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Deeply rooted in old time, folk and traditional American music, The Mile Markers are a modern American roots band based in Denver, Colorado. The power of The Mile Markers rests squarely on the riveting vocal interplay and lyrical craftsmanship of the groups founding members Julie Stratton (guitar/vocals) and Bevin Foley (fiddle/vocals). Lee Patterson of the Buffalo Grass Acoustic Society put it well when he said “This well-balanced and powerful duo has a stylistic maturity and sophistication well beyond their ages. The duet’s vocals are expressive, nuanced and so in-sync that it seemed I was hearing one mind, singing through two voices. Acoustic beauty like theirs is a rare find.” The group is further rounded out and supported by the rollicking and clever stylings of banjo player Sal Clark and bassist Nicki Handy. From Moab, Utah to Chicago, Illinois to the Pacific Northwest, The Mile Markers continue to build an ever growing base of fans and friends anywhere their musical travels take them.
The Mile Markers play music for the new depression. With an uncanny ability to draw the listener into a very intimate landscape the songs of The Mile Markers are at once strikingly personal and shockingly universal. Theirs is the fresh melody leaping out of the old radio. Theirs is a sweet dusty music that celebrates love and loss equally; rejoicing in both the joys and sorrows of life. Live The Mile Markers create an atmosphere of camaraderie and celebration - reminiscent of some spontaneous revival - that serves as a call to the weary, the doubtful and the ghosts that the time has come to drink whiskey and to dance around the floor and to be uplifted.
In 2010, The Mile Markers released their debut album entitled “Take to the Road”. This release led to many notable performances including the 25th annual Bolder Boulder (CO) and inclusion on the Bolder Boulder compilation CD released by 97.3 KBCO, The Moab Folks Festival (UT), Moab Pumpkin Chuckin' Festival (UT), Green Beer and Bluegrass Festival (Denver, CO), The Denver Oktoberfest (CO), WHYS Bluegrass Festival (WI), national tours to the Northwest and Midwest. This year includes the Colorado Environmental Film Festival, the 20th annual Microbrews for the Environment (Boulder, CO) and the Summer Solstice Music Festival & Benefit (Golden, CO). The Mile Markers have also played shows with bands including, but not limited to Abigail Washburn w/ Bela Fleck, Eilen Jewel, Elephant Revival, Pert Near Sandstone, The Hen House Prowlers and Trout Steak Revival.
“The Mile Markers CD gives a new twist on Old-Timey music. It’s hillbilly music with songs that draw you into a very personal landscape, plus a punk attitude. Home made in the best sense of the word. Like home-made pizza.” - David Glasser, Grammy Award Winner, about the album Take to the Road