The Top Hat is happy to welcome back Rotgut Whines live in concert for FREE on Friday, January 04, 2019.
About Rotgut Whines
Rotgut Whines combines soulful rhythms with energizing tempos and passionate storytelling to create their signature sound: Fingerpickinʼ Soul and Roll. Lead singer/guitarist Evan Manuel and drummer/backup vocalist Andrew Murphy prove wrong the old adage that there is more strength in numbers. Andyʼs crisp beats and deep baritone voice provide the perfect supplements to Evanʼs flying fingers and catchy melodies. First-time listeners are often shocked at the pairʼs ability to create such a powerful presence on stage.
Though born on opposite coasts, the duo met in Helena in late 2014 when they became roommates and bonded over a shared love of music. Rotgut Whines was officially formed in April 2015 and, one year later, the bandmates moved to Missoula with plans to record their first album. Still roommates, they ease of their friendship is obvious on stage and creates an effortless vibe that captivates audiences. Their palpable energy and passion make it impossible not to get up and dance.
With roots in alternative rock and country music, Matt Strachan has been a part of music scenes around the country for the last 15 years. His current project, Matt Strachan and the Hoot Owls, brings him back to his hometown of Helena, MT, where he has become well known for his high-energy country-rock performances.
“Tickets”, Matt’s debut album, was released in July of 2016 and earned Matt a spot as the Unsigned Artist of the Week in Music Connection Magazine in October of 2016.
The sophomore release, “Dogtown”, was recorded in San Antonio, Texas and released in July of 2018. The first single, Lost With You, earned a spot in rotation on Cherry Creek Radio. The same song was a top four finalists at the Red Lodge Songwriter’s Festival in 2018. During the “Dogtown Tour” of 2018 the band finished second on the Emerging Artist’s stage at Red Ants Pants Music Festival, headlined a night at The Bob Marshall Music Festival, and gained a strong following across Montana.