THE WELL PENNIES are a Folk/Pop duo from Los Angeles consisting of husband and wife team Bryan & Sarah Vanderpool. The pair met in Boston while supporting each other’s solo sets at popular venues like Club Passim, Lizard Lounge, and The Middle East. They fell in love, ran away to California and released their debut EP that was met with critical acclaim from press like Interview Magazine, Under the Radar, Daily Unsigned, and countless others. Taking influence from Mumford & Sons, The Civil Wars, and Nickel Creek, the band explains, "Our goal is to write songs that inspire something - however simple - to smile, to love, to get out and experience life." The Well Pennies can be seen touring up and down the west coast while they prepare for their next record. Their release was recently nominated for an Independent Music Award and a Los Angeles Music Critic Award for "Best EP".
Bryan (guitars, banjo, percussion, vocals) grew up in Massachusetts spending the majority of his childhood obsessed with music. He began studying jazz percussion at the age of 9, continuing on through high school involved in jazz ensembles and leading the drum line in marching band. At 17, he taught himself guitar and quickly developed his own unique rhythmic picking style - a combination of tradional folk picking and frailing clawhammer.
Sarah (pianos, accordion, vocals) spent her childhood in Des Moines, Iowa listening to Doo-Wop records and 70's rock. Classically trained in piano from age 13, she began writing music and performing locally in her teens along with traveling throughout the country in chamber choirs and vocal ensembles. Being a multi-instrumentalist, she learned guitar and has also been known to break out an accordion during shows.
2012 Notable Highlights:
-Featured in Interview Magazine, Under The Radar, Whoa Magazine, and acclaimed music blogs: Daily Unsigned and Direct Current Music
-Recently nominated for the 12th Annual Independent Music Awards - Best EP
-Recently nominated for the 2012 Los Angeles Music Critics Award - Best EP
-Album charted on the CMJ Top 200 charts for 4 weeks and is currently being played on over 150 radio stations nationwide
-Voted "Best Band" by Pasadena Magazine's Best of Issue
-Named on of the top 10 indie folk bands in Los Angeles by Reverbnation
-5/5 stars by IMR Magazine
-Hired by ABC Family to write songs for their upcoming fall schedule
-Won the Sonicbids slot to play the main stage at The Four Corners Folk Festival
-Endorsed by Deering Banjos
-Packed out legendary Los Angeles Clubs: The Roxy, The Bootleg Theater, The Mint, Molly Malones, Amplyfi, The Grove, and Cafe Cordial
-Played the 2012 NAMM show on The Fender Stage for Fender Guitars
-Featured band for the ABC Family Holiday Showcase