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Thursday, November 19, 2015

THE PINES premiere a new song from "Above the Prairie" out February 5

 The Pines meld soundscapes with landscapes on "Above the Prairie" 
Headlining tour kicks of January 29
(Release date February 5, 2016; Red House Records)

On their forthcoming album, Above the Prairie (Feb 5, Red House Records), The Pines sound like an Eno of the Great Plains.  Exploring the vast expanses around and above them, they find beauty in isolated towns and farms that dot the landscape, and the array of stars that dot the night sky.

Rolling Stone’s David Fricke has called The Pines “quietly gripping” and though most of the ten new, original songs on Above the Prairie were captured in just a couple takes, the album represents the band’s most ambitious work to date. Songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey, and keyboardist/songwriter (and Benson’s brother) Alex Ramsey, meld a lush, layered sound with vivid, imagistic lyrics and a filmmaker's keen eye for detail and framing, blending celestial, ethereal atmospherics with rich, warm vocals and earthy acoustic instruments.

Above the Pines is also a celebration of the community and history that gave birth to it.  On “Here,” the band is joined by Iowa friends and family, including Greg Brown, Iris DeMent, Pieta Brown, and Ramsey patriarch Bo Ramsey, who co-produced the LP with The Pines.  The album closes with ‘Time Dreams,’ a collaboration with American Indian activist and poet John Trudell.

The Pines have shared the stage with everyone from Arcade Fire and Bon Iver to Mavis Staples and The Holmes Brothers. Their 2012 LP Dark So Gold was named #3 best album of the decade by the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and Vintage Guitar called it “a soundtrack of American Gothic intensity…a stunner of an album.”

The Pines kick off a headlining tour on January 29, see below for a full list of dates.
Listen to "Aerial Ocean"

Above The Prairie tracklist:
Aerial Ocean
There in Spirit
Lost Nation
Hanging From the Earth
Where Something Wild Still Grows
Sleepy Hollow
Come What Is
Time Dreams feat. John Trudell & Quiltman

The Pines 2016 North American tour dates:
11/21/15 – Madison, WI – High Noon Saloon
11/22/15 – Chicago, IL – Schubas Tavern
11/28/15 – Cedar Rapids, IA – CSPS
12/4/15 – Burlington, IA – The Washington
12/5/15 – Des Moines, IA – Wooly’s
12/11/15 – Mineral Point, WI – Mineral Point Opera House
1/9/16 – Northfield, MN – Northfield Arts Guild Theater
1/16/16 – Lake City, MN – Oak Center General Store
1/29/16 – Rockford, IL – Severson Dells Nature Center
1/30/16 – Goshen, IN – Ignition Garage
1/31/16 – Columbus, OH – Rumba Café
2/2/16 – Pittsburgh, PA – Club Café
2/3/16 – New York, NY – Rockwood Music Hall: Stage 2
2/5/16 – Philadelphia, PA – World Café Upstairs
2/6/16 – Vienna, VA – Jammin’ Java
2/7/16 – Carrboro, NC – Cat’s Cradle – Back Room
2/9/16 – Decatur, GA – Eddie’s Attic
2/10/16 – Nashville, TN – The High Watt
2/11/16 – St. Louis, MO – Off Broadway Nightclub
2/13/16 – Milwaukee, WI – Club Garibaldi
2/20/16 – Sioux City, IA – Vangarde Arts
2/21/16 – Omaha, NE – Reverb
2/23/16 – Houston. TX – McGonigel’s Mucky Duck
2/24/16 – Austin, TX – Cactus Café
2/25/16 – Dallas, TX – Three Links
2/26/16 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Blue Door
2/27/16 – Kansas City, MO – Knuckleheads



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