Winning audiences and defying genre classification since their inception in May of 2011, Tornado Rose is an Alt-Rock Bluegrass band of talented, versatile musicians based out of Wichita, Kansas. Intensely devoted to a full Parthenon of musical influences; their sound captures aspects of Bluegrass, Rock, Folk, Blues, Red Dirt, Funk and Soul for a reverberant mix of substance and surprise. From melodic electric guitar riffs to the sweet sensibilities of an old time string band, they offer fresh homage to the evolutionary nature of music at every turn and transform a wide spectrum of inspiration into pure musical fusion.
Brooke Bell: Vocals, acoustic guitar, fiddle and autoharp
Clint Dayhuff: Electric and acoustic guitar
Josh Bell: Electric and upright bass
Ted Myers: Drums and percussion
“The world was supposed to end on May 21, 2011. For us, it almost did. Damned inconvenient.”
“Prior to almost getting sucked up into the yawning black vortex of a deadly tornado, none of us actually believed the world was going to end that day.” The lead singer was careful to clarify. “We’re not complete idiots!” She looked pensive, then added, trailing off as if almost to herself, “however, we were all camping at the time and, ahem...” She paused, “not exactly in the best possible condition to…and it’s not as if there isn’t such a thing as weather reports in the information age…”
Luckily, half of the founding members survived to party on. Just kidding. Well, because only half of the founding members were present, hunkered down in a glorified outhouse and kissing their collective and figurative asses goodbye. The other half were, sensibly, elsewhere. In the aftermath, mortality confronted, priorities in order and fresh underwear assumed, the survivors joined their compatriots and a seamless conflagration of talents and instruments that seemed almost predetermined in its perfection ensued.
The happy foursome decided to make it official and sealed the deal with a rousing performance amid the mud and rain-battered revelers of the Walnut Valley Bluegrass Festival’s own famous Stage V and lived happily ever after, playing to packed bars, concert halls, garages, backyards and basements all over the Midwest.
Comprised of seasoned musicians, each member brings a different facet of sound to life and each live performance highlights the easy chemistry of the group, making it obvious that this is a group of friends who love making music together.
Dust in my Shadow EP
Tornado Rose’s debut release ‘Dust in my Shadow EP’ is a fully collaborative effort recorded by Craig Beebe at the Brickhouse Studio in Wichita, KS. Recorded in 2012 – 2013, crafting each song has been a tender and arduous process, with each member breathing life into their respective instruments and interweaving their stream of consciousness into the fabric song as it is performed.
• 80 Acres
• Dust in my Shadow
• Devil You Know
• Damned if I Don’t (Have a Good Time)
First came the haunting reminiscent tale of ’80 Acres’, springing to life fully formed with each instrument overflowing with relevant parts to add.
The EP title track ‘Dust in my Shadow’ reveals the band’s obvious love of Funk and Blues, with a reverent nod at the Queen of Soul herself.
‘Backbone’ goes even deeper, revealing more of the rhythm section’s range, the lead guitarist’s lush appeals and the singer’s soulful heart as she responds to Aretha Franklin’s classic ‘I’m a Woman, I’m a Backbone’.
The rich undertones of ‘Devil You Know’ added texture and a dynamic element to the mix, showcasing provocative vocals balanced by firm, sharp rhythm.
The band makes no secret of its collective love of the Walnut Valley Music Festival in Winfield, Kansas. “You wouldn’t believe what can come together from a week in Winfield!” This according to the lead guitarist, Clint Dayhuff. Several of the songs on the EP were clearly inspired by the music and culture of the widely-celebrated annual festival. ‘Damned if I Don’t (Have a Good Time)’ was written about escapism and casting the perils of modern life aside at Winfield. The soulful melancholy dripping from ‘Gravity’ calls to mind wide swaths of colored lanterns pale against the night sky around the glow of Stage V, spotlighting the loving attentions of the performers on stage and the desperate longings of the crowd.