Door No. 3
Sons of the West, Tim Larson
1572 N Milwaukee Ave
Chicago, IL, 60622
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
Shivering Timbers’ story developed when married couple Sarah and Jayson Benn started singing and crafting songs for their infant daughter; as she grew the music began to take shape, and a band was born. They were discovered by The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach when they were invited to play at his birthday party. Their first album was subsequently recorded at Auerbach's Akron studio, a collection of home-spun dark folk songs and fractured fairy tales called “We All Started in the Same Place”.
One year later, after developing a regional following, Shivering Timbers met and hit it off with Brian Olive (Greenhornes, Dr. John). Soon the band had raised funds through the help of fans, and was at his Cincinnati studio recording their second album, "Sing Sing” -- a much more accomplished, complex, and mature effort. With the release of the second album, the couple has embarked on touring the US with a drummer and their 5-year-old daughter in tow. The youngest addition to the tour creates an all-new dynamic that is endearing and reminds listeners of the universality of music and family.
Sarah is a captivating singer -- part P.J. Harvey, part Patsy Cline -- a long, lean presence, her voice delivers each emotion in its full glory. The nuanced howl of Jayson's guitar work is the perfect mate to her sultry vocals, yet stands majestically on its own. Live performances are heightened by the percussive mastery of Daniel Kshywonis on drums, and on occasion 5-year-old Suzi Benn on toy piano/tambourine.
What's more difficult to describe is the mood they create, which can, at times, entrance and haunt the audience, while in the next breath, invite them into a whimsical, foot-stomping play land. The couple has a quality not unlike that of Johnny and June at their height -- an obvious chemistry that pulls in the entire audience.
“Utilizing disparate elements like scorching Indie Rock, rough cut Blues, raw Punk, sprightly Pop, tent revival Gospel, and dark Folk, Shivering Timbers has crafted a sound that is both hauntingly appealing and a raucous bitch-slap.” –Cincinnati City Beat
Shivering Timbers has toured with, or been direct support for: Shovels & Rope, Kenny Loggins, Jessica Lea Mayfield, Tav Falco, The Chapin Sisters, and many more great bands
Sons of the West
Sons of the West is made up of three dudes who met while doing time at a high school outside of Columbus, Ohio. They originally came together over their shared passion for unhinged, lo-fi guitar solos and the unbridled energy in the music of garage rock heroes like The White Stripes, The Strokes, and The Stooges. Over the years, the band has mixed other influences from classic blues, soul and rock 'n' roll into their own sonic concoction that they call "gut-punching whiskey-teardrop rock." In the summer of 2009, Sons of the West recorded their self-titled, debut LP in New York City with producer Aaron Lee Tasjan (New York Dolls, Alberta Cross) before packing up and moving to Chicago. Since then, they have been relentlessly playing shows throughout the city, hitting venues like Lincoln Hall and Schuba's along the way. After playing at SXSW in 2011, they made their second record, the five-song EP "I Will Never Be Your Friend (A Shot in the Back)" which they released in the fall of 2012.
Tim Larson writes songs about people who work; people whose backs hurt at the end of the day. He writes songs about the pain and disaffection of outsiders.
"They are dark songs about the working class aesthetic and everything involved in it — life, love, work, absence of work, too much work and the injustice of modern life," says Larson.
Larson played for seven years (1995-2002) with Irish-alternative band The Drovers. While with the band he recorded three CDs, and played on bills and at festivals featuring the likes of Sheryl Crow, Elvis Costello, Van Morrison, Ani Difranco, Yo La Tengo, Wilco, Blues Traveler, Phish, Shane McGowan, Hootie and the Blowfish and numerous other major acts. He is a 2002 graduate of the Chicago School of Music, a training ground for classical musicians. Malt Advocate once noted in an article that Larson drank more Elijah Craig Whiskey than the entire country of Japan .
In 2006 he played shows in Austin , Fort Lauderdale , Miami Beach , Chicago , Louisville , Nashville and Las Vegas . Multiple dates, including full band and solo shows, are scheduled for 2007. A tour is planned in advance of the release of his first solo record, No Weapons, No Allies.
Larson played and recorded most of the CD himself. He wants his own stamp on all aspects of the music.
"I don't want it to be 'I am from Chicago ' trying to emulate a guy from the country, but I write about common experiences rather than copping some country vibe," says Larson. "I understand how hard it is for people to buy it that I grew up in Chicago and sing country music."
But country music has always spoken to Larson.
"I don't think that growing up picking cotton, working in the fields is much different from what I did. I grew up working asphalt," he says. "I grew up around country music from my gran and blues from my mom. I can't say 'I am country pride' though. You wouldn't buy that from me. I see myself as playing blues infused with country."
What Larson does is about a body of work; a building of song upon song, story upon story. The blues and country part of his background was augmented by his love and performance of traditional and not so traditional Irish music.