“Pushing Chain, out of northern Minnesota, gave a wonderful performance, a perfectly timed duo of guitar and fiddle topped off with exuberant vocals that left everyone in the room grinning. Give me more like this!”
— Suzanne Cadgéne, Elmore Magazine (2015 Folk Alliance International Conference)

“We revisited a favorite from last year, Pushing Chain, and confirmed our opinion. With one guitar and one fiddle, the duo generates marvelous close harmony while unafraid to stray into dissonance. The duo’s vibe is infectious enough to be investigated by the CDC; anyone who doesn’t grin during the set must be immune to pleasure.”
— Suzanne Cadgéne, Elmore Magazine (2016 Folk Alliance International Conference)

“The two friends’ songs reverberate with country, jazz, and life up near the Canadian border.”
— Youa Vang, Minneapolis City Pages”


Pushing Chain on The Great Northern Radio Show, 2015. Photo by Grant Frashier

Pushing Chain, a folky-tonk duo from Minnesota’s north shore, features Boyd Blomberg on guitar and vocals and Adam Moe on fiddle and vocals. Their Americana-roots sound has been winning them fans across the Midwest. Recent highlights:

  • Sang National Anthem at Target Field before a Minnesota Twins game
  • Opened for Bill Staines, Flatt Lonesome (IBMA 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year), Layla McCalla, David Grier, and John Hiatt
  • Played New York Mills Cultural Center, Harmony for Mayo Music Series in Rochester, MN, Dakota Jazz Club in Minneapolis, and the Big Top Chautauqua, among many other great venues
  • 2016 festivals around the region including Hazelfest (Center City, MN), the Lowertown Guitar Festival (Minneapolis), and the MBOTMA August Festival (Richmond, MN)
  • Featured act at the 2016 Minnesota State Fair
  • Placed 2nd in a vocal duo competition at the Minnesota State Fair (2015)
  • Placed 3rd in the MBOTMA Race for a Place band contest (2015)
  • Featured on The Playlist (WDSE-TV, Duluth), White Wall Sessions (both television and radio from Sioux Falls, SD), and WCCO TV in Minneapolis

Boyd, former frontman for the national touring band, the Gooneybirds, is an award-winning songwriter (2012 Big Top Chautauqua – second place; 2014 River Falls Roots & Bluegrass – first place, Upper Midwest Songwriter of the Year.)

Pushing Chain is signed with Kingswood Records and sponsored by Shubb Capos and John Pearse Strings.

Singing the National Anthem at Target Field, June 2015, Twins vs White Sox

Recording for the White Wall Sessions, 2015. Photo by TST Photography

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