Early native Tiefenthaler rocks the west coast, but finds that its the heartland where people really listen to the music
Sarah Tiefenthaler, sister of Adam Tiefenthaler, owner of the new Lake Avenue Lounge in downtown Storm Lake and a native of Early, says she and boyfriend Damon Vonn were playing a show at the Roosevelt Hotel in Hollywood when they first met. The hotel they say was one where Marilyn Monroe and John Wayne used to stay. "I was opening up for her," Vonn says. "We ended up falling in love."
Both Tiefenthaler and Vonn have their own bands, however, they play together and write music together whenever they can.
"For each project we've helped write for each other," says Vonn. Last week the couple entertained a crowd at the new lounge.
Tiefenthaler, who goes by Sarah Tea began her musical career when she was 22 and says her music style is mainly acoustic rock. She writes her own music and is in the process of recording her first demo. She says much of her inspiration comes from musicians like Jewel, C.I.A. and Jack Jones, and finds that most of her songs center around relationship issues. "I guess it's something everyone can relate to it," she says.
Vonn says his style is mostly funky and blue eyed soul and says Stevie Wonder has been a big influence in his musical career. Vonn says he wants his music to be inspirational and uplifting to listeners. Recently some of Vonn's music has been featured on the TV shows "Guiding Light," and new show "Swing Town."
The couple play mainly in California and the west coast but enjoy playing wherever life takes them.
However, both say they enjoy trips to Storm Lake to visit family and play where they feel people do sit down and truly listen to their music.
"Out there you just get shuffled in and out with other bands," she says. The couple says trips back to the midwest are a good chance for them to "refuel." The couple both live in California. Tiefenthaler moved to California from Early with her family when she was 11.