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,
or Little Big Town. 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. Prefer a little bit of soul? How about something from Aretha Franklin,
Gladys Knight or Harold Melvin. 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 and toured the Midwest with
“Footloose” in the 1980’s. 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.
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 Julie Lohmann to the line-up.
Julie has previously been a featured vocalist with Saxy Jazz. 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 just a little bit different than the preceding tunes.
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.
is looking to book weekends in 2016. The past year, the band played regular
monthly dates at The Bluff’s Winery as well as festivals, benefits, night
clubs, bars, dance halls, and wineries throughout Southern Illinois and
Southeast Missouri. The summer of 2015
found Fertile Soil playing outdoor gigs at the Apple Festival (in Murphysboro),
Rustle Hill Winery in Cobden, and a return to the beer tent at the DuQuoin
State Fair. The autumn schedule included
the Barrens Winery near Perryville, MO and the annual “grape stomp” at Hemmen
Winery in Brazeau, MO.
You can reach Fertile Soil at (618)317-4409
Email email@example.com Check us out on Facebook or at fertilesoil.yolasite.com.