“The Whiskeybelles is not your typical Milwaukee band. Not even taking into account the band’s entirely female populace, the outfit expertly toes the line of talented original act and more-than capable cover band. Its upbeat and experienced melding of country, folk and Americana proves a welcome resident to dive bars and massive outdoor festivals alike. And at the tender age of two, the trio has managed to garner growing consideration from local promoters… not to mention a Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) award along the way.” - Milwaukee Magazine
Chrissy Dzioba Chrissy Dzioba (joe-buh) ~ Guitar & Vocals
Chrissy began piano training and performance at the age of three, reading music before she could read words. As a music major in college, Chrissy focused on classical piano as well as saxophone, but continued to write songs on guitar and mandolin. She soon began performing weekly in various bands, and as a solo artist around Wisconsin. With two albums under her solo name, 'In the Making' (1999), and the nationally distributed 'Far From Dreaming' (2001 - produced by Joe Puerta), she recently released 'Folk N' Soul' (2008) under her duo, Blonde On Blonde. She has performed on NPR's Hotel Milwaukee, as well as Fox 6 Wakeup. In 2008 and 2012, Chrissy was nominated for WAMI Female Vocalist of the Year.
Kimmy Unger Kimberly (Kimmy) Unger ~ Fiddle & Vocals
Kimmy hails from a musical family and has been playing violin since the age of 10 after being inspired by the musical Fiddler on the Roof. She has been a member of the Racine Symphony Orchestra since 1999 and loves to keep in touch with her classical roots. Her live music career began in 2004 with local Milwaukee band, Misses Murphy and in 2007 joined the ranks of one of Cetlic rock band Reilly, currently signed to Oglio Records. In 2009, she was brought together with the lovely ladies of The Whiskeybelles. Bringing vibrant and rare reverberations to the table, combining elements from classical, blues, folk and rock, Kimmy is continually fine-tuning a sound using delay, distortion and other effects to create a vibe of her own. She garnered a 2011 WAMI nomination for Best Specialty Instrument of the Year.
Sara Moilanen Sara Moilanen ~ Bass, Vocals
Winner of the 2011 WAMI (Wisconsin Area Music Industry) award for Best Female Vocalist, Sara fits right in with this female, vocal-driven trio! She also performs with Lisa Ridgely and The Fainting Room who just released their debut EP, Wine In Bed, and also with her husband, Tim Suchocki in the Americana/Folk duo West of East, which won the 2011 WAMI award for Americana Artist of the Year. They released their first album, Love In the Twilight Zone, in 2009 and a second album is currently in production. Sara has been involved in music, one way or another, for her whole life. Choir, musical theatre and in her early twenties she began to discover her talents as a songwriter and guitar player. For nearly ten years before coming to Milwaukee, she developed those talents while writing and performing music with the PeaceHill Musicians in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.