About the Band

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5 piece roots/americana band, The Way Down Wanderers, not only draw listeners in with their energy and originality but also captivate fans with their unique and touching story; Banjo player, Ben Montalbano and fiddle/mandolin player, Collin Krause, are half brothers who met each other for the first time 5 years ago. The two were shocked to find that not only were they both pursuing careers in music, but that they were each drawn to the same genres. In addition to their unexpected brotherly collaboration, the other band member's dramatically diverse backgrounds in bluegrass, jazz, classical and the spoken word, blend together to form unique harmony vocals, soaring instrumentals, lively dynamics and standout melodies. You can listen to a recent National Public Radio story about the boys and the band HERE.

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  • Celeste

    Celeste Oswego, IL

    Saw you in Holland, MI last weekend. Great performance, a lot of fun. Look forward to seeing the group again.
    Saw you in Holland, MI last weekend. Great performance, a lot of fun. Look forward to seeing the group again.
  • Steve

    Steve Wasco

    Thanks so much for the fantastic show last night at Old Towne Pub-Wasco. Everyone had a wonderful time. You've got a bunch of new fans out in the western suburbs.
    Thanks so much for the fantastic show last night at Old Towne Pub-Wasco. Everyone had a wonderful time. You've got a bunch of new fans out in the western suburbs.
  • Andrew

    Andrew Peoria, il

    Heard on local radio and seriously won't be long before this great collaboration of instrumentals and vocals is being appreciated and enjoyed all over!
    Heard on local radio and seriously won't be long before this great collaboration of instrumentals and vocals is being appreciated and enjoyed all over!
  • Clark Rutledge

    Clark Rutledge Omaha, Ne

    I was searching Spotify for your EP and wanted to let you know they have it listed as individual artist and not as the group "The Way Down Wanderers." I have notified Spotify of the issue and wanted to make sure you guys were aware! Awesome EP by the way, plan on listening to it repeatedly.
    I was searching Spotify for your EP and wanted to let you know they have it listed as individual artist and not as the group "The Way Down Wanderers." I have notified Spotify of the issue and wanted to make sure you guys were aware!

    Awesome EP by the way, plan on listening to it repeatedly.
  • Larry

    Larry Bloomington,Il.

    I listened to this band for the first time @ "Six Strings" in Bloomington last weekend. They are exceptionally talented in playing their instruments and singing their brand of "alternative country music". They could easily compete with bands I've heard play on Broadway St. In Nashville. Their folksy music is refreshing. I hope to here them play again in the near future. Great entertainment for a night out on the town.
    I listened to this band for the first time @ "Six Strings" in Bloomington last weekend.
    They are exceptionally talented in playing their instruments and singing their brand of "alternative country music". They could easily compete with bands I've heard play on Broadway St. In Nashville. Their folksy music is refreshing. I hope to here them play again in the near future. Great entertainment for a night out on the town.
Nov13

Private: Recording Dates

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Shirk Studios, Chicago, IL

 

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Dec7

Private Event

 

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The Way Down Wanderers @The Redstone Room

Davenport, IA

 

With special guests Brooks Strause and Ryan Stier of The River Monks. $7 at the door. 19+

$7 Age limit: 19+

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Jan10

The Way Down Wanderers @Vaudeville Mews

Des Moines, IA

 

With Brooks Strause and Ryan Stier of the River Monks.

$5 Age limit: All ages

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