Airs & Graces + Continental
AIRS & GRACES hail from Germany and Canada. Born in mid-2012 after Big Ar, Two Hands, AyMo and El Capitán decided to leave their former band and start a band, which right from the get-go intended to be the most energetic, raucous and also shantyish PUNK BAND around.
AIRS & GRACES’ mixture of shantyish, folky tunes and punkrock plus a dash of country creates an awesome medley of melodies, chants and sing-a-longs that make every audience sway back and forth!
AIRS & GRACES’ are well-known for their boundless enthusiasm, infectious energy and supreme devotion to fans and music.
Fuelled by an insatiable longing to entertain, AIRS & GRACES are truly at home in front of any audience, regardless of size or venue. Whether playing monumental rock clubs, festivals, or more intimate events, AIRS & GRACES rise to the occasion.
Known mostly for his time as founding guitarist of The Dropkick Murphys, Boston based rocker Rick Barton has spent the last five years fronting his current band and labor of love "Continental." Continental's sound is soulful Rock n Roll, plain and simple. While often compared to a variety of different bands, they like to summarize their style as "Paul Westerberg writing songs for The Rolling Stones," a compliment they received and have remembered for years. "I wear my heart on my sleeve and prefer to sing about what's inside, rather than fast cars and shaking booty" says Rick.
Together with his son Stephen on bass, David Deprest on guitar, and Connor Colbert on drums, they have toured the US and Europe extensively as a headlining act, but also supporting bands such as Street Dogs, Reverend Horton Heat, Swingin' Utters, The Tossers, and The Business. Make no mistake, Continental is not a vanity project for Barton. When the band isn't on the road, the father and son team paint houses to support their "music addiction."
With three releases to their credit thus far, the band has teamed up with North Carolina based record label Rusty Knuckles Music to put out their new album "Home on the Range." You can expect a raw but refined, clean but powerful, diverse and perfected version of the Rock n Roll that's come to be expected from Continental. "We decided to simply record an album that we would like listening to, and it happened to describe us perfectly." - Stephen Barton