|The Dirty Blue|
Built around the considerable talents of the instrumentally gifted Kuhl brothers (sounds like "cool") and Ukrainian maestro Dima, The Dirty Blue is a sprawling band in both production and concept. A storied musical past provides the foundation for a remarkably polished outcome. The Kuhls have been writing and performing music since their early teens, even appearing many times on local TV and radio shows. Now, utilizing a rotating arsenal of instruments, the trio offers a sound that simultaneously references classic Pop/Rock simplicity and intricate Prog Rock complexity, creating a fascinating contemporary hybrid in process.
Coronado began in the winter months of 2011-2012, formed primarily around veteran drummer Marc Martinka searching for a new group to support the material he was developing in his basement studio. He found guitarist Andy Carlson- a long blond haired Southern Californian who at the time recently relocated to Pittsburgh and brought a dusty southwestern blues sound to the mix in addition to his original material. Added to the band was Alexander Sands- a Pittsburgh born pianist and songwriter who spent 7 years living on Chicago's "Blues Alley" watching and learning the blues from some of the world's most seasoned blues musicians. Through late night sessions and underground folk hootenannies, Alex derived his vocal and harmonica style which added to Coronado's flavor. As a classically trained pianist and studio organ player- Alex became a natural fit for Carlson and Martinka, also bringing with him his own original material. In the beginning of 2012, Martinka and Sands began auditioning lead guitarists for the band, and after a few one-off sessions, they discovered the musically talented Brian Swed who immediately was hired to the band upon audition. After a revolving cast of original bassists, Alex met the younger Alex Rowland (known otherwise as "Rowland"), who after just graduating college, decided to take a chance and move all of his belongings into Atlas Cedars and join the band. Thus, the true Coronado began in the spring of 2012. Since that time, Coronado has been playing local venues throughout the Pittsburgh area, and created waves after being discovered by local WDVE radio show host Randy Baumann in October 2012. In February 2013, original member Andy Carlson announced he would be leaving the band to return to California. Andy was replaced with young guitar prodigy Richard Stanley, from Wheeling, WV. The band continues to move forward with Stanley, and has shows planned in Pittsburgh, West Virginia, Toronto, and Chicago for the Spring of 2013.