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Billy Bronsted (Solo) At Malarkey’s- Wausau
July 1, 2021 @ 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
“A humble man from the Northwoods, Billy Bronsted has a voice that fills the room and a smile that warms the heart. His gentle kindness comes through in his soulful performances, but don’t let that sound fool you. He’s witty, funny, and loving life.” – Livin’ in the NEW
?Billy was raised in a small northern town in Wisconsin called Tomahawk. In an area full of tradesmen and millworkers, he has always pursued writing music and being creative. In his early twenties, he supported himself through carpentry and residential construction. His first solo studio record, This Bed of Mine, was released in 2017. Written over the course of his teen and early adult years, it was recorded and produced with Kevin Israel at River Rock Studios in Minneapolis, MN. The album touches on his youth, coming of age, and his family ties.
After the release of This Bed of Mine, Bronsted began playing banjo in the bluegrass trio Linus and the Lute which recorded the EP It’s Real with Marc Golde at Rock Garden Studio in Appleton, WI. He would spend the next year hanging around the Fox Valley collaborating with local bands and artists such as Feed The Dog and Sam Luna.The first few months of 2019 Billy toured with Sam Luna, where they performed solo and duo sets across 13 states for two and a half months. They started in Chicago and made stops in Louisville, Nashville, Asheville, Atlanta, New Orleans, Austin, Houston, Dallas, Phoenix, Las Vegas, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Denver, along with many, many other smaller towns in between. He returned to Wisconsin for the summer of 2019 to work and play gigs around the state, saving money for studio time to make his second solo record. The shows were often collaborative, with many performances paired with his drummer and longtime collaborator John Kneipp. Inspired by the American landscape he spent so much time touring through, Bronsted began writing more songs about his travels and their parallels to his working life back home. He would spend 2018 & 2019 taking in life experience, swinging a hammer, gigging 3-4 times a week, and demoing songs for his sophomore album.
In January 2020, Billy booked a month-long tour spanning Kentucky, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, New Mexico, and Texas. Touring as the duo Billy Bronsted and the Loot, they brought the Milwaukee-based trio Listening Party and effectively stuffed six men, their bags, and all of their gear into one van and a 4’ x 6’ trailer. They returned home mid-february with even more ambitious goals for the next few years.
Of course, the world was put on pause almost immediately thereafter, but Billy took the time to keep plugging away at the record and has recently grown the Loot into a five-piece band consisting of Harold Melo on lead guitar, Jordan Miles on keys, and Darian Woller on bass. After returning from a refreshing winter in the Rocky Mountains, he plans to release this new album recorded with the band in October of 2021!