Bio

The Chinwaggers' story...

In spring of 2012, Twin Cities-based singer-songwriter Joe Carey booked a gig opening for Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, a funk band out of upstate New York.  The show was to take place that July in Rochester, MN for the city’s Riverside Concert series.  Problem was…Joe didn’t have a band.  He had spent the previous several years playing primarily acoustic gigs around town – sometimes backing up other local singers but mostly in support of his two solo releases Wondervibe (2003) and Sunflower Soul (2009).  On occasion, he would play rhythm guitar in a collective outfit called Love Songs For Angry Men, led by fellow singer-songwriter Nick Hensley.  That’s where Joe met bassist Nick Salisbury (Mick Sterling, Mary Cutrufello, G.B. Leighton), guitarist Blair Krivanek (Percy Strother, Sonny Knight & The Lakers, Nachito Herrera), and drummer Jordan Carlson (Les Exodus, Joanna James, Renee Austin).  The trio had recently garnered attention as the go-to rhythm section for hire around the Twin Cities, in addition to individual success with multiple bands and as session players and private instructors.  So Joe asked the three of them to join him on the Rochester gig and the group began jamming on a batch of his new songs that he had been playing at solo shows. On a blistering hot day in mid-July, the band, now with Joe’s sister Jessica on backup vocals, headed an hour and a half south of the Twin Cities to Rochester, MN where a few thousand people toting coolers and lawn chairs gathered in Mayo Park.  The gig went off without a hitch and, despite being billed as Joe Carey, marked the unofficial birth of The Chinwaggers.  For the next few months, the group continued their momentum taking just about any gig that came down the pipe.  It was around this time that lead guitarist Blair Krivanek brought up the notion of making a record, citing that they had the songs, the band chemistry, and the technical tools to do so.  Also in this time frame, Joe had been browsing the web looking for potential band names when he came across a list of Irish slang phrases.  Almost instantly he landed on "Chinwagger:  a person who talks too much; a loud mouth."  It had a ring to it and given that some of the new tunes carried a certain Irish flare, it seemed appropriate.  In late 2012 they began recording and over the next several months laid down tracks whenever and wherever they could all the while playing shows throughout greater Minneapolis/St. Paul and in Rochester.  Now a quartet again, The Chinwaggers are proud to present "Wayward Son", a 10 song concept album spanning multiple genres including soulful rock, Americana, classic country, and Irish folk.  It’s a coming of age tale that chronicles a young man’s journey through life’s twists and turns.  Wayward Son is now available at CD Baby, iTunes and most other online music stores...and of course at Chinwaggers shows!

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