Well-Known Strangers are a delightful band I have recently discovered who bring the Mid-West to life. Originating from the creation of musician Joe Adamek (guitar/lead-songwriter), he is joined by additional songwriters Betsy Ade (vocals/songwriting), Roger Gower (drums), Sacia Jerome (cello), Ted Koth (lead guitar, and John Kulas (bass guitar).
Adamek, the creative spark behind the band, gudes the band's artistic direction into the new musical world. Ade brings her creative songwriting into the light, with rich lyrics that brings the songs to life. Ade's vocals are a ray of sunshine that fits each song like a glove. Well-Known Strangers newest release "Found" has become an instant classic in my collection. The hardwork of the band has definitely paid off, as the band has played over 250 shows on North American turf. The group mines a sophisticated but accessible sound that recalls Goo Goo Dolls, 10,000 Maniacs, Annie Lennox, and Matchbox 20. Distinguishing Well-Known Strangers from those bands are the one-two punch of Betsy’s vocal power, sass, and swagger, and Sacia’s classically trained cello playing.