I met Sam in the studio and struck up a conversation with a man I’d call humble. Soft spoken with a passion for tunes, he shared that he thought all music was great. Sam said he had been playing his guitar on the street, trying to get his music heard out in the world. “I like to watch people enjoy music,” he said.
Route 358 can be described as an Indie Americana/Bluegrass band that expels a rich sound. The music made by Fayetteville natives will take you through a romantic guided imagery. Imagine running barefoot through the woods wearing a hooded cape. Your hair bounces with each organic movement you make. Looking ahead in the distance you see a clearing in the woods, a bright light that you frolic towards. You meet with the opening and slide into a romantic picnic, and drink from gauntlets while you laugh amongst friends. A comforting feeling that can be received through music, Route 385 will stir those emotions.
Route 358 has a natural sound, they record all of their songs live at their in-home studio on four microphones; two large diaphragm mics, a mic on the kick drum, and a mic on the base amp. Derrick Mears who is a vocalist, guitar and banjo player, was originally influenced by Jim Croce, and Johnny Cash. Alongside Derrick is Jodie Mears on the Ukulele bass, Jade Mears singing vocals and guitar, and Grant Mears on percussion. The band is confident in their performance and their tight knit creative community.
For more information on Route 358 visit the links below to view the bands live performance videos, website, and social media pages.
Facebook: Route 358
RPK: Route 358-RPK
The Ozark Travelers are a folk/blues/bluegrass fusion band out of Fayetteville Arkansas. The band is Korey Danley (vocals & mandolin), Kevin Riddle (vocals, guitar, & drums), Brendan Danley (bass & drums), and Nicholas Vinson Clark (vocals, guitar, banjo, drums). The music of the Travelers tells of the beauty of the Ozark mountains, loving your neighbor with positive vibes, and making joyful music. The band has found success in Northwest Arkansas and the surrounding area, playing such venues as Highberry, Hillberry, Springfest, George’s, Ryleigh’s, and many more. Be prepared for some angelic vocals, gritty harmonies, and some sweet guitar licks, until the banjo rolls you home!
Caleb Ryan Martin is an acoustic blues and roots musician hailing from the hills of northwest Arkansas. He’s traveled and played music all across the Midwest, and the Gulf Coast singing with expressive vocals, playing guitar, and picking the banjo. Caleb started playing shows, festivals, and smoky bars at the age of fourteen and began touring at seventeen. Currently, he averages between 150-160 shows a year.