Blips | Under the Radar Acts - Doug Paisley and The Deep Dark Woods

In our never-ending quest to dig up great bands whose tickets cost less than a corned beef sandwich at your local deli, we bring you our latest round of Blips here on JamBase. The idea behind Blips is to form a lasting relationship with acts we believe to have bright futures and stick with them as they develop and grow. We view Blips as a progression that begins with a mention in a Blips segment, then leads to a Blips Update, and ultimately culminates in a feature length interview. In this edition, we have some really cool new music, so take a sec, poke around the bands' various websites and see what you think of these two under-the- radar acts....

Doug Paisley

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Over the last decade-plus Canada has been exporting some of the best indie-rock bands going, but what our friends in the Great White North have seemingly been keeping to themselves is their bumper crop of fantastic folk and Americana acts. Well I’m here to make sure that, that’s no longer the case. Back in 2010, Doug Paisley released one of my favorite records of that year, with Constant Companion, a gorgeous collection of wispy, lovelorn roots music steeped in 1970s folk, anchored by the singer-songwriter’s tender baritone that could warm up even the coldest Canadian winter night. The album included a handful of stunning duets, including the must-hear “Don’t Make Me Wait” with Feist, as well as several tracks that featured The Band’s Garth Hudson on organ.

On January 21, the Toronto-based Paisley will release his long-awaited full-length follow-up with Strong Feelings, via No Quarter. The ten-track effort, which Paisley describes as “a lot less simple and unadorned than other recordings I've made, but it's just as earnest and straightforward as what I've done before,” will feature a bigger backing band than previous efforts, and will once again see the return of Hudson adding his unmistakable tones. Let’s hope the folks at Newport Folk are paying attention, as he would be a welcomed addition at the Fort this summer.

The Deep Dark Woods

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The Deep Dark Woods call Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, home. It’s a city, much like their name tips its hat to, located dead in the middle of Canada, where the average high temperature this time of year is a mere 14 degrees. So it should come as no surprised that the band plays a brooding brand of slow-developing groove-based Americana that seemingly suits hailing from that part of the country. The five-piece act combines lead singer Ryan Boldt’s haunting deep baritone vocals and dense world-worn lyrics with the band’s Workingman’s Dead-era meets Son Volt sound, arriving at something that might best described as if Leonard Cohen fronted The Band or if The National’s Matt Berninger helmed the Grateful Dead.

The band wears their influences on their sleeve, having clearly spent many hours listening to the Dead’s psychedelic- folk period, but also nodding to from everything to Fairport Convention to Neil Young to traditional folk music. Last September, The Deep Dark Woods, released their fifth studio album Jubilee teaming with current “IT” producer Jonathan Wilson (Father John Misty, Dawes). Recorded in a remote cabin near Bragg Creek, Alberta the record has a loose organic feel that doesn’t stray too far from their previous work, but has Wilson’s sonic fingerprints all over it. While their records may require a few listens before you get hooked, live the band takes on a whole new life, letting their songs breathe and stretch out a bit allowing me to be comfortable in declaring that they are the Americana band for jambands fans, and the jamband for Americana fans.

Written By: Jeffrey Greenblatt

[Published on: 1/7/14]

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