Cornmeal (band)

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Origin Chicago, Illinois, USA
Genres Jam band, bluegrass
Years active 2000–Present
Labels Livin' Live Records
Members Wavy Dave Burlingame
Chris Gangi
Scott Tipping
Drew Littel
Past members Jason Berger
Erik Smith
Marty Kondziolka
Ruby Harris
JP Nowak
Kris Nowak
Allie Kral

Cornmeal is a roots and bluegrass jamband from Chicago, Illinois. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon thefive-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole newgeneration of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.

With the release of their debut album "In The Kitchen" (2001 Livin' Live records), Cornmeal secured its place as one of the top bands in its genre. 2003’s “Tales from Magic Stone Mountain” (Livin’ Live records) garnered much critical attention and became a staple on College and AAA top 10 lists throughout the country. In May 2006, Cornmeal released their third album, “Feet First”, which became proof positive that Cornmeal’s tenure on the road brought on an honest and mature sound. Produced by former guitarist Kris Nowak and bassist Chris Gangi, "Feet First" features a strong confidence in songwriting, musicianship and the ability of this band to stylistically ride the fence and bring it back home without missing a step.

In the beginning of 2010, Cornmeal released their first live album, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I”(2010 Livin’ Live Records), an album that pays tribute to the fans. Towards the end of 2011, Cornmeal released the follow up, “Live in Chicago, IL Vol. II ”(2011 Livin’ Live Records). During this time the band went into the studio set to record their first album in over 5 years. Self produced by bassist Chris Gangi and tracked in Chicago at the prestigious Rax Trax recording studios, the process was cut short due to lineup changes and the album was shelved. After almost a year of auditions, rehearsals and wood shedding new material the band is poised to return to the same recording space to finish the album polishing the old material and setting forward with a new sound, new songs and a fresh perspective on the future.

While playing a blend of high-profile venues, jam-band and bluegrass festivals to thousands nationally, Cornmeal has been a main stage act at some of the most renowned festivals in the country. These festivals include Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Magnolia Fest, Wakarusa Music Festival, and Summer Camp Music Festival as well as having performed on multiple stages at Bonnaroo, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, 10K Lakes, and many others. They pride themselves on the energy they put forth each night creating an unrivalled live performance that continues to shape itself into an energetic one of a kind experience. “Live inChicago, IL Vol. I & II” prove that Cornmeal continues to be a band to watch out for. Every show they play is a unique experience that leaves fans begging for more.


Current members[edit]

Wavy Dave Burlingame-Banjo, Vocals
Chris Gangi-String Bass, Vocals

Scott Tipping-Acoustic Guitar, Vocals

Drew Littel-Drums, Percussion

Phil Roach - Fiddle

Past members[edit]

Dave Muhlethaler
Jason Berger-Mandolin, Vocals
Erik Smith-Guitar, Vocals
Marty Kondziolka-Drums

Brian Abraham-Drums, Vocals
Ruby Harris-Violin, Mandolin, Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Allie Kral-Fiddle, Vocals
JP Nowak-Drums, Vocals
Kris Nowak-Guitar, Vocals



Year Title Label
2001 In the Kitchen Livin' Live Records
2003 Tales from Magic Stone Mountain Livin' Live Records
2006 Feet First Livin' Live Records[2]
2010 Live in Chicago, IL Vol. I Livin' Live Records
2011 Live in Chicago, IL Vol. II Livin' Live Records


  1. ^ Members on In the Kitchen
  2. ^ Homegrown music

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