Since the release of their debut album, “Blue Sky Earth”, Pint & a Half has spent
their time playing venues and festivals throughout Colorado and New Mexico,
Missouri, Illinois, and Tennessee, and opening for touring Americana acts such as
The Trishas, Shake Russell, Michael Hearne, and the award winning Gabrielle Louise. Blue Sky Earth was a home-recorded,indie-released effort, so they were pleasantly surprised by it’s reception, with over 800,000 plays (and climbing) through online radio platforms like Spotify, iTunes Radio,Rdio, and community radio stations from CO to St. Louis.
Always writing new music, Pint & a Half decided it was time to stop driving, and get some of the new songs onto a new album! Many of the new songs are rooted in their home, the quickly changing mountain town of Salida, Colorado, but resonate with universal themes of place, of change, and of love. Like many towns in the West, Salida has seen boom and bust, up and down, over and over again. The only constant is the flow of people, always migrating to a better life. While looking through historic images of these men and women, the concept of “Boomtown Ghosts” was born.
“Boomtown Ghosts” is a huge leap forward in songwriting, musicianship, and production, reflecting the natural growth born of constantly performing and observing. For this project, Pint & a Half brought in the CO music legend Don Richmond to record, produce, and perform. Recorded at Howlin’ Dog Recording Studios, the crisp, true sound of excellent production, and the melodic, thoughtful-yet-rythmic songs are a perfect follow up to their debut album.
Blue Sky Earth
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Performing at a Sold Out show at the beautiful Salida Steamplant Theater
1: What artist would you most love to work with?
Buddy Miller. Buddy defines Americana to me. His voice and his playing meld generations of Appalachian music, delta music, Nashville, and Rock and Roll.
2: What instrument brings you the most joy?
Cabasa, when Tami plays it!
3: What was the worst advice?
"Stick to songs everyone knows." That advice kept me from attempting to write for many many years. Songwriting was something "other" people did; some magic in the song factories of Nashville and LA. What a lot of wasted time...
4: What was your first concert?
KIss and Charlie Daniels Band, KSHE 95 Kite Flying Contest in St. Louis in about 1974. It made a big impression on a 4 year old!
5: What/where is the best road food?
New Mexico. Our tours in NM are really just an excuse; on a quest for the ultimate Green Chile Cheesburger!
6: What’s the best music advice you ever got?
"Do what you do." When we "do our thing", and not try to be something else for the audience, we usually connect more fully with the crowd.
7: Who is your most surprising inspiration?
Puccini. Tami's training is in Opera, and Puccini has become a favorite.