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Some bands were built for a natural settings. Given singer Justin Ringle's wispy, back of the throat falsetto, Sam Cooper's delicate plunk on a grainy sounding banjo, Nathan Crockett's rousing fiddle playing, and the collective, three-part harmonies all three dole out, you'll find Portland's Horse Feathers to be one such group. Stopping by Baeble's Guest Apartment, the trio recreated two cuts from the band's '08 album, A House With No Home (Kill Rock Stars). First up, the band roll through their ramshackle, country two-step, "Working Poor". That's followed by a touching performance of the album's centerpiece, "Curs in the Weeds". - David Pitz

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The Portland, OR, folk duo Horse Feathers consist of singer/songwriter Justin Ringle (acoustic guitar, vocals, percussion) and multi-instrumentalist Peter Broderick (violin, banjo, mandolin, cello, viola, piano, saw, percussion, vocals). Ringle grew up in Idaho and played in several short-lived indie rock bands during his teenage years, but moved to Portland in 2004, where he met Broderick, who was already a member of the more established Portland band Norfolk & Western. They spent much of 2005 writing songs and honing their live performances at various Portland open-mike nights. Influenced by both the stark folk music of Bruce Springsteen's Nebraska and the post-classical work of Scandinavian composer Max Richter, the duo entered the studio in February 2006 to record its debut album, Words Are Dead, 11 chamber-folk tracks featuring Ringle's high, reedy vocals and enigmatic lyrics and Broderick's baroque filigree. Words Are Dead was released on Lucky Madison Records in September 2006. The band inked a deal with the Kill Rock Stars label the following year, releasing House with No Home in 2008. - all music guide


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