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Biscuit rises

Ten Cent Biscuit / Summer festival

Winstock a major gig for Rochester band

By Christina Killion Valdez

ckillion@postbulletin.com

The right combination of talent, enthusiasm and connections landed the Rochester band Ten Cent Biscuit an opening slot at the Winstock Country Music Festival headlined this year by Reba McEntire. It also delivered all-access backstage passes to the two-day event and a jump start on the future.

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"We have the right ingredients — a group of people that can perform and have a good time," said bassist and singer Mike Archer.

He and lead singer Lisa Bailey both recorded solo projects in Nashville in 2005 before starting Ten Cent Biscuit a year ago. Now the band — which also includes Barry Brown on keyboards, Jas Caffrey on guitar and Ted Janzow on drums — plays a mix of traditional and new country, rock and blues around the region at festivals, casinos and clubs like the VFW.

To make the leap to Winstock, Archer said they got a little help from local disc jockey Alan Reed, who passed along their name.

That and, "We have to vacuum Reba’s bus," Caffrey joked.

All jokes aside, playing at the festival is a big stepping stone for the band.

Already they are taking bookings for next year, with Diamond Jo Casino in Iowa a regular stop on their schedule, Archer said. However, after Winstock, he expects the band to be booked solid.

Another stepping stone for the band is the upcoming Gretsch Greats Unsigned Artists Competition, which includes Ten Cent Biscuit’s most popular original song to date — "Blink of an Eye."

The song, written by the band and Reed about a father dancing with his daughter at her wedding, has been ordered by people across the country. Now, fans can vote for it online at the band’s Web site, www.tencentbiscuit.com.

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Continuing the forward march, the band is also organizing a benefit for the Special Olympics of Rochester. In the past year, Ten Cent Biscuit has played at several fundraisers, including the motorcycle cruise for the Ronald McDonald House, which they will play at again July 27. Yet Special Olympics is an organization dear to the band with Archer coaching the basketball team and Janzow’s daughter working with the golf team.

The band is already looking for sponsors to make the Oct. 25 concert at the Olmsted County Fairgrounds a big event. But first they have to cash in on those backstage passes.

For more information, go to Postbulletin.com/weblinks.

If you go

• Ten Cent Biscuit performs at 8:30 p.m. today at Pine Island Sports Bar and at 9 p.m. Saturday at Whiskey Bones Roadhouse in Rochester

• Winstock Country Music Festival

When: June 13-14

Where: Winsted, Minn.

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Tickets: $95 general admission, $135 reserved seating, $80 camping pass.

Music by Reba McEntire, Montgomery Gentry, Sawyer Brown and more. Ten Cent Biscuit plays at 12:45 p.m. June 14.

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http://www.tencentbiscuit.com/

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