Twin Ports alt-country Band receives grant, heads to Nashville

The opportunity came out of nowhere for Breanne Marie & The Front Porch Sinners, a Twin Ports based alt-country band. The band is headed to Nashville, TN in late May to record new original music at Welcome to 1979 Studio with established Nashville recording engineer Chris Mara. The studio time is covered by a Quick Start Grant from the Arrowhead Regional Arts Council (ARAC).

The band released a full length album in September 2017 with no intention of releasing new music so soon after. It wasn’t until after Breanne won a free airfare ticket and her husband Evan suggested a long weekend in Nashville that the idea came up. Originally the plan was to go to a concert at the Ryman, eat good BBQ, take in some live music and head back home.

Breanne explained, “We bought tickets to see Margo Price at the Ryman and on a whim I messaged Chris Mara, a friend of Evan’s, and asked if the studio would be open that following Monday.” It was. Breanne applied for the Quick Start Grant from ARAC. This grant is specifically for time sensitive financial needs for artists. The grant fits perfectly for what the band needed – just a 12 hour recording session, oh and an overnight stay in the studio which just installed a curly slide. As fun as that sounds, the band is ready to get to work.

Breanne Marie Tepler, the group’s singer, songwriter and guitarist, entered the Twin Ports music scene in 2010, and in 2013, the band was born. The group is a passion project; each member of the band has a full-time job or is a full-time student and manages to squeeze in practices, performances, and related appearances into their free time – all for the sake of producing heart-felt music.

The band is unique in many ways, one of them being that they have a pedal steel player, which is rare for a Twin Ports group. Also, the group is selected to play at the Homegrown Music Festival (April 29-May 6, 2018) for the sixth year in a row. The band recently added Ren Cooper who plays violin and provides female vocal harmonies.

In addition to the recording studio, Welcome to 1979 is home to the world’s largest tape machine restoration company, Mara Machines. They also offer in house electroplating and they cut vinyl masters, as in vinyl records, which are making a huge comeback. What’s old is new again.

“It’s a dream come true to be working with Chris Mara. Last year Chris recorded and mixed live to vinyl a Jason Isbell EP.” Jason Isbell is a Grammy Award winning alt-country songwriter. Mara has worked with a long list of accomplished artists, in and outside of Nashville.