A guitar, cowboy cut shirt, red trucker hat, and an old passenger van on open road. Justin Lamoureux has been performing under the name Midwest Dilemma for nearly five years. Many know Midwest Dilemma as Omaha based folk-rock band who’s debut release Timelines & Tragedies was nominated Album Of The Year at the Omaha Entertainment Awards show this year. The album also charted College Music Journal Top 200 based on college radio play shortly after the release.
Lamoureux enlisted friends, family members, and musical acquaintances to help create the music on Midwest Dilemma’s Timelines & Tragedies album. Twenty-three members to be exact. Such instruments as Flute, Clarinet, Tuba, Trombone, Saxophone, Accordion, Cello, Viola, Trumpet, Singing Saw, Upright Bass, Vibraphone, Pedal Steel, Mandolin, Piano, Percussion, and Electric Guitar give the record an orchestral folk and chamber pop sound, similar to Arcade Fire, The Decemberists, Sufjan Stevens, and Bright Eyes.
Timelines & Tragedies is a time line of family history. Tracing Lamoureux’s ancestors to their days of French Canadian fur trading, the Great Depression, the struggles of his parents’ generation with Vietnam, and eventually concluding with his life in Sioux City and Omaha. Timelines & Tragedies is the perfect outcome of Midwest Dilemma’s vision.