Cocnert: The Lowland Lakers, The Home FiresName: Cocnert: The Lowland Lakers, The Home FiresDate: October 21, 2017Time: 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM CDTEvent Description:
The Lowland Lakers — Nate Case, Haley Rydell, and Taylor Donskey — are an Americana trio from Minneapolis with roots in Duluth. The band’s music cuts a uniquely deep groove — high and tight, bright and shining. Some bands bash their songs against the rocks through over-complication. The Lowland Lakers, on the other hand, let the subtle complexities speak for themselves, allowing their folk-pop songs to soar.
The Lowland Lakers have a certain relaxed charm to their sound that is respectable. They aren’t looking to blow the listener away with overstuffed arrangements or busy performances. In fact, their music is fairly minimalistic, with simple acoustic chording and reserved two-part harmonies between singers Haley E. Rydell and Nate Case.
Having played together casually over the whole course of their friendship, Nate Case and Haley Rydell are beginning to find their stride, and with the help of the solid low end and incredible harmonies of Taylor Donskey the band is now not only running full speed ahead but also spreading their wings and beginning to feel the air rush underneath. It’s only a matter of time before they take flight, hopefully by then you won’t need an introduction to fully understand where they are coming from.
The heartbeat of the Minneapolis/St. Paul music scene thrives on the diverse styles of music being created and performed. Within the ever changing fabric that nurtures new trends, the cities are becoming a haven for Americana music which have allowed songwriters like Sarah Morris and Vicky Emerson to launch their burgeoning solo careers. In 2016, Sarah and Vicky became close friends through similar interests as musicians, as mothers and how they juggle the everyday challenge of keeping those two entities in balance.
Vicky and Sarah began touring together in support of their recent individual releases. Initially, their idea was that a shared tour made financial sense, but at their first rehearsal everything changed. With Sarah’s clear, melodic voice combined with Vicky’s warm and weathered harmony, they discovered a completely new sound. A sound that combines traditional country and Americana music with stellar harmonies accompanied by their guitars and piano. And it’s a sound that audiences can’t get enough of. At their debut radio interview on Radio Heartland as a duo, the host Mike Pengra from Minnesota Public Radio, declared, “It’s as if Bonnie Raitt and Lucinda Williams joined forces!”
At the end of 2016, Sarah and Vicky made the duo official and they are now The Home Fires. ‘Home’ represents the love they have for their families, but the ‘Fire’ represents the continued passion that they both have for music and songwriting. They are currently writing songs together for a debut album and will be touring the Midwest in 2017.