"There are very few humbling experiences in an entertainment industry that prizes flash over substance. Too often, the true auteurs of songwriting languish in obscurity for years before getting even a nibble of genuine recognition for their hard earned efforts. In a business that rewards arrogance in the form of wannabe gangsters, twerkers, and in general, shallow-minded poseurs, with riches beyond most of our comprehension, the unobtrusive appearance of true talent can act as a form of restorative justice to even the most jaded of critics. Keeping it real and letting the beauty and flow of simplicity be your calling card is rare in todays, anything-for-a-buck, music industry. It is early on a cold January evening as I write this, certainly too premature to surmise how 2014 is going to unfurl in the trendily fickle music world over the next eleven months but one thing is for sure, The Lowest Pair have dealt its hand early - say hello to the first great album of 2014." - Michael Mangarella - Inyourspeakers.com
Arkansas-born and now homesteading in Olympia, Washington, Kendl Winter sprouts alfalfa beans in Mason jars in the back of the tour van and spreads her songs across the country Johnny Appleseed style. Kendl brings to The Lowest Pair her wonderfully weaving poetry of song, old and new, and a voice somewhere between Gillian Welch and Iris DeMent with a little Olympia twist. Palmer T. Lee who hails from Minneapolis was nineteen years old when he inherited a couple of banjos and discovered he could reassemble them into his dream instrument. Palmerís songs are distilled into the warm sweet sounds of his percussive wordplay and the melodic interludes of his own unique style played on a pieced-together banjo.
After a year of traveling the country playing clubs, hotels, house shows, back yards and street corners, they found their way back up to Minnesota, this time to Duluth where they sat down to record the follow-up to "36¢". Linking up with Tom Fabjance at an old church (the same one Low recorded "CíMon" in) seemed like the perfect way to expand on their sound without diluting their original magical formula. The "Sacred Heart Sessions" is an album that allows the listening to enter the space that surrounds its creation. One can virtually feel the walls and vaulted ceiling of the old wooden church rising up, creating a natural reverb and warming the air.
Be it Kendlís punk roots, her job in a vegan bakery, her admiration for the traditional American songbook or the gravitational pull she sensed drawing her to Olympia, itís her combining these talents and creative impulses with Palmerís Midwestern charm, the long winters spent listening to a steady diet of Townes Van Zandt and John Hartford and the strange moment of fate that left him with two inherited banjos as a young man; this combination has resulted in a uniquely original sound that is The Lowest Pair.
"World-class riffs, timeless folk-song influences, and haunting vocals" - KEXP
Hope to see you there!