Allegedly founded at a bible camp, and born in the back valleys of Western Wisconsin, Them Coulee Boys craft a brand of Americana that blends punk, bluegrass, and rock & roll. Guitar, banjo, mandolin, bass, and a lone kick drum provide the pulse that drives underneath the conversational yet thoughtful lyrics. Them Coulee Boys seek to start a conversation with their performance, knowing just how diverse that interaction can be. From love letters and farewell fights, to fists raised in protest with a hand held in harmony, the songs are reflections on the current state of the world, and in turn, ourselves. The lyrics and singing of Soren Staff are complemented by the reckless banjo stylings of Beau Janke, the deft mandolin work of Jens Staff, and the thump of bass/kick drummer Neil Krause, Them Coulee Boys are sure to make it “impossible not to bob your head, shake your legs, or even strum your fingers along with the beat” (The Spectator).
After the release of their debut “I Never Lied About Being In Love” in 2014, Them Coulee Boys toured tirelessly until it came time to record their first professional studio effort in the winter months of 2016. After 7 days at Pine Hollow Audio outside of Eau Claire, WI the new record “Dancing in the Dim Light” was born. With new songs came new sounds, as evidenced by the use of electric banjo, drums, and piano. Engineer Evan Middlesworth also contributed pedal steel and baritone guitar, while Eve Wilczewski (Seasaw) added violin. It’s a grander sound, while still keeping the rawness of a live setting Them Coulee Boys are known for. Lyrically, “Dancing in the Dim Light” deals with the duality of life, in which we often remember the lows in our highs, but also see the light in the dark. Being weak or vulnerable isn’t what defines you. It’s about how you dance when the lights aren’t shining like they need to. “Dancing in the Dim Light” is set to be released June 28, 2016 with a tour to follow.
Since the release of "Dancing in the Dim Light", fans and critics alike have praised the giant step forward into Them Coulee Boys own sound. Reviewed by many U.S. publications, DITDL was also loved by Scene Magazine in Canada, and had press from the U.K. as well. It was named "Best Local Album 2016" by Volume One Magazine, and has been played on radio stations all across the country, most notably on NPR's "SImply Folk" program.
Them Coulee Boys have shared the stage with:
YOnder Mountain String Band
pert Near Sandstone
HOrseshoes & Hand Grenades
(of Trampled By Turtles)
Them Coulee Boys have played at:
First Avenue MainROOm
Blue Ox Festival
Boats & Bluegrass
Folk Alliance International
Awards and Accomplishments
"Best Local Album 2016" Volume One Magazine.
"Best Bluegrass Band" Volume One Magazine.
4th Best Selling Album of 2016 - The Local Store.
"Them Coulee Boys Cool Ale" released by Blue Heron Brew Pub, Marshfield, WI
Final 32 Finalists - Bonnaroo Battle of the Bracket Contest
River Falls Roots & Bluegrass Songwriting Grand Champion
MEET THE BAND
Lead Vocals, Guitar, Piano
Staff is the songwriter for Them Coulee Boys, with lyrics as contemplative as they are conversational. His influences include Neil Young, Taylor Goldsmith, Bruce Springsteen, Joni Mitchell and all those who take chances. Staff seeks a shared experience between the band and the audience, and hopes listener's find their voice in his music.
Banjo, Electric Banjo, Piano, Harmonica, Vocals
Janke is the resident artist in Them Coulee Boys, always pushing the limits musically and aesthetically, to great affect. His influences include The Flaming Lips, U2, and Sufjan Stevens. Beau makes music because, for him, its the only thing that he creates that he desires to share with others.
Staff is Them Coulee Boys jack of all trades, contributing mandolin as well as both the lowest and highest harmonies around. He also is the businessman, jumping through hoops behind the scenes. He cites The Eagles, Alabama Shakes, and The Avett Brothers as his biggest influences. Staff loves making music because it makes him and those who hear it happy.
Bass, Kick Drum, Vocals
Krause is the one man rhythm section, playing bass and kick drum at once. His relentless thump on the stand up and electric bass are the pulsing undercurrent to TCB's sound. His influences include .357 String Band, Paul Simon, Old Crow Medicine Show, and Cat Stevens. Neil loves playing music with TCB because he sets his goals high, and it never feels like work to him.