With groups like Mumford & Sons, The Avett Brothers, and Dawes setting the tone, the sub-genre of acoustic folk rock made its way to mainstream radio and captured an incredible and very loyal fan base. With the release of their Nashville-recorded album Hand Me Down Miracles and the follow up Esperanto EP, The Mascot Theory is set to be the next band in that category to make a major impact, as they have quickly moved up the popularity ranks of Madison's music scene with their infectious songwriting and live shows. They balance on an alternative folk influence and pull it together with a rootsy bluegrass blended Americana feel to give something that fits alongside their counterparts, but also has enough freshness to it to give it a unique spin and create their own sound as well, with a sonic backbone of 4-part harmony swells.
Along with a 2016 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) nomination for best Americana/folk artist, The Mascot Theory has won 12 MAMA (Madison Area Music Association) awards including the coveted 2016 Artist of the Year award. They have played major festivals throughout the state including Summerfest, Freak Fest, and Mile of Music Festival, and have played shows with national acts Guster, Vance Joy, Blitzen Trapper, Frank Turner, Kaleo, Chase Rice, The Cadillac Three, and The Wild Feathers. The band has released two full length albums (one of which was recorded in Nashville) and most recently they released a teaser EP in advance of their upcoming 3rd full length album to be released Fall 2016.
Erik Kjelland – lead vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica
Adam White – lead guitar, vocals
Nick Fry – upright bass, vocals
Paul Metz – drums, percussion, vocals