The Ready Stance

Newport, Kentucky

With Middlemarch in the early ’90s, vocalist/guitarist Wes Pence and drummer Eric Moreton enjoyed great local acclaim, including Band of the Year, Album of the Year and Best Local Band honors from various outlets. After the band dissolved in 1994, Pence withdrew from the scene, playing regenerative jam sessions on weekends (hosted by Fewest Moving Parts bassist Paolo Conti), eventually meeting new neighbor Chase Johnston, who had relocated from Athens, Ga., after his band Stories Below splintered. The jams turned into songs, Moreton turned into their drummer and the group turned into The Ready Stance, which has just finished work on a dozen songs for an imminent debut. Hey, you had me at “Middlemarch.”

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