Origin: Tomahawk, Wisconsin
Years Active: 2017 - Present
Official Websites: billybronsted.com
About Billy Bronsted:
Billy was raised in a small northern town in Wisconsin called Tomahawk. In an area full of tradesmen and millworkers, he has always pursued writing music and being creative. In his early twenties, he supported himself through carpentry and residential construction. His first solo studio record, This Bed of Mine, was released in 2017. Written over the course of his teen and early adult years, it was recorded and produced with Kevin Israel at River Rock Studios in Minneapolis, MN. The album touches on his youth, coming of age, and his family ties.
About Billy Bronsted and the Loot:
Billy Bronsted and the Loot are a five-piece Cosmic Country/Rock band from central Wisconsin. Billy and his percussionist John Kneipp were both born and raised in Tomahawk, WI, where their love for music was definitely thought of as “unique.” Growing up in Tomahawk instilled strong values of hard work and the importance of family, grounding them and shaping the way they walk through their lives. Their sound reflects this peaceful upbringing; there is a characteristic storytelling and writing style that is second nature to them. The duo's raw and aggressive percussion mixed with Bronsted's diverse acoustic playing styles pulls the listener back through time. Their albums evoke the milieu of the backwoods, where campfire strumming sets the tone for well-crafted narratives.
In recent years, John and Billy have been hard at work creating their next evolution as performing artists, Billy Bronsted & the Loot. The full 5-piece outfit started creating together in the summer of 2020, adding Harold Melo, Jordan Miles, and Darian Woller. Billy brought the band to the studio to help finish the latest record “Rhythm, Racket, & Romance” which is set for release in October of 2021. The album was conceived through years of gigging all around Wisconsin, while taking time to jam and write with other artists. It is a work of real midwestern collaboration interspersed with some very personal moments.
Billy Bronsted, John Kneipp|