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Celandine filled The Blue Fugue with its straight-shooting, thoroughly American folk rock. They shifted back and forth between a rural guitar-solo charging twang to honest ballads reminiscent of Lucinda Williams. Celandine's lyrics- "I'm just knocking on your door," "over 1000 miles of concrete," and "I laugh when I cry always"-make one feel as if they're drinking whiskey while waiting for a train, leaving loved ones for someone you love more. The audience could feel it, as a throng of fans gathered to sing every word and then dance with each other in two-step break-ups and hook-ups (from my view at the bar, it was hard to tell which). They finished up with a muscular cover of Johnny Cash's "Jackson," during which the hicks danced like hicks, the hippies bounced around, and the people wearing black glared out over them all. - Como Music


"Coming Home To Me"---debut LP



Celandine: A 4-petal wildflower, relative of the poppy; used in folk traditions for protection, freedom of thought and expression, and escape.

Celandine is a down-to-earth, roots-rock band from Columbia, Missouri. The music draws on the Americana traditions of Steve Earle, Son Volt, Lucinda Williams, Gillian Welch, and countless others, yet succeeds in creating its own niche. Members Bruce Bartholow (drums, vocals), Becky Dahm (guitar, vocals), and Doug Sonnenberg (bass) originally became musically acquainted in now-defunct regional band Trailhead. They reconfigured in 2005 to form Celandine, adding a rock ‘n roll edge with the lead guitar of Craig Kluever. The recent release of the band’s first full-length recording, Coming Home To Me, was recorded in four days and produced by Lou Whitney (of the Skeletons and Morells) at The Studio in Springfield, MO. It contains 12 tracks of heartache and change, taking the listener on a journey of the soul. Sometimes backporch, sometimes straight-up rock 'n roll, the thread running throughout the record is one of truth and hope. Live performances are imbued with earnestness and humor, and occasionally surprising covers from the cadre of musical heritage influencing the band’s sound. They have been fortunate to share stages with Noam Chomsky and a mechanical bull.