Playing an amorphous variety of folk-rock that incorporates elements of indie, funk, gospel, etc., JB+RF is an ensemble of musician-friends led by singer-songwriter and filmmaker Joe Baughman. Equally influenced by the sacred and profane, JB+RF’s music takes color from daily Middle American existence, personal sadsackery, religious imagery, and Joe’s experience as a freelance artist.
Joe started off as a solo act in 2011, and from banjo, bass to brass, he almost exclusively handled all of the musical duties on his early recordings (except for his brother Mike on drums/percussion). Under the enigmatic stage persona of Roscoe Baggins, Joe started The Flying DeSelms in 2016—a project that allowed him to explore a “rockier” sound with Mike and Bryan Lewis (Bailey Williams & The Cherranes, Every Mother, The Golden Mallard). In order to emulate that heavier sound of The Flying DeSelms live, Joe recruited the aforementioned and others to accompany him as they played shows in the South Bend scene. Some stuck around to back Joe as he simultaneously performed under his own name, culminating in the collaborative sessions of 2019 EP, Vacant Spaces, and The Righteous Few was “born.”
The Namby Pamby consists of sisters McKenna and Emily Parks, and their good friend Payton Knerr. With inspirations such as Courtney Barnett, Jessica Pratt, The Waitresses, and Julia Jacklin, many of the songs written take on an energetic feel with a good balance of emotion and relatability. Chunky/dreamy guitar tones mixed with many loose vocal techniques defines a lot of the band’s sound.