Country Mice frontman Jason Rueger grew up on a farm in a small, rural Kansas town. Inspired by music, he bought a guitar at a young age before eventually setting out for New York City. Once here, Rueger encountered Ben Bullington (guitar) and Kurt Kuehn (drums) before the three of them met up with Mike Feldman (bass). Together the four-piece began making music that earned the band (above, doing “Morning Son”) comparisons to Neil Young and Wilco. Although Rueger says, “We get a really good perspective living here in Brooklyn because there is such great music going on. It definitely helps us push the limits of our sound.”
When Malcolm Ford (mandolin and washboards) and Jack Byrne (vocals and guitar) first met, they bonded over a shared love of the blues. (Of course, as the sons of Harrison Ford and Gabriel Byrne and Ellen Barkin, respectively, they also had a Hollywood lineage in common.) So they started a band, the Dough Rollers (below, performing “She’s Your Cook” for wilcoxsessions.com), that plays a mix of blues, country and rock with a rotating group of musicians, often including Julia Tepper (vocals and fiddle). They’ve toured with big-time names like Bob Dylan and the Queens of the Stone Age, and you can see them with Country Mice tomorrow night at Mercury Lounge.