The name 'Arts Fishing Club' is an homage to our grandfathers: Colonel Arthur Kessenich and Arthur Schmidt. The name serves as reminder to approach our music in the same way they taught us to fish: go out every day with the sincerest intention for success: casting out again and again despite the inevitable empty-handed reels. A successful day of fishing is not determined by what you end up with at but rather the beauty of engaging in the activity with people you love. Fishing, music, and life are about the adventure that they take you on and the people you get to share it with. That's what Arts Fishing Club is all about.
Arts Fishing Club is an electrifying folk rock project out of Nashville, TN led by the strong lyrical and vocal abilities of Christopher Kessenich. They've been compared to notables: David Ramirez, The Lumineers, and the Dave Matthews Band. Fresh off of a 1600+ mile walking tour from Maine to Nashville completed as one of The Walking Guys, Kessenich (guitar/vocals), Matt Siffert (Bass), and Peter Eddins (Keys) are excited to be focusing on their first full-length album.
Arts Fishing Club's self-titled debut EP was produced by Billy Bennett (MGMT) and was met with overwhelming excitement. Kessenich has toured the east coast, played dates in Europe including performances at legendary venues like the Jammin' Java (Washington D.C.), Smith's Olde Bar (Atlanta, GA), and the 40 Watt (Athens, GA) in addition to festivals: Philadelphia Folk Festival, Mile of Music (Appleton, WI), Newport Folk Festival, Kalamazoo Rib Fest, Acorn Fest.