Ari Shine (Huntington, NY) Americana
Adrienne Pierce (Huntington, NY) Singer/Songwriter
Chris Jennings (Boise, ID) – Acoustic Rock
ARI SHINE (Huntington, NY)
After touring relentlessly behind his last album Ghost Town Directory and receiving plaudits from sources like No Depression, Americana UK and Big Takeover, in 2012 Ari Shine released Songs Of Solomon, his most honest and rugged batch of songs yet. The record made the 2013 Grammy Ballot for Americana Album of the Year and was one of NU-MODE magazine’s “5 Albums We Love” along with David Byrne and St. Vincent. “There has been an organic shift in my music to the folkier, earthier end of the spectrum. It has always been there in my writing but the records have been more fleshed out. I finally have an album that sounds like my live show,” Shine says.
Songs of Solomon was funded by a Pledgemusic campaign. The singer/songwriter found himself supported by the grassroots following he has cultivated on the road supporting acts like Mindy Smith, Lucero, the White Buffalo, Linda Perry, Mike Peters of the Alarm and others. The campaign also raised money and awareness for the Art of Elysium, a foundation Ari works with that brings music to children in hospitals and other settings.
Reuniting with Ghost Town Directory producer Noah Shain (Dead Sara, Skrillex, Fool’s Gold), the pair holed up in Echo Park and recorded the twelve songs that make up Songs Of Solomon. Marty Rifkin, a frequent collaborator of Bruce Springsteen and Ryan Adams, played pedal steel and lap steel on seven tunes. “I met Marty while opening for Chris Shiflett of the Foo Fighters two summers back. The guy just breathes music! I knew when I made my next record he had to be on it.”
Another partnership which informs the songs on the album is Shine’s continued collaboration with his wife, Canadian artist Adrienne Pierce. Her distinctive croon is heard on four tracks. “We just work on music constantly and have such a great dynamic. Adrienne always ends up writing the opening tracks on my albums,” jokes Shine. The song he refers to is “Ninety Nine”, a populist anthem the pair wrote inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement. The song is available for download on Noisetrade and Shine promises it will be always be offered for free.
Sonically, the record may surprise those only familiar with the singer’s more raucous past. The haunted Latin Playboys like lament “Least I Tried” is replete with Morricone style atmospherics while “Pauper’s Grave” is something akin to Zeppelin III meets Chris Whitley. Uniting all the tracks is Shine’s gutsy vocal approach which ranges from sandpaper yowls to whispered asides. He also bangs his guitar like he means it, anchoring a rocker like “Don’t Know” and the Nick Lowe style songcraft of “Goddamn Glorious”. Packed with memorable tunes and overflowing with heart, Songs of Solomon is Ari Shine’s richest and most realized work yet.
ADRIENNE PIERCE (Huntington, NY)
2012 was an exciting year for Adrienne Pierce. She recorded a new album (My Heavens), scored a film and even got a Grammy nod. Her song “It’s Your Day” which was featured in two international commercials, made the ballot for Best Song from Audio/Visual.
After traveling to Israel, Alaska and many other places in 2011, Pierce decided to stay put for a while and write and record at home. Most of the music for My Heavens was written and recorded in Los Angeles. In August of 2012 Pierce moved to New York. She recorded vocals in New York and mixed the album with her husband Ari Shine, in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. As with Oh Deer, Pierce’s 2010 full length album, she co-produced this album with Ari Shine who also recorded the album and plays most of the instruments.
Pierce, whose songs have been heard on TV shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, Veronica Mars and dozens of other shows and movies, has released 3 full length albums (the 4th coming out in 2013), 6 EP’s and two singles. She has played everything from Lilith Fair to The Cavern Club in Liverpool as well as showcases at SXSW, NXNE, CMW and The Toronto International Film Festival. Adrienne has toured with and opened for revered artists (Ray LaMontagne, Damien Rice, Sondre Lerche, The Stereophonics, Jane Siberry, The Finn Brothers), played live on the CBC and the BBC and even had a member of Radiohead compliment her performance after a show in Toronto.
Adrienne’s touring in support of “Oh Deer” began in Norway at Bergenfest alongside artists like Lou Reed and Randy Newman. She has since toured across the US as well as playing dates in her native Canada. The year culminated with a live performance on CBC Radio and shows supporting Frazey Ford and the White Buffalo. Adrienne will release My Heavens in February 2013 and will then begin to across North America. My Heavens was inspired by Buddy Holly, girl groups from the 50’s and 60’s, Peter Gabriel, Ryan Adams and the stars (the ones in the sky).