Redwood Son has done a great deal of growing up since being named Portland Music Awards’ “Best New Artist” in 2011. The road will do that to a person and, with 60k miles under his belt over the past 3 years, there is a new-found focus for 2015. The songs recorded for the new release (with producer Steve Berlin of Los Lobos) promise to bring a more mature approach to some timeless folk tunes. Expect vintage tones with contemporary stylings; you may even hear a few dusts of country music. Life brings tragedy, and those bleed feelings. Redwood Son is not one to run from the woes that come along from time to time, and he’s also not afraid to speak his mind about it. The future is bright for this local old-soul, now considered a veteran of the Pacific Northwest music scene.
Cody Beebe and Blake Noble have been no secret to the Pacific Northwest music scene. Beebe, a Washington State resident and front man of Cody Beebe & the Crooks, has toured extensively, nationally and internationally, developing a die-hard following of their Northwest rock influenced, Americana sound. Australian born Noble was an instrumental breath of fresh air when he arrived in Seattle in 2012. Also an accomplished touring musician, his distinctive percussive guitar and skilled didgeridoo blended with American folk, blues and funk caught the attention of waves of new fans, as well as Cody Beebe.
When the two were billed to play Chinook Music Festival in 2013, with both their independent projects in full swing (Noble slated to tour France in 2014 and Beebe developing plans to tour Europe in early 2015), they began toying with the idea of writing together. What began as a simple collaboration, based on the mutual respect between Beebe and Noble for each other's unique talents, gave way to Rust on the Rails. A full band whose music is based on the common thread of the Roots-Rock sound which ran through both their independent careers.
The debut EP from Rust on the Rails, November Sky, released in October 2014 showcased the soulful, Americana Rock vocals of Beebe and the unrivaled, intricate percussive guitar and didgeridoo of Noble, punctuated by an exceptional rhythm section and the violin virtuosity of Tim Snider. Brandon Taylor of Seattle Music Insider said of their sound, "something new made familiar; something complicated made simple – their sound blending world music [and] 90s rock behind complexions of blues, folk [and] funk. The result is uniquely intuitive." Their approachable complexity took flight and the (super)-group has found themselves sharing the stage with Sturgill Simpson and Lukas Nelson & Promise of the Real as well as billing alongside Mumford & Sons, Dawes and Foo Fighters at Gentlemen of the Road (Walla Walla). The collaboration has proved worthy of attention and leaves one hopefully anticipating what will come next from Rust on the Rails.