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Rockford, IL-based Miles Nielsen has spent nearly a decade enthralling audiences with music that draws force from the prime years of Western-influenced rock music and classic ‘60s soul (and they’re on of Hey Nonny’s all-time favorites). Claiming influences as diverse as Otis Redding’s classic soul and Jellyfish’s cult power pop recordings.
Miles Nielsen & The Rusted Hearts consist of:
Miles Nielsen: Vocals, Guitar
Daniel James McMahon: Guitar, Vocals
Adam Plamann: Keys, Horns, Vocals
Dave McClellan: Bass, Vocals
Jeff Werckle: Drums
Describing the frontman of Chicago alt rock veterans Mutts, Daytrotter said Mike Maimone “goes from zero to a hundred quicker than most.” Relocating to Nashville in January 2020, he moved characteristically fast. By February he was named a Lightning 100 FM Local Artist of the Week.
When COVID put an end to his auspicious start as a Nashville performer, Maimone quickly switched gears, creating a visual album in his bedroom studio. “isolation:001” earned him a spot in Lightning 100’s Music City Mayhem competition, where he made the Top 16 of over 300 submissions. And “isolation:001:the movie,” has been accepted to multiple film festivals.
With live music coming back, Maimone released “Broke, Not Broken” on June 18, 2021. He recorded his band at various locations in Chicago pre-pandemic, then mixed it in 2020.
The main theme of Broke, Not Broken is walking the line between following your passion and being able to function in society.
“Broke” is the 11th album that the singer/songwriter and producer has released on his label 8eat8 Records since 2008, along with 8 EPs and over a dozen singles. He has also contributed keyboards to many other artists’ recordings.
On top of being prolific in the studio, Maimone has averaged over 100 tour dates each year since 2005. As a solo artist, with his trio Mutts, as a keyboardist for Company of Thieves, Los Colognes, and others, he has performed at legendary venues from The Fillmore in San Francisco to the Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City, and at festivals such as Lollapalooza, Sasquatch!,