Keith Marlowe - Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitar

Jim Hartman - Lap Steel, Electric and Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals

Gregg Hiestand - Bass

Vaughn Shinkus - Drums, Vocals


The Miners are an original alt country band based in Philadelphia, PA (yes, there are alt country bands in Philly). The Miners are: Keith Marlowe (lead vocals, electric and acoustic guitar), Jim Hartman (lap steel, electric and pedal guitar, vocals), Gregg Hiestand (bass), and Vaughn Shinkus (drums, vocals). Originally formed in 2007, The Miners are known for their country-infused, guitar and pedal steel guitar laden, alt country originals influenced by the likes of Uncle Tupelo, Whiskeytown, Gram Parsons, and Merle Haggard. In addition to their originals, The Miners' sets also include a few tasty, classic country and alt country covers. The Miners live shows are always an event and beginning in 2015, they stage annual sold out benefits at World Cafe Live (upstairs) to raise money for breast cancer. The Miners play the Philadelphia's top venues including World Cafe Live, Milkboy Philly, and Country Night at Bob & Barbara's. The Miners have also graced the stages of festivals including the Jenkintown Arts & Music Festival, the Philadelphia Country Music Festival and the Awbury Arboretum Harvest Festival.

The Miners debut release Miners' Rebellion, a six-song EP, was released in November 2012 to critical acclaim and notable airplay. The Miners received a featured write-up on No Depression and were featured twice on Bill Frater's legendary podcast, Freight Train Boogie. Miners' Rebellion has drawn praise from alt country/Americana blogs both in the U.S. and overseas where it was named a Top-10 release for 2013 by Adobe & Teardrops, was chosen as the #1 Debut Release of 2013 by the blog Popa's Tunes, and a Best of 2013 by UK radio show Standing in the Shadows of Lev.

Miners' Rebellion has received airplay on alt country/Americana radio programs in the U.S. and overseas including Wrecking Ball Radio (Chapel Hill, NC; #1 on weekly playlist in March 2013), Radio Free Americana (Verona, VA; #11 on their weekly top-200 artists in February 2013), Redbud Radio Show (Indianapolis, IN), Roots, Rock Review (Z88.9 NJ), The Kitchen Party (WPMG Portland, ME), American Roots and Standing in the Shadows of Lev in the UK, and the Songriver Show and Radio Girl Show out of the Netherlands. Miners' Rebellion also receives Philadelphia airplay on WXPN on Helen Leicht's XPN Local Show.

Miners' Rebellion, was released on CD and through various digital outlets. The EP was recorded entirely on 1/2" reel-to-reel tape at Match-Up Zone Studios (aka Keith's basement) and then mixed and mastered at MilkBoy The Studio. Keith engineered and produced the EP as well as mixed the songs (with the help of MilkBoy's Joel Metzler). See our Media Page for more details.

Band History

The Miners' original lineup consisted of pieces of two late 1980's Philadelphia bands, Tornado 5 (Keith Marlowe and Andy Shahan) and The Bensons (Matt Maguire and Jeff Smith). In early 2009, Matt and Jeff left The Miners, but Keith and Andy decided to push on and retool the lineup with Keith taking on lead vocal and songwriting duties. Deciding to lead The Miners deeper into the alt country sound they have become known for, they added David Thornburgh on pedal steel guitar. They also brought in Scott Donnini to play bass. The Miners seem to replace bass players with the frequency of Spinal Tap drummers (only not as a result of unaccountable deaths), so in 2013, Sean Benge replaced Scott on Bass and a year later Gregg Hiestand replaced Sean. In 2015, Andy left The Miners and was replaced by current drummer Vaughn Shinkus. In 2017, David Thornburgh was replaced by multi-instrumentalist Jim Hartman who plays lap steel, electric and pedal steel guitar. The Miners have also included other additional players from time to time including Matthew Loden (fiddle) and Jim Allen (banjo).