this e-mail finds you well. Keep your stride you've set for the holiday season,
they're just getting started! In the mean time, you should come blow off some steam
with us at a show. We're here for ya!
In other news, Michael
& Josh are in the midst of recording the first Sans Abri album. This
will feature 6-7 original songs [a selection of which that you may preview at the
band's Soundcloud Page (live versions from the Red Clay Theatre).
In addition to the album we're recording, we're happy to be working with Twin Cousins and their first compilation release that
you may read about here. Really cool folks that work with really
cool East Coast bands-- from Syracuse to Athens and Atlanta. Release date
should be March 2013 sometime.
That's all the good words we got for ya.
Please hit us up on Twitter or Facebook and stay in touch! Looking forward to
getting out around the South some more!
is a handful of Atlanta shows coming up and there will be a handful more we'll
be releasing at the beginning of the new year. See ya soon!
Wed, Dec 5, 8pm
Smith's Olde Bar in Atlanta, GA opening for Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo! Tix here.
Fri, Dec 21, 9pm
Star Bar in Atlanta, GA opening for Sailing to Denver
This is their album release
show, more info here. "According
to the Mayans there aren't too many days left on the calendar. It's safest to
assume that the end of the world is nigh, right?
Sailing To Denver will be releasing their new
album on what may be the last night of the world. Sans is happy to be joining
them at the Star Bar in ATL. Hope y'all can make it out...this might be the last
time you will EVER be able to see this line-up while we're all still here on EARTH!!
check event for details!"
Hope to see y'all soon!
Josh & Michael
Not necessarily adhered to strict expectations associated
with bluegrass, but still connected to Americana roots and infused with a bit of
alternative rock. This is what forms a shelter for Sans
Abri. Josh Erwin and Michael Paynter are able to give their sound and songs a
home by creatively involving acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin, live and looped
percussion, as well as vocal arrangements.
The inception of this band
came around November 2011 when The Packway Handle Band was asked to perform as
part of a tribute to John Prine. Josh and Michael were the only two members who
were available to jump on the roster. Arranging those songs [and later, some Tom
Waits songs for another tribute night show] turned out to be great exercises to
hear just what these two forces could come up with. Not much longer after that
evening, they played their first show together as Sans Abri
at Eddie's Attic in Decatur, GA. They combined a setlist from handful of songs
they had individually written and arranged them for the concert. These songs have
continued to evolve with the addition of percussion, new ideas, harmonies, and
accompaniment. The band is in pursuit of filling up as much space with sound that
two individuals are capable of generating.
The literal translation of "Sans Abri" is
"without shelter". The French use it as a term for "homeless".
Josh and Michael have given a home to these songs and are providing shelter for
many more creations to come. They are in the midst of recording the first album
of songs. Release date will be later in 2012.
SAMPLE OF PRESS:
duo of Paynter and his mustachioed partner Josh Erwin flaunted a rich sound and
interlacing vocal harmonies at Flicker last night. Though the band stuck with upbeat
tempos, it played with rhythm and genre throughout. The duo distances itself from
the bluegrass style of Packway Handle Band, from which it originated...it’s
infused with a bit of alternative rock, the pair can’t hide their Americana
roots."-- Red & Black 2/12/12 by Kerry Boyles
"What audiences will hear from Sans Abri will maintain a spiritual connection
to Packway Handle's rousing bluegrass-inspired folk, but with a distinct identity...As Sans Abri...they have also been able to
distance themselves from the stylistic expectations associated with bluegrass.
That alone has been worth the added challenge of keeping people engaged with fewer
men onstage" -- Times Free Press Chattanooga 3/30/12 by Casey Phillips