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Thursday, July 27th • 9:00pm • Street Dance

 

Americana covers a broad spectrum of music these days, and it’s easy to get lost in trying to define its particular parameters. However, if one was to determine an overreaching definition, then it’s best to describe it as music that reverberates with heart-felt emotion, songs that come from the soul and speak to the listener with honesty, conviction and integrity.

If that’s the case — and indeed, it should be — then The Two Tracks, a band based out of Sheridan Wyoming clearly fits the bill. Their forthcoming album, Postcard Town (self-release, May 19) further affirms the promise and determination shown on their eponymous debut, which No Depression described as “creating an instant connection…in truth there’s not a single offering here that doesn’t engage the listener practically from the get go,” and by The Alternate Root as “rural warmth…infusing their tunes with a feel for the open spaces of The West.”

Postcard Town continues this trajectory and confirms, both in songwriting and delivery, that this enticing new ensemble has something special to offer.  Produced by the legendary Will Kimbrough, with eleven new tracks performed by the band — Julie Szewc (guitar/vocals), David Huebner (cello, electric guitar, and vocals), Fred Serna (drums/percussion), and Russell Smith (upright bass)– It also features contributions from special guest Bruce Bouton, Garth Brooks’ long time pedal steel guitar player.

The combination of these remarkable talents has yielded an album that is brimming with depth and emotion. True to its title, it unfolds like a series of observations from the open road. The sprightly “Eyes on the Road” shares the optimism that comes with daring to follow one’s dreams to the next plateau, while “Lost in the Canyon” expresses that same sense of exploration, all the while wondering where the trail will lead. The cello-accompanied “Rain Day” and the easy sashay of “Four Wheels” offer further assurance, just as the gospel-tinged “Sow ‘em on the Mountain” suggests that, in the end, it takes a bit of faith to be willing to climb to that higher plateau. And when they sing of going “Back to Memphis,” the circle seems complete, and as a result, no journey seems too long.

 

Official Website: thetwotracks.com

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