Country Lips' Summer Social

Neumos & PBR Present

Country Lips' Summer Social

The Easy Leaves, Evening Bell, Caleb & Walter

Wednesday 6/14

7:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

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Country Lips
Country Lips are a country-streaked Seattle nine-piece family-like band. They didn't really mean to be a band, but they've been together for nearly two years now. They're composed of a combination of bands—the Raggedy Anns and Doctor Doctor. They're more just friends who wanted to play country music, who were getting shitty on a Friday night and decided to form Country Lips. Their songs sit well, stitched and lilted with happily tinkered keys and dusky bourboned acoustics. It's wandering, jangled porch music, drifting steadily along like stretched-cotton cirrus clouds. Music to enjoy, not to overthink—music that touches on Hank Williams, Patsy Cline, and the Stones' strummier numbers. It's twangy and fitting for listening to in a field or in a truck bed full of hay.

- The Stranger, Trent Moorman, July 27, 2011 (link)
The Easy Leaves
The Easy Leaves – California Country is Back!

The Easy Leaves run at the front of the Country music herd in their beloved California, headlining and filling big rooms (Great American Music Hall, The Independent, Mystic Theatre), main stage set at Outside Lands Festival (where Willie Nelson told them 'We should play together again'!), and other venerable festivals throughout the land such as Pickathon, Strawberry Music Festival, Red Ants Pants, Alaska Folk Festival, Hipnic, Treefort, and more. CMT premieres their videos, has them for in-studios ...

But more to the point, they write, record, and perform incredible songs; songs that are meticulously crafted, and have great capabilities of (just plain) moving people. Under the guidance of Merle Haggard's music, and countless other important poets, The Easy Leaves have written their own collection of poetry for the common man.

The 78 Project, a documentary by Spike Lee's music supervisor currently on the festival circuit, recreating Alan Lomax's historic journey to capture important American Folk music on its home porches found, recorded, The Easy Leaves for their film (alongside Rosanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Justin Townes Earl, Richard Thompson and other great talents). NPR, Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times have featured it, and The Smithsonian, Library of Congress, and the Alan Lomax estate are active advisors.

The Easy Leaves have been hired as sole support on shows and runs by Dwight Yoakam, Junior Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep At The Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim Lauderdale, Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Kasey Chambers and Los Lobos. The Easy Leaves are fantastic live! A real deal honky tonkin good time!

Their last record, Fresno, a featured new Country release on iTunes, found the boys truly bringing the honky tonk into the studio. Fall of 2016 sees the release of The Wheels (available now as a tour only EP at their shows!), in the same timeless vein, as they continue their pilgrimage as proud ambassadors for California Country music.
Evening Bell
Evening Bell's dark and haunting songs have all of the passion and tragedy of a broken howl under the high desert moonrise. Part western psychedelia, part northwest rock 'n roll,Evening Bell is the new collaboration between Ballard-songwriters Hart Kingsbery (Davidson Hart Kingsbery) and Caitlin Sherman (Slow Skate). The duo quickly became a full band with Jason Merculief (Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter, Sera Cahoone, J. Tillman) on drums, followed shortly by Aaron Harmonsonon bass, and newest addition Olie Eshleman(Corespondents) on pedal steel. They have recently shared the stage with established roots acts such as Ha Ha Tonka, La Luz, Barna Howard, Banditos, Howe Gelb, Jessica Lea Mayfield, The Moondoggies andAlela Dianne.

With vocals that soar on that high lonesome road between city lights and prairie skies,Evening Bell's moody call­-and­-response style echoes effortlessly, Caitlin's bar room piano and noir vocals intimately blend with Hart's low, scratchy hooks and twangy tremelo­-soaked guitar. A rhythm section reminiscent of The Wrecking Crew in their more psychedelic moments and the lilting cry of pedal steel complete the sound. Evening Bell's got a few cross­country tours under their boots, a song premiere of spaghetti southwestern ballad "Dust Storm" and a recent KEXP in-studio. Their ghostly nod to vintage saloon­-pop is quickly gaining speed in anticipation of their upcoming debut album, Dying Stars.
Venue Information:
Neumos
925 E Pike St
Seattle, WA, 98122
http://www.neumos.com/