BLOG: East Campus group experiments with acoustic music

Monday, May 3, 2010 | 12:12 p.m. CDT
Dylan Spruance, Rock Gremillion, and Kurt Heine play music on East Campus.

Some days, when the weather’s fine, you can’t help but hum a classic melody as you walk that familiar route on your way back home from the daily grind. At those times, nothing feels more natural than making music. And it’s exactly on those kinds of days that you might overhear some familiar yet surprisingly refreshing acoustic tunes coming from some porch over yonder — if your route takes you through East Campus, that is.

If you decide to follow your ears, you might come to the porch of Dylan Spruance, who plays a mean harmonica and can think of no better way to spend a day than playing music with friends.

Often playing at his side is guitarist Kurt Heine, singing, trading off verses and bringing the music back to the irresistible chorus. Heine keeps it simple, but his steady picking forms that essential chord structure that every folk, blues and country song you’ve ever heard must have.

The two friends are the founding members of The Nacho Brothers and recently brought in friend and bass guitarist Rock Gremillion to add a full lower end to their sound. All three musicians live in East Campus and study at MU.

But unlike many college-aged bands that have aspirations of signing record deals and making it to the big time, The Nacho Brothers have different goals, instead focusing on the pure enjoyment and learning that comes from playing together.

“The best way to practice is to play with other musicians,” Spruance said. “That’s the ideal way. You can learn stuff and experiment and play out and about.”

Read the rest of the story at the Missourian Neighborhood News blog.

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