The Maximum Ames Music Festival appeals to all music-listeners by bringing in a wide variety of local and national acts to steal the hearts of festival attendees. After a solid lineup of blues, pop and punk during the first day, the festival eases into day two with the powerful vocals of The Host Country.
Back in 2009, Ty Wistrand (guitar/vocals) and Diana Weishaar (keys/vocals) were both attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls, Iowa, when they realized they had similar music interests and writing styles. So they decided to take a stab at collaborating musically; the result — The Host Country.
The acoustic duo recorded an EP in May of 2011, but when it came time to release a full-length album in 2014, they moved towards a bigger sound with more instrumentation. Keeping with the same simplistic style as the EP, they brought in only two others — Tom Rue (bass) and Ethan Weishaar (drums).
Walk Away, the band’s 2014 album, has the same laid-back rhythms and melody and harmony pairings, but it provides a more mature sound with a full band.
The Host Country takes the popular song-writing topic of love to another level by using Wistrand and Weishaar’s impeccable harmonies to create an intimate connection to the emotional and heartfelt lyrics.
More information available from the Maximum Ames Music Festival website.