The Roe Family Singers
The Roe Family Singers are an Americana group from Minneapolis.
The Roe Family Singers started as husband and wife duo Quillan and Kim Roe, in the Spring of 2004. Mrs. Roe had repeatedly asked Mr. Roe to start a band with her, since he was already a musician with Minneapolis natives Accident Clearinghouse. Finally, when Accident Clearinghouse wasn't available for a Johnny Cash tribute shortly after Cash's death, Mr. Roe called Mrs. Roe's bluff, and the Roe Family Singers was formed.
About a year later the Roes performed at a Neil Young Tribute in the newly revamped 331 Club in Nordeast Minneapolis, where they were introduced to owner Jarret Oulman. They liked the club so much that they approached Oulman about taking on a weekly gig at the fledgling club. Oulman consented, and the Roes began performing every Monday evening, a tradition they still carry on to this day.
For the first few years the Roes used an open-stage policy, where they invited their friends to sit in with them to perform their favorite songs.
The band has nine members -- Kim and Quillan, Dan Gaarder (Trailer Trash), Kurt Froehlich (Work of Saws, Electric Arc Radio Orchestra)), Adam Wirtzfeld (Captain Yonder), Rich Rue (Nikki and the Ruemates), Jon Olson (Bill Patten Trio, Caveman, House of Mercy Band), Ric Lee, and Rob Davis. Former members include Tim Behary (Mud City Manglers), who played the jug. Guests have included Mike Brady (Accident Clearinghouse, Pogue Brady Trio), Bill Quinn (TC Playboys, Jennifer Markey), Jim Parker, Ryan Young (Pert Near Sandstone, Trampled by Turtles), Dan Newton (Cafe Accordion Orchestra), Phil Nusbaum (Bluegrass Satruday Morning), and Jennifer Markey.
- Kim Roe, vocals, autoharp, and washboard
- Quillan Roe, vocals, guitar, and banjo
- Adam Wirtzfeld, musical saw
- Kurt Froehlich, mandolin
- Dan Gaarder, guitar and vocals
- Rich Rue, Dobro and dulcimer
- Jon Olson, upright bass
- Ric Lee, fiddle
- Rob Davis, jug
- "Andronicus," 4 song EP, self-released December 2005
- "the Earth and All That it is It," 13 song CD, self-released 2009
Related Web sites
- Accident Clearinghouse
- Trailer Trash
- Work of Saws
- Nikki and the Ruemates
- Jennifer Markey and Her Buckboard Boys
- the Electric Arc Radio Orchestra
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