Frontier Ruckus play Stephen Foster-esque indiehillbillypastoralfolk and they’re from freaking Michigan. Their new album, The Orion Songbook is out on Quite Scientific and it is, quite good. They got the banjos and accordions and ambient mic’d drums and they can rock a mean saw. Like Steinbeck, they paint dusty images of the heartland and the people who inhabit the frontier (hence the name?) and they eloquently capture the hopelessness and optimism and spirit of the lives we’re held captive by.
And as if they’re album isn’t cool enough check out some of their demos including: