Midwest Dilemma

Omaha, NE United States

Midwest Dilemma - Timelines & Tragedies Release @ The Slowdown - Omaha, NE (May 17, 2008)
Bio: Midwest Dilemma presents orchestral folk songs and waltzy ballads on their debut release titled "Timelines & Tragedies." Twenty-three members, consisting of strings, woodwinds, brass, orchestral drums, and nontraditional chamber instruments accompany singer-songwriter Justin Lamoureux. "Timelines & Tragedies" is a timeline of family history, tracing Lamoureux's ancestors to their days of French Canadian fur trading, the struggles of his parents' generation with Vietnam, concluding with his life in Omaha. "Timelines & Tragedies" is the perfect outcome of Midwest Dilemma's vision.

"Timelines & Tragedies does an extraordinary job of telling the immigrant’s story, one that distills the shared experience of severed roots and the dismembering and intimidating shift out of the safe boundaries of home into an uncertain future." - Frederick Foxtrott

"Midwest Dilemma has created a brave, introspective and genre-bending first offering with Timelines and Tragedies." - Tracer Magazine

"Acoustic Americana, with a subtle instrumental backing that dips from old folk to stylized cinescape." - Song, By Toad

"Midwest Dilemma has constructed a journey for the spirit." - Canadian Audiophile

"Lamoureux is a stream, it doesn’t matter if for a time he is only trickling through rocks and soil, his conviction is the rainfall, pouring much needed force sustenance to the stream – it can’t be stopped. He will find his ocean; it’s inevitable." - CityWeekly

"Using strings, woodwinds, guitars, accordion and a musical saw this album catapults itself to the upper echelons of folk music." - Here Comes The Flood

"Midwest Dilemma feels like a band that must not only be heard, but witnessed." - Enough Cowbell

"Above all, there is an inexplicable power to Timelines & Tragedies that gives it such an epic quality." - Radio Indy

"If you would have told me earlier in the day that I’d kick off the start of my weekend sitting around listening to 400 years of family history, I probably would have told you to piss off. After learning that factoid from the press sheet for the release of Midwest Dilemma’s Timelines & Tragedies, I’m pleased to report that I’m doing exactly that." - Rock Sellout

"This is an album for our times." - Metric Reflection
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