Centerville is the “Must See” country band from mid-Michigan. It is comprised of seven members, all with different musical backgrounds. Though the primary musical focus is of the country genre, it’s members’ musical tastes range from Bob Dylan, to Carrie Underwood, to ZZ Top, and beyond into Jazz and Classical. What makes Centerville work as a group is the drive and passion it’s members bring to the table. “Good enough” is never an option. Each member of the group is a solid musician in his/her own right. They respect each others’ ideas, and feed off their creativity during the song writing process.
Musical merit, alone, will get this band a long way. With three part female vocal harmonies, dual fiddles, banjo, guitars, bass, and drums, they can create just about any musical tapestry desired. Depending on the mood of feel required of the song, they have quite a toolbox to pull from. But, that’s not the end of it.
Live performance is where this band really shines. Each show is carefully crafted so the audience feels the full dynamic range from soulful ballads to the crunching guitars and high energy songs that make your body move. In 2009, Centerville’s first year together, they have proven what a true professional band should be on every level: opening for Jason Aldean, Jamey Johnson, and Darius Rucker at venues such as Common Ground in Lansing and the Muskegon Summer Celebration. The band continues to write and record, with expectations of a full disc to arrive in early spring 2011. Stay tuned. The show is about to begin.
The band consists of:
Emily Cradit – Vocalist
Lauren Guilfoyle – Vocalist / Fiddle
Anna Hansen – Fiddle / Back-up Vocals
Brandon Lardie – Electric / Acoustic Guitar
David Vincent – Guitar / Banjo
Rich Wyllis – Bass
John Minthorn – Drums
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