The First Whippoorwill
Winter/Spring/Summer 2023 Schedule
THIRD WEDNESDAY OF EVERY MONTH. Catch Sortin’ the Mail at the Mason Lounge, 416 S Park St, Madison, WI. Cold craft beers, a pizza joint next door, and a Gents room right by the fiddle player’s elbow! What more could you want, come on down!
SUNDAY JULY 9 we are playing at Art Fair on the Square on the MLK Stage at 11:30 AM. Come out to see us sort downtown Madison’s mail. We’ll have T-shirts, CDs, and stickers, and BRAND-NEW G-rated Willie Jones banter!
SEPTEMBER 15th AND 16th: We’re headlining (that is, playing after everyone’s asleep) at Silver Creek Bluegrass Festival, Algoma, WI. Three days of weird, wild pickin, food made with fire, and a stage under a tent.
Friday and Saturday 4 to 530
Saturday 10 PM to midnight
CDs for sale and download
New CD! Ringin’ The Doorbell
Sortin’ The Mail’s latest is a rollicking mix of wild original instrumentals, and boisterous odes to dogs, distances, and running away from home. Recorded (mostly) live at Madison’s venerable Barrymore Theatre, this catches the band at their intricate, sardonic, and slightly weird best.
The second CD, and the first to feature powerhouse fiddler Rin Ribble. Ten songs of love, loss, footwear, and snow-penmanship, this effort coincided with Sortin’ The Mail winning 2018 Madison Area Music Awards Performers of the Year.
You’ll Go Blind
Came out a few years back. The band’s first CD. A mashup of Wisconsin boys who got together not to hunt or watch football, but to make original bluegrass music about the stuff that men think about. Featuring Alex “The Kid” Genova on banjo, before fame took him far from these woods.