to attend, even if it means driving 8 or more hours to get there. It’s totally worth it.