left to right: Mike Bock, James Collett, Shawn Winters, Tom Townsend, John Gregorich.

left to right: Mike Bock, James Collett, Shawn Winters, Tom Townsend, John Gregorich.

American Catapult resides happily on the outskirts of Americana music. Years of playing live for surprised strangers and invited guests have made AmCat’s set strong and engaging. Comfortable on larger stages, in the corner of a dive bar, and probably on your front porch.

TELEVISION/FILM: Occasional drops in commercial breaks on cable, and featured on NBC’s Friday Night Lights season 3, episode 8.
Also featured in AMC’s Cinemasounds a handful of times in theaters all around the U.S..

RADIO: Lots of non-comm radio play on over 75 stations throughout the U.S. and Canada, and the world really. This has confirmed the band’s appeal to a wide range of age and taste, and languages.

TOURING: Arizona, Texas (SXSW, others), Tennessee, Washington and up and down California. Built a reputation for playing anytime, anywhere, including laundromats, rest stops and abandoned airfields (see Tour of the Brave).

RECORDINGS: (©Further South Recordings) Four full length CDs & three EPs. An EP titled There Are Friends, and Then There Are Friends, was released on Soundcloud to friends in 2014. Band.Not the Weapon, Fall 2012, is their last full length release. Look for a new full length recording, tenatively titled Indian Summer in 2018.

CONTACT: for all inquiries.



Californian alt-country band American Catapult are an act willing to do things their own way, including doing a tour without booking any dates in advance. American Catapult features four veteran musicians with impressive chops as both musicians and songwriters and an eagerness to be heard. AmCat recorded a self-distributed album in 2004, Home of the Brave, which showcased their passionate but down-to-earth roots rock, and it was followed with a 2005 EP, Excess Falling. But AmCat had trouble finding venues interested in their music in Southern California, so they set out on what they called “The Tour of the Brave,” in which the roamed the California coast for several days and stopped wherever they could find a crowd willing to hear them play, with locations ranging from a Laundromat to a highway rest stop to an airfield, with a small camera crew recording the adventure for posterity. The stunt helped boost interest in AmCat, and after initially releasing their second full-length album Trees Of Mystery themselves, they signed a deal with the respected independent label Cooking Vinyl, who reissued the set in 2007. American Catapult continues to tour, though usually with shows booked well in advance — Mark Deming, All Music Guide (

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