Nickel&Rose Announces Single, “Dog River”
“Dog River” is the second single off the upcoming EP, Americana, due September 4 from Nickel&Rose. It is an Appalachian stomp restrained with a haunting, droning instrumental inspired by the music from the Sahara. “Dog River” is about family and unconditional love in the aftermath of tragedy’s dark wake. Despite Dog River’s natural beauty, there’s a heartbreaking truth hidden beneath the water’s cold surface.
“Dog River” winds in and out of mournful bowed strings, a heartbeat bass line, and howling, lamenting harmonics. Much of Johanna Rose’s extended family is tucked away in the rugged green mountains of Vermont. She spent many summers there, swimming in Dog River at the foot of her Grandmother’s home. The river would take on new meaning for the family when it took her uncle’s life. Rose’s uncle was a gifted Blues pianist who suffered a traumatic brain injury, “Dog River runs so cool, runs so cold when it run’s for you reflects upon how a single life is poised against the vast indifference of nature. The song’s soft yet relentless beat carries the writer’s meditations.” Should the mountains fall, and the river run dry, I would walk a hundred miles to be at your side speaks to how all of us respond to loss and grief. “I couldn’t bear my Grandmother’s pain. When someone you love is hurting, the natural desire is do anything humanly possible to lift their suffering.”
Like the fate of the individual within the natural order, Americana attempts a reconciliation between our country’s idealized and wounded past and the realities of the writers’ experience. The blue collar city of Milwaukee has a contributing story to share. Like many cities across the Midwest, its factories have left, leaving a wake of economic devastation, spreading the seeds of segregation. Carl Nichols, grew up on the mostly black North side, while Rose came from the predominantly white East side. The two not only combine styles like folk, hot jazz, punk, and African roots, they build a cross-cultural geographical arch. While the title-track can be heard as Nichols’ break-up letter with folk music, the EP as a whole pays homage to tradition, and sheds a deep appreciation for their fondness of American folk, while calling to attention the need for a more diverse representation within the genre. .
The songs of Carl Nichols and Johanna Rose are the bridge upon which their influences meet. Together, they form the Milwaukee band Nickel&Rose. They have released two EPs, A Place to Call Home (2016), and Oh Sweet Love (2017). After forming in 2016, the duo has toured all over Europe twice as well as headlined several short regional mini-tours in the Midwest. They have opened up for Mason Jennings, Robbie Fulks and Peter Mulvey, and had a single named #3 Best Milwaukee Songs of 2017 by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Their new EP is due out in September.
Sept 1 - Company Brewing - Milwaukee WI
Sept 4 - Peoples brewing Company - Lafayette IN
Sept 5 - Mag Bar - Louisville KY
Sept 7 - Schulz Bräu - Knoxville TN
Sept 8 - Crow and Quill - Asheville NC