The Tall Pines

The Tall Pines

 New York City, New York, USA
BandCountryFolk

The Tall Pines are a shack shakin’ Country /Soul band featuring Canadian singer Connie Lynn Petruk and her song writing partner Christmas Davis. Taking cues from the ruckus Nashville and Memphis scenes of the late 1960s and early 1970s, The Tall Pines debut album was featured as one of NPR’s Top Ten Best Albums of 2007.

Biography

The Tall Pines are a shack shakin’ Country /Soul band featuring Canadian singer Connie Lynn Petruk and her song writing partner Christmas Davis. Taking cues from the ruckus Nashville and Memphis scenes of the late 1960s and early 1970s, The Tall Pines debut album was featured as one of NPR’s Top Ten Best Albums of 2007. “Campfire Songs,” The Tall Pines latest release continues to receive praise from The New York Times, Vintage Guitar Magazine, The Village Voice, as well as many online music blogs. “Campfire Songs” was featured on the iTunes Store’s “New and Noteworthy” page for nearly the entire summer of 2009. Three songs from “Campfire Songs” were included in the feature film “The Virginity Hit,” Produced by Will Farrell and Adam McKay. Live, the band has supported Classic Country Legend Charlie Louvin (at the CMJ Music Festival), and they’ve opened for Roni Stoneman (of TV’s “Hee Haw”), while also playing with more contemporary performers Amy Helm (of Ollabelle), Carrie Rodriguez and Justin Townes Earle. Connie Lynn has performed and recorded with David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Ronnie Spector, Joan Jett, and many more folks you know. The Tall Pines classic songs put her unique and powerful voice in the spotlight, where it belongs.
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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 Christmas Davis and inspired by his Southern upbringing, evoke the heyday of the country-soul hybrid without ever sounding unoriginal, a difficult feat. ~ Meredith Ochs: NPR

Hold on to your preconceptions and prepare for a big and very pleasant surprise. It isn’t that The TPs can’t kick up a little sod with the best of them (“Good Woman”), or that their music isn’t highly Country/Bluegrass influenced (“If The Devil Knows You By Name”) But this band’s music has a big streak of White Stripes wildness running through it. ~ R.A. Vintage Guitar Magazine

(The) Tall Pines, a knowing, ass-kicking '70s Nashville revamp fronted by bodacious Connie Lynn Petruk. ~ Richard Gehr: The Village Voice

This is the first time the New York band The Tall Pines have played here. However, they’ve had Nashville on the brain for a good while, not so much Nashville now, but what they imagine it was like way back when Johnny and June were duetting over train beats and countercultural songwriters like Kris Kristofferson and Shel Silverstein were roaming the streets. That’s their thing, plus a little bit of Dusty in Memphis, subtly soulful Southern gothic a la Bobbie Gentry and a touch of indie-rock irony. Guitarist and singer Christmas Davis handles most of the songwriting and Connie Lynn Petruk, whose past credits range as far afield as singing on David Bowie’s Black Tie White Noise, delivers sultry lead vocals and tambourine. ~ Jewly Hight: Nashville Scene