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King of the Tramps / Bio

King Of The Tramps is an original roots-rock group, whose sound calls upon influences from modern roots rock, rhythm and blues, rock and southern, country rock. Their sound has been described as “Whiskey Gospel” and “Midwestern Roots Rock” by critics.
The band has released three albums of original music, “Good People” in 2011, “Wicked Mountain” in 2013, and “Joyful Noise” in 2014. According to front man, Todd Partridge, the music has a loose, raggedy, rootsy, bluesy feel to it and will appeal to a variety of music fans, especially those who like The Rolling Stones, The Allman Brothers, The Black Keys, Drive By Truckers, North Mississippi Allstars and The Band. “The music we are creating is has its own unique twist, and is going to appeal to a wide-range of fans, from blues lovers to jam band followers and classic and country rock fans. “ Audiences seem to agree as crowds at gigs and the band's fan base is growing!” Partridge said.
The King Of The Tramps live show is a foot stompin’, hand clappin’ rock and roll gospel, with plenty of crowd participation. According to “City View” show reviewer Chad Taylor, Partridge is “Part troubadour, part tent revival preacher, Partridge holds court over his audience, welcoming all to the Tramps roots rock/jam band sound with the charisma of a faith healer.”
The band takes its name from the spirit of the golden days when hobos and itinerants roamed the U.S. many in search of work and some just feeling the freedom of traveling a beautiful young and wide open country. Woody Guthrie most famously represented the image of the independent traveling troubadour, fighting for downtrodden individuals and singing picturesque songs about the beauty he saw from the door of a boxcar. King Of The Tramps takes its name for a lesser known rail legend. Not many people know the legend of Tex – King of the Tramps. Tex rode the rails in the 1930’s and 1940’s often leaving his mark “Tex K.T.” carved into bridges, fences and buildings across the U.S. His moniker has been found near old railways around the plains of West Central Iowa. “I once saw Tex’s mark on an old building by the railroad tracks in Carnarvon, Iowa, Partridge said. “Our goal in King Of TheTramps is to create music that makes people dance and feel good and conveys that same spirit of wanderlust and timelessness.”

What Venues Have to Say About the Live Show:

“King of Tramps can come back to Coda anytime! Not only do they rock but they have a professional attitude, and friendly laid back vibe. They put on a great show!!”
Clint Hoffmeier Co-owner Coda Bar and Grill, Kansas City, MO

“Everytime the King Of The Tramps play here, the room is packed. They put on a great, high-energy, feel-good show.”
Brian Reinart, Owner B&S/529 Carroll, IA.

KOTT performed for our “Stone Pier Concert Series” last year and they put on a great, professional show. Their music has a unique rootsy, rock and rhythm and blues feel that appeals to a lot of different types of music lovers. We will definitely have them back next year!!
Tom Bolan, Event Organizer, Lake View, IA

“What a great time! King Of The Tramps are nice guys who play great foot stompin’ hand clapping music!” Heather Allshouse, Swing Station, Fort Collins, CO.

"My husband and I own and operate an intimate listening room in Clive, IA...The GrapeVine. We had the pleasure of featuring King of The Tramps, “unplugged” at our venue. We, and our packed house, LOVED the members of the band and the fantastic show they performed that evening! All of the band members were very friendly, professional, on-time, engaged the audience and made new fans. We can't wait to feature them again!" Bonita Crowe, The Grapevine, LLC., Clive, IA

These tramps are true professionals and all around nice guys! They rocked our Awesome Biker Nights stage this summer. Their brand of Iowa Roots Rock is full of deep cuts and grooves and fit perfectly as support for The Marshall Tucker Band. Troy Sonichsen, Awesome Biker Nights Entertainment Coordinator, Sioux City, IA.
Rocket Suzie is a roots/indie rock festival that features local and regional acts. King Of The Tramps were a nice fit in our lineup, and were a definite crowd pleaser! Elise Brunnett, Talent Booker

What Reviewers Say About the Music:

“Wicked Mountain is a collection of well-written, energetic Southren country, roots rock songs with a lot of potential and deserve the attention of all rock lovers! “ Eric Schuurmans, RootsTime Music, Netherlands.

“King of the Tramps throws so much at you over the course of “Wicked Mountain” that it’s impossible to not find something to love. The Tramps are a bunch of supremely talented musicians, and “Wicked Mountain” is littered with influences pulled from all over the map. The title track is a heavy, Allman-esque number that anchors the album’s B-side, while opening track “Car Song” is infused with the ghost of the Black Crowes and a helping of southern-fried rock. But most of the album — especially high points like “Jesus Saves” — is pure King of the Tramps.” Chad Taylor, Des Moines City View
Wicked Mountain, The centerpiece/title song, with it’s chain-gang theme (and clanking chain beat) is nearly perfect with simple, painfully evocative lyrics (“Climbin

General Info

Band Members
Todd Partridge, Justin Snyder, Adam Smith, Adam Audlehelm, Ryan Audlehelm, Ryan MacAlister
Artist Name
King of the Tramps
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Rock / Roots Rock / Rail Jam, Raggedy Foot Stompin and Hand Claps

Contact Info

Auburn, IA

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