The Miners

The Miners

 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

Original alt country band based in Philadelphia, PA (yes, there are alt country bands in Philly).


The Miners are an original alt country band based in Philadelphia, PA (yes, there are alt country bands in Philly).  Originally formed in 2007, The Miners are known for their country-infused, guitar and pedal steel guitar laden, alt country originals influenced by the likes of Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, Gram Parsons, and Merle Haggard.  Co-founded by Keith Marlowe in 2007, the current line-up consists of Keith Marlowe (lead vocals, guitar), David Thornburgh (pedal steel and lap steel guitars), Gregg Hiestand (bass), Vaughn Shinkus (drums, backing vocals) and Matthew Loden (fiddle).

The Miners debut release, Miner’s Rebellion, a six-song EP, was released in November 2012 to critical acclaim and notable airplay. The Miners received a featured write-up on No Depression and were featured twice on Bill Frater’s legendary podcast, Freight Train Boogie.  Miners’ Rebellion has drawn praise from alt country/Americana blogs both in the U.S. and overseas where it was named a Top-10 release for 2013 by Adobe & Teardrops, was chosen as the #1 Debut Release of 2013 by the blog Popa’s Tunes, and a Best of 2013 by UK radio show Standing in the Shadows of Lev.

Miners’ Rebellion has received airplay on alt country/Americana radio programs in the U.S. and overseas including Wrecking Ball Radio (Chapel Hill, NC; #1 on weekly playlist in March 2013), Radio Free Americana (Verona, VA; #11 on their weekly top-200 artists in February 2013), Redbud Radio Show (Indianapolis, IN), Roots, Rock Review (Z88.9 NJ), The Kitchen Party (WPMG Portland, ME), American Roots and Standing in the Shadows of Lev in the UK, and the Songriver Show and Radio Girl Show out of the Netherlands.  Miners’ Rebellion also receives Philadelphia airplay on WXPN on Helen Leicht’s  XPN Local Show.

The Miners live shows are always an event and beginning in 2015, they stage an annual sold out benefit at  World Café Live (upstairs) to raise money for breast cancer.  The Miners play the Philadelphia area’s top venues including World Café Live, Milkboy Philly, Tin Angel, Bus Stop Music Café, and Country Night at Bob & Barbara’s.  The Miners have also graced the stages of festivals including the Jenkintown Arts & Music Festival, the Philadelphia Country Music Festival and the Awbury Arboretum Harvest Festival.


Miners' Rebellion - Six Song EP - Released November 2012 (CD and digital)