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. Somewhere underneath the energy, the exuberance, the wit, and the passion of Them Coulee Boys lies a heart. It's a heart filled with sincerity, honesty, and the will to make the world a better place. This heart is not only evident in every song, but also in Them Coulee Boys as a whole. These songs are meant for dancing, for excitement, but are also for thought, and for the quiet moments. Them Coulee Boys seek to balance the high with the low, the happy with the sad, and the love with pain. It's how we live our lives, and they make music that reflects that.
Founded in late 2013, Them Coulee Boys have quickly become a force on the Midwest music scene. Soren Staff, Beau Janke, Jens Staff, Neil Krause, and Patrick Phalen IV work together as a well-oiled alt-folk machine to craft songs and live shows that have impressed audiences nationwide.
In the winter of 2018, Them Coulee Boys set to capture a new sound. They gathered at the famed Pachyderm Studios (Nirvana, Son Volt, PJ Harvey) in Cannon Falls, MN to record with their friend Dave Simonett (Trampled By Turtles). Their as of yet untitled record builds on their ever evolving sound, while capturing the live element Them Coulee Boys are known for. The album is framed as a journey of sorts, starting in a volatile place, and ending in acceptance. This is the sound of a band that has grown into the sound they’ve been working towards, while keeping the sincerity they built themselves on. Look for their new record in 2019.
Them Coulee Boys have had the pleasure of sharing the stage with some incredible acts including: John Fogerty (of Creedence Clearwater Revival), Trampled By Turtles, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain String Band, Pert Near Sandstone, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, Fruition, and many more.
Awards and Accomplishments
Official Showcasing Artist - Americana Music Association Americanafest
Main Stage Performer - Blue Ox Music Festival - 2018, 2019
"Best Bluegrass Band" - Volume One Magazine - 2016, 2017, 2018
"Best Bluegrass Band" & "Best Folk Band" - Visit La Crosse's Best of La Crosse Poll 2017
"Best Local Album 2016" Volume One Magazine.
FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL Performer
"Them Coulee Boys Cool Ale" released by Blue Heron Brew Pub, Marshfield, WI
Final 32 Finalists - Bonnaroo Battle of the Bracket Contest - 2015
River Falls Roots & Bluegrass Songwriting Grand Champion - 2015
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.