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bleedingkeys / Bio

"It can’t be mainstream because that’s just not them honestly. They don’t want to be Dave Matthews Band or O.A.R because they have no boundaries. It’s not about flashing lights, nice kicks, hotel rooms, or limo rides to the show. It’s not about girls, groupies, band-aids, or the press, and its not about parties in the green room, expensive gear and excessive tattoos. It’s about the people. It’s the reason why the bleedingkeys love Outkast and Ben Harper. It’s why Kayne West and Jared Letto joined forces, and why Elton John can perform with Lady Gaga. It’s why the Roots tour with anyone and everyone and why Macklemore & Ryan Lewis’ “The Heist” has sold over 800,000 copies without any mainstream promotion or support. This is why bleedingkeys makes music. It’s a dream to have a common understanding and to be the great communicator. It won’t save the world but it can make the wounds, the hunger, the threats, the racism, the prejudice, and the negligence, a little easier to stand up against. They want to be the venue where multiple cultures are provoked to listen to thoughts, ideas, and exciting music. These are the thoughts and dreams that keep them up at night. This music is about combining blues, folk, rock and soul in a way that sound and textures pay respect and represent each genre with great appreciation. They want this to be a playground that has no limitations to its games. This is a place where singing, rapping, fingerpicking, and poetry can meet in one accord. This is where they wish to play. They want to resolve the anger and pain others feel. They want to show you that there are more similarities in their music to your experiences than you may realize. The single thing that makes two apparently opposing genres harmonize is the greatest commonality; that we are all human. We all experience the same feelings and emotions, though there may be different things that make us feel these emotions, and we may express them in different ways. Yet, their music is created for a reason.....to bring us closer together." - Ben Cannon, Shine Indy

The band released their first cd, a five song EP titled "Solo Crazy" back in September 2012 with recently established Indianapolis recording studio, Grizzly Music Company. Notably, the project was largely funded by prize money won by their lead singer/songwriter, Jeremy Johnson, after taking the top spot in one of the regions biggest talent competitions. It was around this time that band members met the CEO of Klipsch Audio while playing a private party. Not five months later they were on an airplane, headed to Las Vegas to play at The Hard Rock Hotel and Casino for the international CES event - compliments of Klipsch. Birthed from the high of the experience under the bright lights was their soon to be released single, “Slick Black Cadillac." Make sure and head over to Spotify or iTunes to experience the sound for yourself.

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Indie / Folk Rock / Indie Rock

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Pendleton, IN

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