S&M With Steve Nagel: BRIAN BETHKE
Let’s talk about Brian Bethke; I haven’t spent very much time with him, but I feel like I know him well enough to write this article. I first met Brian when I use to play out with Midwest Rhythm. We played what we called the, “Open Mic Tour of 2008,” during this tour we would stop at open jams and open mics throughout the week. Our goal was to play out every single day of the week in hopes of using our live performance’s as practice. One of the spots we frequently visited was a place called The Stones Throw in Eau Claire, WI, to this day, it’s one of my favorite places i’ve played. Tim Bartels and I would make it there twice a week, we’d occasionally bring friends with and watch all the local talent. One of these talented individuals was a guy named Brain Bethke. His sound at the time had the essence of 90’s Acoustic Alternative; Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls mixed with Maynard James Keenan of Tool reflecting a similar sound.