“Pinning Rocket Club down isn’t easy. It’s a wide variety of influences, a ton of energy and talent, and hooky melodies. Rocket Club really can’t be simplified down to any one thing – except really good.”
Gregg Swedberg, PD—KEEY/K102 Minneapolis
In 2009, Rocket Club (Don Smithmier, Brian Kroening, Matt Kirkwold, Chris Hawkey and Billy Thommes) took the music industry by surprise when they appeared on the Billboard Country charts, staying for 7 weeks and reaching No. 49 with their single “One More Day.” Now the Minnesota group is back on the charts with the single “One Thing Beautiful,” from their newly released EP American Serenade.
Released in October 2008, Rocket Club’s debut album was quick to earn the band local praise and attention as their music quickly found a home on Minneapolis radio stations K102 and Cities 97. They began to appear and perform live on these stations, and to play music festivals as well as some of the city’s prominent live music venues. This early national success came despite the fact that they are an unsigned band with a self‐produced album, hailing from the North Country of Minneapolis, Minnesota, far from the country music Mecca of Nashville.
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