The Crane Wives

The Crane Wives

The Crane Wives are a home grown indie-folk outfit from Grand Rapids, Michigan that defies musical stereotypes. They utilize three-part vocal harmonies, eclectic instrumentation, and a passion for songcraft to create organic music that is both accessible and innovative. Each live show features contagious energy as well as original music that ranges from whisper quiet ballads to danceable grooves.

The band formed in late August of 2010, and finished the recording of their self-produced debut album "Safe Ship, Harbored" in April of 2011. The record was released on May 12th at Founder's Brewing Company in GR.

Their new full length album, also self-produced at Sound Post Studios, was released September 22nd, 2012 at the Intersection in GR.

The Crane Wives are happily endorsed by Deering Banjos.

Falldown

Falldown is a group of Chicago musicians from a wide range of backgrounds who have performed together for years in many different bands. Including members of The Hue, The Redwalls, Safe Haven, Bumpus, and the amazing singer Liza Day, a mutual interest in alt/country and rocknroll has now brought this unique crew together to write and perform original music.

Their first studio EP of original music was released in late 2012 to critical acclaim from American Songwriter Magazine among others, and has since been featured on Chicago's WXRT Local Anesthetic as well as college radio nationwide. The band continues to play shows and has plans to release more original music by late Summer, 2013.

Samantha Harlow

Influences: Kris Kristofferson, Gillian Welch, Townes Van Zandt, Billie Holliday, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn

Like most love letters, Samantha Harlow's new album is unflinchingly personal, filled with the sort of deep, dark secrets one normally spills to friends behind closed doors. For Harlow, a country singer/songwriter steeped in the tradition of Patsy Cline and Gillian Welch, those secrets are tuneful enough to share with a wider audience. They're the blood that pumps through her own Love Letters, a collection of country ballads, sad-eyed folksongs and rootsy rockers that explore everything from her upbringing in Minnesota to her bar-tending days at a Nashville honky-tonk. This is an album about heartache and hangovers, about boys and barstools, about looking back before you move on.

Kenny Vaughan -- acclaimed guitarist for Lucinda Williams, Marty Stuart, and dozens of other roots-rock heavyweights -- co-produced Love Letters, which was recorded during a four-day weekend and mixed entirely to analog tape. Other Nashville musicians chipped in, too, adding layers of pedal steel guitar and smokey organ to Harlow's eight songs. On an album filled with top-notch players like keyboardist Jen Gunderman and drummer John McTigue III, though, Harlow is still the star, making Love Letters the kind of melodic missive you find yourself reading again and again.

"I came up with the title while we were tracking," Harlow explains. "Album titles have always been the part that plague me; they have never come easy, but this one came out of thin air. Every song is a love letter to someone, whether it be someone who has passed through my life in an instant, or someone who has never left my side. There's a mix of sadness, with an undercurrent of joy and some sense of understanding that run throughout, much like love in real life."

-Andrew Leahey

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The Crane Wives with Falldown, Samantha Harlow

Friday, October 4 · 8:00 PM at Tonic Room