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""Songs from the Pine Room" review"

“Twelve charmingly breezy alt country pieces…spiced with a strong pinch of bluegrass. They follow a trail blazed by several similar acts such as Freakwater, Jeff & Vida, and Jim and Jennie & the Pinetops. Axton Kincaid's strongest trumps, in addition to Howser's voice and songs, are the slick harmonizing of the other group members, and the use of mandolin and pedal steel.” - Ctrl. Alt. Country/ (Belgium)

""Axton Kincaid" EP review"

Nice, down-to-earth, twangy alt-country with a bluegrassy feel, sort of like Jim & Jennie or Freakwater--a little more settled-down and conventional, but no less enthusiastic or lively. Nice set of original tunes, mostly written by San Francisco-based singer-guitarist Kate Howser, kicking off with a catchy honkytonk/old-timey ditty, "Who's Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You're Gone?" that sets a great pace for the rest of the record. Good, solid band with a nice grasp of country music's soulful, non-novelty side... I'm always in favor of folks who take it seriously and get things right. Lookin' forward to more from these folks!"
- Hillbilly Record Riot

"Show preview"

Many of you out there in local band land will remember Fojimoto, one of the best of the altcountry (sorry! Don't know what else to call it) get-ups of the early '00s. Maybe you've even been wondering what happened to the players, as we have. Well, we found two of them in Axton Kincaid, where they've joined up with some indie rock refugees from Luster. Recalling a slightly calmer Meat Purveyors, the group presents triple-layer harmonies, slide guitar, and talented singers, delivering not only a mournful cover of the Stone Roses' "I Want to Be Adored," but also a mandolin approach that's almost serene where so many other pickers get spastic. El Capitan and Four Year Bender open. - SF Weekly

""Songs from the Pine Room" review"

The first full-length release from this gritty San Francisco alt-grass outfit reprises some of the songs from their earlier EP, notably "Who's Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You're Gone?", a catchy mix of honkytonk and old-timey stringband stomp, and the evocative drinkin'-and-thinkin' tune, "Red Light." The group handily fits into the contemporary altbilly scene, with a particular affinity for all those folks from the Midwest who know what it's like to drink too much, too often and really not give a damn. Freakwater and Scrawl come to mind right off the bat, but maybe that's just because the main vocalists are gals, but also because the lyrics are very downer-iffic and express a distinctly female perspective, albeit one that's rather grungey, raw, urban and hip. The remnants of the band's rock'n'roll past are readily evident, both thematically and musically -- mandolin picker Jennifer Daunt takes several searching, improvvy solos that have that choppy, rockin' feel to 'em, but while she lacks the technical rigor and formalism of mainstream bluegrassers, she makes up for it by sounding like a real, live human being, rather than just another hotshot superpicker. Flaws are one of the things that help define this band -- songwriter Kate Howser paints portraits that are often desolate and unfulfilled, but also joyful and unrepentant, a mixture of moods that is reflected in the music. In true DIY spirit, the imperfections are there, but they help you notice the sparkle of the gem underneath." - Hillbilly Record Riot

""Songs from the Pine Room" review"

I know it's only March, but I think I might already have my favorite song title of the year: "Who's Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You're Gone?" OK, so this little ear pricker-upper by local twang gang Axton Kincaid is actually a farewell to a cherished bartender, not a lover, as I first thought, but with its dual themes of loss and drinking, it's as country as a greased pig (and yeah, that's a compliment). The quintet, recalling moments of Freakwater and the Be Good Tanyas and armed with dazzling three-layer harmonies, will hopefully deliver this future barroom classic at the release party celebrating its new album, Songs from the Pine Room. Could they be a 21st-century Carter Family, perhaps?" - SF Bay Guardian

""Songs from the Pine Room" review"

"Axton Kincaid takes up where the late lamented Meat Purveyors left off, and that's a good thing. The local quintet's sad country drinking songs tend to be slow and emo where the Purveyors' were fast and pissed off, but it's all in the intoxicated, mandolin-led indiegrass family. Songwriter Kate Howser's got a way with words on new CD Songs From the Pine Room: "Keep your eyes/ On the red lights/ For the next two miles, they're your best friends," she warns in the drinking-and-driving adventure tune "Red Lights." Bay Area favorite Jon Fojtik gets in one of the only country-music drum solos known to humankind on "Rearview," and the whole album is destined to be a favorite of pedal steel fans everywhere as Mac Martine plays Jon Rauhouse to the rest of the band's Neko Case."
- SF Weekly


"Songs from the Pine Room": May/07 (Free Dirt Records)
"Axton Kincaid" (EP): March/06 (Self-released)


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Two parts Midwestern wedding band veterans, one part Oregon ranch girl, one part Nashville native, and one part Orange County girl, Axton Kincaid is the result of five friends deciding it was time to get back to their roots after a decade of playing indie rock.

Bass player Ryan Waggoner and drummer Jon Fojtik grew up best friends in the cornfields of Michigan, playing everything from classic country to polka in Fojtik's father's wedding band. They continued playing together in San Francisco in Fojimoto, a three-part-harmony-driven band that made inspired forays into Uncle Tupelo-ish twang.

While Fojimoto was touring the country, Kate Howser and Jen Daunt's band, Luster, was ending, after Kate decided she wanted to reconnect with the bluegrass and country music of her childhood. After many nights with her guitar, a six-pack, and a mic, she had a set of stripped-down songs with simple melodies and basic themes: family, love, death, alcohol. Jen added mandolin and harmonies, and the two began playing as an acoustic duo. After one of these shows, Ryan and Jon (post-Fojimoto) suggested rounding out the songs with a full band and three-part harmonies. Mac Martine, who had played pedal steel with Fojimoto and legendary singer-songwriter Bob Frank, joined in soon after.

After releasing a self-titled EP in spring 2006, AK quickly made their mark with their first radio single, "Who's Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You're Gone?" and a moody cover of the Stone Roses' "I Wanna Be Adored." The Bay Area's #1 morning show on Alice 97.3 (Sarah and No Name) invited them to be the house band for their "Hayseed 4th of July" live on-air promotion, which the band followed with packed, rowdy shows around the Bay Area and two West Coast tours.

In the first few months of 2007 Kate was profiled in American Songwriter Magazine, NPR showcased the song “Red Lights” for its All Songs Considered Open Mic program, and the band opened for BR549 at the Nugget casino in Reno, Nevada. On May 8, Free Dirt Records released the band's first full-length CD, Songs from the Pine Room, in the U.S., Canada, and Europe. With songs about the loss of a good bartender (“Who’s Gonna Pour My Whiskey When You’re Gone?”) or a favorite relative (“Irene, Goodnight”)and the satisfying descent into bad habits (“The Things That I Do”), Songs from the Pine Room exudes country, folk, and bluegrass sounds. This album tells the stories of people who spent their childhoods crawling on barroom floors and running through wide-open spaces, who learned to ride before they could walk, and learned to drink before they could talk.