Editor’s Note: The Musician’s Tribune features a combination of vlogs, playlists, and your favorite musician’s thoughts on many topics. We have had various artists talk about the Warped Tour, favorite cover songs, and so much more on this website! We want to personally thank Nashville indie-pop group Fuel On Fire for taking the time for us to do this! Fans can find Fuel On Fire at the following locations:
News about Fuel On Fire:
Fuel On Fire recently released their cover EP entitled “Them” on January 18th. The EP features the songs “With Or Without You” by U2, “Good Times, Bad Times” by Led Zeppelin, “Eleanor Rigby” by The Beatles, and “Goodbye Stranger” by Supertramp. They have been played across the nation on dozens of college radio stations and have been featured on Balcony TV, Scenes Media, and Elicit Magazine.
About Fuel On Fire:
Growing up in the shadow of the mist from Niagara Falls, the Doerfel youngsters were home schooled by Cheryl, the family matriarch and a music teacher by trade. As part of the children’s daily schoolwork she incorporated music lessons on various instruments. It became evident early on that the Doerfel kids were born to play. Tom, their father began having them work up traditional bluegrass songs and with him on stand-up bass, Cheryl on guitar, daughter Kim on fiddle, oldest son TJ with his banjo, Edward on mandolin, and ginger-headed Ben on guitar, the Doerfel Family Bluegrass Band was born. They got so good they took the show on the road and before the boys even had hair in their armpits, crammed in various vans, RV’s and buses, the Doerfels made the rounds at fairs, festivals, and any other stage they could make a living on.
After playing a few shows in Key West, Florida while visiting a family member there, theDoerfels fell in love with the southernmost and began to play several beach bars in residency, younger brother Kurt now in the band behind the drums and brother Joe taking over on bass. They even released a song and video called “Big Pine Song” sharing their
affection for the island that became their home.
As they came of age, their taste in music morphed from Bill Monroe to Switchfoot, U2, and the aforementioned Coldplay, and their sharp-as-knives musicianship gave them the tools to bring the music in their heads to life. In Key West, they developed a reputation as a must-see. Even TJs 3-year-old boy Jake got into the act, bringing the house down on a regular basis singing and playing mandolin. Kim got married and started a family. TJ did too. And then there were four Doerfels left in the band. With their new sound and direction, Edward, Ben, Joe, and Kurt changed theband’s name in 2017 to Fuel on Fire.
Before moving to Nashville permanently, Ben and Edward, who share lead vocal duties and are guitarist and keyboard/mandolin player of the band respectively, spent a year making monthly trips to write with some of the best songwriter/producers in town. The result was their 2017 Think EP, a self-produced project featuring songs Ben and Edward co-wrote with the likes of Zac Maloy (Daughtry, Plain White T’s, Carrie Underwood), Brock Berryhill
(Twenty One Pilots, Halestorm), and Terry Sawchuk (Alanis Morrisette, Smash Mouth).
Fans can check out the Fuego Boys Favs by Fuel On Fire’s Playlist here.
Fuel On Fire have some gig dates coming up! Check out the tour dates below:
Fri. 2/15- Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, Florida
Sat. 2/16- Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, Florida
Sun. 2/17- Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Florida
Mon. 2/18- My New Joint in Cudjoe Key, Florida
Fri. 3/8- Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, Florida
Sat. 3/9- Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, Florida
Sun. 3/10- Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, Florida
Tue. 3/12- Schooner Wharf Bar in Key West, Florida
Wed. 3/13- My New Joint in Cudjoe Key, Florida
Thu. 3/14- My New Joint in Cudjoe Key, Florida
Sat. 3/16- Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Florida
Sun. 3/17- Sloppy Joe’s Bar in Key West, Florida
Fri. 3/22- Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky
Sat. 4/6- Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia
Fri. 4/12- Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky
Fri. 4/19- Coupe’s in Charlottesville, Virginia
Sat. 4/20- JackBeagle’s in Charlotte, North Carolina
Sat. 5/11- Kentucky Downs in Franklin, Kentucky
Fri. 6/7- Reel Bar in Put-in-bay, Ohio
Sat. 6/8- Put In Bay Music Festival in Put-in-bay, Ohio
Fri. 7/12- Barefoot Bar in Okoboji, Iowa
Sat. 7/13- Barefoot Bar in Okoboji, Iowa
Sun. 7/14- Barefoot Bar in Okoboji, Iowa
For tickets and further information on any of the shows listed above, click here.