THE HOST COUNTRY from Des Moines return to the Depot with a brand new record under their belts!
The Host Country was born while Ty Wistrand (guitar/vox) and Diana Weishaar (keys/vox) were both attending the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls.
Meeting through common circles, they found they shared a passion for similar artists and styles of writing that led them to begin collaborating together to see what kind of music they could create together. The result is a sound that is emotional and honest. Sparse, yet powerful.
They officially began playing under the name ‘The Host Country’ shortly after Ty moved to Des Moines in early 2011 and started playing proper venues both there and in Cedar Falls shortly thereafter.
In May 2011 they recorded an EP at the Sonic Factory Studios in Des Moines which displays the folk and rock roots they built their sound on, then in 2014 they released a full length album recorded at Midday Studios complete with bass, drums, strings, organ, and an overall bigger sound.
Tom Rue (bass) and Ethan Weishaar (drums) are now permanent and essential members of the evolving Host Country music where you can now hear a bit of everything, from folk to rock, Americana, blues, and beyond.