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Sons of Rainer

For the last year The Sons of Rainier, have been conjuring serenades for hobos, widows, lovers, and fry cooks. Hailing from the bright grey lands of Northwest Washington, they bring a sound that is part early country, part poetry, part doo-wop, part breakfast. Their debut album, Down In Pancake Valley (Feb 2018) has brought comparisons to Michael Hurley, Crosby Stills Nash, and has been called "..a master class in how to rightly render open-sky cowboy folk" (Jonathan Zwickel, City Arts Magazine).  

A collaboration of four NW-music veterans, Devin Champlin, Dean Johnson, Sam Gelband, and Charlie Meyer, they keep to the lo-fi, DIY end of the spectrum, crafting songs that are heavy on vocal harmony, and subtle instrumentation, paired with evocative meandering lyrics that ask big questions in the simple moments. The music rests on the foundation of Devin's songwriting, and is brought forth with warm tube amps, Dean's unpredictable, weeping guitar lines, Sam's loosely tuned but tightly played snare, Charlie's thoughtful upright bass, and a heavy helping of close three part harmony. It is 45 rpm folk music that is sweet and haunting. It's a polaroid of a stolen slow dance.