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Man In The Ring / Bio

Man in the Ring is the beloved folk rock band from Columbia, Missouri. Their music explores numerous genres and artistic aspects. Some influences are: Steely Dan, Robert Randolph, and Jason Mraz. The five piece band, featuring the crowd-pleasing electric violin, is community favorite playing charity events, local festivals (including three appearances at the annual Roots n Blues n BBQ festival), and headlining at the nostalgic venues throughout Columbia. With over 50 years of combined musical experience, the band bears an impressive line-up of professional musicians who aren’t afraid to live up to the challenge of Man in the Ring’s constantly evolving sound.

After releasing their self-titled LP in December of 2009, the band stayed busy living the dream and filling requests of Columbia to play around town and for local events. But never satisfied, Man in the Ring recorded a much anticipated live album in 2011, “Live at the Blue Note” that set their standard of performance even higher. The band has never had a lack of inspiration or passion, “One of our favorite things is the challenge of creating a musically appropriate texture, that fits between the rhythm section of Drake, Kyle, Nate, and Brad’s guitar and the lead voices of Molly’s violin and Brad’s vocals.” Out of this, the band’s performance resume grew, leading to an appearance at the premier SXSW music festival showcase in Austin, Texas.

True to its stock, Man in the Ring’s sound is ever changing and always diverse. In July 2012, the favorite players of Man in the Ring released the more rootsy album “Midnight Choir” under the name Brad Cunningham. Following personnel changes and the new album release, the band re-grouped with the addition of violinist Molly Healey (formerly of Big Smith fame). The band is traveling, playing, and constantly growing. Look for guest appearances by pianist Justin Nabors and a growing repertoire of original music accompanied by matured harmonies on old MITR favorites.

The band has accrued a supportive fan base and continually thanks them by donating 25% of their profits back to the community. “We think it’s important to show some support to the people who really are trying to do good things in this world, and if you don’t have the time or the will to do these things yourself, it is just as important to give whatever resources you can to those who do.”

Combining the unique sounds of raw talent and the rare sounds of an electric violin, MITR is an easy option for a new favorite band or for a familiar aspect to your growing music library.
Brad Cunningham – Lead Vocals and Rhythm Guitar

Molly Healey – Violin and Vox

Nate White – Lead Guitar

Justin Nabors – Keys and Vox

Kyle Day – Bass Guitar and Vox

Drake Detwiler – Drums

General Info

Band Members
Brad Cunningham, Drake Detwiler, Nate White, Kyle Day, Molly Healey, & Justin Nabors
Artist Name
Man In The Ring
Home Page
Active Since
Rock / Folk Rock / Folk

Contact Info

Columbia, MO