How do you pigeonhole a band whose 10 year career has been based on Original Songwriting across multiple genres and styles?
In mid 2017 Stormcellar will release 'Defiance', the third album in their 'Mid West Triptych', a three part concept recorded over the last 4 years in Australia and the US, the first two albums from which have already achieved a degree of critical acclaim and even a small historical footnote for their collaborations with rarely-recorded Elders from Kansas City.
After 10 unbroken years of work, it's worth taking a moment to acknowledge the effort and discipline required for a independent, Original Songwriting band to have carved out a career in these changing times.
In 10 years Stormcellar have performed more than 457(and counting) shows, released 8 albums and toured the US 4 times.
This sheer work load and output level have marked Stormcellar as one of Australia's most prolific and successful modern songwriting bands.
Stormcellar have written for and recorded with; Elders of Kansas City Gospel, Blues & Soul; Australian Fiddle Champions & Bush Balladeers; Accordion players. Mandolin Country Chicks; US Midwestern Poets; Master Mongolian throat singers; A cellist from the Sydney Dance company; The Director of the Indiana Jazz Festival and New York Sax Heavyweight; Flugelhorn. Gun Blues Guitarists. Boss Bass players.
They’ve been schooled by Percy Sledges' musical director. Toured Oz. Recorded everywhere from top US studios to the porch of a farmhouse in Cumnock, New South Wales, on about every form of media except wax cylinder.
Stormcellar have played US & Aus Festivals, Biker rallies, back porches, dive bars, VFW halls, RSL’s, Bowlo’s, Pubs, Clubs, Paddocks and even Australian Stadiums. Also Nashville and Wollongong.
They’ve had a ‘cool’ video on a mainstream TV morning show. Topped the Australian Roots chart twice, come close once and been on the charts approaching 36 months, first band to be on the chart with two albums simultaneously.
They’ve charted in the US, France and Canada and they’ve just done 4 US tours in a row and are booking their fifth now.
When trying to pigeonhole Stormcellar, there is only one answer: They are a modern, original, Australian, songwriting band.
'I love these guys'
Mal Eastick, Aussie Guitar Legend
My favourite Quote from US 2016 tour:
'Met you at a gas station in Indiana, I was on my bike with a bunch of my brothers. You handed out CD's and I was kinda skeptical but took it anyway. You guys ----ing rock and now I cant get the music out of my head. I am excited to see you will be in my neighborhood in the next couple of weeks at a local bar. I will see you there, cd was awesome, thank you and see you soon. I'll try to bring as many as I can to support you.'
Jackyl, Rider of Undisclosed Affiliation.
To Book or talk to Stormcellar contact:
US: 773 382 8852
or send us an email via CONTACT FORM
What's Been Going On Recently?
MAY 2017 - A bunch of videos released, 9th album 'Defiance' due out pretty much any time. 5D project started. More airplay. Yeah we've been busy.
MAR 2017 Recap - 9th album almost done, part 3 of the midwest triptych 'Defiance' due out mid year. New videos released. More radio airplay.
DEC 2016 - Stormcellar's 9th Album enters mixing in Indiana.
DEC 2016 - DC Bellamy goes on National Public Radio in the US to talk about the Kansas City Gold project.
DEC 2016 Kansas City Gold getting airplay on approx 250 stations world wide, inc US, Australia, France, the UK and Canada.
NOV 2016 Stormcellar's 8th album KC Gold getting airplay on 250 radio stations world wide!
OCT 2016 Gene Deer, 2016 Indiana Legend Award Winner announces East Coast Tour of OZ with Stormcellar. (UPDATE- Gene didn't get his passport in time for Jan, tour postponed)
OCT 2016 Stormcellar does Marrickville Street Fair
OCT 2016 Kansas City Gold Reaches gets syndicated Airplay in the US & Canada, with over 150 Stations now playing the album.
OCT 2016 Kansas City Gold Reaches #6 on Australian Blues & Roots Chart
OCT 2016 - Millage interview by Australian DJ's whilst Michael's interviewed by US DJ's!
SEPT 2016 'Introducing Stormcellar' double album of Everywhere Feels Like Home + Curious Assembly gain airplay on US AAA radio
SEPT 2016 Kansas City Gold 'Album of month' on 2RRR
SEPT 2016 - ninth album recorded in Indianapolis with producer Alan Johnson (Paul Rodgers/John Fogerty/Kid Rock/Larry Crane/Duke Tumatoe) and guests Gene Deer, Larry Crane, PJ and Rob Dixon.
AUG 2016 - 4th US Tour, including 2nd year in a row at Nickelplate Festival.
AUGUST 2016 Kansas City gold debuts on Australian Blues & Roots Charts at #23
JULY 2016 - 'Kansas City Gold' completed
FEB 2016 - 'I'm Better Off Without You' released as a single.
Q4 2015 - Original soundtrack 'Everywhere feels like home' released. debuts at #15 on the Charts. Not bad for a soundtrack eh?
SEP 2015 Recorded 'KC Underground sessions' with Kansas City All Stars line up including Millage Gilbert and Ron Teamer.
SEP 2015 Recorded 'Better off without you' at Static Shack, Indianapolis
SEP 2015 Stormcellar at Nickeplate Fest, Fishers IN
AUG 2015 Stormcellar at Byron Crossroads Festival, Rockford IL, 2nd year in a row!
AUG 2015 Stormcellar US Tour 3
MAY 2015 Stormcellar tour with Kansas City Legend, DC Bellamy on Australian East Coast Tour
APRIL 2015 Stormcellar announed for Longview Festival, October
Interview with Mr Wizard from Australian Guitar Magazine Mar 2015
FEB 2015 - Stormcellar announced for the 2015 Nickelplate Blues Festival in Indiana, I guess that means we're doing our 3rd US tour. Must get around to announcing that.
FEB 2015 - Stormcellar write Theme song for the Australian Wrestling Entertainment Championships!
JAN 2015 - Stormcellar record our first international co written song 'Sweet Mama', co-written with Ron Teamer, Kansas City KS.
JAN 2015 - Stormcellar announced for 2015 Crossroads Blues Festival in Illinois, USA
DEC 2014 - Stormcellar release 'You Can't Push Me Away', an international US/AUS co produced single featuring DC Bellamy
OCT 2014 - The Curious Assembly appears at #17 On the Collectif Des Radios Blues in France
2nd US Tour Aug-Sept 2014 - Stormcellar open Crossroads Festival in Rockford, Illinois,play shows and festivals in 5 states.
JULY 2014 - 'The Curious Assembly' , Stormcellar's 6th Album, debuts on Aust Blues/Roots Charts at #2
Michael 'Rosie' Rosenthal - Electric & Acoustic Guitar
Paul 'Mr Wizard' Read - Slide Guitar & Mandolin
Michael 'MJEB' Barry - Vocals & Harp
Theo Wanders- Drums & Percussion
Bill Williams - Bass, Mandolin
and when we're lucky
Ms Jo Fitzgerald - Vocals and Harmony
2016 - Kansas City Gold, part two of the 'Midwest Triptych' released to rave US reviews, charting at #6 in Australian and getting syndicated radio play in the US & Canada on over 150 stations.
Single - 'I'm better off without you' released feb 2016
2015 - Everywhere Feels Like Home original soundtrack, Q4 2015, part of the 'Midwest Triptych' Charts at #12 in Australia,
Singles 'Sweet Mama' and 'Don't take it so hard on me' Released Q1 2015
Single - The Flood - Released Australia Day, Jan 2015
Single - You Can't Push me away, Stormcellar with Jo Fitzgerald & DC. Bellamy released Oct 2014 - go check it it's awesome.
The Curious Assembly - July 2014 - Debuted at #2 on ABARC charts. Described as 'weird, but good' by Salty Dog. Charted in France.
Hired Guns & Borrowed Glory 2012 - #1 on Aust Blues Roots Chart, #18 on Collectif Des Radio Blues in France, #3 best NTTB albums of the year Blues Underground Network
Carl's Chair 2010 - #7 on Aust Blues Roots Chart, Album of the week CoastFm, Wildman Steve Radio Alabama, listed in best NTTB albums of the year Blues Underground Network
Nuevo Retro 2010 - #1 on Aust Blues Roots Chart, #49 US National Blues Chart
Whiskey Talking -2008 - #20 on Aust Blues Roots Chart, Debut Album
Jo's interview about coming on the US tour with us:
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