Second String Band, The Family Hammer
1811 14th St. NW
Washington, DC, 20009
Boston and Washington, DC based six-piece Kingsley Flood released their first full-lenth Dust Windows in 2010, generating both critical acclaim and a passionate fan base. In 2011, the band issued the six-song EP Colder Still, with tracks that were touted by NPR, Esquire, and Paste.The band, described recently by the Boston Herald as a "Rolling Thunder Revue with a punk rock sneer," has supported Grace Potter and Nocturnals, Angus and Julia Stone, Langhorne Slim, and Brett Dennen, among others, and is a two-time winner at both the Boston Music Awards and the Boston Phoenix Best Music Poll.
In 2013, Kingsley Flood has no plans to sit still. Battles, their latest full-length (released Feb. 5), is the band's most honed, complex, and meaningful project to date. Recorded with producer Sam Kassirer (Josh Ritter, Langhorne Slim, David Wax Museum) at Great North Sound Society in rural Maine, Battles amplifies the band's pension for dynamics — rock songs that can fill music halls, quiet songs that sound two feet away.
The resulting sound blends Dylan-esque storytelling, Kinks-inspired melodies, and the urgency of the Clash. Anchored by Rolling Stone premiere "Down" and MTV Buzzworthy premiere "Pick Your Battles," Battles asks a fundamental question at the heart of our current national mood – how can those who play by the rules, yet fall behind, get back on their feet? Inspired by everything from dictators clinging to power to an unemployed worker still packing his lunch every day, Battles winds a deliberate path from self doubt (opener "Don't Change My Mind") to quiet determination (closer "This Will Not Be Easy").
Second String Band
Bio: In sports, the second string is a euphemism for, well, second best. In music, the second string can be a reference to the American folk styles that play second fiddle to the pop music on the airwaves. Hailing from Washington, DC, the Second String Band creates music that, while perhaps overlooked, has deep roots in our nation’s cultural identity; music that “speaks to the part of us that often lies below the surface but is longing to be unearthed” (Curator Magazine). The group has an undeniably powerful stage presence rooted in the roaring pathos of gospel street bands, performing songs that shout and whisper new meaning to traditions ranging from old time, honky tonk, bluegrass and country. They've opened for Scythian, David Wax Museum, and Pearl and the Beard, played as part of the international SOFAR series, and busked through the streets of Europe; but at heart they remain a collective of excitable music fans that live for a good time. Give us your poor, your needy, your sick…we’ll give them the Second String Band.
The Family Hammer
This DC-born band features vocal harmonies, guitar, banjo, bass, fiddle, and dobro, and is known for its lively performances, marathon shows, and ability to play thoroughly danceable bluegrass and old time music.