Hugh Masterson gives a Midwestern feel to country music songwriting. After leaving his hometown of Butternut in Northern Wisconsin, he moved to Milwaukee for college. The transition proved to be dramatic, as his jaw was broken in two places after being mugged, and his house shot through five times. However, he persisted with odd jobs, working as a janitor at a bowling alley and as an apartment painter.
When a touring band he played bass in broke up, Masterson started focusing on songwriting and fronting his own group, Hugh Bob & The Hustle. Following a full-length album and finding allies in the country music community, Masterson moved to Nashville in 2015. He’s a woodworker who has accepted tour slots opening for Anderson East, Nikki Lane, The Lone Bellow, and Margo Price.
Masterson has drawn the attention Americana Music Association, CMT, KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic, Rolling Stone, World Café, and South by Southwest. He expects to release a full-length album in the near future.
Elmquist is a roots rock singer-songwriter. He is a Georgia original, a Nashville noisemaker and now a Brooklyn urbanite. He pens tender laments and angry regrets about hometown ghosts, front porches, empty guns and bankrupt hearts. His hero is Springsteen. He studies Bono and follows Neil Young. He can easily coast between roles. He can be the dealer, the gambler, the captain, the captive, the lover and the fighter. He’ll fight against adversity, but for the girl he loves. He celebrates the small things and leaves the past behind. He’s walking toward the sun to meet you at the crossroads. From there, heaven only knows.