Tall Tall Trees w/ Christopher Paul Stelling
Virtuoso pickers Tall Tall Trees and Christopher Paul Stelling team up for a night of extraordinary music.
July 19, 2014 · 8:00pm
7pm doors | 8pm music
Tall Tall Trees
Mike Savino is not your grandaddy’s banjo player, and Tall Tall Trees is definitely not your average indie-folk outfit from NYC. Savino has released two records on his own start-up label Good Neighbor Records, Tall Tall Trees (2009), and moment (2012), and has toured extensively, mystifying audiences with his innovative banjo technique. Whether performing with a full band or solo, Savino runs his instrument, dubbed by fans as the “space banjo” or “banjotron”, through a slab of effects and loopers, bowing, drumming, and strumming out multi-textured arrangements on the fly to support his lyrically driven songs. Most recently, Tall Tall Trees has been touring the US and Canada collaborating with beatboxing violinist, and Of Montreal alum, Kishi Bashi. Savino is currently working on a third record which he is expecting to release in 2014.
“Bearded man sings songs, violates banjo” – CMJ
Moment, the band’s sophomore album, was recorded with a full band including Mathias Kunzli (drums, percussion), Kyle Sanna (guitar, keyboards), Benjamin Campbell (bass), and Dave Gilbert (guitar) and was made possible by a highly successful Kickstarter campaign. The album has been called “an LP of majestic sonic qualities” by Groopease and showcases their evolution from a quirky bluegrass-leaning side project into a fully formed indie-rock band. Recorded by Matthew Cullen (My Morning Jacket, Ray LaMontagne) at Dreamland Studios (Fleet Foxes, Delta Spirit) outside of Woodstock, NY, and mixed by Bill Moriarty (Dr. Dog, Man Man), moment finds the band crafting a rich textured sound to support the more complex themes dealt with in this set of nine songs. Inspired by a group camping trip into the Alaskan wilderness, moment tells the story of a man yearning for escape and connection with nature. Listen Before You Buy called it a “beautiful and compelling album”, drawing references to Wilco and Brian Eno.
Tall Tall Trees’ self-titled debut was released in 2009. Jezebel Music dubbed it “a perfect storm of catchy songwriting, spot on performances, and crisp, inventive production.” The record became a mainstay on college radio charts for several months despite the band’s lack of promotional funding. According to College Music Journal , “it’s impossible not to smile at their pop-driven folk songs” earning the band official showcases at the CMJ Music Marathon three years in a row.
Songs like “Heart Says Go” and “Bubble Gum” have found their way onto television shows like Teen Mom, American Pickers, and Two and a Half Men and have earned the band a loyal cult following for their eclectic brand on indie folk-rock.
Christopher Paul Stelling
After releasing his debut album Songs of Praise and Scorn in February of 2012, Christopher Paul Stelling toured relentlessly. Singing his songs with a pure uninhibited delivery, Stelling has become known for the intensity and passion put into his live performances. Owing as much to the bards and troubadours of times long since past as to his contemporaries, Stelling’s ever developing commitment to his craft is obvious. His second album False Cities was released on May 21st, 2013 on the heels of his first european tour. False Cities is a record that brings Stelling’s gothic folk mix of howling fingerpicked stomps and crooning laments to an even further realization. Early 2014 will see him touring europe for the second time while he preparing for his third record, Labor Against Waste.
The best songwriters can take you to a specific place and specific time – even if you’ve never been. It’s exactly what happens when you listen to Zach Schmidt’s music. The Pittsburgh native has emerged on the Nashville folk music scene with his newly released EP, Horse or Truck or Train, demonstrating undeniable talent as a fresh singer-songwriter.
Inspired by traveling across the continental U.S. Horse or Truck or Train is a winding journey, rich with imagery reminiscent of seasoned greats like Guy Clark and John Prine.
A self-taught guitarist, Zach’s music has a profound ability to pay homage to the longstanding tradition of folk music while breathing new-life into American sound.
His songs are as classic as his sound – drawing you in with a timeless quality – spinning a story you could swear was your own.