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On their third release, the Minneapolis seven-piece The Pines deliver 10 stark songs that run deep. Moody and evocative, their lyrics and sleepy tempos conjure images of late drives on dark highways and stands of the tall, cool pines for which they're named. The three stirring instrumentals (“Moonrise, IA,” “Grace Hill,” and the closing “Losing the Stars”) evoke a similar sense of place. Benton Ramsey and David Huckfelt play guitar and trade off singing lead, and both are compelling and sincere vocalists who complement one another well. Acoustic and electric guitars, upright and electric bass, banjo, subtle percussion, piano, and keyboards patiently intertwine across tense ballads and quietly intense folk rockers. Featuring a rich and spacious sound, the album is coproduced by guitarist Bo Ramsey (Greg Brown, Pieta Brown), who's also father to Benton Ramsey and drummer Alex Ramsey. Dark So Gold is a powerful release that marks the highpoint so far for these mellow Midwesterners.

Biography

Formed: 2002 in Minneapolis MN

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Hailing from Minneapolis, Minnesota, the Pines fuse the spare acoustic sound and evocative storytelling of folk music with the eclecticism and attitude of rock & roll. The Pines were formed in 2002 by vocalists, guitarists, and songwriters David Huckfelt and Benson Ramsey; while both men were born and raised in Iowa, they happened to meet while they were living in Tucson, Arizona, and after discovering they were of similar minds musically, they began writing songs together. David and Benson both...
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