Them Coulee Boys

The story is true. Soren Staff and Beau Janke—co-founders of folk/rock/Americana outfit Them Coulee Boys—met as counselors at a bible camp in northern Wisconsin in 2011. Having both grown up amidst a stretch of glacial melt-carved river valleys in the upper Midwest, otherwise known by French fur trappers as coulees, they became fast friends. Camp counselors actually coined the name “them coulee boys” as a way to refer to the constant companions, more often than not with instruments in hand. Soren’s little brother Jens joined the crew on mandolin at camp in 2012, and since, both Neil Krause on bass and Staš Hable on drums have helped to grow the band into the rollicking outfit it is today.

2021 marks the release of their fourth record, Namesake, a ten-song collection that spans from pure and genuine ballads to a leaping, countrified take on rock and roll. Singles from the recording have premiered via The Bluegrass Situation, Ditty TV, and Live for Live. Twangville readers dubbed the record “Best New Release”.

Namesake was recorded at The Hive in the band’s hometown of Eau Claire, WI. The album was produced by Grammy-winner Brian Joseph who has worked with the likes of Paul Simon, Sufjan Stevens, Ani Difranco, and The Indigo Girls, and earned his Grammy producing and engineering Bon Iver’s Bon Iver. Taking inspiration from the intimate nature of The Hive after a long period of quarantine, Namesake feels familial—like old friends with no need for small talk. There are moments of power and punch, balanced with intimacy only felt between the ones we love.

Namesake finds Them Coulee Boys following a new trajectory, combining their signature take on folk-grass and Americana with comfort on electric instruments and playing rock and roll. The record lives and breathes. It’s both intimate and bombastic. It’s the sweet aunt who makes delicious pies and the wiley uncle who’s not afraid to hit a bit of the hooch. At the bottom is the acceptance that comes with family and old friends; none of us are perfect, but there’s enough love out there to make up for it.

With four full-length albums and an EP behind them, including 2019’s Die Happy (produced by Trampled By Turtles’ Dave Simonett on Lo-Hi Records) and 2021’s Namesake (produced by Grammy winner Brian Joseph), the band has garnered international attention and earned press in American Songwriter, Ditty TV, Folk Alley, and The Bluegrass Situation, as well as tours with Trampled By Turtles and a spot on the songwriter’s Cayamo Cruise. In 2020, they were named Milwaukee Journal Sentinel’s Band to Watch. In 2021, they won Bluegrass / Americana Band of the Year by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry.

Past Shows


Dec
2
nd
2023
First Avenue
Dec
2
nd
2023
First Avenue

Pert Near Sandstone

★ Local Show ★
with Them Coulee Boys and Humbird
Oct
21
st
2023
Palace Theatre
Oct
21
st
2023
Palace Theatre

Old Crow Medicine Show

with Them Coulee Boys
Jan
28
th
2023
Turf Club
Jan
28
th
2023
Turf Club

Them Coulee Boys

with Good Morning Bedlam
Jul
8
th
2022
Turf Club
Jul
8
th
2022
Turf Club
Feb
4
th
2022
First Avenue
Feb
4
th
2022
First Avenue

Los Lobos

with Them Coulee Boys
Jul
6
th
2018
Turf Club
Jul
6
th
2018
Turf Club

Them Coulee Boys

with Ryan Necci and The Buffalo Gospel and Humbird
Apr
5
th
2018
Turf Club
Apr
5
th
2018
Turf Club

Birds of Chicago

with Them Coulee Boys
Dec
30
th
2017
Mainroom + Entry
Dec
30
th
2017
Mainroom + Entry

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades and The Big Wu

with The Last Revel, Feeding Leroy, Them Coulee Boys and more!
May
16
th
2017
Turf Club
Oct
28
th
2016
Mainroom
Oct
28
th
2016
Mainroom

More Shows

Jun
5
th
7th St Entry

Ghostly Kisses

with Kroy
Jun
3
rd
7th St Entry

The Burkharts

with Chutes
May
31
st
First Avenue

The Suburbs

with Kiss the Tiger and DJ Jake Rudh
May
31
st
Turf Club

Humbird

with ISMAY