As one of the last of the analogue kids, Michael Kranicke, founder of VDK, grew up at a time when listening to music meant either FM Radio or Vinyl. Drinking in a Rock & Roll brew laced with harmony and melody, Michael honed his guitar skills with a myriad of bands.
"People say we sound like: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Ryan Adams, The Wallflowers, and Drive By Truckers."
With VDK…, hundreds of shows and thousands of miles over more than a decade produced numerous moments laced with applause, laughter, cheers and critical acclaim. The single, “When I See Her” from ‘American Lights’, was featured in the motion picture “Deal” starring Burt Reynolds and produced by Seven Arts Pictures / MGM.
“It is all about the song, stripping down the music, and getting down to rock and roll,” says Michael.
With their new album ‘Mileage’, and a fresh line up, Michael serves up the best for VDK’s longstanding fans and new audiences. VDK has changed their narrative, while they have sustained their passion for the song, for the first chord, for the wall of sound, for the girls, for the rush, for love of it, for the addiction to music we all like to never lose.
BENYARO is Ben Musser’s Indie Roots and Rock project started in the subways of Brooklyn, NY and now based out of Jackson Hole, WY. On this fall 2016 'Get out the Vote' Tour, Benyaro will partner with HeadCount and Rock the Vote to encourage voter registration and participation in November's elections. A “power duo”, Benyaro has a sound reminiscent of "acoustic David Bowie", "early Tom Waits", and "if you’re a fan of The Band or their modern-day counterparts The Avett Brothers, there’s a good chance you’ll take a shine", according to Nashville SCENE. Live performances showcase Musser’s rich voice and impressive musicianship as he simultaneously performs acoustic guitar, kick drum, harmonica, hihat, and shaker with contagious energy, all while singing. His confident vocals have drawn multiple comparisons to Bowie and Cat Stevens, among others. Complimented by Leif Routman on upright bass and convincing harmonies, one is treated to the sound of a full band as the minimalist duo draws audiences into their world of indie, soul, rock, blues, folk, country and gospel.