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Upstate, The Lowest Pair

A blend of folk, jazz, & rock from dazzling sextet & charming double-banjo americana duo co-headline

Upstate

The Lowest Pair

Tue, August 6

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 9:00 pm

Doug Fir Lounge

Portland, OR

$12.00 - $15.00

This event is 21 and over

Upstate
Upstate
For Upstate, the last few years have been a time of profound exploration and self-discovery. As the band knocked off milestone after milestone on the road, their sound, their lineup, and even their name all underwent dramatic metamorphoses. Challenging and thrilling all at once, those changes have finally culminated in the sextet’s dazzling new album, a collection that showcases both their remarkable growth and their adventurous blend of folk, R&B, jazz, gospel, and rock and roll.

Recorded primarily over six days at the Clubhouse studio in Rhinebeck, NY, ‘Healing’ is the band’s first release with new member Allison Olender, their first with four contributing songwriters, and their first since shortening their name from Upstate Rubdown. It’s also their first project to be produced by Wood Brothers percussionist Jano Rix, who helped the group embrace their transformation and lean in to their unique lineup without sacrificing any of the gorgeous harmonies, eclectic arrangements, and unforgettable performances that have defined the band since their earliest days.

Upstate first emerged from New York’s Hudson Valley in 2015 with their critically acclaimed debut, ‘A Remedy.’ The Poughkeepsie Journal raved that the group “need[s] nothing more than their voices to channel rhythm and stoke your emotions,” while Chronogram hailed their “infectiously sunny organic stew,” and The Alt called them “toe-tapping, contagious, and fun.” The album earned the band festival performances from Mountain Jam to FreshGrass, as well as a slew of national headline dates and support slots with everyone from The Felice Brothers and Phox to Marco Benevento and Cory Henry.

Upstate is:
Melanie Glenn, Mary Kenney, Allison Olender - Vocals
Harry D'Agostino - Bass
Ryan Chappell - Mandolin
Dean Mahoney - Cajón
The Lowest Pair
The Lowest Pair
The Lowest Pair is Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Kendl comes from Arkansas, but she found her way to the Pacific Northwest after high school. The evergreens and damp air of Olympia, Washington, and the boundless music scene, had equal draw. She released three solo records on Olympia’s indie label, K Records, and performed in ramblin’ folk bands and anarchic punk bands before starting The Lowest Pair in 2013 with Palmer T. Lee. Palmer built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he serendipitously inherited. Shortly after deciding songwriting would be the most effective and enjoyable medium for his musings, he began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands and touring the Midwest festival circuit, which is where he and Kendl first met, on the banks of the Mississippi. Over the next five years, they recorded and released four albums of original songs and one covers album, named I Reckon I’m Fixin’ On Kickin’ Round To Pick A Little, Vol. 1. They toured the U.S., or rather, they tour the U.S., in their own version of The Never Ending Tour, racking up over 500 shows, from Bellingham, Washington to Bangor, Maine, from The Shetland Islands to The Bell Inn in Bath. A new album from the duo is coming soon.