THE APACHE RELAY
Visulite Theatre (16+ (Must have ID) - Under 16 with Parent Only)
Doors Open: 8:00 - Show Starts: 8:30
The Apache Relay was formed by chance in a Nashville college dorm when Michael Ford Jr. (vocals, bass) met Mike Harris
(guitar,vocals). Ford Jr. happened to be looking for some musicians to help perform his own music live, when he
heard about Harris’ newly formed band, The Apache Relay. Ford Jr. hired the trio, which also included Brett Moore
(keys, guitar, mandolin) and Kellen Wenrich (fiddle), to back him at a show and it was immediately evident that the four
musicians had a unique chemistry and were on to something special.
The four piece released their debut LP titled 1988 in 2009. Produced by Doug Williams, (renowned for his authentically
raw approach with the Avett Brothers) the record was lauded by Paste Magazine as one of “The Eight Most Auspicious
Musical Debuts of 2009”. The band’s ability to effortlessly blend acoustic sounds with ferocious rock anthem elements
only hinted at the band’s capabilities.
Capitalizing on the initial success of their debut with relentless touring, The Apache Relay honed their sound and released
their sophomore album American Nomad in April 2011, in the US, via indie stalwart Thirty Tigers. Produced by Neilson
Hubbard, the collection of modern roots-?rock tracks encompassed the eclectic range of influences the band meshed
so well; a tinge of Bad Brains, some Suzuki training, jazz lessons, a lot of Beatles’ listening, a knowledge of traditional
mountain music, a worship of Phil Spector and the love for the complex but accessible layers of bands like Arcade Fire.
A few months later, Ford Jr.’s brother, Ben, joined the band as rhythm guitarist and supporting vocalist. The brothers had
been harmonizing and playing together since the age of 12 and 13, so it was a natural fit.
Since the release of American Nomad, The Apache Relay, who round out their live show with the addition of drummer Aaron
Early, have continued their regiment of non-?stop touring, amassing a fervent fanbase and performing over 100 dates in
2011 alone, including coveted spots opening for Grammy nominated Mumford & Sons, and a breakout performance at
Bonnaroo Music Festival. 2012 will see the band continue to tour in support of American Nomad including stops at SXSW,
Canadian Music Fest, and Newport Folk Festival. The band’s first Canadian release, American Nomad EP, will be available
through Dine Alone Records on March 13, 2012. The EP includes selected tracks from the band’s previous US full-?length
“They've got kind of an Arcade Fire meets boys raised on gospel and Bruce Springsteen approach to what they do,
and they're called The Apache Relay. They're a fantastic live band.” Huffington Post
“The Apache Relay’s second album, American Nomad, is an excellent effort from a musically skilled group with evident
appreciation for the rich, layered brand of American rock ‘n’ roll that pays homage to the road…”- Indie Shuffle
Start Time: 8:30