I'm pleased to welcome two great acoustic acts for this Saturday evening performance at the Stone Room, Luke Brindley and the Portland, Oregon-based Alameda (Stirling Myles and Jesse Detwiler).
Luke Brindley has made quite a name for himself amid the diverse music scene in and around D.C. One of the co-owners of Jammin' Java in Vienna, Luke has released several studio albums over the course of his career that have been praised by the Washington Post, Paste Magazine and more. Here are some of the accolades Luke's earned from his previous recordings:
"The rambling acoustic environment of New Morning—era Dylan and the smokiness of early Townes Van Zandt…his own compelling musical voice." - Acoustic Guitar
"Digging deep and mining for the soul…One Of The Top 12 Albums of the Year" - Paste Magazine
"Magical…an early contender for one the best albums of the year." - The Washington PostBrindley brings a timeless songwriting to his tunes and a deep sincerity to his live performances. Since January of this year, he has written dozens of songs and recorded and released one every Monday since January of this year. Some of these were recently released in two new albums, Our Year I and II, featuring more of what everyone loves. His music is probably most admired by acoustic, folk-rock fans who appreciate thought-provoking lyrics, soft vocals and the strum of a guitar. Below is a video from a few years ago, but you can also listen to many of his weekly releases here.
Also on the bill for this evening, we will be hosting a group from Portland, Oregon -- Alameda.
We will be hosting the core of this chamber-folk collective Alameda—guitarist/vocalist Stirling Myles, and cellist/vocalist Jessie Dettwiler—who have weathered their share of evolutions during their musical marriage. Beginning as half of instrumental post-rock outfit Strangers Die Every Day, Myles and Dettwiler have cultivated a unique understanding of the sonic properties of strings, and the beauty in voiceless aural planes.
But it was the grounding of those stratospheric intentions, and the introduction of Myles’ abstract storytelling that proved to be a musical epiphany of sorts for what would become Alameda. “Slowly, I realized the potency within softer music; it’s not like you had to really push it,” explains Myles. “I’ve always had an affinity for folk, growing up with it. I loved Dylan, Donovan, Patsy Cline. I always loved how you could capture a mood with less voices present.”
After hearing them last year at The Black Squirrel in DC, I've been in contact and was able to book them on their way to Italy. Take a listen to some of their tunes here: