Outlaw Family Band’s raw blend of country, rock, folk and bluegrass elements combined with dark and gritty themes has made the band a favorite in the Chicago area. Rocking at one moment and meshing four part harmonies with fiddle and banjo at the next, the seven-piece band moves from style to style without losing what is at their core – a dedication to stories well told through powerful lyrics and bent strings.
James Weigel – guitars, vocals
Daniel Padgett – bass, vocals
Justin Gilliam – guitars, vocals
Ryan Hinshaw – fiddle, vocals
Ben Wright – banjo, vocals
Mark Corsolini – drums, vocals
Brian Koehler – pedal steel
OFB has grown over the years, from its beginnings as a group of a few college friends making music at bars that paid in tips and beer to today’s solid band that plays regularly in the Windy City and throughout the Midwest. But even today, you’ll still see a bucket of beer on ice sitting up on stage for the band, and a round of whiskey from the crowd won’t be turned down either…
OFB released it’s first full-length album in April, 2005. Featuring many of their most popular songs, and with some engineering and production help from Wilco‘s Jay Bennett, Outlaw Family Band is an excellent debut effort.
In 2006, the band began getting national attention from their association with Mike Leonard, a documentary producer for NBC’s Today Show. Leonard, who takes banjo lessons from Ben Wright, asked the band to provide some music for some of his video segments, and then for more music to score the DVD that accompanies his book “The Ride of Our Lives” (the tale of an extended family road trip that was originally featured in four parts on the Today Show. Leonard even took the band on the road with him for the Midwest portion of his book signing tour, and they appeared in a segment for the Today Show promoting the book.
Lyceum, their second full-length album was released in the summer of 2006, a collection of acoustic numbers, several of which were used for the “Ride of Our Lives” project.