The Two Tracks with The Benevolents at Free Cycles
Doors @ 6:30 pm
Music at 7:00 pm with The Benevolents, followed by The Two Tracks at 8:30 pm.
American Songwriter has this to say about The Two Tracks: “They avoid many of the clichés and gimmicks that have grown common in the Americana world while still championing a natural, Earth-grown sound. To hear an acoustic quartet reach a level of dynamic and thematic intensity like The Two Tracks do is an immeasurably rewarding experience. It’s pure musicianship, it’s pure excellence, it’s pure Americana.”
Husband and wife Julie and Dave Huebner write songs that traverse the male and female perspective with emotional and natural images of rural American life. The band, filled out by the harmony vocals and playing of Taylor Phillips on bass and Fernando Serna on drums, cares about lyrics, story, and the power of the song. Every arrangement is designed to fully highlight that direct connection between the song and the listener. Hailing from the eastern side of the Bighorn Mountains in Wyoming, the band has traversed the country bringing their joyful, unique sound to stages big and small including Americanafest in Nashville this past September, Kate Wolf Music Festival in California, the Albino Skunk Music Festival in South Carolina, and the World Expo in Dubai, UAE in the spring of 2022, amongst many others.
Based out of Missoula, MT, The Benevolents are a groovy folk-rock five-piece that blends ripping guitar and fiddle solos, catchy vocal harmonies, and a driving rhythmic flow into funky, meter-crossing tunes.
The band primarily plays the globally-influenced original compositions of John Kratz, lead singer and guitarist, who writes and sings in English and Spanish about nature, beauty, love, and loss. Michael Calucchia, mandolin and vocals, met Kratz in 2017, and they formed The Benevolents as an acoustic trio. Holly Riley, violinist and singer, joined the band in 2021 and she enlivens the music with her voice and spirited playing. Holding down the rhythm section are Daniel Kiely, who brings a bit of Alabama soul to his driving drum beats, and Ryan Stiles, groovemaster extraordinaire on the bass. They joined The Benevolents in 2021 and 2022, respectively.
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