April 21, 2017 –
Missoula's Caroline Keys + The LaneSplitters will host a CD release party for Mean To Stay with special guest John Dendy
Doors 7:30 Show 8:00
After 15 years of musical collaboration in Missoula, Caroline Keys makes her 'solo' debut with Mean to Stay. Somewhere between Stellarondo's eponymous album and Mean To Stay, Keys turns her gaze away from The American South and toward The American West. Though the content of Mean To Stay sometimes yearns for uncharted horizons, tracks like "Back to Hungry Horse" and "Fort Benton," root the album firmly in place here in Montana. Cover art "Beware of Deer" painting by Andy Cline. Layout and design by Ray Lombardi.
Keys developed the album with band mates from Stellarondo, Broken Valley Roadshow, and The Best Westerns. The group traveled to record at Type Foundry in Portland, Oregon and on that trip named themselves The LaneSplitters. After a few live performances The LaneSplitters were invited to open for Dwight Yoakam at The Wilma Theatre. The band will perform at Traveler's Rest Festival, curated by The Decemberists, in summer 2017.
With Gibson Hartwell's pedal steel, Jeff Turman's upright bass, Nate Biehl's electric guitar, and Matt Tipton's percussion backing Caroline Keys' guitar and banjo, The LaneSplitters put on a dynamic show that is as driving as it is atmospheric, as twangy as it is moody. Their towering vocal harmonies and left-of-country vibe will leave you with deja vu of a place you've never been before.