Fertile Soil performs “an eclectic blend” of new, classic and country rock. A typical set list from the band might include songs by Jimmy Buffett, Fleetwood Mac, the Doobie Brothers, and Tom Petty. Every night you can expect several songs from our “roots”—the Beatles and the Eagles. If the crowd prefers something from the country charts, Fertile Soil is ready with tunes by Dwight Yoakam, Johnny Cash, Linda Ronstadt, or Sugarland. Some of the more mature wine drinkers might request an oldie from the ‘60s. The band can answer that with songs by the Rolling Stones, the Kinks, and the Rascals. And if the crowd really feels adventurous they may want to jitterbug to our medley of “At the Hop” and “The Peppermint Twist”.
Fertile Soil made its first appearance in November of 2007. It was intended to be a “one-time thing—a church fundraiser”. But it turned out to be such fun that it grew to twice a year. Then it was once a month. Now the band plays almost every weekend.
The original Fertile Soil line-up included Brent Koeneman (lead vocals, guitar, percussion) and Bruce Harmsen (guitar, keyboards, vocals). Brent and Bruce had been founding members of “Footloose” back in 1978.
Drummer and vocalist Larry Willis (“Special FX” and “Blues Lifters”) was soon added to the mix. Bassist and vocalist Mark Luebbers (“Cheyenne” and “Cuttin’ Loose”) joined the band in September of 2010. Fertile Soil has made a couple of personnel changes that have greatly enhanced our overall sound. Lead guitarist David Lee Halstead has been performing throughout the Midwest for nearly forty years. He has a unique style that listeners love. More recently, the band was fortunate to add Susan Davis to the line-up. Susan had previously been a featured vocalist with the Smashband. She has a beautiful and powerful voice which always gets a huge crowd response. Fertile Soil now has six lead vocalists that can be mixed and matched so that each song sounds fresh and a little bit different from the preceding tunes.
Fertile Soil has versatile sound reinforcement and lighting equipment that allows us to adapt to any number of settings. The band is equally comfortable in an outdoor festival type of setting—or a more intimate indoor venue. We are often complimented for our ability to perform at a sound level that permits casual conversations to take place. Fertile Soil’s schedule is filled for the remainder of this year, but the band is already looking to book Fridays and Saturdays in 2014. The band plays regular dates at The Bluff’s Winery on IL 3 (west of Murphysboro, IL), the Barrens Winery near Perryville, MO, and Von Jakob Winery at Alto Pass, IL. This past summer, Fertile Soil had outdoor picnic gigs at the Ava (IL) Homecoming, the fourth of July at Steeleville, IL, the Shiloh Hill Picnic, the Centralia Balloon Fest, and the beer tent at the DuQuoin State Fair. In October, the band will be featured at the Mt. Vernon Fall Festival. We would welcome you to come to one of our upcoming dates and give the band a listen. We think that you will like what you hear.
You can reach Fertile Soil at (618)317-4409
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