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The Cultivators - March 2011
http://www.cultivatorsband.com

It's a sound that recalls an age when folk music was still sung by honest laborers and their salt-of-the-earth families. From the doleful laments of tragic heroes to the foot-stompin' hootenannies of town-wide celebrations, The Cultivators pull from America's roots to craftsimple songs for complicated times.

Cultivated from the roots-music scene of southeastern Pennsylvania's Lancaster and Berkscounties, The Cultivators draw upon a litany of musical influences to craft their own honest andheartfelt version of Americana music. They are a down-to-earth band with a passion forauthentic country and folk music.

The songs they connect with on a deeply personal level oftenillustrate the joy and success and the pain and struggle of everyday life through stories of love, murder, self-reliance, attrition, salvation, social responsibility and, yes, even drinking.

The core quartet of The Cultivators includes Dave Lefever on acoustic guitar; Sharyn Lesher on percussion; Mike Yesconis on mandolin, fiddle and electric guitar and Josh Cusatis on electric bass guitar, upright bass and the occasional guitar. All four each contribute their own unique qualities as vocalists as well. Special guests often accompany the band on banjo, dobro
and pedal steel guitar creating a dynamic and fluid sound ranging from bluegrass to rock and roll and everything between.

Riding on the back of Lefever's songwriting skills, The Cultivators released an
EP, Left My Soul, in 2009 which consists of three original tunes and a medley of yet another original and two covers.

“I love, I say love, the EP,” said Thom Bissey of Stage on Herr in Harrisburg, Pa. “There is
something really real about it. Really, I really mean that.”

“I can't stop listening to the disk,” said Reese Harlacker of The Depot, York, PA. “It's effin'
great!”

This self-released recording is but a taste of the work the band has been poring over at their own Ritter's Hollow Studio, located vaguely in the area of a town called Stonersville.

The Cultivators are currently finishing up final tracking and mixing on their self-produced/engineered/mixed first full length record, Warm & Breathing, which should be out by this summer.

There are 4 unfinished mixes from the upcoming record available exclusively here on My Rural Radio (Rattlesnake, Katie & Jesus, Here Beside Me & The Cool Dark Muddy Ground) along with three live songs taken from the Roots Rock Revival show at the Chameleon this past fall (Muddy Water, Anthem & If I Could Give You).

While sowing the seeds of a strong fan base in the Lancaster area, The Cultivators can commonly be seen playing shows throughout southeastern Pennsylvania and beyond.

More information on The Cultivators can be found at http://www.cultivatorsband.com

Additionally, The Cultivators can be contacted at either dlefever@gmail.com or (717) 515-2660.



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