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Coyote Union

  • Date:2015-10-02
  • Location:Coyote Union 9:30pm
  • Venue:$FREE 18+

In September of 2012 three friends Mark Bertel (Percussion), Chris Royer (Guitar), and Jacob Lane (Guitar) were enjoying a night at the county fair when they stumbled across a mutual acquaintance performing that night by the name of Jordan Finley (Bass, Vocals). They knew Jordan because his older brother Ryan Finley graduated high school with Mark, Chris, and Jacob in the year of 2010. After approaching him that night to reconnect and catch up, talk of music quickly found its way to the main topic of discussion. Later that night Mark called Jordan and said, “Hey man, we need to be in a band together.” Jordan excitedly agreed to the idea of playing with Mark, Chris, and Jacob who he knew to be talented musicians. After many long nights of hanging out and playing music the four quickly became very close friends and a well oiled machine during practice. They were all aware of the almost strange amount of productivity between the four. With this and the infallible amount of yipping coyotes under the Ozark night sky every time they met spawned the name, “Coyote Union.” But for these four, playing for nobody but themselves was just simply not enough. They began to quickly write original music and discover their unique sound. After putting together a few original songs with plans of recording an EP in the near future, they booked their first show at a local venue the December following that night at the county fair with fierce anticipation and high hopes. Just before their first show, after seeing a bluegrass trio at a local coffee shop, Mark approached the very talented violin player Wes Dorethy (Vocals, Violin, Mandolin, and Piano). With quick conversation he agreed to help in the recording process of the EP. After playing with Wes and being spoiled by the smile jerking sound and style of the way he played the four knew they had found the last piece of the puzzle. It was as if Wes had been there all along and so then the four were now five. A few months later due to personal reasons Jacob decided to step down from his position of Guitar. An acquaintance of the remaining four was Luke Gessner (Guitar, Vocals). Luke had just moved back into town and had seen the band a few times locally and decided to step right in and he quickly learned the material needed to be show ready. As Luke had joined, the group had just lost their familiar practice space due to a change in ownership so the band packed up and took their act to the Arkansas wilderness in a secluded barn on a plot of land that Jordan’s family owned. The band continued to grow on their own with now two EP’s under their belt as well as many live performances. Later the group moved their home stomping ground from the barn to a local abandoned bowling alley once called, “River Lake Lanes.” With a little bit of elbow grease and know how they fixed it up and built a stage on the very lanes that had the vintage building running in its hay day. But yet again Chris, another member who sought a different direction, had stepped down from his position. However, just as they had before they would again prevail by finding Joel Hudson (Guitar). Joel had been a long time friend of Jordan and had attended school with him from grade seven. Once again a member had stepped up and rose to the occasion and fit right in with the rest of the guys. Joel was playing shows and pulling more than just his weight in no time. Just as they began to feel comfortable and confident in the drive of every link in the chain there was one last break. Luke stepped down for personal reasons. It would not be farfetched to think that giving up would have crossed the mind of these four, but because of the deep passion they have for what they do and how it is the essence of their own life, quitting was simply out of the question. One thing they all have in common is a love for their home, music, family, and friends. They aim to bring admiration to their state by expressing the love of art and quality of life that is truly in Arkansas. They also share an endless desire and longing to reach and connect with as many people as possible through their music.