The Struggler’s is a band that started up in 1969 in Indianapolis, Indiana. They play a mixture of blues, country and jazz music. The Struggler’s often play as a house band at the Hummingbird Cafe located in Indianapolis. At the Hummingbird Cafe the band performed with others such as Brownie McGhee, Sonny Terry and Doc Watson. Stanley Smith was the leader of the band until he moved to Austin in the late 80s. Stanley started playing with the Asylum Street Spankers and formed his own band called, The Jazz Pharoahs. Stanley returned to reunite with the Struggler’s Readmore »
With all those music channels you can get through Direct tv deals and the enormous library iTunes boasts, it’s amazing that more people don’t know about the Strugglers. Which is why it’s really not going to mean too much to too many people reading this that they changed their name to Brice Randall Bickford.
To this day, leader and songwriter Brice really doesn’t understand himself why he named the entire band after himself. He hints, in interviews, that The Strugglers had become a misnomer as they no longer felt like they were struggling for notoriety or creativity, but much remains a mystery.
What is especially mysterious, however, is that the name change seems to correlate with the release of their best record yet. Many fans attach a superstitious admiration to this strange turn of events. That – by casting aside the shackles of their old name – their creative spirits were somehow freed.
While Bickford claims that it was far from a cakewalk to produce this album, there’s no denying that it is their best one yet. And, as far as this fan is concerned, if changing their name means better music, they can call themselves something different for each release for all we care.
While the name might change – the quality and the genius hopefully won’t.
Like many small independent groups, The Strugglers are driving in the indie music realm with compassion and a foundation of class to succeed on a greater level while delivering quality music they adore to create. It is the great art of being a band. The Strugglers are aptly titled. The group has been around for quite a few years, residing in Washington DC. Their music follows the upbeat pop sensibilities, with subtle and touching string arrangements that can subdue and entrance. Working Woman shows off their sound superbly, with a chorus halfway through that Readmore »
Party Like A Rock Star: The Truth Revealed
The Strugglers were a band formed in DC by Brice Randall Bickford in 2001. Their music was based on heavy vocal harmonies and melodic structure that has often been compared to The Red House Painters and Will Oldham. The Strugglers band was formed around the core songwriter, Brice Randall Bickford and had a rotating cast of ever changing musicians in the the band. Now, over a decade later Brice Randall Bickford has changed paths and states. He resides in North Carolina Readmore »
You can hear it coursing through every guitar melody and vocal hook. The Strugglers balance out their influences with a professional level of class, while still maintaining a uniqueness all themselves. The Strugglers fit the indie aesthetic alongside the likes of Arcade Fire and Modest Mouse. They use strings and orchestra pieces reminiscent of Arcade Fire, and so with shining brilliance as heard in the song Danville, a rock focused ballad. Yet they also touch on a greater level of folk music as witnessed Readmore »
Being in an indie rock band isn’t easy. Sure, indie rock is blossoming into a full-fledged mainstream genre. But then again, what is indie exactly? The Strugglers seem to be asking themselves this very question. Their sound blends modest dance-pop with country and Jeff Magnum-inspired vocals for something that seems to touch on every alternative and mainstream genre on the table.
It is hard for a band at a small level to tour, especially with a big sound. With rising gas prices, it is hard to find the finances Readmore »
Get To Know The Members Of The Strugglers
Formed in 2001 in DC, The Strugglers have been making waves in the music circuit for over a decade. Primary songwriter for The Strugglers is Brice Randall Bickford. Bickford founded the group back in 2001. With influences ranging from roots music, country and folk rock, the band began playing it’s first shows shortly thereafter. The Band released it’s first debut effort later in that year. Brice Randall Bickford in recent years has traded the name Readmore »