NATIVE HARROW w/ VINO & Cranston Dean
Native Harrow is a thinking woman’s folk music – the songs of Devin Tuel.
Raised in a 150 year old farmhouse 45 minutes outside of Philadelphia,
songwriter Devin Tuel should have then made her way west, eventually
landing in Laurel Canyon in say, 1967 or ’68. Were she not born 40+
years too late, her arrival in the Canyon would have beautifully
placed her in both time and space at the exact location to understand
and contextualize her music, her work, her trip.
Instead, teenage Devin headed north, to New York City, where she spent
formative years managing theater productions, working as a rock
journalist, and making lattes and cappuccinos all over the island. After 4 years in the city Devin returned to the woods and began writing and performing at open mics and songwriter rounds in the greater Philadelphia area. Releasing her debut EP Heavy Soul in July 2013, Tuel began a period of transition living for stretches of time back in New York, then out west in Denver, rural Pennsylvania, a return to Brooklyn, and now to Nashville where she has been for almost a year. During this time she began working under the name Native
Harrow, a partnership with bassist/multi-instrumentalist Stephen Harms, and the duo produced/recorded her debut album Ghost, released June 27, 2015 and toured the Northeast and Southeast in 2014 and the Rocky Mountains in 2015.
Devin’s music has always been informed most clearly by the music of
late 60’s Laurel Canyon, from the folk rock choir of Crosby, Stills,
Nash, and Young and The Mamas and The Papas, to the psychedelic head
trip of The Byrds and The Doors and the earth shattering confessions
and investigations of Jackson Browne, James Taylor, and Devin’s first
musical love, Joni Mitchell. This new record, Sorores, out June 2,
2017 on Devin’s own Canyon Lady Records, sees Tuel doubling down on
her musical influences and simultaneously exploring other paths,
beginning with her take on an open C tuning previously utilized by
Nick Drake and Laura Marling.
In her own words, “The songs of Sorores reflect changes of heart,
growth of soul, struggles in my hunt to find life’s magic, and my
exploration of the vast world of sounds. This Latin word for ‘sisters’
has resounded in and from me throughout the writing and recording
process and, I feel, captures the essence of this album.” From the
percolating bowed cellos and double basses and waves of chiming,
shimmery electric guitars that open the album (“Gone”) a haunted
longing is introduced. This is not a nostalgia for childhood but for a
human connection that may only ever have existed in our expectation
rather than in our experience. Tuel begins the story in mid
conversation “I am expected to run things around this place, take it
all in, make it better, never show your face.”
Native Harrow is folk music out of place both in time and in
construction. Sounds of yesterday paired with stories of today. The
ambition of the 60s movement.
VINO is a killer acoustic duo, Chris & Mike Vinopal. Mike first met Chris, shortly after his birth on Christmas Day, 1982 in the Northwestern suburbs of Chicago. Chris at that time was precisely 1 month, 15 days old, having just been born himself on November 10th of the same year. They became immediate friends in a massive close knit Vinopal family. Music was always around, and in 8th grade, they wrote their very first songs and started their very first band, Frozen Fire. This led to subsequent bands with terrible names. The Happy Fishermen. The Phishermenz. And of course, the best band in the lando, Fred Bando. A full decade after graduating high school and living on opposite sides of the country, Mike & Chris returned to Chicago and began writing songs as V I N O, and this time the songs were good. Not just good, but great! Classic and familiar while remaining unique, creative, and emotive. Selections from all EP’s can be found streaming on Soundcloud while the duo continues to record original songs.
“Cranston Dean is a singer/songwriter from Coastal, NJ traveling to support his 3rd full-length album. Mixing Storytelling, Blues, Rock, Funk, Soul, some jokes, and bouncing between guitar and keys.
at Uncommon Ground – Lakeview
3800 N. Clark
Chicago, United States