16 More Miles

16 More Miles

 Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA
BandAmericanaCountry

Featuring former members of the Restroom Poets and current members of October Babies along with some bad ass session musicians on B3 and Pedal Steel, 16 More Miles is an Americana, Country/Rock band that features tight 3 part harmonies on most tunes. Think the Eagles meets Wilco.

Biography

16 more miles
A new band of old friends.
What makes a band? In the ever-evolving world of popular music, bands come together; some stay together, some break up – and some re-form, or re-group under the same name with a sometimes wildly different line-up.

Jason Magee, Ben Lorenz and Brian Poore, the core of Ann Arbor-based modern rock band Restroom Poets, did it a little differently. After developing a strong local following, critical praise, and peer respect in the ‘90’s, the guys went their separate ways, only to find the bonds of friendship – they formed the poets in high school – and music were as strong and compelling as ever. As the poets, they had focused on a harder-edged approach, yet Magee, the principal songwriter, had always written a substantial number of songs from an Americana/alt-country perspective. (All you need to know is that one of his songwriting heroes is Bob Dylan.) Once Lorenz broke down and admitted that country music wasn’t so bad after all, the band’s transformation was swift. They started playing out again and found a like-minded bass player, Erik Santos. Erik, who moonlights as a music professor at the University of Michigan, started hanging out with the guys and trading songs. They started rehearsing. They discovered harmony. They started recording. And they decided they needed a new name, since they were, in essence, doing a new thing.

They became 16 more miles.

16 more miles has its own trademarks: tight musicianship, soaring harmony vocals and strong songwriting, while retaining the passion-soaked vocals and inventive word-imagery of Jason Magee’s poets days. Having Erik as another lead vocalist and songwriter (as well as arranger) adds exceptional depth to the band’s arsenal. Influences range freely throughout the (north) American musical landscape, but you can hear echoes of The Band, the Eagles, even Blue Rodeo. The vibe is truly family-oriented, as not only do they welcome friends onstage, but Ben’s dad, Mike Lorenz, plays keys. And they still garner the respect of their fellow musicians – Jill Jack, after hearing them play before her at the 2010 Earth Day Fest in Rochester, Michigan, said, “They are just too good not to be playing out more.”

And so they are. They’ve released a debut album, “The Race You Never Run”, on their own Oddfellows Music label. They’re playing out more. Most importantly, they’re enjoying the chance to make music with each other like never before.

Discography

16 More Mile released their debut album, "The Race You Never Run". The CD features 12 songs written by the band. The CD can be purchased at http://shop.oddfellowmusic.com (CD or MP3 downloads). The music will soon be featured on Amazon.com, Pandora Radio and Slacker Radio.

Track List:
piece of me - 4:15
which way to go - 3:09
lost and found- 5:26
my love - 5:11
luanne- 4:49
where are you tonight - 5:36
been knocked down - 5:06
plain as day - 4:28
stop breaking me down - 3:36
supposed to do - 5:03
wide open - 6:44
ftd - 3:54