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 loves making love to the stage. This band, much like Krishna, has been known to take many forms. Currently Field Tripp is comprised of Dan Allmond (guitar/vocals), Eliz Christy (vocals, keys). Brian Mabry (multi-instrumentalist), and Amir Azzabi (drums). Long time followers of Field Tripp say that the current lineup is the tightest, most entertaining, and together-sounding group there has been since Field Tripp's incepetion. In January of 2011, the band self-produced and released their first album "Super-Ego Friendly". Field Tripp is currently recording their second full lenghth album due for release in early 2013.

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