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Friday, February 21, 2014

New song, new PA, Auditions, and getting the word out!

Hey all,

How about an Ice House Road update.

Ice House Road is now spread out more than ever. It used to be that all three members of Ice House Road lived within 5 minutes of each other. Now, there's four of us, and we all live at least an hour away from one another. As you can imagine, this has lowered the frequency of our practice times. We are hoping to get back into a routine of regular practice. Gary and Bobby have been working on a new song that should capture the essence of a cowboy sitting on the back of a big ass bull and getting ready to nod his head. Raally looking forward to working this song out, Ice House Road style.

We have a new PA system, well, new speakers at least. I am so happy not to have to lug the old EV speakers around anymore. Those worn out speakers have been with us at almost every gig since the beginning, which means they've been covered in dust many times over from bull rides all over the state. The new system sounds much better, and we now have subwoofers!

Having good music, and a halfway decent PA system is only part of having quality sound at gigs, we are definitely in need of a good sound man. We don't regularly play at places where the PA and sound man are provided, at least not yet. So, we lug our own stuff around, set it up, do a sound check, and then we play. The problem is we need somebody to man the mixer while we play to adjust and make sure the system is loud and most importantly, clear. So, if you are interested in working with us, or if you know of a soundman looking for work, please put him or her in touch with us.

As you may know, we had what we believe was a pretty kick-ass preliminary audition for America's Got Talent last month in North Carolina. We have not yet heard back from them, and really, chances are pretty slim we'll get the call. After all, there's thousands of people that have auditioned across the country, and the producers can only chose about a thousand or so to actually audition for the judges on TV. So, we are keeping our fingers crossed, and of course, looking for other opportunities to get Ice House Road's name and music out to more people.

Wouldn't it be awesome if Ice House Road was playing music at a summer festival or two? Maybe opening for a national act at The Jefferson, headlining a Friday's After Five? We think so too. We are making calls, sending emails, and reaching out to anyone we can. If you have any contacts that might be interested in some Ice House Road, please send them our way,

Thanks for being fans, reading this blog, and supporting us. Remember Ice House Road is available on iTunes and every digital music source you can find on the web. And one week from tonight, you'll find us at The Dogwood in Palmyra, hope to see you there.


Monday, December 9, 2013

Ice House Road, Wrapping up 2013

Hey fans, haters, groupies, family, friends, random blog readers, booking agents,

2013 has been the busiest year Ice House Road has had yet. Here's a short list of stuff accomplished this year:

  1. We got excited about the new music we've created
  2. We spent several months recording this new music at Cat Room Studios with Brian Craddock of Daughtry
  3. We played music at all five BLM Bull Rides in Gordonsville
  4. We got the new songs mixed and mastered by Kevin McKnoldy at C-phonic
  5. We got 500 copies of the CD!
  6. We got T-shirts made
  7. We got a band manager (Karen Allison, call or email her to book IHR (540)250-1242)
  8. We played several shows at  our favorite places: Beer Hound Brewery, Court Cafe and Pub, the Dogwood Cafe and more.
  9. We returned to Sunrise Ranch for their Labor Day Hoe down
  10. We played our first ever gig in Waynesboro at The Heritage
  11. Karen got us booked for some cool gigs at Shenandoah Crossing Resort
  12. We ordered more shirts
  13. Our CD got some good reviews, including one from Africa!
  14. Oh yeah, we got a new website.
  15. We got a bank account
  16. We are "this close" to having our stuff available on iTunes and all other digital interweb music sources
  17. We moved, well half the band moved. Rob to Roanoke (Lookout Roanoke, Rob is scouting out possible places for us to come and invade your ear holes) and Bobby moved out of his house (it's for rent right now if anybody's interested).
  18. IHR practice gear is now at J.R's house (his wife is not happy about this)
  19. Karen got us booked at a place called the Blue Toad on Afton Mountain the Saturday after Christmas.
  20. Karen got us our biggest New Year's Eve party gig yet.
Gary is responsible for approximately 100% of the band's business efforts, he's put forth herculean efforts to get us studio time, our music mastered, CD's shirts, and koozies ordered, found us a manager, got us a bank account, and is doing all the pain in the ass work to get our stuff on iTines.

We've got plans to grow the band big time in 2014, stay tuned.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

The More You Drink, The Better We Sound

The More You Drink, The Better We Sound

Ice House Road has been way to busy to keep up this blog, but for you folks checking back here everyday hoping to catch up on what's new with Ice House Road, now you finally have something new to read!

First of all you should know that we have a new website, it's called

You should check it out for bios of the band, the History of Ice House Road, pictures, CD reviews, and more to come in the near future.

The CD has been selling well, encouraging reviews are coming in, and we are booking more gigs. We are hoping for a big increase in awareness of, and demand for Ice House Road in 2014. Tell your family, tell your friends, tell your enemies that we are available for booking, but to book soon because our calendar is filling up fast.

Wondering how to book us? All you have to do is contact our manager Karen at her email or phone number:

You may also be wondering how to get your hands on our new CD "The More You Drink, The Better We Sound" It's for sale at all of our shows, along with official Bull Shirts. You'll also be able to download it soon from all the places music is available. Details to be announced soon. I gotta say though, you should get the actual CD since it has two accoustic bonus songs that won't be going online.

You can also check out the "Three Things" blog if you give a shit about what Ice House Road's drummer Adam "J.R." Stoffel has to say about; life, family, music, farts, and deep thoughts. Here's his blog:
That's it for now, check back for updates, and come out to see us!

Ice House Road

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

We're Back!

Ice House Road - Recording and a gig!

That's right, we're back!

To say it's been a little while since we last updated you on the goings on of our little outlaw band is like saying you gotta be a touch crazy to ride a bull. Uhh, yeah, sorry about that.

Instead of playing other people's songs every weekend and burning ourselves out, we've been nurturing our creative side and coming up with new original songs. In addition to the 4 original songs we threw down on "Outlaw Band" we have 5 more we are quite proud of, and ready to record. Also, we took that little Bull Riding number Bobby did solo on "Outlaw Band" and spiced it up with the rest of the band. You are going to love it!

We've been ignoring most songs written by other bands, and working hard to make these new songs of ours really, really good. So good in fact that we think we are ready to go into the studio with them.

We just can't squelch our desire to play them for people though, so we are going to hang out at the Beer Hound Brewery in Ruckersville for a few hours on Saturday February 16th, and play them all for you.

That's right, live music and great beer in Greene County, c'mon out and join us!


Where: Beer Hound Brewery, next to Rangeland on Rt 29 just south of Sheetz

When: Saturday February 16, 8-11pm

How Much: $5 cover

So join us, bring a friend, grab a beer, sit down, stand up, dance, and have a great time!

See you there.


Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Big news for Ice House Road

Hey there Ice House Road fans.

It's been a while since we blogged, so let me tell you what we've been up to, and what we've got planned for the rest of the summer.

Firs of all, we found out what it's like to play music without Bobby. Bouncin' Bobby Sims has hit the big time in the world of Bull Fighting. He's been awarded the MVP at the Professional Bull Fighters Academy in Oklahoma. Here's what one person had to say about Bobby on Facebook: "Achievement award, MVP, and only student to ace the written test! Can you say "hat trick"?" See more about that here:

All this Bull Fighting has meant that we had to play a couple gigs without Bobby. Basically, we found out we can, but we'd prefer not to if we don't have to. But since we kinda had to, we did. We played for a bunch of bikers at The Minutemen Motorcycle Club's memorial party for "Hammer," a fallen club member. We had a great time playing, and we look forward to the next biker party!

We also played a benefit in Timberville Virginia called Jake A Palooza. The gig was basically a private party with T-shirts. People had to pay to get it, and get their shirt, and the money went to benefit the DAV, Disabled American Veterans. It was a nice party for a fairly small, very appreciative crowd. Unfortunately Gary's voice didn't quite hold up for the evening, and the shots of everclear hurt more than they helped. Just ask anybody that was still there, Gary's rendition of Folsom Prison Blues was legendary.

And lastly we played, again without Bobby, at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa. Gary's voice held up this time and the show was fantastic. We had a heckler giving us a hard time during our sound check, but by the end of the night he was showing off his dance moves to all the ladies!

So, that's what we've been doing, playing with and without Bobby about 2-3 times a month. This week we'll be out in Gordonsville again for the second BLM Bull Ride of the summer at Oakland Heights Farm. Everybody pray for the rain to go around Gordonsville this weekend. We'll be off for the rest of June while Gary is out of town, but we are coming back with a vengeance in July.

July 1 we will make our debut at Friday's after Five in Charlottesville, opening for Down Till Now. I had thought that my email to the Friday's After Five people had gone unnoticed until Monday when they called and asked us to play. Friday July 1 will be a busy night for us as we'll also be playing upstairs at Wild Wing Cafe in Charlottesville after Friday's After Five. Going to be a crazy day, and we look forward to sharing it with you, come out and see us play, it's free at both Friday's After Five and Wild Wing Cafe.

We've also got more dates at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa (one of our favorite places to play, great people there) as well as The Dogwood in Palmyra, and some private parties.

Check us out at for more info, or find us on Facebook at:

See y'all Later

Monday, April 4, 2011

What a great start to 2011 for Ice House Road

First of all, thanks to all of you that have come out to see us at various locations, mostly new for Ice House Road this year.

Wintergreen, Louisa, Wild Wing Cafe, Durty Nelly's, all fantastic crowds there to cheer us on, including the C-ville Swing dancers at Wild Wing, wow!

Well, we ain't done yet, more shows at some of the same places but some exciting new things on the horizon as well. Here's a list of our upcoming dates:

April 23rd at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa (smoking permitted!)
April 30 at the Minutemen Motorcycle Club benefit party (more detail TBA)
May 13 at Wild Wing Cafe. That's the Friday night before the first Gordonsville Bullride of the year.
May 14 Gordonsville Bull Ride
May 28 Jake-Aplooza benefit for disabled veterans (more detail coming soon)
June 4 back to Louisa for some hot summer rock!
June 11 Second Gordonsville Bull Ride of the year

We look forward to seeing you all out at as many shows as possible.

And of course as always if you need to spice up your next big party, what better way to do it than to invite us into your garage to blow the big ass door off the shindig!

Thanks for reading, new post coming soon with more detail.

Adam, IHR

Monday, March 14, 2011

Two Shows in One Weekend

Hey their IHR fans, new and old!

We made a lot of new friends this weekend at both Wild Wing Cafe on Friday night and the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa on Saturday. Wild Wing was a a fill in gig, another band bailed out and we got the call to play. Somehow it got put in The Hook's calendar, and some nice folks showed up looking for music they could dance to. Some folks from "Swing C'ville" brought some sweet moves and danced the whole night, too cool!

Saturday night was a new experience for IHR. We finally found a club that wanted to stay open till 2:00 instead of all these namby pamby establishments that close at 1:00. We played 4 sets of music at the Court Cafe and Pub in Louisa and loved every minute of it. Plenty of dancing going there as well, just not quite as coordinated as the Swing C'ville folks the night before.

Saturday night was such a success that we got two more dates booked for the Court Cafe and Pub. April 23rd and June 4th (see you there).

We got an interesting compliment Saturday night from Sandy, owner of the Court Cafe and Pub. She had listened to our CD that Gary had given her when we booked this particular gig, but after hearing us play that night she told me we were way better than what's on that CD. Now, I thought our CD was pretty darn good, at least for a freshmen effort, but it has been almost a year since we recorded it, and I guess we've come a long way.

So, if you want some kick ass music you can dance to at your next party, give me a call, send me an email, grab me at one of our upcoming shows and book us! You'll get more that you bargained for, I promise you.

Later people,
Adam Stoffel
Drummer and manager
(434) 566-8376