Tuscan Road, a local country/rock band, performed
at Rookies Sports Pub in Stevens Point on Saturday September 22.
The show took place under a tent outside Rookies,
with special guest The Cowtippers, who opened up for the band. Fans came out in
record numbers and the first 500 guests received a free Tuscan Road Point Beer
Rookies was packed as Tuscan Road took the stage at
6 p.m. Fans were ecstatic, as they danced and sang along with their free Tuscan
Road mugs filled. While talking to some of the audience members, it was clear
that Tuscan Road has gained great popularity among their followers.
“Working with a group of guys that you enjoy making
music with is the most rewarding thing to me. I also love traveling to new
places and meeting all kinds of people while we’re on the road. It keeps it
interesting,” Salin said.
Tuscan Road consists of five musicians who met over
the Internet and through word of mouth between other musicians. They are known
for their high-energy live shows and modern take on country music.
Tom Salin, who plays electric guitar and sings
vocals, has had a strong passion for music ever since he was young.
“I listened to all the old records and bands from
all genres of music growing up. The only way for me to become more involved was
to play music and create something of my own,” Salin said.
The current members of Tuscan Road have been
together for about 6 months and consist of Kevin Moore, Steven Freehill, Tom
Salin, Phil Smyth, and Paul Bannach.
In June of 2011, Tuscan Road was awarded the
Wisconsin State Country Band Championship at the Hodag Country Music Festival
in Rhinelander. They were also voted number one local band on WISNs A-list
Awards in Milwaukee.
The band especially looks up to other country music
artists that have paved the way before them and have gone against the grain
using unconventional methods to reach success.
“We all have our individual tastes but as a
collective choice, I think we can all agree that Zac Brown Band has become a
band favorite at the time. They’re doing some really awesome stuff and are
incredibly underrated as musicians,” Salin said.
Tuscan Road has shared the stage with national
artists such as Joe Nichols, Neal McCoy, Sawyer Brown, Lee Brice, and Thompson
Square to name a few. At the end of 2011, they released their first
self-proclaimed album with 8 original songs.
“Being able to share something memorable with the
audience is the best part about being on stage. We come out and bring our music
and energy to our audience, and in turn build off their energy as they sing and
dance with us. Some nights it’s just right and it goes full circle building up
bigger and bigger until we both create something really sensational,” Salin
enjoyed the show on Saturday, or if you want to see the band catching the
attention of listeners all over the region, check them out this Saturday
September 29th when they perform at Smitty’s Bar in Antigo at 9 p.m.