Mark Mulcahy, Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

Codfish Hollow Barnstormers and Moeller Nights Presents:

Mark Mulcahy

Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

The Prime Movers, Flash In A Pan

Fri, Sep 27, 2019

7:00 pm (event ends at 11:00 pm)

$25.00 - $30.00

This event is all ages

DOORS at 5

MUSIC at 7

Mark Mulcahy
Mark Mulcahy
“One of the great singers of our generation
showcases the depth of his talents.” –Consequence of Sound
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Mark Mulcahy returns with his brand-new LP, ‘The Gus’, will be available on Friday June 7 on the Mezzotint Label. The Gus is Mulcahy’s sixth solo record and follows 2017’s dynamic The Possum in the Driveway and his celebrated 2013 return record, Dear Mark J Mulcahy I Love You
Long heralded by contemporary luminaries like Radiohead’s Thom Yorke and covered by touchstone artists such as The National and R.E.M.’s Michael Stipe, Mulcahy refuses to rest on laurels and turn out the same type of album twice. Inspired to “up his lyrical game” while reading a collection of short fiction by George Saunders, The Gus finds the songwriter channeling his eclectic voice and ear for melody into the role of storyteller more than ever before. The result is ten infectious songs that combine Mulcahy’s unique window on the world with stories that absorb listeners more with each spin.
In addition to his celebrated solo career, audiences may also know Mulcahy as the frontman of seminal ‘80s rock band Miracle Legion or as “Muggy Polaris,” ringleader of Polaris, the fictional house band of the beloved ‘90s Nickelodeon series The Adventures of Pete & Pete. Both Miracle Legion and Polaris have reunited in recent years to tour and will likely do it again.
Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts
Miles Nielsen and the Rusted Hearts

Songs are the key.

Miles Nielsen has been writing them for as long as he can remember. Good, bad, great – yeah he's covered all those bases.

For some, music is something in the background, or in the corner of the bar, or merely something that lives on the other side of the dial – a magic diversion created to pass the time in the car. For Miles Nielsen, music is as much a part of his life as
the act of taking a breath, every experience, every conversation, every dream is a potential song in the making.

There are millions of people writing, recording and releasing music in today's world of immediate return. Learn three chords, turn on the computer and you have a worldwide release. There are very few, however, who are writing music that makes you immediately wish there was "more" – another song to make you turn up the volume , another nugget of melody or lyric that you can find some part of to make your own.

Miles's songs provide that sense of yearning and ownership. You want to have another record, another song – you want to hit rewind … you want to know more about this world created in song by Mr. Nielsen. A captivating wordsmith, instrumentalist, and creator of hooks – rare indeed, but present in the person of Miles Nielsen.

It would be hard to imagine that the years spent honing his craft throughout the bars and music halls of the Midwest, were not leading to something bigger, something permanent. His latest release, Miles Nielsen presents the Rusted Hearts certainly occupies a space of permanence – these songs are not mere throwaway pop songs – but, rather explorations and declarations of a mastery of style and substance, destined to fall into regular rotation on the turntables of fans new and old for years to come.

What is next? Like with any other prediction – no one can say. Gifts like Miles's come along very infrequently, and one can only hope that his ability to be so "in the now" – listening for the songs spoken in the everyday world will continue to grow.

Then maybe that "more" we are looking for, will be given to us via that very key we yearn for –

…through Songs.
The Prime Movers
The Prime Movers
“Spooked,” besides being the title of the Prime Movers’ 1988 release on Birdcage Records, is also an apt description of the haunting effect this band’s atmospheric rock has on the listener. Drawing you in with familiar Western imagery, patches of neo-psychedelia and ethereal guitar, the band takes the listener on a sobering journey through the soul of America. It’s an evocative music mixed with determination, guarded optimism and dark pessimism, and one that’s strangely life affirming.
The Prime Movers, though virtually unknown in their own country, scored two Top Forty hits in England with the songs, “On The Trail” and “Dark Western Night.”
Hailing from Sierra Madre, California, the Prime Movers - Gary Putman on guitar and vocals, Severs Ramsey on vocals and bass and Curt Lichter on drums - formed in 1983, adapting their name from a favorite episode of the science fiction TV series, The Twilight Zone.
The Prime Movers first garnered attention with their LP “Museum,” released in 1984 on their own indie label, Birdcage Records. It’s brooding songs, post punk energy and Putman’s eclectic guitar flourishes (played on a variety of homemade guitars) earned the band glowing critical notices.
Indeed, Cashbox Magazine wrote in their Aug 6, 1988 edition, “Gary Putman weaves an ethereal tapestry which blends technical wizardry with pure emotion to create one of the most stylistically unique guitar sounds ever (Did you hear that, Les Paul?).”
While playing the Southern California club circuit, the band landed a major label deal with Island Records UK. A&R reps saw The Prime Movers at the legendary nightclub Madame Wong’s Chinatown and immediately signed the band to the label.
Island Records UK released two singles and a self-titled EP that found favor with the English record buying public and were critically acclaimed by the British press. The band received coveted support slots on the BIG COUNTRY “Seer” tour in the UK and The THOMAS DOLBY “Aliens Ate My Buick” US tour and received prominent airplay on The BBC in the UK. The well-received UK tour with Big Country resulted in Big Country guitarist and lead man, Stuart Adamson, contributing an emotional E-Bow guitar part to their single, “Dark Western Night.”
A song from the EP, “Strong As I Am,” was selected by film-maker Michael Mann to be the featured song in his movie, “Manhunter” (the prequel to “Silence Of The Lambs”). The motion picture introduced Thomas Harris' infamous anti-hero, HANNIBAL LECHTOR. Critic Leonard Maltin called Manhunter better than SILENCE OF THE LAMBS. Strong As I Am was included in the Manhunter Soundtrack album and later released by MCA as a single. MICHAEL MANN liked it so much that he personally financed the making of the Strong As I Am video.
In 1987, The Prime Movers definitely fell from favor with Island Records founder, CHRIS BLACKWELL, although the reason is unknown. A German Manhunter website opines that it was bad blood between Island and MCA who issued the Manhunter soundtrack album and the Strong As I Am 45 that caused the rift. Others say that it was caused by Island A&R man, IAN MATTHEWS, famous as a founding member of FAIRPORT CONVENTION, who had originally signed The Prime Movers and wanted to take them with him to a new label when he was sacked by Island.
Island would not let the Prime Movers put out new material, nor would they release them from their recording contract. Despite offers from other majors, especially Rhino Records who were very interested, The Prime Movers found themselves virtually out of business with absolutely no label backing.
It was then that the band hit on the bright idea to record new music under an assumed name - the crazier the concept the better. Ramsey and Putman, as Jah Paul Jo and Put-Mon, recruited some old friends and entered their own, self-induced Musical Witness Protection Program: DREAD ZEPPELIN was born. Started as a joke in 1989, little did The Prime Movers know that DREAD ZEPPELIN would get signed to IRS/MCA Records and sell over a million copies of their classic first album, Un Led ED.
Between 1989 and 1995, DREAD ZEPPELIN went on to record five more albums, all produced by RAMSEY and former Prime Mover sound man, RASTA LI-MON (LEE MANNING). Dread Zeppelin’s extraordinary popularity continues to this day and they are described by the Internet site Wikipedia as “The Ultimate Tribute Band.” Led Zeppelin’s ROBERT PLANT loved the band and called Dread Zeppelin’s version of YOUR TIME IS GONNA COME better than the original. High praise, indeed!
In 1996, Severs Ramsey was finally able to secure the rights to all of the Prime Movers music from Island for his own Birdcage Records. At that time, he shared management with a popular UK band called THE CHRISTIANS who just happened to be Island Records’ top seller. The Christians refused to deliver Island any new material until the label signed off on The Prime Movers and restored all rights to their songs and albums. Saved by The Christian’s Crusade!
Ramsey and Putman, with new drummer Gary Falasco, reunited in 2006 for several one-off reunion gigs to support the CD re-release of their first album, “Museum.” With the help of Lee Manning and a huge ladder warehouse in South El Monte, CA, a handful of new recordings were produced. The late stages of recording were rudely interrupted by a robbery which resulted in the loss of all the recording equipment. However, Manning, Putman, and Lichter compiled these recordings, along with several previously unreleased recordings, for the long awaited 2016 album release "Exposure" on Birdcage Records.
Flash In A Pan
Flash In A Pan
A collective of Iowa City musicians have teamed up to ramble every where from street corners to red carpet events. Founded in 2012, named on the assumption that the band would play two shows and dissolve; the band is currently in it's Fourth year of playing all over Iowa.
These pickers and grinners bring a fun mix of folk music of many shades. With warm humor and fiery content, this band will have you dancing and laughing, singing and stomping, and cherishing the moments we drink to remember! Noted for their shining harmonies, provocative compositions, and heart-felt performances, Flash in a Pan dishes out a sound that is all at once familiar and refreshingly different.
Venue Information:
Codfish Hollow Barnstormers
5013 288th Ave
Maquoketa, IA, 52060