Columbia Fields is an “Indie Rock Ass-Kicking Machine!” said the Hartford Advocate. Having played for thousands of fans in the northeast it is no doubt this band is headed for a long career of rock hits in the music industry. Their unique, powerfully emotional rock has garnered thousands of fans, consistent booking, and increased radio play.
The band was formed in 2002 by lead singer Grayson Minney and keyboardist Eric Heath. Drummer Chris Bowes and bassist Jon Coates were added over the next few years. The sound could be described as a cross between Coldplay and Dave Matthews with a hint of a Tori Amos modern sounding twist and a very big feel. The Hartford Courant has said the band has “an irrepressible melding of rhythmic drums, classical piano styling and heartfelt lyrics, Columbia Fields is a burgeoning star in the New England music scene.”
In both 2008 and 2009 the band won the award for the Best Indie Band in Connecticut.
Then shortly thereafter in August of 2009, the band released their most recent album, “Bridging the Gap” raising the bar once again. Seven months later In a recent competition out of 100 bands, Columbia Fields took first place and won the the chance to open for Bon Jovi, where their music was introduced to over 6,000+ fans. The crowd reaction was so positive, the band distributed the remaining 1,000 CDs that was pressed up for the first release. To date the band has moved over 2,500 copies via shows, online sales, and downloads.
Media reviews have been nothing but positive. “As far as Columbia Fields' songs, I had a hard time coming up with similar bands to compare them to. The boys actually sound that original. There was an occasional chord progression that smacked of Crash-era Dave Matthews, and at other moments there were glimmers of Counting Crows. But these influences were always filtered through a much younger sensibility that owes a bit to contemporary emo.” - Hartford Advocate (July 2008)
The band has been repeatedly noted for it's entertaining, professional caliber live performance: "This band is incredible! If you have never seen them perform, you don't know what your missing!" - The Venue Newspaper (April 2009)
Columbia Fields has performed at most of the top tier venues in the northeast. Some performances of note include: Mohegan Sun Arena, Mohegan Sun Wolf Den, The Hardrock Cafe at Foxwoods Casino, Toads Place, The Webster Theater, The Cutting Room in NYC, The Blender Theater at Gramercy, and Church.
The band has shared the stage with national acts: Bon Jovi, Ed Roland of Collective Soul, Pete Francis of Dispatch, Hinder, Keith Kane of Vertical Horizon, Edwin Mccain, Ryan Montbleau, Nine Days, Pras from the Fugees, Dicky Betts of the Allman Brothers, The Backstreet Boys, The Script, and The Fray.
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