Down The Line
Down The Line Chicago’s Down The Line continues to demonstrate that you don’t need electricity to generate real power. Their music delivers mighty hooks and harmonies within smart songcraft and truly shining vocals. It’s an acoustic mix—guitar, mandolin, violin, harmonica and djembe, driven by a lone-electric bass—that the Chicago Sun-Times praised as “an organic blend of rollicking pop.” The group prefers to describe their sound more simply: acoustic pop. (Although when pressed, they explain, “If The Cars had kids with Fleetwood Mac, well, they’d probably sound like us.”) However you label them, Down The Line creates music that’s pure, unique and unforgettable. Down The Line has earned a reputation for intense, energetic performances that feature unparalleled live vocals—a reputation that has secured them a place on tour with legendary acts including Peter Frampton, America, Ben Folds, Pat Benatar, Colin Hay, Marshall Crenshaw and others. Richard Milne of Chicago’s WXRT Radio exclaimed, “These guys can sing, they can play, and they can light up a stage!” In 2008 Down The Line released the much-anticipated Home Alive, a live album culled from their stint as “artists in residence” on the renowned hometown stage at Schubas. The residency was reviewed in UR Chicago Magazine as “a meticulous yet carefree of the most exuberant I have seen.”(Cory Robertson) Home Alive features original material from Down The Line’s three studio discs—For All You Break (2007), Please Remember My Name (2005) and Welcome To Flavortown (2002). The live album is an engaging reminder that when acoustic performances are special, they’re downright electrifying. Band members Levi Britton (acoustic guitar, vocals), Derek Fawcett (djembe, vocals), Dan Myers (harmonica, mandolin, violin, vocals), and Dave Rothkopf (acoustic guitar, bass, vocals) formed Down The Line in Chicago in 2001. Although none were originally from the city (upstate Michigan, Detroit, Wisconsin, and New York, respectively), they now can show you the best food at any Chicago intersection…though they may lead you to four separate corners. Down The Line is currently on tour in support of their new album. They are not to be missed.