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Friday, September 25, 2015

The Pines join Israel Nash for October US dates





THE PINES
October North American tour dates with Israel Nash announced
New studio album out early 2016 on Red House - details to be announced soon

September 24, 2015: With a new studio album set for release in early 2016 on Red House, THE PINES will be giving fans a preview of their new songs on their fall North American tour. They'll be joining Israel Nash for shows on the East Coast and Canada, including Nashville (10/15), DC (10/20)NYC (10/22) and Toronto (10/25). Based in Minneapolis, The Pines' haunting, cinematic folk rock conjures the beauty and desolation of the stark rural landscapes of their native Iowa and the Great Plains. Frontmen/songwriters Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Midwest, while each bringing a distinct voice and sensibility to a sound that Rolling Stone’s David Fricke dubbed “quietly gripping.” 

This tour will feature the core group of brothers Benson (guitar, vocals) and Alex Ramsey (keyboard, vocals) and Huckfelt (guitar vocals). The band's dark, somberly beautiful songs and poetic lyrics feature Benson and David's intricate guitar interplay layered over Alex's atmospheric keyboard work.

The son of Greg Brown’s producer and sideman Bo Ramsey, Benson was reared on folk and blues music and found a kindred spirit in David; they trade off songwriting and lead vocal duties. Their most recent release, 2012’s Dark So Gold, came in at #3 in the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s list of the decade’s best albums. The band played a historic show in 2014 which featured the first Minnesota performance of Native American activist, actor and poet John Trudell in over a decade. Also in 2014, Faribault Woolen Mills, 150-year-old Minnesota company, contacted the Pines to make a special Pines-designed, limited-edition camp blanket available now at the Pines' live shows. Their devoted cult following has led them to share the stage with such diverse acts as S. Carey, Jolie Holland, The Arcade Fire, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings, Mavis Staples, Bon Iver and The Holmes Brothers. 

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Previous press:
“A state of emergency runs through these songs, but there is a safe haven too, even if it’s just a dream, and the Pines get there with a warm, drawling poise in their voices and sparse resonant picking.” - Rolling Stone

“spooky, country-noir...conjuring a grizzled sky, parched fields and cold wind” - PopMatters

“The sparse and haunting mood of the album washes over you like an early morning fog....the poetic lyrics also gently insinuate themselves with every spin.” - Exclaim!

"They can go from funny to spooky in a Blonde on Blonde minute." - Dave Marsh

PINES 2015 TOUR DATES:
# dates with Israel Nash
WE 10/14    Little Rock, AR - Stickyz Rock’n’Roll Chicken Shack #
TH 10/15     Nashville, TN - The Basement #
FR 10/16     Atlanta, GA - The Earl #
SA 10/17     Charlotte, NC - The Evening Muse #
SU 10/18     Durham, NC - The Pinhook #
TU 10/20     Washington, DC - DC9 #
WE 10/21    Philadelphia, PA - Underground Arts #
TH 10/22     New York, NY - The Mercury Lounge #
FR 10/23     Boston, MA - Great Scott #
SA 10/24     Montreal, QC - Quai Des Brumes #
SU 10/25    Toronto, ON - The Garrison #
SA 11/07     Ely, MN - Amici's Event Center
TH 11/12     Winnipeg, MB - The Good Will 
FR 11/13     Grand Forks, ND - Empire Arts Center 
SA 11/14     Duluth, MN - Sacred Heart Music Center
SA 11/21     Madison, WI - High Noon Saloon
SU 11/22     Chicago, IL - Schubas Tavern
SA 11/28      Cedar Rapids, IA - CSPS
FR 12/4       Burlington, IA - The Washington
SA 12/5       Des Moines, IA - Wooly’s



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