Although The Pines have been living away from Iowa for a few years now, they are still considered our native sons and their successes are counted as our own. David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey have made three albums of their particular blend of folk and country blues since 2004 with their last two albums on seminal Twin Cities folk label Red House Records.
While their self-titled debut release on former Iowa City label Trailer Records owed a debt to the classic sound started by Benson’s dad Bo Ramsey, it was their 2009 release Tremolo that really showed the band coming into their own. Tremolo was produced by Bo as well, but his influence only enhanced and guided the sound that Huckfelt and Benson recorded. Tremolo was one of my favorite releases in 2009 and it got a lot of play for me.
The Pines just wrapped up an April East Coast tour run in support of Jeffery Foucault and are coming back to Iowa for a run of shows in May as well as a radio appearance on Little Village Live on KRUI.
The Pines will be gracing the stage at the Mill Restaurant in Iowa City on Friday night as well. Seth Winger is opening and tickets are $10. Doors are at 8PM.
The Pines have also contributed a track “What Good Am I” to the second Red House Records Bob Dylan tribute. Titled “A Nod To Bob 2” it is coming out on May 17th in honor of Dylan’s 70th birthday and includes other Red House Records artists like Pieta Brown, John Gorka, and Hot Tuna. Red House has graciously allowed us to stream the Pines track!
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The Pines Iowa Shows in May:
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Public Space One
Iowa City, IA
Thursday, May 5, 2011
Friday, May 6, 2011
Iowa City, IA
Saturday, May 7, 2011
The Busted Lift – 180 Main
Sunday, May 8, 2011