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ReviewShine Wednesday: Whispering Pines

Posted in Whispering Pines on May 12, 2010 by AmericanaPulse

Every Wednesday, I feature at least one album that has been submitted to me through the ReviewShine website. I have cleverly titled this recurring segment “ReviewShine Wednesday.”

Today’s artist is relatively new on the scene, but you’d never know it by listening to their record. Whispering Pines is a five-piece country-rock outfit from Los Angeles that sounds as though it was lifted straight out of the Laurel Canyon music scene that overtook the City of Angels in the late 1960’s… with a little Allman-style southern soul tossed in for good measure. If the musical homage to the sounds of the past isn’t clue enough to where this band is coming from, their name is lifted straight from a classic track by The Band.

On their debut album, Family Tree, Whispering Pines plow through nine groove-filled tunes. All the while, they create a fresh sound by paying solid homage to the past. The lazy slide guitar of the album opening title track gives way to the swampy CCR shuffle of “Brand New Beat” and continues to impress all the way through to the album closing “Songbird,” with its CSNY style harmonies. If the whole thing sounds well-aged and worn, that’s because it was recorded with vintage 1970’s equipment in Elliott Smith’s Van Nuys, CA studio.
This is the kind of album that should be heard on vinyl. For now though… here’s a digital sample.
Whispering Pines: Family Tree (Buy Album)