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The members: Gabe Dodson - Voice, Guitar, Keys Alexis Dodson - Voice Dan Clark - Guitar Tom James - Bass Danny Kanka - Trap Kit Chela Weber - Voice

The history: Old Empires music, which spans the breadth of American pop, is influenced by the iconic genres of American music, evoking everything from Motown, to 60s surf rock, traditional country and NYC new wave. Songs like the Jonathan Richman-esque Sweaterdress, stroll with both confidence and vulnerability while the dreamy lilt of Queen City, and the rolling electric piano of Empty Promises, showcase the bands versatility and emotional range. The origins of Queen City Quandaries can be traced back to Gabe Dodsons front porch in suburban Detroit, when in the summer of 2005, he began writing a collection of songs about the characters of the sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati. When asked about his unique writing strategy, Dodson says, I'm into the idea that everything is a self-portrait, so I like to write in character. Around the time I was writing the record, WKRP was on when I woke up in the morning and watching it became a daily habit. It's funny, but the humor comes from the characters' vulnerability. To me, the show is about frustration, disappointment and unattainable aspirations. A friend challenged me to write a record about that side of WKRP, and I couldn't resist." Dodson is fully aware of the smirk factor surrounding his songwriting approach for Old Empires debut, but he hopes listeners dont miss the bittersweet reverie at the heart of the record. Queen City may be a nickname for Cincinnati, but Dodsons images of corners bars, rusting factories, and breezy downtowns describe the emotional landscapes of countless cities across the American Midwest. Dodson recorded Queen City Quandaries with a supporting cast of friends and former bandmates at Detroits Tempermill studios with producer and Gangplank-founder David Feeny. Since wrapping-up recording, the bands line-up has coalesced around Dodson, sister and co-vocalist Alexis Dodson, guitarist Dan Clark, the rhythm section of bassist Tom James and drummer Danny Kanka, and back-up vocalist Chela Weber. Even though Dodson says hes sometimes surprised that Queen City Quandaries even got made, hes anxious to see his songs live out in the world. Says Dodson, I've always wanted to make a good record, and with the help of some great collaborators, I think that's what I've done. Now I hope we get to make another one. - Thomas Trimble

What's up with the name: It's the best one we could come up with.

The style: Rock/Soul/Americana

Got anything recorded? Queen City Quandaries - Gangplank Records

Tell us your future? Viability and sustainability.

Website: oldempiremusic.com

Next Show: June 26th @ The Belmont, 10215 Jos. Campau, Hamtramck MI

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