Bernard was born and raised on Earthwork Farm in Northern Michigan, surrounded by gardens, goats, hippies, rednecks and stringed instruments, smack dab in the middle of a tightly woven circle of friends and family throughout the Regan Era. Just outside Lake City, a fine small hometown. No shortage of churches, bars or lakes around. The teenage years sought and brought in influences of counter culture and pop culture. Delving into mystic poetry, stand-up comedy, sixties music, professional sports and theater. Traveling around as a storyteller, point guard, sax player or singer/guitar player in bands with names like “Freesoil”, “Kind Lear and the Gothic Monks” or “The Pagoda Trees”, from little Lake City to Interlochen Arts Academy to New York City back to mother Michigan. Ten thousand miles of Greyhound travel in between. Seth recorded his first album at his guitar teacher’s home studio between 99 and 00. Tried the University of Michigan and the experience was brief, stressful, expensive and expansive. Classes in ecological sustainability, poetry and the performing arts led to leaving college for a life seeking the study and creation of such things. The rest of the brief bio story is traceable online, more recordings and notable creations and peak experiences, yes, but enough about S. Seth B. for now. Earthwork Music was a seed and now it has a life of its own. It’s at work and play in Michigan and earthworkmusic.com is a good guide to it. Earthwork now has many albums and events to its name, and more are in the works. But it’s a collective more than it’s a company, a circle of friends with all different kinds of eyes and minds and musics. Bernard is still a point guard and a music maker of many colors. Daisy May is Seth’s homemade partner. She is a friend of the worlds, a beautiful songbird. They two have put their medicines together and hit the road. – http://earthworkmusic.com/site/artist.php?page=view&aid=4
Jake Allen is a young yet seasoned artist originally from Northern Michigan. Since creating his first musical compositions at age five in his father’s home studio, the evolution of Jake’s sound has been many years in the making. His music is complex, yet accessible. It’s something he calls “ethereal rock.” With a general “rock music” base, Jake seems to draw his main inspiration from the ear pleasing and peak moments within all genres. This truly makes this music an artistic style of its own.
Jake is one of America’s most active independent workhorse artists, spending about two thirds of each year on the road, both solo and with his full band.
While touring solo, Jake’s acoustic style of using both hands on the fret board, alternatively slapping the guitar for percussive effects, has “wowed” audiences in venues through his nationwide tours. While touring with the full Jake Allen Band, the level of musicianship and talent on display from the four members of the group has stopped listeners in their tracks. The show is a high energy musical exploration that plays out like a movie for the audience to view within.
In addition to guitar, Jake also plays keyboards, bass, drums, harp, and many other instruments. Jake performs all of the instruments heard on his albums recorded on the indie record label, Dharma Records, and he is currently touring with Jake Allen Band in support of his new critically acclaimed project, “Etherica.” – http://www.jakeallenmusic.com/