After a three-year hiatus, the Brooklyn, N.Y.,-based rock group Country Mice is reuniting for a 2017 tour. Formed in 2008, the band holds the honor of being the first group to be booked for Savannah Stopover's inaugural year in 2011.
"This tour is going to be full of surprises," lead singer Jason Rueger said. "The community has always supported us."
Surprises are the only thing to be expected from this group as they continue to deliver heartfelt lyrics with the spontaneity they are known for. Heart-swelling guitar jams, distinct vocals and beating drum rolls are made unique with poetic lyrics. The rock group brings a touch of country flair that results in a signature sound.
Rueger was born and raised in Beattie, Kan., a small farming community with a population of about 300. After moving to Brooklyn in search of different people and opportunities to expand musically, he was introduced to fellow guitarist Ben Bullington and drummer Kurt Kuehn. The three made music together and later were joined by Mike Feldman and Austin Nelson. Members of the band have countryside upbringings, making the band name suitable for their move from small towns to the big city.
While playing in New York, they released a cassette and a couple of 7-inches before releasing their first full-length album, "Twister," in 2011. The album launched Country Mice into a tour across the United States.
Twister received an 8/10 rating from Spin Magazine. "Country Mice don't look to reinvent 2011's Americana-tinged indie-rock formula on their terse debut album. But they arrive at their own conclusions," raves Spin. "This is country living that knows how to move."
More touring followed after the release of their second album, "Hour of the Wolf," in 2013. The following year, members took a break to work on side projects and are now back for another tour, just in time for Stopover.
The must-see Stopover alums are re-engaged and continuing to work on projects with open minds.
"I'm not shutting any doors for us," Rueger said.
10 p.m. March 11
Congress Street Social Club, 411 W. Congress St.