Them Coulee Boys with Courtney Hartman | Presented by Royal Credit Union | WisCommunity


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Them Coulee Boys | Pablo Center in RCU Theatre | November 25, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.

This show is made possible by the generosity of our presenting sponsor Royal Credit Union.

The story is true. Soren Staff and Beau Janke—co-founders of folk/rock/Americana outfit Them Coulee Boys—met as counselors at a bible camp in northern Wisconsin in 2011. Having both grown up amidst a stretch of glacial melt-carved river valleys in the upper Midwest, otherwise known by French fur trappers as coulees, they became fast friends. Camp counselors actually coined the name “them coulee boys” as a way to refer to the constant companions, more often than not with instruments in hand. Soren’s little brother Jens joined the crew on mandolin at camp in 2012, and since, both Neil Krause on bass and Staš Hable on drums have helped to grow the band into the rollicking outfit it is today.

2021 marks the release of their fourth record, Namesake, a ten-song collection that spans from pure and genuine ballads to a leaping, countrified take on rock and roll. Singles from the recording have premiered via The Bluegrass Situation, Ditty TV, and Live for Live.

With three full-length albums and an EP behind them, including 2019’s Die Happy (produced by Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett on Lo-Hi Records), the band has garnered international attention and earned press in American Songwriter and The Bluegrass Situation, as well as tours with Trampled By Turtles and a spot on the songwriter’s Cayamo Cruise. In 2020, they were named Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Band to Watch. In 2021, they won Bluegrass/Americana Band of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.


Courtney Hartman has never been one to linger long. A Colorado-born guitarist, singer, writer and producer, she is best known for her work beneath the surface, writing and recording with artists throughout the folk community. But with the release of her second album, Glade, Courtney is taking us with her into a world of her own making, with songs about home and abiding; pulling out the marrow of what makes us good and what makes us kin. Her own home is the beginning place for the questions set to song, held by the soundscapes of the valley where she spent her childhood.

The musical-well runs deep in Courtney’s family. As the third of ten children, she was picking up instruments in the house sooner than she could read, learning to sing harmonies to hymnal melodies with her older sisters and grandmother, and teaching her younger siblings to play. Through her teens, Courtney led four of her siblings in a band, writing songs and booking shows at festivals and farmsteads throughout the country.

In 2009, Courtney left home for Boston, MA to study American Roots music at Berklee College of Music, paying her way with savings from teaching guitar and classical violin lessons in her community. She was soon on the road, touring full-time with the Boston-born band, Della Mae. Her seven years with the band garnered them two Rounder Record releases, a GRAMMY nomination and performances in over 30 countries, representing the US through music diplomacy.

In the well-worn words of Rilke, these are songs that live the questions. They are a comfort, a pause and an ache; a dance, a returning and a determination. Courtney may be most known for her work as a guitarist, on the stage and in the studio, but with her second solo release, through her voice and production, she paints again a picture of her own. She is a leader in sound and story, a steadfast listener, audacious in her honesty, in her walk and in her work.

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Nov 25 2022 - 7:30pm to 10:30pm
Pablo Center at the Confluence