January 24, 2012

The Pines: Dark So Cold

The Pines
photo: Cameron Wittig

Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt of Minneapolis folk band The Pines find themelves fronting a six-piece band nowadays. Their new album Dark So Cold retains the lonesome atmosphere and subdued vocals of their previous output. Originally out of Iowa they sing about the demise of traditional farming and dealing with living in the city.

The Pines are not romanticizing country life. They are field reporters writing musical postcards touching a nerve. Expanding the band into a sextet has deepened their sound without losing the intimacy. Dark So Cold is a folk noir album, tailor made for a widescreen movie about the Midwestern plains.

The Pines:
Benson Ramsey: guitar, vocals
David Huckfelt: guitar, vocals
Michael Rossetto: banjo
J.T. Bates: drums
James Buckley: bass
Alex Ramsey: keyboards

The Pines: Dark So Cold

Dark So Cold is released on Red House Records. Release date: January 31.

  1. Cry Cry Crow
  2. If By Morning
  3. All the While
  4. Moonrise, IA
  5. Rise Up and Be Lonely
  6. Be There in Bells
  7. Grace Hill
  8. Chimes
  9. Dead Feathers
  10. Losing the Stars

Live dates:
  • 01/31 "Dark So Gold" Electric Fetus, Minneapolis, MN (in-store performance)
  • 02/03 Cafe Paradiso, Fairfield, IA
  • 02/04 CSPS Legion Arts, Cedar Rapids, IA
  • 02/17 Cedar Cultural Center - Dark So Gold Record Release, Minneapolis, MN
  • 02/18 SPACE, Evanston, IL
  • 03/02 Ironwood Theater, Ironwood, MI
  • 03/03 Stagenorth, Washburn, WI
  • 03/13 South By South West Music Festival, Austin, TX
  • 03/27 The Iron Horse, Northampton, MA
  • 03/29 City Winery, New York, NY (opening for Mason Jennings)
  • 03/30 City Winery, New York, NY (opening for Mason Jennings)
  • 03/31 Castaway's, Ithaca, NY
  • 04/06 The Englert Theater, Iowa City, IA (opening for Mason Jennings)
  • 04/07 Turner Hall, Milwaukee, WI (opening for Mason Jennings)
  • 04/20 Stoughton Opera House, Stoughton, WI
  • 04/21 Old Town School of Folk Music, Chicago, IL (opening for Loudon Wainwright two shows 7pm & 10pm)
  • 05/19 Sacred Heart, Duluth, MN
  • 07/21 Moonshine Showcase - Broadway Theater, Wabasha, MN

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