Jet-fueled by powerhouse front woman Alysia Kraft, The Patti Fiasco rides the edge of emotional extreme, delivering a brash yet fiercely soulful brand of rock 'n' roll with a heavy dose of rockabilly, blues and ballad.
Sometimes raw and volatile and sometimes sweet and lilting, the band fuses hard-rock swagger with the two-step of its Wyoming roots. The Patti Fiasco offers Joan Jett attitude with Steve Earle twang, Black Keys-style dirty blues-rock, and the lyric edginess of Shovels and Rope.
Kraft's unrelenting energy, inspired songwriting and vocals "as pure and clean as they are powerful" (Westword) earned her FoCoMA's 2013 Best Front Person award. The dobro, handmade and electrified–literally–by band member and 2007 RockyGrass Festival dobro competition winner Ansel Foxley, builds the band's signature blend of rock, country and Americana. Lead guitarist Dee Tyler's riffs range from gritty and driving to pensive and melodic, while his backing vocals add warmth to Kraft's pointed lyrics. On bass, Niles Mischke anchors the sound with solid, feel-good grooves, delivering an irresistible dance-floor appeal. Drummer/percussionist Peter Knudson's smart yet gut-driven rhythms drive the group with a primal energy tempered by subtle sophistication.
Conceived at a Wyoming open mic in 2008, The Patti Fiasco quickly earned wide critical acclaim, a devout fan base spanning the West and Midwest, and radio play across the nation. The band has shared the stage with renowned acts such as Big Head Todd and the Monsters, Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite, Justin Townes Earle, Great American Taxi, Cracker, Greensky Bluegrass, and Feufollet.
The Patti Fiasco has participated in a variety of renowned showcases, including Lafayette Louisiana Downtown Alive! and two appearances at South by Southwest, where they were backed by Colorado music powerhouse SpokesBUZZ. The WYOmericana Caravan tour, covered by the New York Times in a full-page spread, featured The Patti Fiasco in nineteen shows across five states.
"Nobody's Girl" from the band's self-titled 2011 debut was that year's top-spun single in Colorado. Their 2013 release "Small Town Lights" garnered multiple accolades, including Wyoming Public Radio's Best Regional Album award, FoCoMA's Best Album award and a high position on the Colorado charts. It finished in the top ten most-played Colorado records of 2013. The single of the same name received national radio play and was featured in the film "Whensday."