Uncork the Music Presents: Haymakers
July 14 @ 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
We are looking forward to having Dustin Arbuckle back with one of his new bands, the Haymakers!
*Ticket: $20 per carload at the door.
*Door opens: 7 p.m.
*Concert starts: 8p.m.
*Food option: TBA
We will be selling wine and beer, please leave outside alcoholic beverages home!
Call it roots or Americana but the music made by Kansas-based band Haymakers is the intersection of blues, folk, bluegrass, country and more. The outfit’s origins run back more than a decade when vocalist/harmonica player Dustin Arbuckle and guitarist/vocalist Tom Page began performing duo gigs.
Arbuckle served as vocalist for roots and blues act Moreland and Arbuckle, recording six albums (including one as Moreland, Arbuckle & Floyd) between 2005 and 2016, culminating in the Alligator Records release, Promised Land or Bust. With a touring scheduled that carried the band across the United States and Canada as well as Europe and Australia, sharing the stage with Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Johnny Lang, Moreland & Arbuckle called it a day in 2017.
Page was no stranger to the road either, having spent time in the acoustic duo Grandpa’s .38 with the late songwriter and guitarist Pat McElmurry. The duo gigged in a variety of settings, including loud bars and nursing homes. Each stop, Page adds, was another chance to expose audiences to the vitality of folk music. “The venues didn’t matter as much as being able to reach people with our songs,” says Page, who grew up in the Kansas folk music scene.
When McElmurry passed in 2005, Page and Arbuckle forged a new unit, playing duo shows in between Moreland & Arbuckle dates. By 2012 the pair had recruited bassist Mark Foley, Principal Double Bass with the Wichita Symphony, Professor/Director of Jazz Studies at Wichita State University, and also a veteran of rock bands going back to the Minneapolis punk scene. “Having Mark in the band has been great,” enthuses Arbuckle. “He understands music on such a high, formal level.
He’s helped us perfect our harmonies and lend this other sensibility to a band of guys who mostly picked up music on back porches and living rooms.”
The outfit is rounded out by mandolinist Ted Farha and multi-instrumentalist Dennis Hardin, both mainstays of the Kansas bluegrass scene. “Ted played in a classical mandolin quartet but also understands bluegrass and Dennis can play just about anything made of wood,” says Page.
If the backgrounds of the individual players is diverse so are Haymakers sets. Traditional material such as “Deep Ellum Blues” and “I Know You Rider” rub elbows with originals from Arbuckle and Page as well the Lefty Frizell/Johnny Cash favorite “Long Black Veil.”
With all members adding to the vocal blend of the group, the Haymakers’ unmistakable appeal rests in its universality and diversity. “It’s really music for everyone,” says Arbuckle. “A lot of the songs we play are ones that everyone knows because they’re so embedded in the culture. And the ones that aren’t still have that spirit to them.”
With several regional tours behind them, the band released its self-titled debut recording in 2017 featuring live favorites such as “Spent The Rent,” “Moonlight on the Mountain” and “Across the Great Divide”. “We’ve been building this band and refining our sound for a long time,” says Arbuckle. “It’s exciting to finally be in a position hit the road more and try to turn on more folks outside our hometown.”
A Haymakers show is like a high-speed joyride down the highways of American music. Don’t miss them when they come to your town!