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Bonnie and the Beard / Press

"Also on the docket was Bonnie and the Beard at Mile High Spirits. If you haven’t heard these guys, stop doing what you’re doing right now (which I guess is reading this) and go check them out! More about them later... Before I get too far down the road, I wanna tell you why I was so impressed with Bonnie and the Beard. Not only do they have a very colorful style, with elements of Spanish dance and jazz improv mixed with a free sound similar to The Doors, they know how to connect with people. You had no choice but to shake baby! Another thing they did extremely well was shamelessly self-promote. Their merch was displayed so you couldn’t miss it. Their t’s had “Bonnie and the Beard” splayed across the front and were easily readable. Add to that the fact they mentioned their name at least 5 times throughout the hour long set. My favorite was lead singer Tony “The Beard” telling us to include their music in our “i-life.” Very clever, very funny."

“We’ve sung their praises before, but we thought we would once again talk about how great Bonnie and the Beard are. The band, a must see at this weekend’s UMS, just released an incredible new album, Cascavel. Slowly honing in on a sound that is uniquely their own, Bonnie and the Beard, fronted by Megan Fong and Tony LoVerde, play a style of music that is best described as “Gypsy Americana.” Cascavel shows the band taking their Bohemian-vaudeville act down steeper, more difficult terrain, telling tales of personal tragedy & loss, creating an overall sound that is darker, deeper and more personal. Songs like “Dice and Bones” and “Devil Whiskey” help solidify the sound of a musical wagon falling off the main road and descending deeper and deeper into a dark forrest where there is no visible exit.”

“It's a shame the HBO series Carnivàle was canceled in '05, because Bonnie and the Beard's new album, Cascavel, would have made an excellent soundtrack for the gothic dust bowl of romanticized madness. Thick with a whiskey-and-humidity aesthetic, Cascavel is an appropriate release for the relentless triple-digit afternoons we've been experiencing lately. "Dice and Bones" delivers an ominous weight in its dark, bouncy rhythms, displaying both the band's sophisticated gift for creating complex moods through instrumentation and singer Megan Fong's commanding pipes (she moans a bluesy vibrato not unlike Fiona Apple's). "Sweet Devil Whiskey" is full of Tom Waits-y sin and sweat, the perfect complement to mint juleps and Southern romance.”

“Bonnie and the Beard’s new EP, “Cascavel,” finds the trio maturing its approach to blues-based Americana into a sound that is truly its own. Recalling the Denver sound of bands like 16 Horsepower, Kal Cahoone and even a little bit of Reverend Deadeye, with an added sprinkling of sawdust and the dirt of country roads, all wet down with tobacco juice and whiskey, the threesome (with a little trumpet help from Wesley Watkins of Air Dubai and Petals of Spain) creates a saucy mash that makes “Cascavel” (funded through a successful Kickstarter campaign) a grin-inducing listen. Steal “Lightin’ Up” for a little taste of what this crew can do, then pick up the whole EP on Bandcamp for a mere $5. The band is playing all over Colorado lately, but your next chance to catch Bonnie and the Beard in Denver is a Saturday afternoon show on June 16 at Great Divide Brewing Company. Mark your calendar.”

“The show started with a local Denver gypsy-rock band that I was also checking out for the first time. Bonnie and the Beard is a three-piece band – Bonnie plays guitar/keyboards/percussion and Beard plays guitar/banjo. The two share vocal duties and are backed by drummer Alex Ferreira. The trio created a gypsy influenced southern rock sound that was a combination of folk, blues and country. Their songs conjured up images of the wild frontier and sounded like what you might hear traveling gypsies play as they performed in an old western saloon. Their songs all have a fun feel, enhanced by the dynamic presence and energy from Bonnie and Beard, and they got me bobbing my head and stomping my feet the whole time they were on stage.”

“GtoC: How did the band meet and come to play music together? B&B: Tony and I met at the good ol’ Meadowlark, over pizza & talk of cosmic lore. We knew each other for several years before we began making music together–he was playing with The Rooster Brothers and I was doing more of a singer songwriter deal (but barely playing anywhere.) We met our drummer Alex after we’d played a handful of shows as a two-piece– he happened to be filling in on drums for our buddy Jonny Woodrose during a show we were also playing. We all admired each-other’s long locks & we found our third member. GtoC: What’s the songwriting process like? B&B: I’d say the ways in which we create together are always changing and evolving. Often times someone will bring the skeleton of a song to practice, perhaps even have added flesh and blood to it. Often times that’ll get broken down completely–it can be hard on people’s ego, but s’ok. Working on getting a lot of our new stuff recorded right n”

“... the effervescent Bonnie and the Beard will shake the venerable park”

“​Bonnie and the Beard has a wayward traveler-feel about its sound — if Vaudville Americana were a genre, the local trio would be at the top of it. The band’s stomping, clanging rhythms are complimented by a duet of male and female vocals and a little banjo, tambourine and keyboards between.”

“…But it’s like they say: What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. Dealing with the accident has been trying, says LoVerde, but it also gave the couple time to concentrate on Bonnie and the Beard, which they founded in the fall of 2009. (They’d met two years earlier, when LoVerde was playing in the alt-country act the Rooster Brothers.) The initial plan was to buy a van and live out of it while they toured around the country and played music. But the car accident derailed those plans and forced them to stay in Denver for doctors’ visits and rehab. ”That was really what kick-started the development,” LoVerde points out. “We had all this time to really focus on the music that we were doing. It’s ironic, in the sense that it’s in many ways due to that accident that we’ve had the time and space and whatever to do nothing, really, but music. (full interview through link below)”

“Bonnie and the Beard's set at the Irish Rover boasted a much more appropriate marriage of sound and place. It was the fullest I'd seen the small Irish pub on South Broadway, and the trio seemed to thrive on the dense audience's energy. Both titular lead members played off each other, with Bonnie delivering snappy keyboard lines and the guitarist responding in kind, delivering vocals with a frenzied, carnival barker-like enthusiasm. It was a manic energy that I found hard to match during the remainder of the festival. ...Still, it was hard to calm down for the group's (John Common & the Blinding Flashes of Light) distinctive brand of folk-based rock after Bonnie and Beard's explosive set... Perhaps I was still pining for the cramped, energetic feel of Achille Lauro's set at the Brass Tree House or Bonnie and the Beard's remarkable performance at the Irish Rover...”

“Bonnie and the Beard possess a sound that is both sweet and sultry yet still raw and rawkus. Combining a bit of delta blues with indie-rock sensibilities, Megan (Bonnie) and Tony LoVerde (The Beard) sing about the struggle of human existence with the pipes to knock the dust off the highest rafters of any smoky bar. The band is currently in the midst of their Illegal Pete’s tour which will wrap up at our DU location on Friday the 15th with special guest Eric Halborg of the Swayback. Check out more info on Bonnie and the Beard at http://www.bonnieandthebeard.com. See Bonnie and the Beard and Eric Halborg (of the Swayback) on Friday, July 15th at the DU Illegal Pete's”

“'Musically, I’d describe them as a bluesy, jangly Americana meets gypsy folk band. Kind of like The Devil Makes Three meets someone else less Devil Makes Three-ish. LoVerde reminds me a lot of Slim Cessna’s Jay Munly when he sings, and Megan’s smokey blueswoman voice serves as a great accompaniment...as a whole this is a fantastic debut and another feather in the cap of my dream city out west.'”

"Free spirited, whimsical and other worldly are all good ways to describe the music of Denver based Bonnie and the Beard. Their nomadic sounds take you on not only an auditory journey but a journey of the soul as well. Referring to their recently released self-titled debut album as, "A collection of musings on wandering, thieves and fools," the three piece band eloquently captures not only the feel of their album but their artistry as well."

"Falling somewhere between Tin Pan Alley and bluesy Americana, this debut from Bonnie & the Beard sounds as if the band spent last year on an extended journey, collecting adventures and experiences along the way. The songs are the sort that come from people who once had dreams of running away with the circus (or actually did). Those same people might have also fallen in love with the music of Janis Joplin and Uncle Tupelo, and, rather than roam the world like Kwai Chang Caine, cultivated stories of their own to tell. If the sparkling "Lonely Hills" and the hazy carnivalesque strains of "Lost Tribe" are any indication, Bonnie and company have spent more than their fair share of time pursuing their dreams."

“After the concert ended we went to our new favorite hangout in Salida, Fritz aka Mr. Fritzy’s. They have a great patio with live music. The band playing was Bonnie and The Beard. They played a set of gypsy-type rock then a second more rock/alternative set. They were fantastic! After the show, a couple of us even bought their CD. Sorry, no pictures of Bonnie and The Beard were taken. Boo.”

“Bonnie and the Beard "Bonnie and the Beard crafts backwoods, blues-folk-rock that could be played in a revival tent that’s been set up behind a circus. The duo consists of Tony and Meghan, who trade off vocal duties while keeping the rhythm pounding on their respective instruments. Fans of Tom Waits and The Black Keys would do well to check them out."”

"While a variety of styles pepper “Bonnie and the Beard,” the record’s 11 tracks are united by Megan's powerfully throaty vocals — part Janis Joplin, part Ani DiFranco — and by the band’s loose, jangly approach to the carpet bag blues. The dusty charm of LoVerde’s slightly thinner vocals provides an excellent foil for Megan’s puissant pipes. Though the record occasionally suffers from a sameness of sound and mood, unique instrumentation, heartfelt delivery and evocative lyrics keep things moving."

“​"You know what's awesome about dream catchers? They catch your dreams and turn them into reality. Well, that's how we've always understood it -- though we've never actually researched it. Anyway, this flier for the Bonnie & the Beard release party might just be a dream come true, as releasing records is always something of a mystical adventure...It's fitting for the bands on hand -- the whiskey soaked swagger of Bonnie & the Beard nearly demands a somewhat ironic, patriotic-colored Native American theme. The scratched up and faded colors work, too, as they manage to convey the sort of poor man's Americana the band delivers." ”

"...when an act like Denver’s upstart Bonnie and the Beard hits town, locals light up...Salidans packed the Fritz last Saturday for a steamy dancefest, spilling their raised-high PBR tallboys as golden-throated Bonnie and the headbanging guitarist Beard blew the joint up...As the locals spilled into the chilly night, they formed an impromptu cruiser parade, singing Bonnie and the Beard tunes under a crescent moon as they slowly swerved home."

“In October I stumbled upon a righteous crew called Bonnie and the Beard at the Larimer Lounge in Denver...Bonnie’s voice is healing to the drunk soul...Let’s not forget “The Beard” (Tony). His guitar and vocals ground and compliment Bonnie in unexpected and comforting ways. Remarkably tight for a band just completing their first album. And of course wherever tightness is found, major credit goes to the drummer (Alex) for gluing it all together...Feel the love up close at cozy venues while you still can.”

“When the Denver music scene gets mentioned, it is hard not to get caught up in hearing about The Fray, 3Oh!3 and even the Flobots. While those bands do represent Denver, there are local acts that are quickly being recognized as bands to watch. One band in particular is Bonnie and the Beard. Members Tony, Bonnie and Alex got their start by putting their own soundtrack to the old cowboy tales we all admire right here in Denver. Bonnie and the Beard combined rough, dirty rock with country folk to create their own style. Each member compliments the other perfectly, which after only one album, makes Bonnie and the Beard one of the most polished Denver bands. Bonnie and the Beard have played several shows around Denver and if you haven’t seen them yet, you should go see them this weekend...With their rustic tunes of cowboy wonder, Bonnie and the Beard is not to be missed. ”