The Lost Pines Perform Tonight at The Cactus Cafe
The most hardcore Americana fan knows that bluegrass is the very heart and soul of Appalachia. However, there’s no denying that it’s also being kept alive and well in the Lone Star State. We have incredible bands like The Lost Pines to do the job.
The band formed in 2007 when Talia Bryce and Christian Ward started swapping songs round campfires and barbecues – Austin staples, mind you. Right from the start, the band had some magical busking moments up and down South Congress Ave. Nowadays, they turn heads in the Texas bluegrass scene and beyond with their superbly crafted songwriting and live performances.
They were joined by guitarist Marc Lionetti in 2008 and released their full-length debut, Middle of the Morning, that spring. The album’s popularity got them spots on radio, TV and a number of festivals, and before long the band added bassist Brian Durkin, fiddler Jon Kempainen, and Alex Rueb on mandolin. On their latest album, Sweet Honey, The Lost Pines enlisted the help of Grammy Award winning producer Lloyd Maines in the studio.
The sextet has only been playing together for roughly five years, but their musicianship is golden, as though they’d been making the rounds much longer. Then simultaneously, they keep bluegrass sounding fresh and original. On the album, seven of the fourteen tracks were written by Ward. You’ll hear one of their songs and think, “Is that one of theirs, or is it a cover?”