Featuring music from their 2018 release, “LO-FI EP No. 1” and new tunes yet to be written and recorded, Gaines and Wagoner return to the Stoughton Opera House on Feb. 16, 2019 under their own names. Joined by Milwaukee-based drummer, Erik Radloff, Gaines & Wagoner will also be introducing their new backing electrified string trio, The Diddy Wah Diddies. Some theatrics can neither be confirmed nor denied. This is a mid-winter Gaines & Wagoner concert you should only miss if you can’t come for some reason!
Chris Wagoner and Mary Gaines have been in-demand private instructors, session musicians and performers in the Midwest for over three decades with tours spanning the US and Europe. Together and separately, they are founding members of several of Wisconsin’s favorite musical groups, past and present: Harmonious Wail (vintage jazz), The Common Faces (original “folk-soul”), The Bob Westfall Band (original “jazz-grass”), The Moon Gypsies (original Americana / Roots-Rock), The Stellanovas (“cafe jazz”) and Graminy (original “class-grass”). Regular work with other ensembles and artists has included: Randy Sabien’s “Fiddlehead” Band, Salt Creek (progressive Bluegrass band based in Milwaukee), The North Country Drifters (Western Swing), The Best Westerns (Western Swing), Honor Among Thieves (Original Rock) and performance and recording with singer/songwriters, Carrie Newcomer, Tret Fure, L.J. Booth, Whitney Mann, Josh Harty and Blake Thomas.