Patrick Dethlefs, Good Buddy
7 S. Broadway
Denver, CO, 80209
Doors 8:30 PM / Show 9:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
It's difficult to say where Night Beds begins, but it could be here: August 2006, a young Winston Yellen is invited to a longtime friend's apartment. They talk, they record a little aimlessly, and something exciting emerges. Maybe it's a little later, when one is studying engineering in Nashville, and the other remains behind, an unhappy captive of secondary education. It could be any number of moments, really, along a series of migrations, but probably here: the summer of 2008, back in Colorado Springs, when they write the first Night Beds song, "You Were Afraid."
God knows that we try to do the best we can
After that there is a lot of time spent in basements, a lot of alcohol, a lot of irreverent tuning, but not all that much need for talk. Most things are shared, understood: in thin mountain air, or in a waterlogged summer atmosphere, there can be a sense that breathing is effortful, that sleep is easy but not restful. The songs that come out of those first few years, collected on three EPs (Night Beds, Every fire; Every joy, and Hide From It), are an exercise in catharsis. They're deeply ringing things, washed in whiskey. The sound is like something emergent from a tunnel. It may be the red eye of a cigarette in the dark, or it may be the dawn peeking out.
Somewhere we might find softer light
"It was never thought. It just was always what felt good." So the songs come together over acoustic guitars, over the first skeletal melodies, and then they grow. Yellen's voice takes on a pure kind of thirst when wrapped in the sonic landscapes he devises. It's searching. It's taken several years to map everything out, but after a hiatus spent driving the deserts and prairies and coastal roads of the United States, sleeping in a hatchback or on friendly couches - after a long time spent alone - Night Beds has found a home in Nashville. Soon it will see the release of Country Sleep, a full-length album in the spirit of the vagabond, in the winding path to a place of good rest.
Patrick Dethlefs writes songs like a humble Townes Van Zandt, full of haunting melodies and innocent lyricism. Colorado-based Dethlefs’ latest release, 2012’s Fall and Rise, offers folk Americana with effortless sincerity at a time when many acts blatantly strive to revive the stripped-down feel of a musical history long past.
Now in his early twenties, Dethlefs won the 2009 Best Teen Songwriter Award at Swallow Hill Music, one of the largest non-profit organizations in the U.S. dedicated to developing folk and acoustic music. He also received Best Song and Best Performance Awards the same year.
The innate nostalgia embedded in Dethlefs‘ music may have taken root when he first began playing. Inspired by his father, who he lost when he was young, Dethlefs first picked up a guitar at age twelve. Also a musician, Dethlefs’ father left his musical legacy to his son, who is not only humble, but humbling.
Fall and Rise follows on the impressive critical reception of 2010’s full-length Stays the Same and 2011’s split EP with The Eye and the Arrow. Dethlefs has shared the stage with such notables as Nathaniel Rateliff, Gregory Alan Isakov, Jeff Austin (Yonder Mountain String Band), Abigail Washburn, Ben Sollee, Mountain Man and Horse Feathers, among others. He has also performed and recorded with members of Paper Bird.
“Dethlefs finds poetry in the memories and that slight pain in the laugh lines.” – Daytrotter
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Hear Fall and Rise in its entirety here: https://soundcloud.com/patrick-dethlefs/sets/fall-rise
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