Xylo Entertainment Roster
Sarah Morris | The Byron Johnson-Blanchard Quartet | Hippo Campus | Jacy Pelstring | Devata Daun Grammar | Mayda | Step Rockets | The Kind Red Spirits | the Wayward McCoys
Sarah Morris - Folk, Country, Pop
“After immersing herself in the Nashville music scene for four years, singer Sarah Morris, a Minnesota native, has returned to the Twin Cities to share her achingly sincere ballads of love and loss.” – Mpls St Paul Magazine
Sarah Morris is a Minnesota-born singer-song writer with a flair for songs about the highs, and lows of love. Her writing is evocative – a kind of melodic poetry that can make you sing along even when you don't know the song. Sarah balanced her classical training with a 4 year immersion in Nashville's singer-songwriter community, allowing her voice to transition easily from genre to genre, creating a sultry sound that's all her own. She tackles a range from classic country to jazz standards, sprinkled with her own take on pop.
The Byron Johnson-Blanchard Quartet - Jazz
Jazz standards and original music from a great quartet. Byron Johnson-Blanchard is a gifted percussionist who is a familiar participant in the Twin Cities music scene. BJB is currently laying down the beat for R & B powerhouse High and Mighty and serves as a sideman for a several other local artists. A 2008 graduate of McNally Smith College of Music, Johnson-Blanchard's strong passion for music and artistic diversity is evident in every one of his performances.
This ensemble features some of the Twin Cities best up and coming musicians.
Jacy Pelstring - Pop, Rock, R&B
Jacy Pelstring is a performer and songwriter from Plymouth, MN. She is involved with many musical acts and organizations throughout the Twin Cities. This past fall at Mount Olivet Lutheran Church's Higher Grounds Coffeehouse, Jacy released her first original EP, Everyone Needs Faith. With a record attendance of over 240 people, the benefit was able to raise over $2000 for Lutheran Hunger World Relief. She recently released her first full-length album, Take Your Best Shot, to a full crowd at The Amsterdam Bar & Hall in St. Paul. Both albums are available on iTunes.
Jacy is constantly looking for new performance opportunities and available for various private events, recording vocals, cover band gigs, and voice/piano lessons. Visit her “Sounds” page on her website to hear samples of the various work she has done.
Jacy currently performs with the band High & Mighty, her own original group, and several churches around the Twin Cities.
The Wayward McCoys - Pop, Rock
Ben, Joe and Jon each have three-letter names so they started a band. It's called The Wayward McCoys. Ben wails real loud, yet is also very informative. Ben thinks his songs are pretty good, but really that's actually your call. Music is subjective, after all. Joe plays the drums real loud and looks real happy. People are always telling him how happy he looks when he plays the drums. Honestly. People that don't even like the music will almost always concede that Joe looked "amusing". Jon rattles floors with his bass guitar and has developed a reputation for bouncing. He's more like Tigger, people say. When this guy drops the ball, abort. The music just really sounds thin without the bass. It's kinda like a train, a tumbleweed, and 2 vultures in a tree started a band...people say.
In general, The Wayward McCoys are difficult to catch as they are primarily a migratory species. Their debut pony "Greasy Clean" emerged and houses 10 songs that deserved it. The tracks span depravity and jubilation, and go well with whiskey or beer. Maybe even pair with a big ol' flank steak if you've got the fire to cook it. They're not really a force to be reckoned with, but The Wayward McCoys are not going anywhere. Does that make sense? They cannot offer you sex or money or the pleasures offered in corporate music. Bottom line: when rock 'n' roll is needed, they'll show up. Darn tootin'.