Mark Truesdell (Vocals, Guitar, Keys, Harmonica, Drums)

Mark Truesdell has been active in Milwaukee music since the late 1980's as a solo performer and in groups including John the Conqueroo, FS Camels, The Dellmann Trio, Mark Truesdell & The Lost Pioneers, Truesdell & Rautmann, Once Now Ensemble, Dumb Terminal Project and local legends - The 40 oz Kings.

Current projects are The Spirals with Candice Truesdell Nokes, jazz drumming with Smith & Binder Jazz, backing prominent poet/author Charles P. Ries in Charles P. Ries & the MinkTronics and drumming with Dumb Terminal Project.

Drums, acoustic and electric guitar, vocals, harmonica, keyboard, synthesizers, bass, and the homemade Rotella Cosmica are Mark’s main instruments.

Influences include Sun Ra, The Doors, Ms Fun, The Clash, Little Walter, Johnny Cash, Todd Rundgren, Grace Jones, Billy Bragg, Marshall Crenshaw, JJ Cale, Kraftwerk, Willie Dixon, Howlin' Wolf, Art Blakey and Tab Benoit.


Candice Truesdell Nokes (Vocals, Guitar, Percussion)

Candice Nokes is a vocalist and guitarist who has been active in Milwaukee music since the early 1990’s. She has enjoyed performing in a variety of venues as a songwriter and solo artist, as well as a guitarist and vocalist in the 1990’s band Mark Truesdell & The Lost Pioneers.  Candice relished a brief tenure in the Milwaukee Symphony Chorus before entering graduate school full time in 1998.

Candice’s most recent odyssey into a cappella singing and performance includes her delightful engagement as part of the Collegium Ladyes, an ensemble comprised of approximately 16 singers.  The Ladyes sing a wide variety of repertoire, very complex, luxurious, and compelling. Many of the Ladyes are professional soloists, music teachers, or choral musicians; all are experienced choral singers.  They share a love of a cappella vocal music and are especially fascinated by medieval and Renaissance repertoire, as well as the clear beauty of chant.

Candice studied voice from ages 11 through 21, and toured Europe twice as part of select choirs in high school and college. She asked for a guitar at age 8, and wrote her first song at age 9. Candice invested her first summer as a guitar instructor and band coach at Girls Rock Camp in Madison in June 2011 through 2013. Investing musical and self-confidence building time with girls ages 8 - 18 brought both of Candice's passions together at one time.

Candice's song, "A Whole Long While," was a 2010 finalist in the Blues Category of the Indian Summer Music Awards competition in Milwaukee, WI. Recorded with Mark Truesdell and the Lost Pioneers in 1997 at Walls Have Ears Studio, Milwaukee, WI.

"Trapped," a 2011 rock remake of a 1991 acoustic Nokes composition, was recorded by Candice, Mark, and percussionist, Carl Raven. Trapped was a 2011 finalist in the Pop Category of the Indian Summer Music Awards, Milwaukee, WI.

In addition to the Indigo Girls, Candice's influences include Paul Simon, Steve Perry, Sinead O'Connor, Tony Orlando, Ella Fitzgerald, early Beatles, Roberta Flack, Hildegard Von Bingen, Suzanne Vega, Diana Krall, and KT Tunstall.

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