Soule is a three-year-old electro-folk five-piece based in Mankato, MN, influenced by traditional American and eastern European folk and contemporary rock and roll music.


Two-time winner (2003 and 2004) of Static magazine’s “best live band in southern Minnesota”, Mankato-based Soule continues to win fans throughout the midwest with their eclectic and insightful songwriting, rock-solid performances and always entertaining stage presence. Soule’s unique blend of old-world themes and electrified folk melodies keep the band continually “well on the way of paving the road to a new class of musical genius,” says Applauze magazine (2004).

Performing over sixty shows per year, Soule’s electro-folk sound continually evolves, especially since the latest addition of regionally renowned-bassist Scott Yonke in October 2005. Percussionist Casey Hochhalter and guitarist/songwriter CJ Mulder never envisioned such a cohesive creative endeavor when they founded Soule in 2002. Martha Roisen’s powerful, yet serene vocals plus Jess Crary’s whimsical violin licks complete this talented quintet. Static magazine puts it simply: “On the whole, Soule rocks” (2003). Soule’s debut album, Not to be Had for the Wanting, has sold over 700 copies and is available online at

2006 promises to be an exiting year for the band as they explore new venues and audiences, and begin work on their second album.


Not to be Had for the Wanting, available online at

Set List

Another Man’s Wife
Bloody Heart
Buddha’s Pool Hall
Strawberry Wine
Burn the Midnight Oil
Chocolate Jesus
Closer to You
Dirty Pants
Dutch Gypsy
For what it’s Worth (Buffalo Springfield cover)
Glory Bound (Martin Sexton cover)
Gypsy Guile
Hazy Shade of Love
Home or Away
I Think of You
I’ll Fly Away
Is you is (Louis Jordan cover)
Look to the Bay
Lust or Love
My Friend Paul
Not to be had for the wanting
One Last Straight Brandy
Rain and Snow (Irish traditional)
Road Song
Ruth Louise
Silver Screen
Star of the County Down (Irish traditional)
Stories and Rhymes
Strange Love
Sweet Me
The Truth of It
Time (Tom Waits cover)
Yesterday (Tom Waits cover)
You Move Me