Calvin and the Coal Cars with special guest, Amanda Stewart
Calvin and the Coal Cars
What do you get when you throw together a pedal steel player from the Seattle alternative scene, a Pink Floyd enthusiast guitar player from Wisconsin, a Warp Tour punk bassist from North Dakota, a meticulous funk drummer out of Baton Rouge, and a singer-songwriter from the cornfields of Iowa? Well, most wouldn’t jump to “a high energy alt-country/Americana band”, but that’s exactly what Calvin and the Coal Cars are.
Calvin and the Coal Cars came together in the spring of 2018 with Brian Wetzstein (pedal steel guitar), Dan Upton (lead guitar), Matt Windmueller (bass), Robert James (drums), and Lee Calvin (vocals and acoustic guitar).
In their short time together, the guys have had the honor of sharing the stage with national touring acts such as Asleep at the Wheel, Mark Chesnutt, Tracy Byrd, Whitey Morgan and the 78’s, and Sawyer Brown, as well as headlining their own shows at some of the region’s most sought out venues and events.
With her soul residing in Montana, Amanda Stewart channels a bare bones, stylistically diverse, Americana sound. Characterized by mellifluous vocals, intertwined by a harmonious fusion of sharp and gentle qualities, her lyrics probe towards life’s melancholic and pensive experiences, yet find unbashful moments to amp up and rock out. Fueled by an honest, vulnerable and highlyreflective artistic purpose, Amanda is gearing up to deliver a project that is just that. Venom — slated for release on Friday, July 28 — is an ode to life’s fleeting moments, lending us an opportunity to bask in all its joys and sorrows.