The Walking Sticks
19 West Market Street
Leesburg, VA, 20176
This event is all ages
The Walking Sticks
There’s a video of a 5 yr. old girl bouncing around, belting out vocals to a Sinatra record. There’s another video of 7 yr. old twin brothers banging out an original song on piano. Unbeknownst to the other, these people would one day come together in an extraordinary way.
The Ernst brothers grew up in a house where their mom, a 1970s singer songwriter conveyed a love of music. Typically there was happy noise being made on piano and guitars, and lots of singing. The twins landed a publishing deal in 2008 with Cherry Lane Music along with auditions for record labels. However, their intuition turned them in a different direction.
In 2009 Max and Spencer enrolled at University of Maryland stepping away from discussions with the labels. A chance meeting with singer songwriter Chelsea Lee turned into a symbiotic friendship and the three began writing songs together. Chelsea was signed with Atlantic Records at that time, but she too was turning in a different direction. In 2012 the Walking Sticks band was formed.
Through these experiences the band emerged unified, independent and energized. They’re now writing and recording songs for an upcoming EP which marks a new path - three strong vocals weaving through a pulse synth soundscape. Working on the new EP with producer Brian Goddard is Steuart Smith, lead guitarist for the Eagles.
The Walking Sticks continue to build support in and around the mid-Atlantic region. Band member’s past performances include the 9:30 Club and Kennedy Center in DC, the Tin Roof in Philadelphia, the Rockwood Music Hall and Mercury Lounge in NYC, the Red Room in Boston.
Washington D.C. native, Berklee College of Music graduate, and 2012-13 Strathmore Artist in Residence Owen Danoff was born with song in his blood. His father, Bill, wrote such hits as "Take Me Home, Country Roads" and "Afternoon Delight" (the latter earning him two Grammy awards in 1976), but Owen has developed his own musical identity. Thoughtful lyrics combine with a love for good musicianship and catchy melodies to create a unique blend of pop/folk music, though Owen's lifelong love of rock is ever evident in a live setting.
As a singer/songwriter as well as a bass player, Owen has made the rounds of the local venues. From his first D.C. area show at Jammin' Java to performances at the 9:30 Club, the Hamilton, and the RFK Stadium grounds, he has performed on nearly every major stage in the local scene.
Owen's newest release, the Never Trust a Man EP, is a wistful look at love, loss, and regret, featuring evocative vocal performances and finely crafted lyrics. The arrangements leave plenty of room for song meaning while the energy of great musicians playing together is ever present. Owen's influences are hard at work here, from the early-era John Mayer in "Have I Ever Fallen" to the country flavoring of "On&On&On", but the end result is all his own.