Alternative and heartland rock band the BoDeans will perform at 8 p.m. Feb. 14 (doors open at 7 p.m.) at the Vogue Theater in Broad Ripple.
Tickets are $25 and are on sale now at the Vogue Box Office, online at ticketfly.com or charge-by-phone at 877-4-FLY-TIX (435-9849). The Vogue is located at 6259 N. College Ave. (in the Broad Ripple Village) in Indianapolis. Show is a 21+, no smoking event.
About the BoDeans: “I’ve always thought of the BoDeans as a truly American band,” says Kurt Neumann, the founder, primary writer and front man of the veteran Milwaukee-based group. “We were blue-collar kids straight out of the heartland - how could we be anything else? ‘Roots rock’ was a label I fought when I was younger, but I came to realize that if by ‘roots’ you meant blues, rock, country and soul all slammed together into one sound, then I’d say yes - that is the sound of American-made music.”
Neumann fully embraces that notion on American Made, the BoDeans’ eleventh album. Its dozen songs are laced through with strands of indigenous roots element - ”Heartland hoedown folk (“American,” with guest Jake Owen spinning out the guitar solo), Celtic-rooted mountain music (“Walk Through This World,” “Flyaway”), zydeco (“Everything You Wanted”), Southern roadhouse soul (“Don’t Bring Me Down”), Chicago blues (“Shake the Fever”) and 100-proof roots rock (“All the World”). These tracks are played with heartfelt emotion as well as jaw-dropping skillfulness by the band - Neumann on vocals and guitars, original member Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp) on keyboards and accordion, longtime BoDeans bassist Ryan Bowman and new member Warren Hood, a fiddle/violin virtuoso from Austin.
As it turns out, the album title bears a thematic resonance as well as a stylistic one. With American Made, the BoDeans have created a soul-stirring song cycle that directly reflects the American experience at this critical moment in our history. The album - which also includes a powerful rendition of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m on Fire” was inspired by Neumann’s blue-collar upbringing and his desire to express what a great country America remains, despite its troubles and the challenges facing it today.
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