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The BoDeans


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“Not surprising was this band living up to its reputation as one of the best live acts of our time. Outstanding songs and harmonies. Musically tight, diverse, and adventurous.”


“Singing earnest, solid rock songs with infectious hooks, the BoDeans have always presented an urgent, heartfelt hopefulness.”

No Depression

Those who have followed BoDeans’ remarkable thirty-year musical career know that their blend of compelling songs and high-energy performances have retained an unpretentious, rock-and-roll loyal following like no other. Best known for their catchy single “Closer To Free,” the band’s accessible adult alternative sound has led to many a milestone, including a Rolling Stone Readers’ Poll for Best New American Band in 1987 and support slots with U2, Bob Dylan, Paul Simon, Tom Petty, George Thorogood, the Pretenders, David Bowie, and numerous others. Appearances at Farm Aid, Summerfest, ACL Festival, and others followed, along with TV appearances on Saturday Night Live, Late Night with David Letterman, Today, Imus in the Morning, CNN, and ESPN, to name a few. BoDeans have a permanent installation at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland as part of its Midwest Artists exhibit. After multiple chart-topping radio singles and TV placements, BoDeans have defined a generation that embraced songs like “Good Things,” “You Don’t Get Much,” “Idaho,” “If It Makes You,” “Closer To Free,” “Stay,” and “All The World.” BoDeans signed their first recording contract with Slash/Warner Brothers Records in 1985, and their debut record Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams was released in May 1986. Since then, they have released twelve studio albums with ten records that hit the Billboard Top 200 Chart and numerous singles on the Mainstream Rock, Top 40, and Triple A radio charts.

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