Horseshoes and Hand Grenades: Inside to Local Band

Local bluegrass band Horseshoes and Hand Grenades has been featured in Hoopla Magazine and can be described as “five friends coming together to play music” according to Adam Greuel , who plays guitar, dobro, and does vocals in the band. The band members include Adam Greuel, Russell Pedersen (banjo/fiddle/vocals), Collin Mettelka (fiddle/mandolin/vocals), Davey C. Lynch (harmonica/accordion/spoons/vocals), and Sam Odin (bass/vocals).  They are a local band with their roots right here in Stevens Point where they all met. Support local music by attending their CD release on May 4thor other local gigs like April 27th in Manawa.

They started out as five random guys who had heard about each other from friends. One night they were jamming together and realized something special was being made.  They went up to the Northland Ballroom just north of Stevens Point on a Wednesday night where there is a bluegrass open mic night.  The crowd really enjoyed them on stage and asked to book them right away.  They started to play at local gigs and there name spread, which they had no band name at first and they are still not exactly certain how there name came to be. 

The next era of their band was the festival scene.  They played at festivals like Bella Fest and Boats and Bluegrass where they continued to grow as a band and increase their following.  They kept playing more and more at venues from weddings to pubs in Minneapolis, Milwaukee, and Madison, which is where they are today after 2 ½ years since the band started they are releasing a CD with all their original music.

They are having a release party for their CD,“This Old Town” named after Stevens Point on May 4th.  They are calling it their Hometown Get Down and will be at a German-style ballroom north of Stevens Point called Bernard’s Country Inn at 8pm.  They wanted to get a multigenre event so they will also have the bands Natty Nation (Reggae), The Mustache (Funk), and Hi-Matics (IndiAmericana).  The show is 18+ and advance tickets are on sale at Zest Bakery and Coffeehouse for $8 or you can buy them online for $9 (link to their website).  Their CD “This Old Town” is a celebration of what has come to them in Stevens Point and as an effort to giveback to the place they love.  The band can also be found on Facebook and MySpace or check out this song titled “Rod’s Tune” on YouTube.

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-Kimmarie

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