Lula Wiles and Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters

If you ask Lula Wiles about their self-titled debut album, they’ll be quick to tell you it was a long time coming. The album’s eleven original songs were written over the course of the preceding four years, tested and lived in on stages and in bedrooms and backyards in Maine and Boston, and reborn in November and December 2015 through the band’s collaboration with producer/ guitarist Adam Iredale-Gray and drummer Sean Trischka. Self-released on May 27, 2016, the album is Lula Wiles’ first creative statement, an exploration of their sound. The band is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. The songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies. Their lyrics are fiercely honest, littered with reinvented folk tropes and evocative images – a rainy field of daisies, a dusty bar lit by Christmas lights, an unmade bed. Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls the record “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.” The three band members swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with six songs penned and sung by fiddler/guitarist Ellie Buckland, four by fiddler/ guitarist Isa Burke, and one by bassist Mali Obomsawin. Onstage, the band gathers tightly around a single microphone for a spirited live show that resonates like a whiskey-slap to the heart.

Though the band is young, all the members of Lula Wiles have spent their lives grounded in songs. Born in Maine to musical families, they began playing music together as kids at Maine Fiddle Camp, and eventually each made their way to Boston to study at Berklee College of Music. Isa and Ellie began performing as a duo in 2013, and Lula Wiles was born when Mali joined the band a year later. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their effervescent vocal blend and electrifying musical chemistry. Now based in Boston's thriving and close-knit roots music community, Lula Wiles have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the East Coast, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. They were also selected as Official Showcase Artists for the 2016 Folk Alliance International conference. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.

Lula Wiles

Robt Sarazin Blake’s new Double Album ‘Recitative’ was recorded in the Hudson Valley at The Building in Marlboro, NY (The original home of The Falcon)

Blake is backed by Marlboro’s own wrecking crew: Connor Kennedy, Lee Falco, Brandon Morrison & Will Bryant

‘I didn’t know I was searching for The Hudson Valley Sound until I stumbled inside it.  Lee, Connor, Brandon and Will climbed on stage after my gig at The Falcon and I immediately knew I was hearing the sound of my new record. Dylan and The Band started it. Van Morrison came searching for it.  Jimi Hendrix, John Sebastian, Paul Butterfield, Janis Joplin, Maria Muldaur and so many more made music in this valley where the drums, organ, horns and guitars all put the swirl around the rhymes.

It’s been 50 years but the sound lives on as a fundamental of American Music and the creators are still in the valley, splitting firewood and keeping an eye on the mailbox.  A new generation is working in the tradition and I was lucky to get pulled into the swirl.’

‘Recitative’, in 16 tracks, investigates Couples, US drone attacks, Work, Single Women, The Corner of Saturday Night, The Other End of Fck It, and The Rock & Roll Dream.

Twenty years into recording and writing, Blake celebrates his unusual songs forms, which land between spoken word, folk song, rock song & theatrical installation, with the title: ‘Recitative’.

Recitative , also known by its Italian name "recitativo" is a style of delivery (much used in operas, oratorios, and cantatas) in which a singer is allowed to adopt the rhythms of ordinary speech. Recitative does not repeat lines as formally composed songs do. It resembles sung ordinary speech more than a formal musical composition.

With the support of the backing band, Blake is able to paint with broader strokes and more vivid colors. The band is Ferrari in ideal waiting to roar between the narratives and vignettes

We are living in the shadow of a renaissance.  Between the field recordings of the 1930’s and the 24-track 2” tape machines of the 1970’s, there is a mountain. We’re so deep in the shadow we’re still not sure when it crept in or how long it will last .

Some days we look back and try to climb, some days we look back defeated and some days we charge ahead in the darkness grasping, digging and laying down. Sometimes at night we bump into each other and the parties are usually pretty good’

Robt Sarazin Blake & The Letters

7pm doors | 8pm show | $12 adv. | $15 day of

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