-- Timelines & Tragedies was awarded "Album of the Year" for 2008 at the Omaha Entertainment Awards (OEA)
-- Timelines & Tragedies charted College Music Journal (CMJ) Top 200 for radio
-- Timelines & Tragedies was featured on the national TV series Roadtrip Nation on PBS
MIDWEST DILEMMA - A guitar, red trucker hat, beard, and an old Toyota wagon on open road. Justin Lamoureux has been performing as Midwest Dilemma for nearly a decade. But there is nothing typical about Midwest Dilemma. The revolving cast of characters includes tuba, flute, clarinet, cello, banjolin, classical guitar, upright bass and a handful of other faithful partakers of the Folk Rock ensemble. Dilemma's ambitious debut record titled Timelines & Tragedies has 23 musical collaborators which give an orchestral folk and chamber pop sound, similar to Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, and Andrew Bird.
Timelines & Tragedies is a time line of family history. Tracing Lamoureux's ancestors to their days of French Canadian fur trading, the Great Depression, the struggles of his parents' generation with Vietnam, and eventually concluding with his life in Sioux City and Omaha. Timelines & Tragedies is the perfect outcome of Midwest Dilemma's vision.
Timelines & Tragedies was awarded Album Of The Year in Omaha, Neb. in 2008 and charted College Music Journal (CMJ) Top 200. Lamoureux and his Folkestra are playing major festivals and venues throughout the U.S. and Canada. The song Chicago and North Western on the Tragedies release was selected to be featured nationwide on the PBS television series Roadtrip Nation. Midwest Dilemma's album Timelines & Tragedies can be purchased on iTunes, CDBaby.com, or at www.midwestdilemma.com.
"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