Campfire Caravan launches U.S. tour this week

The Brothers Comatose, Mipso and The Lil Smokies perform in Billings, Bozeman & Missoula

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Campfire Caravan, featuring The Brothers Comatose, Mipso, and The Lil Smokies, launches its U.S. tour with three concerts in Montana: Sept. 26 in Billings, Sept. 27 in Bozeman and Sept. 28 in Missoula.

The caravan showcases three of today’s foremost emerging indie Americana bands as they trek across the United States, stopping in more than 30 cities from Sept. 26-Nov. 18.

The tour kicks off tonight (Sept. 26) at the Pub Station in Billings, heads to the Emerson Center tomorrow and lands at The Wilma in Missoula Thursday, before heading west for concerts in Portland, Seattle and Eugene. The Caravan continues down the West Coast, before visiting the Rockies, Midwest, East Coast and South. The tour wraps up at the famed Orange Peel in Asheville, N.C.

Campfire Caravan brings three bands to three Montana towns this week.
Campfire Caravan brings three bands to three Montana towns this week.

Americana, bluegrass and country music genres are in-the-midst of a renaissance. In all corners of the country, artists are making a name for themselves with remarkably refreshing takes on traditional genres; efforts that are redefining the music beyond simple categorizations.

The Brothers Comatose, Mipso, and The Lil Smokies are of this ilk. Each reside in different parts of America: The Lil Smokies come from Montana; The Brothers Comatose from the West Coast; and Mipso from North Carolina’s Triangle region. Bringing their own unique interpretations of, and inspired contributions to, the evolution of traditional American music, each act sets a new bar with their compelling live performances.

When they converge on stage, usic fans will be treated to charismatic singers, virtuosic string-slingers, complex and nuanced songwriting and compositions, and more.

With each band quickly rising the ranks, Campfire Caravan is a nod to the musicians’ early days playing music, when they’d perform for friends and family in basements, living rooms, and around campfires. The tour celebrates the American tradition of gathering communities around music.

In an untraditional format, all three bands rotate in the lineup with no single ensemble acting as the tour headliner. A completely different show will be presented in each city with spontaneous collaborations among the groups taking place between sets.

The Brothers Comatose tour in support of a brand-new single, “Don’t Make Me Get Up And Go,” produced by indie-rock legend John Vanderslice. Mipso showcases their recent no. 3 Billboard Bluegrass Chart-ranking, Coming Down The Mountain (April 2017). And The Lil Smokies celebrate the release of their sophomore studio album, Changing Shades, out in September.

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