April 28, 2020 | doors at 8:30pm
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Triple Ds presents:
Shane T | Casey Harper

Hey y'all, I'm sad to say that we need to cancel these tour dates in April. I've been looking forward to these shows and am going to miss seeing everyone, but now is the time to stay home and do our part in keeping one another safe and healthy. Tickets will be refunded at the point of purchase, and while everything is quite uncertain at the moment, we'll try to reschedule as many shows as possible later in the year. Sending my love to you all in this strange and frightening moment we find ourselves in. This new reality shines a spotlight on what I think has always been true: that our lives, livelihoods, and well-being are bound up in one another's. If you have the means to support your favorite artists/songwriters right now, buying their merch is a good way to do that. I'm looking forward to more shows, sharing new songs with you, and seeing many of you in person in the near future. In the meantime, please stay safe, take care of one another, reach out to friends and family, and feel free to be in touch!

Love and gratitude to you all,
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Valley Maker
On Valley Maker’s second full-length album, Rhododendron, songwriter Austin Crane sings about movement – from one kind of belief to another, from place to place, through time. This new record from Crane, a Seattle-based musician and PhD student in Human Geography, reflects both the rootedness and rootlessness that shapes his songwriting on the precipice of his third decade. Like his noted inspirations Jason Molina, Bill Fay, and Gillian Welch before him, he speaks to the strange and transitory ways we mark time through our lives. Years pass and fold in his cosmic American songs.

Crane formed Valley Maker in 2010 with a self-titled collection of songs written for his undergrad thesis project at the University of South Carolina, tracing existential questions around biblical origin narratives, as embedded in his spiritually-infused Southern upbringing. Similar themes shade his vision on Rhododendron, which follows 2015’s When I Was A Child. Prophetic and apocalyptic language shapes Crane’s lyrics, but his outlook is not bound by dogma. Instead, he uses the metaphors of faith to explore the ineffable and to navigate the intersection of belief, time, place, and the political present. Much of the album was written leading up to the 2016 US presidential election and in the months after as Crane was traveling for his PhD research on migration, borders, and humanitarianism. Tellingly, it grapples with what it means to share space with others as popular political discourses veer towards exclusion.

Named for the common plant which springs up in both Crane’s native south and his current home in Washington, Rhododendron speaks to how the places and moments we occupy become reflections of ourselves. In his careful, open-hearted songs, characters move from place to place, traveling through time and over lines on maps, driven to encounter the mysteries of existence and glimpse shared humanity. Though lyrically contemplative, the music floats. Crane’s songs retain their folk-based nature – they are the kind of songs that stand on their own with his lone voice and guitar – but they bloom paired with surprising rhythms and arrangements.

The album was recorded between two locales. In Portland, Oregon, Crane teamed with producer/engineer Chaz Bear of Toro Y Moi. Longtime friends and schoolmates from the University of South Carolina, Bear and Crane laid the groundwork for the record over four days, playing all instruments in tracking four songs between themselves. The record’s remaining songs were tracked in Seattle, Washington with producer/engineer Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes). Having worked together on Valley Maker’s previous release, Spencer and Crane’s Rhododendron sessions aimed for imaginative, groove- oriented arrangements that remain concisely in step with the individual songs’ qualities, enlisting drummer James Barone (Beach House, Tennis) and bassist Eli Thomson (Father John Misty), along with Brandon Camarda on trumpet, and Andrew Swanson on saxophone. Amy Fitchette, a longtime collaborator whose roots with Valley Maker stretch back to the Southeast, provides richly layered vocal harmonies across the album to round out Rhododendron’s lush but spacious sound.

From the streamlined indie rock of opener “A Couple Days” to the swirling psychedelia of “Be Born Today,” from the soulful horns of “Rise Up” to the ambient touches of closer “River Bend My Mind,” the album demonstrates Crane’s distilled approach, his solidly built songs blooming with tasteful arrangements and touches. Out October 12, 2018 on Frenchkiss Records, Rhododendron is an album
about transition, about leaving, but also arriving, a document of the journeys in-between.
Shane T
With influences ranging from his degree in Economics to his love of David Lynch films, Shane T has quickly carved out a place of his own in the Indie-pop landscape. His debut EP “Holy Nights, Bad Advice” centers around his mid-twenties coming of age story and the poignant yet often humorous commentary that accompanies it. Recorded in
Nashville with an iPhone drum machine app and an array of salvaged Goodwill organs,
the six song EP highlights Shane’s uniquely warm tenor vocals and minimalist approach
to songwriting.
Casey Harper is an Atlanta-based artist specializing in potent lyrical
storytelling. Through her music, Harper marries the human experience
with the human desire for connection and fun. She communicated serious
depth of feeling and flame-refined strength with colorful and animated
melodies. Harper has created music for a culture and community of her
peers that craves and thrives off of juxtaposition: connection and
solitude, depth and light-heartedness, philosophy and memes.