"The perfect recipe for Gothic Americana"
Frontier Ruckus is Michigan's breakthrough Americana band? In the words of Cleveland Scene, Frontier Ruckus "delivers spirited, acoustic-based roots music driven by David W. Jones’ banjo and fleshed out with saws, horns, and other left-field touches. Frontman Matthew Milia’s vocals convey a dreamy, twangy quality, like someone who’s wandering aimlessly through the woods at night. He recalls Michael Stipe in his vivid wordplay and oblique imagery." What's unique about this band is that they use country instrumentation to depict not a rustic utopia but life along the interstate as most of us live it, and as a rhymer Milia is in Cole Porter territory (really!). They've got an deep lyrical streak, and each of their albums so far has been brilliantly original in concept. Rolling Stone thinks Frontier Ruckus has "the perfect recipe for Gothic Americana." They come to The Ark with a new release, "Enter the Kingdom." They appear this evening with a full string section. Songwriter Libby DeCamp opens.