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The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is a collaborative band that brings together five Massachusetts singer-songwriters in the vein of Americana, rock, and roots-folk music.
Tory Hanna is a performer whose musical soul and character pours out whenever he stands in front of a microphone. His first EP released in 2012, entitled Pondside, captured much of his electro-centric singer-songwriter stylings. Tory’s latest work, Learning to Share, speaks to a more stripped down live Americana-Folk tradition in an ever-growing Western Massachusetts music scene, and the core of what The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow embodies. Learning to Share was released in the spring, with support from New York City-based Indie label, Electric Giant, and Producer Jeff Malinowski.
To call Billy Keane a throwback would be redundant. Keane is a singer-songwriter who lives in Pittsfield, MA. Like his predecessors, Keane sings about things that are important to people: Freedom, love, and peace as well as other key issues in our time. With his blend of folk and contemporary blues, Keane has built a solid following by playing clubs and bars throughout the Northeast and Mid Atlantic states. He has released two projects to date, an EP called Pine Street Sessions and an album with his band Billy Keane and the Misdemeanor Outlaws.=
David Tanklefsky is a musician, journalist, radio broadcaster and sports play by play man. He has been making records and playing shows since he was 16 years old in Boston-born folk/rock/jazz kids Grimis. Tanklefsky released a solo EP “The Sun and the Shadows” in 2011 and a full length solo record “Be Brave” in 2014. He has played guitar in numerous projects including Emil & Friends, Craig Martinson and the Heartbeats and Hayley Sabella and shared stages with bands including Zammuto, The Slip, Piebald and Thao With the Get Down Stay Down. He lives in Cambridge, Mass.
Greg Smith spent his youth honing his musical skills on the family farm in the hills of Charlemont, Massachusetts before joining his first band at age 12. After playing the guitar in high school and in nearly a dozen bands, once in Brooklyn, NY, he formed his dream band Greg Smith & The Broken English, which made NYC appearances at venues such as Rockwood Music Hall and the Bowery Electric its home for several years. The band has toured the east coast, played at SXSW, and recorded several albums together, the most recent being “Ramblin’ Road” in 2014. Smith’s songwriting has been recognized several times by the Independent Music Awards earning nominations in the Best Story Song, Best Alt. Country Song, and Best Alt. Country Album categories. In 2015, Smith and his wife moved from Brooklyn back to the hills of northwestern Massachusetts where he is now spreading his talents among several groups across the state, including The Maverick Street Band (Fitchburg, MA), Lakeside Drive (Franklin County, MA), and The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow, as well as his NY-based band “The Broken English” who are in the process of writing and recording their fourth release.
Chris Merenda is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and lead singer/performer who brings his unique style of talent to every musical endeavor he gets involved in. Merenda has been performing and re-inventing his sound for the past two and a half decades. His recent releases are helping define music in the 21st century. Merenda is currently a resident and musical staple of the Berkshires in Western Massachusetts. Simultaneously to this tour, Merenda was finishing up his second solo release Hello Freedom, a follow-up from his 2003 solo debut The Regimen. Both albums were produced by Duncan Watt and received endless praise across the globe for their wit and relatable human vibes. Between 2001 and 2008, Merenda was touring nationally and internationally with The Mammals, a family band founded by Mike and Ruth Merenda and Tao Rodriguez-Seeger (grandson of the late great Pete Seeger). www.thewhiskeytreaty.com