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Playing to the home crowd

by David Maas
After being unable to play at last year’s Kaneville Fest, the local band Back Country Roads (BCR) is ready rock the community with some country music.

“Back Country Roads plays mostly newer country music,” said Dave Miller, the band’s bass player. “Like Lady Antebellum, Sugarland, Zach Brown Band, Jason Aldean, but we add an occasional Johnny Cash or Alabama song in there.”

While the band was scheduled to play at last year’s Kaneville Fest, the band had to cancel due to a death in singer Mary Noren’s family.

“Kaneville Fest was gracious enough to allow Miller’s Hometown Band to play in our place, and a good time was still had,” Miller said. “We did still show up to show our support, and were even able to perform a few songs without Mary.”

Back Country Roads started in 2009, with Noren and Kyle Miller singing karaoke in Dekalb bars.

“Shortly after, they started performing as an acoustic trio when Brian Miller joined them on guitar,” Miller said. “Jarred Klotz was added on drums, and I started playing bass, and we became a full band.”

The band then added a lead guitarist with Craig Cox, and Hanna Mathey on percussions and violin.

“We even have Kaneville’s own Dan Alfey on keyboard,” Miller said, “Since the band’s earliest iteration, BCR has been around for two years, first preforming in June 2009.”

Back Country Roads will play at Kaneville Fest on Sunday, Aug. 27, from 7 to 10:30 p.m., inlcuding a break for the fireworks display.

Being a local band, BCR has some ties to the Kaneville area, with some of the band members graduating from Kaneland High School.

“We are really going to enjoy playing at Kaneville Fest, mainly because these are our people,” Miller said. “We’re really looking forward to playing for the simple reason that we’ll be playing for some of our biggest fans, our dear friends, and our families.”