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The Pines at Café Paradiso

“quietly gripping” -Rolling Stone

“simply and eloquently stated sonic poetry…the real deal.” -Acoustic Guitar

“The Pines never cease to amaze me.  Every show, without fail, they manage to cast this hypnotic spell, laying down the most intense but at the same time laid back groove you can imagine. They are a powerful experience!.” -Steve Giacomini, Cafe Paradiso

Rising out of the prairies of the Midwest, The Pines are one of the most distinct and powerful indie-rock/Americana groups to hit the national scene in years. Emerging from the same Minneapolis music world that spawned such notable acts as The Jayhawks, The Replacements and Bob Dylan, The Pines have gathered a stunning line-up of musical talent, in both their live shows and on record, that has gained them a faithful and growing following.  Frontmen Benson Ramsey and David Huckfelt share a common musical language rooted in the songs and songwriters of their native Iowa, while each bringing a distinct voice and sensibility to the sound that Rolling Stone senior writer David Fricke called “quietly gripping”.  The mysterious sound of The Pines fuses Benson’s ethereal, otherworldly, heart-piercing songs with David’s earthy, darkly romantic and rough-hewn visionary tales. With masterful guitar work, beautiful vocals and the graceful keyboard and vocal additions of Benson’s brother Alex Ramsey, the core of The Pines’ sound captivates and elevates with rare intimacy.

The Pines’ devoted cult following and has led them to share the stage with such diverse acts as Emmylou Harris, Mavis Staples, Bon Iver The Arcade Fire, Iris DeMent, Mason Jennings, Greg Brown and Spider John Koerner. The Pines just finished a North American tour with Mason Jennings in twenty-five cities, opening for him and playing in his band.