TWO OF OUR FAVES MAKE TO BAY AREA
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion will make their debut appearance at the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival on Friday, October 1, at 4:30 pm on the Arrow Stage. The duo will feature songs from their upcoming release Bright Examples (arriving February 22, 2011 on Ninth Street Opus), a collaboration with San Francisco indie-folk band Vetiver. Andy Cabic of Vetiver will join their set at the bluegrass festival as well as Rad Lorkovic (piano) and Charlie Rose (bass). Sarah Lee and Johnny will also perform at The New Parish (Oakland, CA) on Thursday, September 30, and at a benefit concert at the UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital on Friday, October 1. They will also open for Chuck Prophet at the Make Out Room the evening of Friday, October 1.
Produced by Vetiver's Andy Cabic and Thom Monahan and recorded at Dreamland Studios in Woodstock, NY, Bright Examples features 12 original songs that showcases an entirely new electric sound for Sarah Lee and Johnny. The duo's signature songwriting and harmonies intertwine with Vetiver's West Coast indie-folk aesthetic. Special guests on Bright Examples include Vetiver's drummer Otto Houser, Gary Louris and Mark Olson of The Jayhawks (background vocals), singer-songwriter/guitarist Neal Casal, Kevin Barker, Charlie Rose (pedal steel, flat picking guitars) and Rad Lorkovic (piano).
Editor's Note: This is one of the best albums you haven't heard yet, Americana with real spine and grace. Anyone pining for music in the vein of Ryan Adams and The Cardinals or Lucinda Williams is going to dig this wonderfully produced song cycle full of beautifully grounded heart and spirit. – D. Cook.
Check out our 2007 interview with Johnny Irion here.
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