Flatland Harmony Experiment
Flatland Harmony Experiment is a high octane three piece vocally driven string band from Indianapolis Indiana. Flatland Harmony Experiment dances with a single large diaphragm condenser microphone to share their music with audiences. FHE’s music and stage show drips with intensity and passion and it is easy to tell they love what they do. The trio trades lead vocal and lead instrumental responsibilities through a large and diverse original musical pallet. The instrumental mix of mandolin, banjo, and upright bass allows ample space for musical experimentation and expression. Song craft is very important to FHE. Stylistically you can expect Flatland Harmony Experiment’s original music to flow from tunes that echo the founding roots of bluegrass to progressive gypsy and all places in between. Conscious lyrics, a thread of harmony, and instrumental virtuosity permeates all of the original music of the Flatland Harmony Experiment. This band dares to be labeled simply as bluegrass or americana.
Since its beginnings in 2011 the Flatland Harmony Experiment has played over 1000 dates to enthusiastic audiences numbering into the thousands for people all across the country. FHE was excited to be given the very high honor of being selected as a finalist in the 2013 40th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival band competition. This allowed FHE to play for thousands on the main stage of the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. In 2016 FHE was also honored to support Bernie Sanders for his downtown Indianapolis rally to a crowd of 8000 enthusiastic supporters.
In six years FHE has earned a large audience with their music. Flatland Harmony Experiment has had over 1000 downloads from radio programmers around the globe supporting their three original recordings and physical sales of recordings number well into the thousands as well. 2018 looks to keep the band moving. FHE rigorously continues to play 100’s of dates across the country and with key festival performances including the John Hartford Memorial Festival, and Merlefest. FHE is also wrapping up their fourth full length studio project and expects to release and begin tour support for the project in the spring/summer.
The Flatland Harmony Experiment is:
Sean First on Upright Bass
Kris Potts on Mandolin
Johnny Plott on Banjo
What people are saying about the Flatland Harmony Experiment:
- “The Flatland Harmony Experiment just keeps getting better and better. The old fashioned way, through lots of hard work! They have good songs and a good vibe. They can sing and can play, and deserve to heard. Great musicians and great guys.” -Danny Barnes
- “Hailing from different backgrounds in the music industry, they are rock-solid players and vocalists who bring their experience and maturity together to create a uniquely organic musical landscape. Playing with the subtleties of acoustic string instruments and human voice, Flatland Harmony Experiment delivers a dynamic performance that will take the audience from sweet harmony to spaces of driving rhythm within each performance. Playing each show like their last, this is a project that must be experienced.”
- ” True artists that can entertain most any crowd. These three possess the talent both vocally and instrumentally to cause any age group to tap their feet or flat out get up and dance. Both jam band and bluegrass crowds alike will have trouble sitting still.”
EP and CD Releases
- “Eleventh Hour” 2011 (EP)(CD Baby)
- “On Our Way” 2012 (CD Baby)
- “A Night With Woody” 2013 (Live)
- “The Great Squirrel Stampede” 2014 (CD Baby)
- “Swamp’n” 2015 (Live)
- “Live from the Mousetrap” 2015 (Live)
- “Chrysalis” 2015(EP)(CD Baby)
- “Sundance” 2017(CD Baby)
- “What’s Familiar” 2017(EP)(CD Baby)
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It was fall of 2008 when Nick got the phone call, “Get your ass back to Indy! It’s time to Rock and Roll!” He was living in Austin, Texas at the time cutting his teeth on the local blues circuit. “I knew they would challenge me and fuel my passion for music,” says Mallers. Longtime friends and band mates Brown and Potts met Nick from past musical endeavors and were confident he was the right choice for their latest project.
If you take the classic rock of the 1960’s and 70’s and filter it through a childhood in the 90’s you get LADYMOON. This power trio is comprised of Ryan Brown on lead guitar and vocals, Nick Mallers on drums and Kris Potts on bass. After regular touring and an independent release Resurface (2010) they caught the attention of Grammy Nominated Producer Paul Mahern. Together they collaborated on what would become their latest release A Thousand Hearts.
This was a pivotal junction in the history of the band. 2010 was a rough year personally for guitarist Ryan Brown, who lost four family members. His father’s suicide in February of that year lead to a myriad of new material. Writing and recording the songs for A Thousand Hearts was cathartic and brought the band members closer together.
The new record is a compilation of great songwriting accompanied by a strong studio performance, but what really draws the attention of their audience is hearing them live. “The technical skill of the band was on full display as both Brown and Potts revealed crispy, virtuosic fretting during their performance. Mallers easily handled the band’s many time signature changes. The power trio concluded their set with an all-out assault on their instruments, making me wonder if the on-stage haze was from the smoke machines or the band itself.” -Rob Burgess (Nuvo Magazine)
Find music from LADYMOON at local independent retailers as well as cdbaby.com and iTunes.
If you want the full experience catch them live on their next tour!
KEY POINTS OF INTEREST:
* Music Featured in the Morgan Mead film “My Bloody Wedding”
*Runner up in RELIX MAGAZINE JAM OFF
*1st Place Battle of Bands at Club Logos
*1st Place Battle of Bands at Plymouth Amphitheater
*Performed for over 35,000 at Indianapolis 500 Mini Marathon
*Music featured on WCRD 91.3 FM, WTTS 92.3FM, WZPL 99.5FM
*Numerous appearances on WXIN FOX 59 Morning Show
*Composed over 50 original songs