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The Miners are an original alt country band based in Philadelphia, PA (yes, there are alt country bands in Philly).  Originally formed in 2007 out of the ashes of Keith Marlowe and Andy Shahan’s late 80’s Philly-based band Tornado 5, The Miners are known for their country-infused, guitar and pedal steel guitar laden, alt country originals influenced by the likes of Uncle Tupelo, Son Volt, Whiskeytown, the Jayhawks, Gram Parsons, and Buck Owens.  Co-founded by Keith Marlowe, the current line-up of Marlowe (lead vocals, guitar), Shahan (drums, vocals), and David Thornburgh (pedal steel and lap steel guitars) has been together since 2009.  Sean Benge replaced Scott Donnini on bass in late 2012. 

The Miners debut release, Miner’s Rebellion, a six-song EP, was released in November 2012 to critical acclaim and notable airplay.  The Miners received a featured write-up on alt country/Americana’s most prominent website, No Depression, and were featured on Bill Frater’s legendary podcast, Freight Train Boogie.  The release has drawn (and continues to draw) praise from alt country/Americana blogs both in the U.S. and overseas being noted for it’s excellent song writing and straight-up pedal-steel infused alt country sound while drawing comparisons to the likes of Gram Parsons, Green on Red, the Jayhawks and others.  Miners’ Rebellion is currently receiving airplay on alt country/Americana radio programs in the U.S. and overseas including Chapel Hill, NC’s Wrecking Ball Radio (title track hit #1 on their weekly playlist in March 2013), Verona, VA’s Radio Free Americana (EP reached #11 on their weekly top-200) in February 2013), Indianapolis, IN’s Redbud Radio show and the Songriver show out of the Netherlands.

Miner’s Rebellion's six tracks are all original songs penned by Marlowe and recorded entirely on 8-track ½” reel-to-reel tape over three years at Match-up Zone Studio (aka Marlowe’s basement).  The tracks were then digitally mixed and mastered at Philly’s legendary MilkBoy The Studio.  Miners’ Rebellion is self-released and is available in both CD (through Bandcamp, directly from the band and at select independent record stores) and digital formats through various digital distributors such as iTunes, Amazon, BandcampCD Baby and numerous others.

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Mick Chorba joined The Miners's group
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Philly Alt Country/Americana

Philly (and it surrounding areas - S. Jersey, Delaware, NE PA and Central PA) has a somewhat disorganized and sometimes hard to find alt country/Americana scene. As a Philly alt country musician and fan, thought I would start this group to try and bring musicians and fans together. Talk about local performers, national acts coming to town, venues or anything else Philly area, alt country or Americana related.See More
Jul 15
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The Miners - Walnut Lane - Performed for CXCW 2014

First ever performance of Walnut Lane, a new song from The Miners recorded for CXCW 2014. http://couchbycouchwest.com/the-miners-walnut-lane/
Mar 12
James Popik commented on The Miners's group 'Philly Alt Country/Americana'
"Hey All! James Popik here from Hopewell. NJ. I gig a bit in Philly and Doylestown. Singer/Songwriter, bluesy rock, Americana. Feel free to visit www.tenfoottallband.com or www.reverbnation.com/jamespopiktenfoottallband Hope to get to know you. Maybe…"
Feb 1
Sue Taylor joined The Miners's group
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Philly Alt Country/Americana

Philly (and it surrounding areas - S. Jersey, Delaware, NE PA and Central PA) has a somewhat disorganized and sometimes hard to find alt country/Americana scene. As a Philly alt country musician and fan, thought I would start this group to try and bring musicians and fans together. Talk about local performers, national acts coming to town, venues or anything else Philly area, alt country or Americana related.See More
Oct 27, 2013
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The Miners - Live @ Jenkintown Festival of the Arts at Jenkintown Town Square

August 26, 2013 from 6pm to 7pm
We play the Main Stage of this terrific Arts and Music festival hosted by the Jenkintown Community Alliance. We go on at 1:30 PM on the Main Stage in the town square. Great lineup of roots, Americana and blues bands, wonderful artisans, food and beer. Free admission and all ages.  Plan to spend the day.See More
Aug 26, 2013
The Miners replied to Jon Sten's discussion 'Looking for Up-And-Coming Artists! Discover some amazing music lately?'
"Since you are PA based, you should check us out (The Miners) and Morning River Band.  Both play Philly regularly but would travel for festivals, especially in-state."
Aug 25, 2013
The Miners commented on Bill Frater's blog post 'Freight Train Boogie show #219- Jason Isbell, Shannon McNally, Buddy Mondlock, Joy Kills Sorrow and others'
"Bill - Thanks for including us again on your terrific Podcasts."
Jul 30, 2013
Dino C joined The Miners's group
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Philly Alt Country/Americana

Philly (and it surrounding areas - S. Jersey, Delaware, NE PA and Central PA) has a somewhat disorganized and sometimes hard to find alt country/Americana scene. As a Philly alt country musician and fan, thought I would start this group to try and bring musicians and fans together. Talk about local performers, national acts coming to town, venues or anything else Philly area, alt country or Americana related.See More
Jun 9, 2013
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Jun 5, 2013
The Miners commented on Popa Tunes's blog post 'CD Review - Morning River Band "To Suzie"'
"Nice review and another strong release from our Philly alt country brethren."
May 27, 2013
The Miners commented on Hearth Music's blog post 'Saro Lynch-Thomason's New Project Remembers America's Largest Labor Uprising'
"This is interesting.   Not to turn this into a self-promotion post but we are on the same wavelength with Saro Lynch-Thomason.  Our debut EP's title track, released last November, is entitled Miners' Rebellion, which recounts the…"
May 14, 2013
The Miners replied to Jeffrey M Fields's discussion 'Morning River Band (record release), The Miners, John Train FRI MAY 17 at MilkBoy Philly!' in the group Philly Alt Country/Americana
"Looking forward to a great night helping to celebrate Morning River Band's great new release, To Suzie.  Great lineup with 3 of Philly's finest alt country/American bands.  Hope to see some of our Philly Alt Country/Americana…"
May 13, 2013
The Miners left a comment for Allison Ferrier
"Allison, Welcome to No Depression and thank you for joining the Philly Alt Country/Americana Group. The Miners"
May 8, 2013
Allison Ferrier joined The Miners's group
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Philly Alt Country/Americana

Philly (and it surrounding areas - S. Jersey, Delaware, NE PA and Central PA) has a somewhat disorganized and sometimes hard to find alt country/Americana scene. As a Philly alt country musician and fan, thought I would start this group to try and bring musicians and fans together. Talk about local performers, national acts coming to town, venues or anything else Philly area, alt country or Americana related.See More
May 7, 2013
The Miners commented on Lee Zimmerman's blog post 'Lee's Listening Stack -- Slightly More Than A Baker's Dozen For Early April'
"Thanks for including us and the kind words Lee."
Apr 4, 2013
The Miners added a discussion to the group Philly Alt Country/Americana
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Caitlin Rose at Milkboy Philly (Wednesday, April 3)

Caitlin Rose will be at Milkboy Philly tomorrow night (Wednesday April 3).  Couple of group members will be in attendance. Caitlin Rose at Milkboy PhillySee More
Apr 2, 2013

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At 9:10am on March 2, 2013, Lee Zimmerman said…

Yes -- I'd be happy to check out your EP - I like what I'm hearing! Addy is

Lee ZImmerman

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Thanks!!!

At 12:55pm on November 23, 2012, Will James said…

Welcome The Miners to Gram Parsons InterNational. Feel free to join in and hope to hear you live in the future! Will James

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Created by No Depression Feb 17, 2009 at 9:06pm. Last updated by No Depression Sep 24, 2012.