Trevor James(of Tin Can Gin):
Still playing inTin Can Gin, Trevor's playing solo music as well. High energy and true music. Whiskey Drinkin & Honest Livin from Trevor James.
Tin Can Gin was born and brewed upon the shores of Lake Superior near Duluth by childhood pals Harrison Olk and Trevor Marrin. Along with mandolinist Bryan Nelson, the trio created the trademark TCG tunes that are fan favorites to this very day. In the autumn of 2011 the group was summoned to the stage at their first gig as "Tin Can Gin". As time passed the band added fiddle virtuoso Nori Perrine and Neil Krause on stand-up bass to round out the Tin Can Gin sound.
That unique sound draws from each members musical upbringing. Harrison's traditional bluegrass banjo, Trevor's creative song writing and guitar work, Bryan's fast folk pickin' mandolin, Neil's solid bass backing all wrapped and complimented with a sprinkle of Nori's Celtic fiddle subtleties.
The combination of music and vocal gymnastics creates an experience in sound that is sure to tickle your musical palate while you tap your toes in unbridled pleasure. This hurricane stew of music, vocals and melody explodes in a style as bitter and sweet as the best IPAs out there today.
Tin Can Gin has played various venues across the Midwest including the Porcupine Mountains Music Festival, Grandma's Marathon in Duluth, Minneapolis' Fine Line Music Cafe, Big Top Chautauqa in Bayfield, WI, the MLB All Star Game in Minneapolis and many other reputable events. In the spring of 2014 Tin Can Gin released their first self titled studio album recorded at the renown Sacred Heart Studios in Duluth, Minnesota.
"There’s no need to split your loyalty between two Duluth born bluegrass bands because Tin Can Gin has their own distinct sound. In some songs, like “Walking Along the Edge”, I feel like I’m hearing the voice of Green Day but with a Northern twist. Even when they did their version of “Wagon Wheel”, I knew I wasn’t hearing the same old song, albeit a great song, covered by yet another band. Tin Can Gin is happy, heart warming, fun, and playful with a steady bass beat to anchor the banjo, fiddle, mandolin, and guitar in their fast paced melodies. Their unique North Shore flavor permeates every song, just like their lightheartedness.
Tin Can Gin’s stage presence is fun. There’s just no other word for it. They’re grateful to their audience and show it with their witty repertoire. You feel like you’re part of something special as the band members laugh and joke with each other on stage." - Destination Duluth
"Tin Can Gin builds on the bluegrass tradition, drawing in excellent musicians with an upbeat, indie attitude." - The Playlist
Called “The Poet of the Northland” by KAXE 91.7FM, Matt Ray’s music is a pleasant blend of original songs as well as a unique selection of traditional music, where each performance is filled with rich and vivid storytelling, humor, and foot stompin’ roots music. Listeners should not only expect to be entertained, but they can also expect to learn a little bit about the history of American music.
For the last several years, Matt Ray led the popular northern MN string band, “Matt Ray and Those Damn Horses” but has recently returned to performing solo shows. Ray has been playing all over the upper Midwest for years, and just before the inception of Those Damn Horses, he recorded a CD of original tunes entitled "Old Crow" with legendary MN musician / producer Rich Mattson. Some samples of his music are available on his webpage. “Old Crow” is also available from CD Baby or in digital form on iTunes, Amazon.com, etc. He is currently working on another solo album to be released in the fall.
Over the last several years, Matt Ray has performed as a solo artist in a variety of settings from theaters to intimate coffeehouses primarily in northern MN, and is working hard to take his music to a larger audience. He has shared the stage with some of the top acts in the region including: Charlie Parr, White Iron Band, Trampled By Turtles, Hobo Nephews of Uncle Frank and many more. His music is played regularly on regional radio stations such as: WELY, KUMD, and KAXE.