The Tall Pines

The Tall Pines

BandRockAmericana

NPR radio's Top Ten Best CDs of 2007 features "The Tall Pines" at #9. Tall Pines singer Connie Petruk's work with icons from David Bowie to Moby prove that she's a star on the rise. Don't take our word for it, read the NPR review by Meredith Ochs (Press), and book this band before they become huge!

Biography

The Tall Pines debut release was recently featured in National Public Radio’s Top Ten Best CDs of 2007. NPR contributor Meredith Ochs provides the following description of The Tall Pines unique style:

“With long straight hair falling over sky high cheekbones and a penchant for floor-length dresses Connie Petruk looks like she stepped out of late ‘60s / early ‘70s Nashville and sings like the lost sister of Bobbie Gentry or Dusty Springfield. Her honeyed alto will melt the frost off your windshield, and the band’s confident backing matches her attitude flawlessly. The Tall Pines are equal parts soul and twang, molasses and moonshine, sass and skill. The Ten songs on their debut CD, all written by Chris Dell’Olio and inspired by his Southern upbringing, evoke the heyday of the country-soul hybrid without ever sounding unoriginal, a difficult feat.”

“But the story of The Tall Pines begins long before we ever recorded any music” says Petruk. “The Tall Pines began pushing their tiny roots into the earth when Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris decided to sing together, and when The Band came down from Canada, and when Tony Joe White and Bobbie Gentry first started writing down stories and pickin’ their guitars at the same time. That’s when The Tall Pines really started. It’s just taken us a few decades to be born, grow up, get together and start making our own version of the music that we love.“

The Tall Pines is a family collaboration of singer Connie Lynn Petruk, and songwriter Christmas Davis, organist Joanna Choy and drummer Robert Brazier. Connie Lynn was born in Edmonton Alberta, and started singing at the Calgary Stampede Rodeo when she was just a little girl. After a few seasons spent entertaining the cowboys in Calgary, she moved to New York to seek her fortune. Christmas was raised with a colorful southern family whose members often find their way into his songs. Growing up, he spent every Sunday attending a Pentecostal church, at the insistence of his mother who was addicted to two things: Jesus, and the tambourine. Joanna packed up her belongings and moved from her California home to New York City to be a political activist. But, she found her calling singing in clubs and coffee houses in Brooklyn and Manhattan’s Lower East Side. This is where she met Connie and Chris, and helped them grow The Tall Pines. Robert Brazier, a mystery to all, showed up late one night at the band’s secret hideaway. Dressed impeccably, but with his hands covered in a strange white chalk, Robert has never offered any explanation for his appearance that night or otherwise.

“The Tall Pines” is the band’s first recording. According to Christmas Davis “In it you’ll find a generous helping of pretty young ladies on the make, drunken reverends telling tall tales, satanic choirs, small town drifters, aging dreamers, innocents with broken hearts, and all kinds of crooked characters, squeezed into ten short songs. Like a collection of Flannery O’Connor stories, with a beat. It's our first manifesto, open to interpretation, and ready to lead the sing along. We hope that you enjoy it and come back often to visit The Tall Pines.”

Lyrics

Because I Love You

Written By: Chris Dell'Olio

We took a short walk.
Laughin' and smilin'.
The sun was still shinin'
the long day was done
We watched the old ships
going and coming
waiting for something
to push us along.

And if it's over, why aren't you gone?

Because I Love You
That's What I'm Here For
If You're Loney You Can Talk To Me

And In the mornng the scilence was golden
the windows were open
we hugged like old friends
I wore your t-shirt
borrowed some money
figuring that way I'd see you again.

And if it's over, why aren't you gone?

Because I Love You
That's What I'm Here For
If You're Loney You Can Talk To Me

Malibu

Written By: Chris Dell'Olio

I stretch the truth but I don't lie.
A Southern girl's got to keep her pride.
I love to drink and dance and smile.
And Then I love to say good bye.

The rain fell on the sand
your wish was my command
what they say isn't true,
Darlin' I loved you.
Darlin' I Love You

Owww, Owww Malibu
I left Atlanta just to be here with you.
Owww, Owww Malibu
I'm gonna let you down
'cause that's what I do.

Buy a plane ticket and some time
I need another place to hide
someone to love till he's all mine
someone new I can leave behind.

The rain fell on the sand
your wish was my command
what they say isn't true,
Darlin' I loved you.
Darlin' I Love You

Owww, Owww Malibu
I left Atlanta just to be here with you.
Owww, Owww Malibu
I'm gonna let you down
'cause that's what I do.

Discography

The Tall Pines first record "The Tall Pines"
is availavle now on iTunes.
Through CDBaby
And, through our Myspace page: www.myspace.com/thetallpines

Set List

Our sets range from 30 minutes to an hour and a half. We do mostly original songs with a few country, soul and classic rock covers included for good measure. We would be glad to learn some specific covers for a show if the promoter requested them in advance.