Episode 9: Rotgut Whines and Joseph Running Crane

Thursday, June 17, 2021

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This episode features Rotgut Whines and Joseph Running Crane. Featured in several publications, including “Montana Americana Music: Boot Stomping in Big Sky Country,” Joseph Running Crane represents a new generation of Americana musicians. He grew up on the Blackfeet Reservation, and is a seasoned veteran of the Missoula music scene. Joey earned a 2019 fellowship with the prestigious First Peoples Fund. His early influences were hard rock, though his recent songs have taken on a more wistful tone with an acoustic sound.

Rotgut Whines combines soulful rhythms with energizing tempos and passionate storytelling to create their signature sound: Fingerpickin’ Soul and Roll. Andrew Murphy’s crisp beats and deep baritone voice alone is worth the watch. He’s the perfect match for Evan Manuel’s flying fingers and catchy melodies. Please enjoy the pair’s ability to create the powerful sound some fans have described as “magic.” Though born on opposite coasts, the duo met in the Montana mountains in late 2014, when they became roommates and bonded over a shared love of music. Rotgut Whines was officially formed in April 2015 and, one year later, the bandmates moved to Missoula with plans to record their first album. Still roommates, the ease of their friendship is obvious on stage and creates an effortless vibe that captivates audiences.

So have some friends over and turn it up!

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