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Steppin' In It

Michigan

This month, we’re excited to bring you Steppin’ In It’s most recent release, Simple Tunes for Troubled Times. They call Michigan home but have performed to crowds in all corners of this country, CA to NY and many places in between. Call it swing, call it Cajun, country-blues, folk or rock and you’ll be right. It's music born of the south side of Chicago and downtown New Orleans with a drive in rural Texas, all rolled into one.

Appearing in the June '08 edition of Paste Magazine’s “Paste Recommends”, Simple Tunes for Troubled Times is rapidly getting national attention. We’re happy to celebrate their 10 years of work by offering this fine release for $7.49. We look forward to continuing our support of local artists and bringing you some of the best music you may have otherwise never heard.

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Simple Tunes for Troubled Times

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Genre: Ragtime, Folk & Blues
Influences: Bela Fleck, Doc Watson


Previous Artists

Faith 4

Lansing, MI

Faith4 has partnered with the VFW to support Operation Uplink - a program that supplies phone cards to U.S. military service people and hospitalized veterans who are separated from those they care about. Operation Uplink also hosts "Free Call Days" on holidays for troops deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan; connecting more than 900,000 troops with their families since the program began in 2006.

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I Believe

$10.00
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His new Americana album features famed Austin guitarist Charlie Sexton and gritty Texas charm. Download "My Everything"
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Genre: Contemporary Christian/Religious
Influences: Michael W. Smith, Casting Crowns

Katie Todd Band

Chicago, IL

Katie's music is an infectious blend of indie smarts & attitude with pop charm and accessibility. Fans of Sarah McLachlan, The Wallflowers and The Police will enjoy this music.

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Make Some Time for Wasting

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His new Americana album features famed Austin guitarist Charlie Sexton and gritty Texas charm. Download "Face Down"
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Genre: Indie Rock
Influences: Sarah McLachlan, The Wallflowers, The Police

Ralston Bowles

Grand Rapids, MI

Ralston is one of the most acclaimed artists Michigan has seen in years. His music has been compared to Lyle Lovett and Steve Earle and has a similar maturity that blends sometimes profound elements of humanity, faith and a dry wit.

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Rally at the Texas Hotel

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His new Americana album features famed Austin guitarist Charlie Sexton and gritty Texas charm. Download "Velvet Elvis"
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Genre: Modern Folk
Influences: Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle
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Carwreck Conversations

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Ralston's debut album is chock-full of the smart, catchy, rock-and folk-tinged tracks that made him for him in the Midwest.  
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Genre: Modern Folk
Influences: Lyle Lovett, Steve Earle

Mike Milligan & Steam Shovel

Kokomo, IN

As hard working as they are talented, they play all corners of the mid-west including monthly gigs at Chicago's House of Blues. The band's sound compared favorably to everyone from vintage Clapton to Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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Live!

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Like capturing lightning in a bottle, Live! was recorded near their hometown of Kokomo, IN at a CD release party celebrating their latest studio CD. Download "Timing is Everything"
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Genre: Texas Blues
Influences: Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan

Greensky Bluegrass

Kalamazoo, MI

Like blues and jazz, bluegrass music is uniquely American. Originally a localized blend of ballads, gospel, blues and ancestral songs from Ireland, Scotland, England and Africa, there's been a resurgence of the genre that's respectful of the past but open to contemporary influences. Described as "New Grass," Greensky Bluegrass represents the best of this genre.

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Tuesday Letter

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This album, produced by Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth, has proven a milestone in the quartet's growth as musicians and increasing exposure. Download "Tuesday Letter"
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Genre: Bluegrass
Influences: Alison Krauss, Patty Loveless

Jennie DeVoe

Indianapolis, IN

Jennie DeVoe's music has a time capsule feel, written and recorded without an awareness of the flavor-of-the-month Top 40. The resulting music has the timeless charm of Fleetwood Mac, Nora Jones, Tori Amos or Joss Stone.

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Fireworks & Karate Supplies

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One listen and you'll find this album contains an intensity, maturity, and purpose – a rare find from much of what we hear today. Download "Don't It Sound Good"
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Genre: Bluegrass
Influences: Fleetwood Mac, Nora Jones, Tori Amos, Joss Stone

Dean Marcellana Latin Jazz Trio

Columbus, OH

Music for both the jazz lover who's focused on the details and the intense musical interplay and for the casual listener who's looking to fill their home with fresh and interesting music.

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Dean Marcellana Latin Jazz Trio

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This album features a piano, upright bass and drum arrangements that not only remain true to their American jazz roots but hint at Caribbean beaches and exotic locations. Download "W.C. Influenced"Get FREE MP3
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Genre: Traditional Jazz Trio
Influences: Bill Evans, Chick Corea

Earwig

Columbus, OH

Earwig's music straddles a fine line between what seems like mayhem and polished, deliberate, energetic and exact rock. Their high energy, smart and stripped down rock may remind you of The Strokes, Nirvana or The White Stripes.

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Center of the Earth

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Perfectly embodying the strength and spirit of the "indie" label they wear proudly, this album is at both times an energetic and exact. Download "Best Kept Secret"
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Genre: Modern Rock
Influences: The Strokes, Nirvana, The White Stripes

Potato Moon

Grand Rapids, MI

Elements of country, pop, folk and jazz all rolled into a timeless sound that is equal parts contemporary and antique.

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The Life of Lonely Jones

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A sometimes whimsical and sometimes dark collection of tales, it features Lush vocal harmonies, superb musicianship, and top notch songwriting. Download "Big Highway"
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Genre: Old timey/Swing
Influences: Alison Krauss, Neil Young

Joshua Davis

Lansing, MI

Joshua was raised between the homes of a Detroit school teacher and an Upper Peninsula outdoorsman and the experiences from both homes can be heard in his music. A songwriter ahead of his years, already his name is being mentioned in the same breath as Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, The Band and John Mellencamp.

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Fool Rooster

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Capturing the spirit of hope and better times to come, Fool Rooster has been noted for both its superb song writing and performance from as far away as Nashville, TN. Download "Delta 88"
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Genre: Alt-Country/Rock
Influences: Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, John Mellencamp

Are You an Aspiring Artist or Band?

Meijer is looking for artists in our five state area (MI, IL, OH, IN and KY) to feature in Outside the Mainstream.

At Meijer, we look forward to supporting local artists and bringing you some of the best music you may have never heard. So musicians, it's time to step up. If you're from our five state region and think you've got what it takes - give us a shout. We're wide open to musical content, but you will need to meet our three rules:

  1. No content that would require a "parental advisory" label if it were distributed by a major label.
  2. Your CDs need to have a 12 digit UPC printed on them and be sealed with shrink-wrap.
  3. We want musicians who are actively promoting their music. We want to be a partner, not the sole distributor.

If you'd like to be considered for upcoming months, please send a duplication-quality copy of your music (no CD-R's), your band's web address (if applicable) and any press material to:

Meijer, Inc.
Attn: Greg Baxter 985/3
2929 Walker NW
Grand Rapids, MI 49544
musicbuyer@meijer.com