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The Tall Pines release ‘Campfire Songs’


The Tall Pines

Citing Bobbie Gentry, Gram Parsons, and Emmylou Harris as influences, The Tall Pines would make the legends of the past proud with their authentic mix of twang and soul that harkens back to the hey-day of the Nashville and Memphis music scenes while remaining uniquely current in their sound.

Their self-titled debut was named one of the Top Ten Best Records of 2007 by National Public Radio (NPR), and continues to receive praise, as singer Connie Lynn Petruk and songwriter/guitarist Christmas Davis gear up for their sophomore release, ‘Campfire Songs’ out on June 23, 2009.

After recording and performing live with such musical juggernauts as David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Perry Farrell, Moby, and Ronnie Spector, The Tall Pines brings Petruk’s silky alto to the forefront.

Described by NPR as sounding like “the lost sister of Dusty Springfield” with a voice that has the ability “to melt the frost off your windshield,” Petruk’s singing perfectly compliments Davis’ clever songwriting and the band’s skillful backing.

‘Campfire Songs’ moves seamlessly between raucous, foot stomping jams on songs like “Good Woman” and “Seniorita” to such crooning country ballads as the aptly titled, “No One Sings Like You.” Those longing for the nostalgia of country music’s past eras along with those who have an appreciation for such modern day acts as Jenny Lewis or She & Him can easily find something to love in The Tall Pines timeless sound.

Like the diverse cast of characters that make their way into The Tall Pines music, the story of Petruk and Davis’ formation of the group could easily fit into one of their tall tales. Born in Edmonton Alberta, Petruk began singing at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo when she was only a child and later moved to New York City to seek her fortune.

It was in the clubs and coffeehouses of Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Lower East Side that she met southern gentleman, Christmas Davis. Raised by a lively southern family and a mother who loved Jesus as much as she loved the tambourine, Davis’ songwriting inspiration often draws upon his colorful upbringing. According to Petruk, “We tell stories with our songs that we hope are universal. We aspire to connect with people everywhere and from all generations who like good music.”

The album also features stand out performances by Jeremy Chatzky (Bruce Springsteen’s Seeger Sessions Band), Joe McGinty (Ryan Adams, Devendra Banhart), and Jon Graboff (Ryan Adams, Willie Nelson). This past Fall, The Tall Pines supported Country Music Legend Charlie Louvin at New York City’s prestigious CMJ Music Festival.

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