Formed in 2004 and originally from Minneapolis, MN, The Hold Steady are a critically acclaimed rock band with a vibrant mixture of punk ethos and classic rock pedigree punctuated by lyrically dense storytelling and guitar riffs. The band’s narrative based songs have scored them millions of fans worldwide. In May 2005 The Hold Steady were the first rock band to grace the front page of The Village Voice in 15 years. Their 2006 album, Boys and Girls in America was ranked No. 8 on the Rolling Stone Best Albums of 2006 list, and No. 1 by The A.V. Club. Pitchfork wrote of the album, “[Craig Finn] not only has a commanding, rousing voice but he also says something worth hearing, displaying gifts for both scope and depth that are all too rare in contemporary rock — indie or mainstream.”
Previously signed to Frenchkiss and Vagrant, The Hold Steady have released five studio albums, with their last release Heaven is Whenever in 2010. Rolling Stone gave the album 4 out of 5 stars raving, “On Heaven Is Whenever, the Hold Steady don’t just show us how much they love classic rock — they make some of their own. It’s their most polished record, nearly majestic at points, without scrimping on bloodshot angst or exuberance.” The Hold Steady have toured the world extensively as both headliners and as a support act with Kings Of Leon, Death Cab For Cutie, The Dave Matthews Band, The Gaslight Anthem and many more. They recently created an original version of “The Bear And The Maiden Fair” for the hit television series Game Of Thrones. The band will also release a covers EP entitled RAGS direct to fans this month via Pledge Music to benefit the K + L Guardian Foundation in honor of devoted fan and concert promoter Mike “Jersey Mike” Van Jura, who passed away in late 2012.
The Hold Steady is Craig Finn (Vocals, Guitars), Tad Kubler (Guitar), Bobby Drake (Drums), Galen Polivka (Bass), and Steve Selvidge (Guitar). The Hold Steady are managed by Dave Gottlieb & Jeroen VanDerMeer at Death or Glory and booked by Paradigm.