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Colville, Debut CD

Airplay for Colville: KBOO, Portland, Oregon
KVMR, Nevada City, CA
KWCW, Walla Walla, Washington

Airplay: Selkye's song Big, Big Bed, recorded by Blame Sally - national airplay from their current CD, Speeding Ticket and a Valentine.

Three Crow Town and I Saw Her Tattoo: KBOO Folk Espresso -- Portland Oregon, 10/2011

Jane's song Big, Big Bed recorded by Blame Sally,
national radio play - streaming video from KDHX, St. Louis, Mo.

Chris Kee's catalog of songs gets national airplay. The current Houston Jones CD, from which Chris wrote most of the material, received an out-of-the-chair Clapping Little Man review from the San Francisco Chronicle.



Chris Kee, principal songwriter and bassist for Houston Jones has formed a new Americana trio with Jane Selkye, writer of Blame Sally's song Big, Big Bed and SF bay area pedal steel star David Phillips. Springhouse roams the Americana borderlands, from artsong to the roadhouse and places in between.

Chris Kee is the bassist/cellist and principal songwriter for Houston Jones, a six piece "high octane Americana" band with a passel of CDs to their credit. Kee's songs are simple and evocative. His song Three Crow Town, inspired by a trip through Jane's grandparents' hometown of Longford, Kansas, can hush a festival crowd of thousands and bring tears to their eyes. Jim Lee of Dirty Linen says:

"While the members have always been virtuoso players and arrangers, it's the depth of Kee's songs that adds a defining element to the band. It has expanded the sound somewhat with some down-home honky-tonk on "Born in the Moonshine," some funk on "Mighty Red," and the experimental 11-minute "Roads to Dominion" which adds some middle eastern influences to a basic Texas rhythm. As always, Houston Jones remains one of the West Coast's most talented and entertaining bands."

Selkye's writing is inventive and image-rich. Her dynamic vocals range about three octaves and her delivery is distinguished by subtle color and textures. Born in the Lone Star state and raised in California, Selkye's themes and delivery hint at her Bluebonnet pedigree.

One of the Bay Area's star pedal steel players, David Phillips' versatility puts him in a class by himself. He
has worked with artists as varied as Tom Waits, Charlie Hunter and Johnny Paycheck. Both Phillips and Kee
are touring members of Peter Rowan's Free Mexican Air Force. Phillips has been a featured pedal steel soloist with the San Francisco Symphony. A Georgia native,
Phillips is a longtime resident of San Francisco. His southern roots are evident in the turns of musical phrase
that color his traditional pedal steel and dobro playing. His inventive improvisational jazz work with Jack
West's Curvature betrays his natural modesty. It is this remarkable combination of tell-it-straight Country
and Western style paired with a breathtaking sense of harmonic landscape that distinguishes the
Springhouse sound.