I'd like to think that everyone in the world of indie music is familiar with the extensive history of Daytrotter. In my travels, however, I've come to find that not nearly enough people are and I, often clad in my Daytrotter tee, am more than happy to spread the good word.
Daytrotter is a website created by a fella named Sean some years back because, well, he loved music. And he still does. So he brings bands in to the Daytrotter studios in his hometown of Rock Island to record live sessions of album cuts, previously unreleased material and the occasional cover song. Featuring a downloadable archive that includes everything from veteran indie acts to the latest buzz bands, Daytrotter has something for just about everyone.
This summer, Daytrotter did another remarkable thing by bringing the songs to the people live some very interesting venues. From July 25th through July 29th, Daytrotter played host to the Daytrotter Barnstormer Tour 2009, a six city tour featuring seven different Daytrotter alums that took place in different barns across Iowa and Wisconsin. A Daytrotter-sanctioned show in a barn was too interesting of an opportunity for me to pass up, so I made a road trip from Chicago to West Liberty, Iowa to see Snowblink, Mac Lethal, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin and Local Natives.