Boston area quartet Three Tall Pines, has just released their second project entitled All That’s Left. It was produced by Avi Salloway and Charlie Rose. They have also enlisted the help of their friends from Della Mae, Hey Mama, Billy Wylder, Barnstar, and Flatt Rabbit, to help out with production and playing on the record.
The album is made up of original material written and developed by the band. The main writers in the group are guitarist/lead vocalist Dan Bourdeau and mandolin player/vocalist Joe Lurgio. The other members are Conor Smith on fiddle and vocals, and bass player/singer Gian Pangaro.
The band’s style is in the Americana vein. They fit in well with the crop of up-and-coming “new” old time/bluegrass bands. But what I think sets them apart is their use of original material, and fresh arrangements. While other acts are recreating the past, this band is reinventing it. Bourdeau cites Bob Dylan, and Jimmie Rodgers as influences, and I think they have a sound that combines each of those elements with bluegrass instrumentation.
They have recently won the Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival Band competion, which garnered them a main stage slot on next years festival. The band was also named the 2011 Bluegrass Band of the Year from Motif Arts Magazine. Their previous album, Short While Ago, was released in 2008.
You can find out more about the band online. All That’s Left is available from popular resellers like CD Baby, Amazon and iTunes.