Pasture: Folk Songs EP (CD)


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The Pines & Red House Records would like to announce the release of "Pasture: Folk Songs", a seven-song collection of folk tunes old and new written by some of the band's favorite songwriters, with an emphasis on the Midwestern.  Featuring their own arrangements of public domain ballads as well as songs by Iowa blues-man Joe Price, Mance Lipscomb, Iris Dement, Mason Jennings & Greg Brown, "Pasture: Folk Songs" will be available exclusively at the band's live shows, The Pines' website and digitally at iTunes. The first in what will be a series of Pines EP's available to fans in addition to their Red House releases, these songs are favorites of The Pines live shows and are now available for the first time.

The EP features the band's touring ensemble consisting of the core trio of Benson Ramsey, David Huckfelt, and Alex Ramsey with James Buckley joining on bass.

The cover artwork for “Pasture: Folk Songs” features a collaboration between The Pines and acclaimed Iowa photographer & filmmaker Danny Wilcox Frazier, whose work they greatly admire.  “Pasture” explores the concepts of past & future through folk songs both old and new, and Frazier’s compelling  photography with The Pines vivid soundscapes are a seamless thread in music and image.  Danny Wilcox Frazier’s work focuses on marginalized communities across America, including his native Midwest & Iowa, home to The Pines as well.   In 2007,  Frazier released the book “Driftless: Photographs From Iowa,” documenting those individuals continuing to live traditional lives in rural communities across the state, people challenged economically but often unwavering in their conviction to stay.  The project was awarded the Center for Documentary Studies/Honickman First Book Prize and was published by CDS and Duke University Press in November of 2007.   Frazier is a new member of legendary photography agency VII, and a recipient of numerous grants and fellowships for foreign and domestic projects.  His photographs are in public and private collections, including: The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, Duke University’s special collections library, the Honickman Foundation, and the Smithsonian, National Museum of American History.