The Fertile Crescent
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The Fertile Crescent

Missoula, Montana, United States | Established. Jan 01, 2019

Missoula, Montana, United States
Established on Jan, 2019
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The best kept secret in music


"Spill Music Premiere: The Fertile Crescent- Onion Garden"


Missoula, Montana isn’t necessarily the first place that comes to mind when you think of a burgeoning artist culture but that’s exactly what is happening. A new wave of youthful talent is taking the city by storm and showing that there is something worth discovering. One of these new acts is the funky soul-rock band The Fertile Crescent. The group is comprised of seven music students who are joining forces and playing what they call, “the people’s music.”

This new single, “Onion Garden” is an example of what this band is capable of. Full of tight-pocket rhythms, groovy bass riffs and a horn section that will knock your socks off, The Fertile Crescent spreads infectious and refreshing energy that doesn’t take itself too seriously. The music plays off of retro soul-funk sounds with a rough-around-the-edges type of approach. That’s not to say the playing is anything other than top-notch, but the production elicits a DIY charm that is to be admired. The languid guitar solo midway through adds the perfect amount of summer-come-early fun. With unique movements and progressions, it’s easy to see that this young band has a bright future ahead.


Onion Garden was The Fertile Crescent’s first original song we’ve ever played. It has since been treated as the song that is the “iconic Fertile Crescent sound.” It synthesizes the goal of our sound and energy with simple chord progressions and melody, easy words, and horn arrangements that can fill whatever room we play. At shows we take liberties with the song like trading solos, adding sections, and improvising because it takes a really long time to get old. - Spill Magazine


Still working on that hot first release.



To fill a void in Missoula, Montana's music scene, The Fertile Crescent emerged with a mission to play music that entertains, enthuses, and enthralls people of all backgrounds. The group, made up of 7 university music students, has played pieces for musically trained ears for years, and are now dedicated to serving the community of untrained ears by playing the "people's music." The tight-pocket rhythm section of drums, bass, guitar, and keys (Zach Meyer, Kyle Curtis, Reed Ellsworth, Connor Racicot) provides a basis that then takes flight with the help of the 3-piece horn section (trumpet, tenor saxophone, trombone, Andrew Kagerer, Aidan Robinson, Mitchell Bailey). All with a background in jazz, The Fertile Crescent plays with a sound that serves a universal purpose: passion. This 7-piece soul/rock band will inspire listeners to pursue their passion, music-related or not. 

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