Two performers. Two microphones. Banjo and acoustic guitar. The Lowest Pair are about as elemental an act as you’ll see onstage. You can hear that approach on their album, up to and including the two releases from 2016, Uncertain As It Is Uneven and Fern Girl. I sat down with Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee last year when they played Cinema Salem, and barely got time to establish the conversation before we were off on a tangent about the soundtrack to Get Out and how it worked with the action in that movie. They are a gentle pair with a quirky sense of humor, and that comes across in this conversation.
We got into interesting territory talking about playing banjo and songwriting, how limitations spark creativity, and Palmer’s hidden love for the Eagles. Traditional bluegrass laid a foundation for them, but they’re not as interested in the sound of that tradition as the spirit of it – as Winter points out, they like the sound of people getting together and making music together, hanging out on a porch or in a room somewhere. They will be working on a new album as The Lowest Pair, and both have solo albums in the can waiting to be released.
Our featured track this week comes from Girlfriend At the Time, the new album from comedian Paige Weldon on a special thing records. If you are listening to this episode fresh the day of its release, February 23, you’re in luck. Weldon’s album is available today on iTunes or on her Web site, paigeweldon.com, where you can also see a few short videos. Weldon is a great writer, a smart comic, and a disarming performer. Enjoy!
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