Beef Tea is a 6-piece string band that calls Sheboygan County Wisconsin home. Lucas Cleary, Eric Hudak, David Koebel, Court Ramaeker, Danika Williamson and David Williamson bring you a great string band sound including bass, fiddle, guitar, banjo, mandolin, dobro, bouzouki, vocals and percussion. The music has been Influenced by many genres including bluegrass, indie rock, irish/celtic, Americana, folk and contemporary.
Their debut album Morning Light evolved from common roots of Americana and bluegrass music - yet builds with a vast array of new sounds. Listeners can enjoy driving melodies and intricate harmonies embedded with lyrics that speak to multiple generations. It plays on the essential aspects of music and how it is integral to our lives. The ideas in Morning Light originate from the growing pains of starting a family, the monotony of a work day, the perpetual occurrences of sleepless nights, and the journey into the unknown future - basically Life! Enjoy the music that can only be described as "Beef Tea".
Lucas Cleary - Bass (U-bass)
Lucas began playing guitar at the age of 10 and drums at the age of 12. After spending the last 15 years playing drums in several rock bands, he is enjoying branching out into bluegrass and playing a string instrument once again. Lucas sports a U-bass (bass Ukelele) that drives a beefy bass beat.
Eric Hudak - Fiddle, Mandolin, Vocals
Eric grew up playing classical violin at the age of 5 and started fiddling at 12. He rediscovered his roots with Beef Tea and has branched off into vocals and a mean mandolin chop (that some says he plays like a 747). Eric loves bringing his music to fans of all ages through energetic live performances. Look for the hat that Eric has worn to every Beef Tea performance.
Dave Koebel - Guitar, Dobro
Born and raised on the guitar, Dave and his wife Laura own Roots Acoustic Music store in Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin. Dave has over 50 guitar students and repairs acoustic instruments by the truckload. A talented woodworker, Dave has designed and built his own guitar which he highlights at live performances and on Morning Light.
Court Ramaeker - Banjo, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Vocals
Court started playing guitar at the age of 14. After attending a bluegrass festival in East Troy, Wisconsin he was hooked on the sound and culture of bluegrass and folk music. He self-taught himself the banjo and mandolin later in life and admits that music is always a work in progress. You'd never know it by Court's amazing banjo runs in Morning Light. Court works as a Spanish teacher at Plymouth High School and enjoys traveling with his family, tending to his pond, gardens and animals on his hobby farm in Sheboygan County.
David Williamson - Mandolin, Guitar, Vocals
David listened to the sounds of bluegrass and mountain music early in life when spending long family visits in Asheville, N.C. David plays guitar and mandolin and every once in awhile some other string instrument. He loves to play and sing with his wife Danika whenever he gets the opportunity.
Danika Williamson - Vocals
Danika is a born and raised Wisconsinite who began singing young - continuing a tradition her mom and auntie started over the Mississippi airwaves many years ago. Danika and her husband Dave have traveled together through their work over the last 10 years from NYC to CA and Europe. They moved to Sheboygan County six years ago to homestead a piece of land and start a family. She is pleased to find so many of the good people of Wisconsin love bluegrass as much as she does.