The Pines @ Babeville
by Geoff Kelly - posted 10:58 am, December 10, 2009
The Pines are a folk duo armed with talent, wit, and pedigree. Member Benson Ramsey is the son of Bo Ramsey, producer and sideman to prominent folker Greg Brown. He and other half David Huckfelt are both Iowa natives who met in Arizona, began performing in a Mexican barrio, and then moved to Minneapolis (Bob Dylan’s hometown) to launch a career. Part of the Americana revival in indie folk, they play mellow, pretty songs and dress like 19th century woodsmen. Unlike many of their contemporaries, however, the Pines’ music is marked by a stark and mysterious feel; if Conor Oberst sold his soul to the devil in a Robert Johnson fashion, the result would sound a lot like this band. It’s a darker shade of twee pop, but the songs are often uplifted with jangly guitars and driving rhythms and grooves—keeping gigs far from solemn. Their performances got them a lot of attention at last year’s SXSW festival, being named one of the highlights by CMT.com, and whatever’s hot at SXSW is definitely a big gig for Buffalo. The Pines are touring around their latest CD, Tremolo (Red House Records), and come through Buffalo tonight (Thursday, Dec. 11) at Babeville/Asbury Hall’s Ninth Ward. Michele Weber and Vic Lazar open the show.