Imagine a duo that combines its Americana, folk/prog rock and pop influences with a passion for the sounds of acts that range from Kula Shaker, Pink Floyd and Tenacious D to The Beatles, The Decemberists, Queen and Michael Jackson.
Eclectic, perhaps? That’s the robust template established by Midwest Soul Xchange, comprising Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin-based troubadours Nate Cherrier and Ryan Summers. The pair has been buds for nearly two decades, but only recently recognized their sonic synchronicity as songwriters, vocalists and instrumentalists. In 2015 they released their debut album "New American Century," receiving acclaim from national media outlets such as the Huffington Post and other industry blogs.
Each brings their unique talents to the Xchange, with Nate contributing percussion and rhythm tracks as the “enchanting wizard of rhythm” and Ryan serving as the “professor,” adding keyboards, lead guitar and working as producer and engineer for their music. They prefer to deem themselves… the “maestro” and the “master.”
Meanwhile, the duo dealt with the challenge of collaborating from afar… sort of. Even though they both grew up in Wisconsin, Nate currently lives in Phoenix, meaning that every note and beat was literally an “exchange” of ideas. “New American Century” sashays comfortably between the pair’s numerous beloved musical genres—while maintaining the identifiable signature and melodic moxie that has already become the act’s calling card in live gigs.