With an equal emphasis on songwriting and unique composition, Birdhouse filters an articulated jazz vocabulary through country, rock n' roll and California.
GRAHAME LESH & FRIENDS:
Grahame Lesh and his friends play foot-stomping folk rock with an extra helping of harmonies. Grahame (recently of San Francisco's "Maiden Lane") has been cutting his musical teeth for the past six months by performing with Phil Lesh's band(s) at Terrapin Crossroads (otherwise known as rock 'n' roll bootcamp). He has been cutting his songwriting teeth by holing up in a dark studio for hours at a time until the songs are right. Ah, the life of a musician.
Formed in the summer of 2004, Prairiedog has returned after a break in recording since 2006’s "To Set Your Calendars On Fire" with their new album "The Golden Hour", the first release on lead singer Sarah Bethe Nelson's record label, Hazy Maiden. Prairiedog is comprised of members who also play with Kelley Stoltz, Sonny Smith, Nightgown and other San Francisco bands. "The Golden Hour" was recorded with Kelley Stoltz in the fall of 2011 (at his Electric Duck Studios) in San Francisco. The band finds its own space in between Neil Young's "Harvest Moon" acoustic touched sways and the Staples Singers tremolo chant gospel. The odd configuration of instruments gives a loose feel to the songs, the kind of innocent sound bands try for, but can't pull off unless the spirit is real - Nelson sings and strums, Anna Wren handles backup vocals while playing an assortment of floor toms, tambourines and cymbals, Rusty Miller sings, plays lead guitar, high hat and kick drum simultaneously. Filling out the group are James Finch Jr. on bass and Jamin Barton on harmonica, bass clarinet and stylophone.