The Upper Strata - CD Release Show

The Upper Strata

The Upper Strata releases its third effort. The twelve song CD entitled Phantastic Pigeon-Holes, picks up where the EP release Manifest left off and takes the songwriting and approach further. Often bluesy, sometimes with a little western twang, the songs are filled with saloons and desert images. While traveling about to play shows, the lyrics and themes have been inspired by the colorful and varied state of Arizona.

The Upper Strata is an eclectic duo mixing genres and styles to produce their own brand of alt rock music. From Tom Waits to Son House, from Muddy Waters to Morphine the influences are broad and the resulting music even more far flung. Often with hints of bottleneck blues and always a thumping fluid bass line, the duo cranks out a sound both old and new. The new album Phantastic Pigeon-Holes finds the group out in the Southwest with its saloons, haunted hotels, old mining towns, mesas, and canyons. All figure into the often cinematic tracks and make the region a character in the work. In particular Sitting Stubborn and Wasteland tell mad tales of wandering in the desert or abandoned boomtowns. Birdcage is Burning is a kind of beat poetry homage to the late Birdcage saloon on Prescott’s Whiskey Row. It is typical of the kind of backdrop or setting the songs on this outing are filled with.

For the CD Release Party, The Upper Strata will perform a rare electric set as a trio. The cover for the event includes a copy of the new full-length album Phantastic Pigeon-Holes.

FIELD TRIPP

Field Tripp has emerged as one of the best rock bands in Phoenix, Arizona. They have played hundreds of live shows since their inception in 2007 and each show is better than the last. While they may be considered indie rock, they defy all definitions of genre as their songs range from straight out rock'n'roll to folk to Americana and shades of country influences. Founded by Dan Tripp, he has been the only consistent member of the band during the last seven years. Tripp is considered to be one of the most talented and prolific songwriters in the Phoenix music scene. In 2014 alone he has released three amazing EPs and an entire album of Woody Guthrie covers he recorded with bandmates and friends.

The three EPs Field Tripp released in 2014 have garnered both public attention and critical praise. Les Is Mormon, Woeful Common Terry and Warren Drugs all show very different sides of Field Tripp and together they capture a perfect portrait of Field Tripp as they are today. Tripp is a visionary and he follows his own dream in songwriting and performance. The current lineup consists of Tripp, who is also a member of Snake!Snake!Snakes!, on vocals and guitar, Jess Pruitt (Desert Beats) on bass and David Cooper (Snake!Snake!Snakes!) on drums. Of all the lineups that Field Tripp has had over the years, this is the best and the crowd reaction to their shows confirms that in no uncertain terms.

While this year was a big year for Field Tripp, 2015 promises to be even bigger. Tripp is planning on taking the band into the studio for a full length album for which he has been saving his best songs. Arguably, some of their best songs have already seen release on the three EPs this year with instant classics like "Wrapped In Plastic," "John Wayne," "Generous Folks", "The Awards Ceremony," and "The Right Way." That being said, the songs that appear in their live shows that have not appeared on the EPs far surpass what has been revealed through their recordings. Field Tripp's approaching full length album is anticipated by many to be one of the best albums of the year and will far exceed the depth of their debut album Super-Ego Friendly from 2011. The world doesn't even know that it is waiting for Field Tripp to show its musical brilliance, but it is.

Jeremiah Craig

Jeremiah Craig has always loved the way great old yarn spinners can tell a story around a fire or on a barstool. Music has been a delivery method of stories for centuries and Craig tries to continue that story telling in his own songwriting. Folk ballads are his passion. He includes many story elements in his songs and he's done so from the start of his songwriting career in the Northeastern U.S. and now continuing it in Phoenix, Arizona.

Jeremiah Craig has been involved in many diverse musical projects over the past few years. In 2004 he made his musical debut with the band Bluegrass Tuesday. In 2006 he formed an original rock/jazz jam band, Jack Swift, who in 2009, went on the "You Don't Know Jack Tour Spectacular" across five states. Jeremiah Craig started his solo career in 2011 with his first full-length album, Gardener Hands. Released the single "Busy my Spade" the next year and in 2013 released his first project recorded in Arizona, The Commandeer EP.

Listen to recordings from Jeremiah Craig and check out upcoming shows to get a better sense of him as a singer/songwriter.

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The Upper Strata - CD Release Show with FIELD TRIPP, Jeremiah Craig

Thursday, August 15 · Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM at Last Exit Live