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September 15, 2013

The Divers release fourth album

'Where You Are Now' comes 14 years after last album

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“Boys to young men,” Loren said.

The band will have a CD release party at Martin Luther College in October. But they had the CD all ready for sale in time for their performance at Rock Bend Folk Festival last weekend.

The Divers have performed at Rock Bend for 22 years; only City Mouse has performed more times at the festival. The one year The Divers weren't at Rock Bend, people were asking for them, they said.

The band feels lucky to have developed a core group of dedicated fans over the years who come see them perform at places such as Songs on the Lawn and The Grand Kabaret in New Ulm, which is one of their favorite places to perform these days.

“It's one of those places to play where people are coming to listen to the music,” Bloedel said.

As far as the band's future is concerned, they plan to keep performing together as long as they can. And they're quick to credit their wives — whom they call The Wivers — for being so understanding and allowing them so much time away from home for rehearsals and performances.

Their friendship also keeps the band strong.

“Things that tear other bands apart, we're just not going to go there. Like the ego thing,” Overn said.

“And it's just pretty darn fun,” Bloedel said. “We laugh a lot.”

“We just don't take ourselves very seriously,” Loren said. “The fact that people show up to listen to us is just a bonus.”

If you go What The Divers When 7:30 p.m. Sept. 27 at the The Grand Kabaret, 210 N Minnesota St. in New Ulm 7 p.m. Oct. 11 at Martin Luther College (CD release party for "Where You Are Now") Info thedivers.com

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