Catfish Seminar is the lively and unpredictable duo of Andi Jane and Craig Anderson. They are accompanied by a group of ever-talented and ever-changing musicians, making each show different from the last. They blend a retro country vibe with folk, bluegrass, and rock n roll to create a sound that'll make you want to drink moonshine and dance barefoot in the dewy grass.
They met at a dive karaoke bar in East Nashville. Craig quickly became a highlight of Fran's karaoke nights, piping out powerful harmonica riffs with his hat pulled low. And then came Andi Jane, climbing atop tables and chairs in the small dive bar, howling songs of Loretta Lynn and Stevie Nicks. They quickly discovered they were from the same Illinois countryside--as Craig put it, they drank water from the same well. They started writing songs together in no time, and formed a band after a few weeks jamming with Dorian Cornwell (drums) and Terry Taylor (bass). They played their debut show on a Saturday afternoon at Bellshire Pizza--to the surprise of the owners! We will never really know if the show was actually on the books, but the duo and their band of misfits played anyway, christened themselves as a band, and became a house favorite of the small family-owned pizza place and surrounding neighborhoods.
Andi and Craig continue to write and perform together, every show upping their energy and expanding their vault of songs. They are currently working on their first album, and planning a tour through Illinois, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Colorado, and Missouri. Stay tuned for more!
// vocals, guitar, harmonica
This fearless renegade performer spent his childhood years only 60 miles from Andi Jane's, though they wouldn't know it until they met in Nashville. He grew up on a farm, where the only thing to do was hunt, farm, fish, or obsessively play the guitar. So that's what he did...well, the last two anyway! He started writing songs at 15, and at 16 he picked up the harmonica. Since that day, he has never been without one or three harmonicas in his pocket. His music career began with a folk rock band that delighted fans with weekly shows at secret locations, before moving to Denver, where he developed himself as a solo folk act. Now, he enjoys writing songs at a furious pace, with a catalogue numbering close to 300.
// vocals, keys, washboard, guitar
This smooth, sultry songstress grew up in the rural countryside of Illinois. Surrounded by trees, farmland, and the bubbling creek that became her favorite escape, her first concerts were for her only neighbors--the frogs and the crickets. Raised to love classic country, and then R&B, pop, and rock n' roll, she developed a style that encompasses a little bit of each. Singing and playing the piano, she has performed in a wide range of bands--prog rock, dance rock, classic country, 60s pop, and now the Catfish Seminar--one that finally feels like home--where she can blend every style she loves with her classic country voice, in a town that lives and breathes country music.
The talented team that may join them at any given show...
Steven Lewis - banjo
Billy Louvin - guitar, bass
Jimmy James - bass
Jim "Jimbo" Frame - drums
Dorian Cornwell - drums
Cat Grace - fiddle
Will Kelley - madolin, fiddle, accordian
Thomas Townsley - mandolin