Truckey Boys celebrate release of debut CD, Nikke Nason

The Truckey Boys will celebrate the release of their debut CD, “The Family Hour,” with a performance at 7:00 p.m. on September 4 at Peter White Public Library as part of the Marquette Arts and Culture Center First Thursday Series.
Dan and Drew Truckey will play the thirteen songs from the CD and other original songs featuring their unique blendof folk, rock, pop, country, jazz and blues.0809ah1
“We named it ‘The Family Hour’ because so many of the songs dealt with things that happened to us when we growing up and also the challenges of becoming adults and raising our own families,” Dan said. “I think because we both have young kids, we’ve been thinking a lot about our own childhoods and how we were brought up. All of this came out in these songs. Some of the songs, however, have nothing to do with family, but rather relationships, history and the bewilderment of life…the typical singer/songwriter topics.”
Dan and Drew grew up in both the Lower and Upper Peninsulas and are graduates of Munising High School. They began playing music together as college roommates at Northern Michigan University. However, after graduation, they both went their separate ways.
Dan, who now lives in Marquette, has performed as a songwriter for the past twenty years. He has three solo CDs to his credit—New World View, Way UP ’Dere and Lately. He has performed his blend of folk, pop and jazz in clubs, bars, coffee houses and festivals from Connecticut to Nebraska.
Drew, who lives in Duluth, is an accomplished songwriter and guitarist who has performed as part of the duo The Lunkers (with Jay Krueger) and is a member of Duluth’s lo-fi rock legends, Abner’s Kravitz.
“For years, Drew and I talked about doing gigs together,” Dan said. “However, the distance always seemed to be the factor. Then we decided: no more excuses. We sent each other tapes of songs we’d like to do and started working on them. He’s a great musician, so he can pick up things just by listening to them.”
Dan said the great thing about singing with Drew is their voices are similar, but not exactly the same.
“It makes for great harmonies,” Dan said. “But we also love the same kinds of music and write in similar styles. Our music is really an eclectic blend of all the styles of music we like. There’s a little bit of country, rock, pop, jazz and a lot of folk. We perform mostly originals, but we will also throw in the odd cover tune. But in the end it is really about our energy as performers. We both love to be up on stage.
“We never really know what’s going to happen next. We both like that kind of unpredictability.”
For details, call 228-0472, e-mail arts@mqtcty.org or visit www.mqtcty.org
The Truckey Boys also will perform at 7:00 p.m. on September 6 at the Falling Rock Café in Munising.
—Nikke Nason

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