RUVANE KURLAND For over a decade, Ruvane Kurland has been touring through clubs and coffeehouses around the Midwest with his unique brand of mellow groove rock. Kurland has performed for Hillary Clinton and has shared the stage with such acts as Mango Jam, Soul Farm, Rob Bonaccorsi (previously of the Freddy Jones Band), Rick Recht, and Tim Mahoney. After releasing his debut album, 'Acoustically Speaking,' in 1996, Kurland followed up with 'Esoteric Perfection,' a year later. In April 2000, he released an album complete with 13 guest musicians, entitled 'Drops of Time.' Kurland released 'Traveler' with his band Six String Ride, in the spring of 2006. Born in Burlington and raised in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Kurland began professionally performing his original music at age 17. Kurland has toured extensively through the Midwest, and recently released a tour 'rocumentary' entitled, 'Ruvane Kurland Live from the Midwest.' Kurland has made several radio and television appearances, and his music is featured on the soundtrack to the movie, 'Vengeance Zombies 2000,' produced by Bo Hakala. Kurland's song, 'I don't Know,' was featured on the,'Chicagoland Musicians Compilation CD' in 2004 released by Sammary Studio. Kurland's singing and songwriting skills, along with his witty and entertaining stage presence, have drawn comparisons to such acts as U2, The Beatles, Dave Matthews Band, and Peter Himmelman. Of his music, Kurland says, 'It's folk with a rock edge.' STEVE WIERMAN As a child, Steve Wierman developed a toe-tapping love of music primarily by listening to the Dixieland jazz pre- ferred by his parents. In grade 4, he began formal instr- uction on violin. By grade 5, he was ready to bag the violin in favor of the saxophone, in order to learn a more contemporary sound. As with many others of his age, the British Invasion of the mid 1960's sparked an interest in the guitar. Wierman traded his saxophone for a Fender Esquire, and has been playing the guitar in one form or another, ever since. Wierman has played in numerous bands. After an initial infatuation with popular rock-n-roll, Steve discovered the wonders of Chicago blues, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and especially guitar player Mike Bloomfield. This gave way to the formation of several blues bands an an appreciation of loud, electric guitars. Somehow, concurrently, Wierman developed an appreciation for acoustic guitar music. He especially enjoyed the music of Bob Dylan, and the stylings of Leo Kotke. Wierman discovered his voice was similar to that of Kotke, described by Kotke as, "the sound of geese farts on a muggy day." After living in a variety of places such as Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, Santa Fe, El Paso, Minne- apolis, and Columbus; Steve arrived in Carbondale, Il in 1990. Since that time, Wierman has played in many venues, and with many different groups of musicians. Some of the groups were plugged, others unplugged, Badger, Blue Heron, and Joyride are just to name a few. Badger was featured on the second "Carbonation" CD. Nightlife newspaper described the music of Blue Heron as "turquoise-to-teal acousticbluesfolkrock." Wierman has a wonderful talent for playing lead guitar, and looks forward to performing for many years to come.