Trough Records proudly announces the release of APPLES (Catalogue No. TRCP 1314), the debut album from Los Angeles-based singer-songwriter duo PIPER-GREY.
Long known individually throughout Southern California's "Acoustic Underground" for their solo work, both David Piper (who has released three albums on the Trough label, most recently Lemonade Shoes in 2005) and Earl Grey (whose Lover's Ridge album is widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic-rock CDs to emerge from L.A.'s acoustic music scene) have earned highly-regarded reputations in their own right.
In 2006 David and Earl, who had always respected each others' music, began sitting in on the other's live performances. It didn't take long until something magical clicked. The combination of Piper's classic blues/folk guitar licks and playful sense of humor, and Grey's electrifying guitar wizardry and sixties-style lyricism and musicality - and the unbelievable beauty of their tenor voices singing in duet - literally made audiences stop what they were doing to listen. They've been playing solidly together ever since, and have been working on APPLES for nearly 18 months, carefully crafting each second of the record into an amazing work of American folk-pop.
Recorded at Tin Drum Studios with such great musicians as Freebo on fretless bass, Matt Brown on keyboards, Greg Krueger on mandolin and legendary Ambrosia drummer Burleigh Drummond (who also engineered the album), coproduced by David and Earl and featuring 11 new songs (8 of which the duo cowrote), APPLES presents two superbly talented artists bringing out the best in each other and their art.
Filled with beauty, love and adventure ("Ireland," "Tempe," "This Winter's Lullaby" and the spiritually-tinged title track), wistful memories ("Ioway"), celebration ("Open Sails" and the rollicking opener "Anyone Else in the World") and cries for justice and unvarnished rage against war and political gamesmanship ("Tookie," "The Decider"), APPLES soars with the emotion of two gifted voices and unquestionable musical talents forming one incredible sound.
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