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Cree Rider & Cara Louise
The Focal Point
Saint Louis, MO
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Cree Rider & Cara Louise
Cree Rider:

After living on both coasts from 2005 to 2012, making music and touring the United States, Cree Rider moved back to his hometown of St. Louis in April 2012.  Cree promptly started the americana/country-influenced Cree Rider Family Band with his then-fiancĂ©e and now-wife, Cheryl Wilson Rider.  Cree Rider Family Band is known for their original compositions, as well as an array of country covers.  They have two full-length feature albums and an additional album solely dedicated to covering the songs of country songwriter Misisipi Mike Wolf, Crees pal and former bandmate.  Cree Rider Family Band continues to travel wherever the road may lead them, entertaining audiences along the way.

Cree has notably had songs featured on television shows such as True Blood, Justified, Wynona Earp, Heartland and Bloodline (among others).  Other former and current bands include Misisipi Rider, The Mission Three, ARR!!!, Lamp Commander, Cree Rider Band, and Cree Riders Country Cousins.  You can also often find Cree playing music as a solo acoustic act, or as a frequent guest member of Sean Canans Voodoo Players.

Crees current project, simply called Cree Rider, features a mixture of new songs, rearranged classics and some unexpected cover tunes.  The backing band features Adam Donald on pedal steel and electric guitar, Simon Chervitz on bass guitar, and Scotti Iman on drums.  Theres also always the possibilty of some special guest appearances from the extended musical Family.

No matter where, when or which band Cree is playing with, you can always expect to enjoy the depth of the songwriting, the good tunes, and Crees great voice, sense of humor and warm charm.  You can keep updated on all of Crees musical endeavors at www.creerider.com

Cara Louise:

Cara Louise is a singer songwriter from St. Louis, MO.  Her backing band includes Adam Donald (guitar, steel), Simon Chervitz (bass), and Scotti Iman (drums).  Cara Louises sound combines earnest lyrics and twangy vibrato with rock and roll riffs and haunting steel guitar.  While paving her way as an up-and-coming artist, Cara has supported a number of touring acts over the course of her career including Lilly Hiatt, Futurebirds, Blank Range, Sammy Brue, and Pearl Charles.  Major influences include Bob Dylan, Carole King, and Leonard Cohen; among contemporary alt-country acts, Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Brandi Carlile. Cara began singing and performing at age four when she was cast as Tiny Tim in a local production of A Christmas Carol.  She continued musical theatre through her preadolescent years, before discovering a love for underground music and indie festivals in her teens.  From the time she could write, Cara logged journals of poetry and short stories  eventually graduating with a degree in creative writing  but it wasnt until she left college at Southeast Missouri State that she began teaching herself guitar.  With a new tool for songwriting, Cara Louise cut her teeth performing at open mic nights in St. Louis while finishing her degree at Webster University.  In 2013, Cara formed her own band and self-released her first set of recordings, To Be Dead Is To Be Known, recorded at Sherpa Studios.  The six-song EP, inspired by 1960s Nashville, includes a Patsy Cline-esque ballad, a political satire, and a progressive title track about artistry and death.  After briefly touring the Midwest, Cara Louise Band released their debut LP Fires Out through Gaslight Records in 2016. Fires Out is an eclectic mix of tracks highlighting the singers ability to bend genre without losing the familiarity in her thematic story telling.  From Past My Prime, a song refuting societal pressure to Aimless Lee, a classic cowboy tale, this LP covers everything from folklore to hard-hitting existential anxieties.  Leaning harder on her 1970s folk and classic-rock influence, Cara Louise is currently working on a five-song collection with producer and songwriter David Beeman of Native Sound Studios (release date TBA).

The Cara Louise Band creates a style of country-rock that showcases the alternating moods of strength and frailty in its singers voice. -RFT    

What youll hear are the bands tightly constructed, classic-country-referencing songs given flight by Caras strident and commanding vocals. -RFT

Classic country sounds partner with Americana sensibilities and a clear path for Caras keen songwriting. -I Went To A Show

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The Focal Point (View)
2720 Sutton
Saint Louis, MO 63143
United States


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Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: Yes!
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!

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