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Friday, September 29

True West presents

"Campfire Caravan" featuring The Brothers Comatose, The Lil' Smokies, & Mipso

The Brothers Comatose

The Lil' Smokies

Mipso

8 p.m. doors, 9 p.m. show

All ages welcome

$20 advance, $25 day of show

"Campfire Caravan" featuring The Brothers Comatose, The Lil' Smokies, & Mipso

"Campfire Caravan" featuring The Brothers Comatose, Mipso, and The Lil Smokies hosts three of today's foremost emerging indie Americana bands as they trek across the United States - stopping in more than 30 cities from Sept. 26 through Nov. 18, 2017. "Campfire Caravan" swings through Nashville for a sneak peak of the 15-musician road show at the 18th Annual AMERICANAFEST 2017 (Sept. 13) prior to kicking off the tour at the Pub Station in Billings, MT. Fueled by Lagunitas, "Campfire Caravan" travels to the West Coast, The Rockies, Midwest, East Coast and South before concluding the tour at The Orange Peel in Asheville, NC. A comprehensive list of tour dates is below, and interviews and hi-res photos are available upon request.

Americana, bluegrass and country music genres are in-the-midst of a renaissance. In all corners of the country, artists are making a name for themselves with remarkably refreshing takes on traditional genres; efforts that are redefining the music beyond simple categorizations. The Brothers Comatose, Mipso, and The Lil Smokies are of this ilk. Each reside in different parts of America - The Brothers Comatose from the West Coast, Mipso from North Carolina's Triangle region, and The Lil Smokies from the Rocky Mountains. Bringing their own unique interpretations of, and inspired contributions to, the evolution of traditional American music, each act sets a new bar with their compelling live performances. Together on one stage - music fans will be treated to charismatic singers, virtuosic string-slingers, complex and nuanced songwriting and compositions, and more.

With each band quickly rising the ranks, "Campfire Caravan" is a nod to the musicians' early days playing music, when they'd perform for friends and family in basements, living rooms, and around campfires. "Campfire Caravan" celebrates the American tradition of gathering communities around music. In an untraditional format, all three bands rotate in the lineup with no single ensemble acting as the tour headliner. A completely different show will be presented in each city with spontaneous collaborations amongst the groups taking place between sets.

"Campfire Caravan" hosts a raucous party with a wholesome spirit at premier venues across the country, including Bowery Ballroom (NYC), Crystal Ballroom (Portland, OR), Ogden Theater (Denver, CO), and 9:30 Club (Washington, DC). The Brothers Comatose tour in support of a brand-new single, "Don't Make Me Get Up And Go" - produced by indie-rock legend John Vanderslice, in advance of AMERICANAFEST 2017 (Sept. 8, 2017). Mipso showcases their recent #3 Billboard Bluegrass Chart-ranking, Coming Down The Mountain (April 2017). The Lil Smokies release their sophomore studio album, Changing Shades, in Sept. 2017.

 

 

Website:
http://www.campfirecaravan.com

The Brothers Comatose

Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n' roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy live shows reminiscent of stadium rock concerts. In fall 2017, "Campfire Caravan" featuring The Brothers Comatose, Mipso, and The Lil Smokies hosts three of today's foremost emerging indie Americana bands as they trek across the United States to more than 30 cities. "Campfire Caravan" honors the musicians' early days playing music, when they'd perform for friends and family in basements, living rooms, and around campfires. "Campfire Caravan" celebrates the American tradition of gathering communities around music.

Following three critically acclaimed full-length studio albums (Songs From The Stoop, Respect The Van, City Painted Gold), the five-piece string band disrupts the traditional album cycle and focuses their 2017/2018 release schedule on a series of strategically released songs. On Sept. 8, 2017, The Brothers Comatose releases a sun-soaked new single "Don't Make Me Get Up And Go" produced by indie-rock legend John Vanderslice. Channeling harmony vanguards The Beach Boys, "Don't Make Me Get Up And Go" is a nod to the delicate dance between two friends and trusting fate to either bring them romantically together or not. With lyrics written by the band's tour manager Joe Pacini, lead singer Ben Morrison lends his crooning baritone to the fast-paced, feel good song.

"Going into the studio with Vanderslice was all about capturing the moment on analog tape," says Ben. "We set out to record in a way we've never previously attempted. We did it live with all of us playing in the same room as if we were performing on stage. Vanderslice really understood the sonic landscape we were going for. He's really a super producer, being a musician who has cut a lot of records of his own and produced albums by many great artists."

The Brothers Comatose entered Vanderslice's Tiny Telephone (San Francisco) studio with drafts of "Don't Make Me Get Up And Go." After working out the verses and chorus in the studio, bassist Gio Benedetti came up with the three-part harmony bridge. Vanderslice had the trio of Ben, his brother Alex Morrison, and Gio, head into the studio's echo chamber with its five-second delay, and the boys did what they do best. They sang their hearts out, and the result is sublime.

The Brothers Comatose is comprised of brothers Ben Morrison (guitar, vocals) and Alex Morrison (banjo, vocals), Gio Benedetti (bass, vocals), Philip Brezina (violin), and Ryan Avellone (mandolin). When they're not headlining The Fillmore for a sold-out show or appearing at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, the band is out on the road performing across America, Canada, Australia, and hosting their very own music festival, Comatopia. In 2018, The Brothers Comatose will travel to Asia for a month of cultural music exchange and education with American Music Abroad, a program directed by the State Department.

 

 

website:
http://www.thebrotherscomatose.com

The Lil' Smokies

Hailing from Missoula, MT, The Lil' Smokies exploded into the bluegrass/stringband scene back in the winter of 2009 and haven't shown any signs of fatigue since. The Lil' Smokies have shared the stage with heavyweights like, Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Keller Williams, Greensky Bluegrass, The Emmit-Nershi Band and dozens of others. Winning the 2013 Northwest String Summit Band Competition has proven that The Lil' Smokies have no problem captivating large audiences. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, unique original compositions, and sheer raw energy, The Lil' Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving something for everyone. Their latest release, "The Lil' Smokies - Live New Year's Eve 2013", captures the raw energy of their legendary Top Hat (Missoula, MT) shows while showcasing new, original tunes, a few from the first album, and a couple boisterous covers. This six-piece ensemble features, Pete Barrett (guitar), Andy Dunnigan (dobro), Scott Parker (upright bass), Matt Cornette (banjo), Cameron Wilson (mandolin), and Jesse Brown (fiddle).

Website:
http://thelilsmokies.com/

Mipso

Chapel Hill's indie Americana quartet Mipso - Jacob Sharp (mandolin, vocals), Wood Robinson (bass, vocals), Joseph Terrell (guitar, vocals), and Libby Rodenbough (fiddle, vocals) - is influenced by the contradiction of its progressive home and the surrounding rural southern landscapes. Touring in support of its fourth album, Coming Down The Mountain (April 2017), Mipso ventures further than ever from its string-band pedigree to discover a broader Americana where classic folk-rock and modern alt-country sounds mingle easily with Appalachian tradition. Adding pedal steel, drums, banjo, and keyboards to their spellbinding four-part harmonies - look for the band touring with a drummer for "Campfire Caravan" dates - Mipso's music is lush and forward moving, with lyrics that sear and salve in turn.

Hailed as "hewing surprisingly close to gospel and folk while still sounding modern and secular" (Acoustic Guitar) and recently recognized by Rolling Stone as a favorite 2016 festival performance, Mipso harnesses a distinct sound full of wistful beauty, hopeful undercurrents, and panoramic soundscapes. Coming Down The Mountain debuted at #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, #49 on The AMA Americana Radio Chart, and spent weeks at #1 on The Roots Music Report Top 50 Americana Country Album and Top 50 Country Album Charts. Mipso's 2015 release, Old Time Reverie, debuted at #1 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart, and the band went on to perform at the nationally televised 2015 Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

 

Website:
https://www.mipsomusic.com/