Making a Scene Presents an Interview with Breanne Marie of the Front Porch Sinners
Great Lakes country music from a front porch in Duluth, MN. Breanne Marie broke into the Minnesota music scene as a solo performer with an acoustic guitar and a repertoire of country covers and originals. Her 2013 debut album “Six Strings of Peace and Sanity” was a collection of sweet and deeply personal songs she wrote following her father’s suicide and her brother’s death in a car accident. The success of the album set the stage for the formation of her full-blown backing band The Front Porch Sinners and they began to prepare for Breanne’s sophomore effort. The “Timothy John” EP was a journey of pain and healing, dedicated to her brother.
In 2017, building on Breanne Marie’s sentimental storytelling style, the band released “Wildflowers & Tumbleweeds.” The 12 tracks range from ballads and lullabies to foot-stompers sure to shake things up at any roadhouse and rattle the stakes of festival tents across the heartland. With no time to waste, the band was back in the studio the following year in Nashville to record “Salt in the Snow”. This 5 track EP with upbeat tunes like “North Moon” and the title track will help you survive, and thrive in, a long Minnesota winter. In 2021 the band released a full length album titled “Juniper” which features eight original songs and one cover from the Iron Range Outlaw Brigade.
Kicking off with a bluegrass tune (Central Hillside ‘91) and ending with a slow burn (Juniper) the album gives you a peek into the versatility of the group. The Front Porch Sinners consists of Evan Tepler on guitar; Johnny Peterson on pedal steel and mandolin; Kyle Gondik-Anderson on bass; Matt Groom on drums; Kailyn Spencer on fiddle and Danielle Gondik-Anderson on background vocals. The group plays “Great Lakes country music” which is an alt-country sound using classic country instruments mixed with lyrics that speak to the hard times and natural beauty of rust belt communities like Duluth, MN.