The Double Down Daredevils are a 6 piece Bluegrass / Americana group based in St Paul. The band has been together about 4 years but is comprised of veteran performers performing a variety of music ranging from traditional bluegrass to Americana tunes from writers such as Guy Clark and Townes Van Zandt. The groups catalog also includes a growing list of original music. Harmony vocals are the hallmark of this "Band of Singers" with at least 3 part harmony on most songs and with 5 singers in the group, they are constantly coming together in different combinations creating a kaleidoscope of vocal harmonies contributing even more variety to an extensive song list. The groups instrumentation consists of 2 guitars, mandolin, fiddle, banjo and bass.
What others say:
The Double Down Daredevils deliver a fresh blend of music that evokes a more sophisticated take on the genre - the tunes appeal to a wide audience, they play with a respect for the classics but take no prisoners when it comes to pushing the bluegrass genre to the edge. This band is clever, seasoned in eclectic versatility and just plain fun! " - Martha Galep - Minnesota Bluegrass
My jaw dropped when they opened their set at the 2016 Minnesota Americana-Roots Band Contest with an a capella five-part harmony. At a festival last month, I was at dinner with some friends when our attention was caught by the sound of a really tight number drifting over from a nearby stage. A couple of us jumped up from the table to track it down and found the Double Down Daredevils, clearly a band to watch. - Ann Iljima
The Double Down Daredevils take their name from a camping area at The Minnesota Bluegrass Festival when most of them met, literally, jamming around a campfire.
The Daredevils are : Tom Peschges - Guitar, lead and harmony vocals Nathan Fjeld - lead guitar, lead and harmony vocals - Tim Wankel - Bass, vocals, Brin Petersen, Mandolin, Vocals. Mary Ellen Fox - Fiddle, vocals and Phil Nusbaum - Banjo.