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Well-Known Strangers has been entertaining Midwest audiences with a cello infused, alternative pop/rock, with a tinge-of-country-band sound.  Members Joe Adamek (acoustic guitar), Betsy Ade (lead vocals, guitar), Sacia Jerome (cello, background vocals), Theodore Koth (lead guitar, background vocals) Roger Gower (drums/percussion) and John Kulas (bass guitar) have been busy performing and preparing for the August 2016 launch of their new single and music video, Splinter, and the January 2017 release of their debut album, Aligned.

Together, the band members have an amazing mix of musical knowledge and education that provides a unique sound that is reminiscent of familiar of music from the ‘90s while being expressively groundbreaking and melodically rich.

Well-Known Strangers grew out of a 15+ year friendship between Ade and Adamek.  In fact, it was Ade, who in 2009, sang backup vocals on the song “Storm” that Adamek co-wrote for artist Mark Harrod.  Then, after performing at a mutual friend’s wedding in May 2014, the two discussed the possibility of a music collaboration and began seeking out talent.  In February 2015, Well-Known Strangers were born.  Their name comes from the idea that they were all individually “well-known” in the local music scene when they got together, but on a personal level some of them were “strangers” to one another.

While Ade and Adamek do most of the songwriting, it’s the band’s creative spark and sonic diversity that are the driving force behind their sound.

Ade’s rich lyrical gifts are essential and her vocal delivery is simply unmatched in contemporary pop/rock music.  A proud member of the LGBTQ community, Ade is passionate about cancer research, after losing her mother to Hodgkin’s disease when she was just 9 years old.

Adamek plays rhythm guitar and has spent over a decade playing drums and bass guitar in several bands throughout the southeast Wisconsin area.  A Gulf War veteran, Adamek fulfilled eight years of active service in the US Navy and was honorably discharged.

Jerome is classically trained with a Master’s degree in Cello Performance. She plays the accordion, cello, trumpet, piano and guitar and is actively the orchestral and chamber music musician who plays with regional symphonies including Festival City, Racine, Kenosha, Oshkosh and The Wisconsin Philharmonic.

Koth, also classically trained with a degree in music, has been playing lead guitar for several local bands as well as being a session guitarist throughout SE Wisconsin. In addition to electric guitar, Koth is proficient with acoustic/steel string guitar, classical guitar, mandolin, banjo, and ukulele.

Gower plays a wide variety of percussion, is a DW loyalist (what is that?) and has been very successful in establishing his percussive reputation with several regional projects.

Kulas is an all-around excellent guitarist whose diverse abilities allow him to focus his skills on bass.

WKS released their debut EP Found in October 2015 to much acclaim and followed up with the launch of their single “Voices,” a haunting dive into the fight against Human Trafficking.

Ade and Adamek won “Songwriter of the Month” by Songwriter’s Universe in July 2015 for their work on Aligned.  Prior to that, Ade won the Wisconsin area music industry’s “Female Vocalist of the Year” award in 2004.

Well-Known Strangers are passionate about giving back.  They support cancer research, LGBTQ rights and the movement to stop human trafficking.

Well-Known Strangers music can be found on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon and heard on Pandora and Apple Music.

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Press & Reviews

Aug 24, 2016 – WKS Launches New Single
Aug 22, 2016 – 88Nine Radio Milwaukee Discover New Music
Jul 03, 2016 – Behind the Scenes with WKS
Jun 31, 2016 – Racine Band finishes 2nd
Jun 29, 2016 – Looking to Become Household Name
Jun 28, 2016 – Summerfest Happy Hour
Jun 27, 2016 – Meet the Finalists – Milwaukee Journal
Jun 26, 2016 – 49 Reasons to go to Summerfest
Jun 25, 2016 – Local Band’s Prepares for Big Things
Jun 17, 2016 – Band wins Summerfest Opp
Jun 17, 2016 – Top 3 Finalist – Land the Big Gig
Jun 12, 2016 – Kraut Fest Entertainment Schedule
May 10, 2016 – Milwaukee Summer Concerts!
Apr 28, 2016 – Anniversary Bash!
Mar 17, 2016 – Journal Times: National Recognition
Feb 03, 2016 – All Things Next
Jan 23, 2016 – CBS58 Video – Racine & Me
Jan 19, 2016 – “Voices Against Trafficking”
Dec 03, 2015 – WKS in Barron, WI
Dec 02, 2015 – WKS Stirring Up The Music Industry
Nov 11, 2015 – IndieNation Blog
Oct 03, 2015 – Comic Pop Library EP Review
Sep 30, 2015 – TMFC Charts – Release Me STILL Charting!
Sep 29, 2015 – Women of Substance Podcast 224
Sep 26, 2015 – Songshooter “Song of the Day”
Sep 13, 2015 – Women of Substance Featuring WKS!
Sep 05, 2015 – WKS Featured on Director’s Cut Radio
Aug 30, 2015 – EthnoCloud: Surprise from the Midwest

Aug 27, 2015 – Indie Obsessive: Strangers of Various Types
Aug 26, 2015 – The Great Record Chase Interview
Aug 26, 2015 – Modern Mystery: Getting familiar with WKS
Aug 25, 2015 – Indie Obsessive: Strangers of Various Types
Aug 17, 2015 – Great Record Chase: Another Sun Review
Aug 09, 2015 – CD Giveaway: CelebrityCafe.com
Aug 04, 2015 – Middle Tennessee Music EP Review
Aug 04, 2015 – TMFC Weekly Radio Chart (Release Me #1)
Aug 02, 2015 – #7 for July 2015 – Unsigned Charts
Jul 30, 2015 – Vents Magazine Interview
Jul 29, 2015 – The Dutch Guy Q&A w/ WKS
Jul 28, 2015 – Music Street Journal Another Sun Review
Jul 27, 2015 – Indie Lady A Interview w/ WKS!
Jul 24, 2015 – TMFC Weekly Radio Chart (Release Me #1)
Jul 23, 2015 – Heath Andrews EP Review
Jul 22, 2015 – Radio Random Network Interview
Jul 17, 2015 – TMFC Radio Top Ten Chart (We’re #1)
Jul 16, 2015 – RealSoundsOK Q&A
Jul 12, 2015 – Examiner.com Another Sun Review
Jul 08, 2015 – SongwriterUniverse “Song of the Month”
Jun 27, 2015 – Creative Spotlights Feature Article
Jun 27, 2015 – Matheson’s Entertainment Blog Review
Jun 26, 2015 – TMFC Radio Top Ten Chart (Finished #2)
Jun 26, 2015 – AntiMusic.com’s “Singled Out!” Review
Jun 13, 2015 – The Bugcast
Jun 11, 2015 – Independent Artist Buzz Review
Jun 03, 2015 – BreakingDownSound.com Review
Jun 02, 2015 – MusicExistence.com Review