The Midwesterners released their first CD in 1991 and have been performing in the Madison area ever since. Their music runs the gamut from rock to twang to rockabilly and all points between.
"likeable roots rock... ...brainy honky tonk." - The Isthmus
"rollicking Americana" - The Onion
"A subtle, easy glide style of slide guitar that is more a God given talent rather than something that is learned. One of the better songwriters in this genre." - RockzillaWorld
In 2004 The Midwesterners were nominated for best country band at the MAMAs, (The Madison Area Music Awards). The band has released two CDs of original roots rock and are busy on a third to be released in the spring of 2005.
In performance the band combines their own material with honky tonk classics by the likes of Buck Owens and Johnny Cash, that keep the dance floor full and jumpin. The band consists of Richard Wiegel, guitars and vocals; Mark Haines, drums; Ernie Conner, guitars and vocals; and Tom McCarty, upright bass.