The Donkeys (San Diego) w/ Ben Knight & The Well Diggers The Donkeyswebsite | bandcamp | facebookBen Knight & The Well Diggerswebsite | facebookPurists and apologists might argue with the label the band's lonesome Americana is tinged with jangling, jutting rock guitars that suggest the influence of acts such as R.E.M. and Uncle Tupelo. Yet, the band absolutely understands the spirit and spins out the soul of the AM radio heroes who've been keeping haggard truck drivers company for decades.
The Spring Standards could very well be an ongoing science experiment in addition to being a band. A study in the limits of the human body - just how many things can one person do simultaneously while singing 3-part harmony? In their case, the answer is: a lot. A band of three multi-instrumentalists and songwriters, The Spring Standards bring creativity and innovation to every aspect of their genre-defying music. Their live shows are positively electric - from small towns to big cities, they explode on stage with spirit, spontaneity, and a style all their own. James, Heather and James first discovered their shared love of music as teenagers, singing '70s rock in the car driving around on back roads along the Delaware/Pennsylvania border. That connection has carried them through ups and downs, in and out of one another's lives over the years and miles, to their current home of Brooklyn, NY. The Spring Standards have been winning over audiences nationwide since their debut EP in 2008, a collaboration with Old '97s frontman Rhett Miller. Three fan-funded independent releases later they are going stronger than ever, attracting attention from NPR, Spin, Paste, New York Magazine and an ever-growing fanbase all over the world. Following their 2012 release, yellow//gold, they had the privilege of performing on Conan O'Brien, a feat nearly unheard of for an unsigned band. Appropriately, they were also named one of Pure Volume's 10 Best Unsigned Artists of 2012. In May 2013 The Spring Standards released Live From Delaware, their first live album. They are currently working on an accompanying DVD which is due out in early 2014