SHERwin linton white iron band poppa bear norton swanny rose
MAVERICK This award goes to an individual or group who best exemplifies the spirit of being a “maverick” in the music industry. An individual or group who is steadfast in their commitment to country music, who remains independent and often times unorthodox in their approach to delivering their craft.
White Iron Band
White Iron shows combine lyrical accessibility and explosive musicianship to produce a rich experience for the head, heart, and legs. Originally formed in Ely, MN, the heart of Minnesota’s northern Iron Range, by frontman Matt Pudas, keyboardist Eddie Juntunen,and guitarist Sammy Weyandt. Backed by a driving rhythm section with Jeff Underhill on drums and bass guitarist Andy Ferkinhoff accompanied by the tear in your beer undertones of Lee “Big Country” Martin on Pedal Steel guitar. The White Iron Band embodies the triumphs and struggles of the everyday man. With songs ranging from tales of love, pain, jail, work and whiskey. White Iron has always found a way into heart. Now based in the greater Minneapolis area, the group has established a passionate and equally as rowdy fan-base throughout the Midwest and has traveled further to spread their unique mix of blues, country and Americana roots music. White Iron Band has released their 7th studio album “Homebrew” (3/17/2018) on both digital and LP formats. “Homebrew” is produced and mixed by legendary Minnesota producer, singer/songwriter Rich Mattson and recorded at Sparta Sound. After some fine tuning and new additions that have never before been heard on any previous album, “Homebrew” is sure to impress even the most loyal fan. Sticking with their roots and some classic White Iron sound, there is the flare and soul of blues/rock that is implemented intensely throughout this new album. Even if you think you know and have heard White Iron Band, “Homebrew” is guaranteed to leave you asking for and wanting more. You will not want to miss a single show from White Iron Band and their new album “Homebrew”. The White Iron Band has supported and shared the stage with such acts as Lynyrd Skynyrd, David Allen Coe, Warren Haynes, The Wood Brothers, Derek Trucks, North Mississippi Allstars, Shooter Jennings, Charlie Daniels, Trampled By Turtles and many more.
Poppa Bear Norton
To the home of America's #1 Daredevil Country Duo, Poppa Bear Norton! This Minnesota based two man runaway freight train hillbilly band takes all the humor, sorrow, self-deprecation, and violence that once made country music great, then Poppa Bear & B carefully, but not to carefully add some trucker speed, black coffee, and rocket fuel to the mix. Shake it up, light a match and you wind up with a highly explosive original "Daredevil Country" sound, a style of country that can only be preformed by true "Country Daredevils" and that's just what "The Singer" and "The Slinger" are. That's right folks Poppa Bear Norton is America's #1 Daredevil Country Duo, performing without a safety net, while flipping the bird in the face of the homogenized bro-country establishment.
Swanny Rose encapsulates the complete songwriting and entertainment package with her ability to flow seamlessly between unique original music, fan-favorite cover songs and even distinctive improvisation when the moment strikes her. You can find Swanny Rose with several duet partners around the Upper Midwest and around Minnesota’s Twin Cities area. She regularly performs in her variety husband-and-wife duo, This Is How We Duet, with guitarist Joe Flip featuring both variety and 90’s era favorites, with popular local performer Elijah Adam singing classic hits, and with Singer-Songwriter Karina Kern.
“Sherwin Linton has been a great correspondent for Country Music for many years. He is the go-to guy for all things concerning authentic Country Music. In the mid-west, Sherwin is a larger than life Country singing, string bending, rhinestone wearing, boot heel dragging, fancy car driving, cowboy hat wearing state of the art Country Music star if there ever was one. Most of all he’s my pal. I always enjoy his work.” Marty Stuart