Todd Apfel, Vining, IA
Settled somewhere in the middle of what is known as the "Little Bohemian Alps" in Iowa is a small town called Vining (population 50). This is where one of Country Music's best kept secrets calls home. But this isn't where the story begins, it started back in the early 1980's where at age 20 Todd Apfel started his first "hair band". After years of regional success Todd realized that he wasn't going to be the rock star that he dreamed of being. That's when the Wisconsin native buckled down, finished college and spent years climbing the corporate ladder.
The exciting news about the return of his musical muse so many years later is that age has brought wisdom, and his lyrics now as an emerging singer/songwriter have an incisive and heartfelt depth and maturity he couldn't have fathomed years ago. To quote one of the song titles from his debut EP "Reflections", musically "Coloring Outside The Lines" Todd blends his raw and expansive Americana vibe shades of country, alt-country, indie rock and folk.
All of Todd's spirited eclecticism is forged from a similar source: Making music, writing and recording makes for great therapy. His songs will prove therapeutic for anyone who defers their dreams and suffers setbacks on their way to finding peace and bliss outside the rat race.