Winding down a road of outlaw country, electric folk and blues, J.R. & The Strangers
have been rocking southeast Wisconsin since their inception in November 2018. The seeds of J.R. were planted when Justin Jagler invited fellow singer-songwriter R.J. Neale into his home for an impromptu writing session. Finding they shared a similar sonic vision, they quickly added phenomenally talented lead guitarist Jim Richie to the fold. J.R.’s unique sound was fully realized with the addition of Jake Stanzer on drums, the gifted front man of Whiskey & The Devil. Focusing on personal stories and character narratives, J.R. & The Strangers have been described as a “truly unique band” and an “alt country jam band with a strong focus on songwriting.” Justin Jagler’s solo work has been featured on 88.9 Radio Milwaukee, The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and CBS 58. Creative freedom and collaboration fuel J.R. & The Strangers’ passionate live performances and unique collection of original songs.
The Cow Ponies is a Milwaukee-based band founded by music veteran John Graham in 2015. The band’s set list includes both original music written by John (guitar, vocals) and Tom T (bass, vocals), along with old country, alt country, and cow punk covers. Andy (drums), Keith (pedal steel), and Robin (vocals, sax) round out the crew.
Chris Haise (pronounced Hi-zee) is a mild mannered, mildly ambitious singer/songwriter. His award-winning folk and Americana music is influenced by Bob Dylan and the Beatles.