ABOUT THE BAND
Recently the band has caught the eye of many critics in their first few years together. Named 2011 Bluegrass Band of the Year by the Motif Arts Magazine and winner of the Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival band competition, securing them a slot on the main stage in 2012.
‘Short While Ago,’ the band’s debut album, has brought Three Tall Pines both critical acclaim and widespread exposure, through increased demand for bookings in the Northeast, and radio play across the country. The album was recorded in fall of 2007, at Signature Sounds (Pomfret, CT), with the acoustic music expertise of recording engineer Mark Thayer. Original tracks from ‘Short While Ago’ have been lauded in reviews and competitions, including top prizes from Ourstage.com (#1 in bluegrass, July 2008); Ossipee Valley Songwriting Contest (third place, August 2008); and, a finalist ranking in the national Newsong Contest run by NPR’s Mountain Stage. Recently, the band recorded their second album All That’s Left at Hi n Dry Studios in Somerville, MA. This new album, released in October 2011, includes a collection of original hand crafted songs that was produced with Avi Salloway and Charlie Rose and guest features some of the area’s best local musicians.
The members of Three Tall Pines make diverse contributions to the quartet’s unique sound. Bourdeau and Lurgio provide the raw material, offering up carefully crafted original songs, each with its own unique content and character. The quartet works as a group to shape each tune, seeking out ways to enhance and embellish its message. Lurgio’s classic, brilliant mandolin sound, Smith's colorful, classic and bluegrass inspired fiddle, and Robbins powerful rhythm and stylistic versatility all serve to enrich each heartfelt melody.
Boston-based Americana quartet Three Tall Pines have made a bluegrass-savvy, roots-inspired statement with their debut ... Short While Ago is a fresh approach to an enduring genre.
- Performing Songwriter