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Go Long Mule / Bio

A vaudeville roots-rock, rag-and-bones folk revival forging tales of the weird and immensely human.
Pieced together after a series of fateful barroom encounters, Go Long Mule has created a style that is as much cheers and laughter as it is a drunken brawl.
This group of multi-instrumentalists renders tales of the beauty parlor and the junkyard alike with the stylings of rag-and-bones folk, vaudevillian roots-rock, and roadhouse blues. Accessible yet indefinable, this sonic collage stitched by this wayfaring bevy is perhaps best described as nothing more than a reflection of the band’s multifarious members.
Ryan Anderson’s melodic rambling combines the shipwrecked lyricism of Gabriel Garcia Marquez and the wit and wisdom of Tom Waits. With the mercurial warmth of a pawnshop weasel, he simply takes off his hat and stories fly out.
Kristen Holtschlag tightropes between harmony and acrimony as she fiddles on her viola while balancing a mandolin on her nose, her angelic voice delivering an equally demonic wit.
Stepping out from a Mathew Brady photograph, do not be deceived by Adam Mormolstein’s timelessness. He taps his bass and bobs his head in 3/4, 4/4, and 6/8 time.
Mark “Barney” Zoller’s consummate percussive style recalls the rhythms of the L&N as it travels the long tracks beneath the Mississippi moon, coloring each song with rowdy wonder and inveterate realism.
When Isaac “Snakes for Arms” Lyon first heard what would ultimately become his beloved accordion, he rightly believed it signified the coming of the apocalypse. He squeezes and heaves the box with due reverence.
Each performance with this troupe of gadabouts is a carnival where song and story rendezvous, and an adventure that delights the ears, the ribs and the hips; that thrusts and grabs and tickles the senses.

General Info

Band Members
Ryan Anderson, Barney Zoller, Steve Leaf, Kristen Holtschlag, Adam Mormolstein, Isaac Lyons
Artist Name
Go Long Mule
Profile Page
Folk / Rock / Americana

Contact Info

Chicago, IL