Pin It

Natural Waters 

Young Petaluma folksters swim through space

click to enlarge GABE MELINE

A group of friends with influences spanning decades beyond their years, Waters is the kind of band that could be recorded with an old tape machine on a chair (or at least an old-styled app) in the middle of a dusty barn.

Banjo, upright bass, acoustic guitar, honky-tonk piano, strings, horns and familiar melodies make up most of the songs on Savage Beasts, released by the band last year. Modern touches like electric keyboards hint at the 21st century, but much of the album sounds as if it could have been recorded a week after Pet Sounds.

The Petaluma sextet have been around since 2007, and though they're not quite a jam band, their music is loose and, as folk tends to be, simple and easy to listen to. But peculiarities abound. How about this sample lyric from "Magic Bible": "Board that holy spaceship / Ride through the clouds and the stars / As soon as you smell that barbecued meat / You'll know right where you are."

Waters headlines with DogBag, Odd Bird, John Courage & the Great Plains and many others on Saturday, June 23, at the Phoenix Theater. 201 E. Washington St., Petaluma. 6pm. $8. 707.762.3565.

  • Young Petaluma folksters swim through space

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Latest in Music

  • Call Me Elvis

    Versatile songwriter returns to North Bay
    • Aug 20, 2014
  • That's a Wrap!

    '14 NorBay Awards
    • Aug 20, 2014
  • Soul Survivors

    Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings play Sonoma Mountain
    • Aug 20, 2014
  • More »

More by Nicolas Grizzle

Find It

Submit an event

Boho Beat

Aug. 15: Bria Skonberg Quintet at 142 Throckmorton

Aug. 16: Jerry Jeff Walker at Lincoln Theater

Aug. 16: Sonoma County Wine & Swine in Railroad Square

More »

Facebook Activity

Most Commented

  • Under the Radar

    Santa Rosa's Live Musicians Co-op expands its vision
    • Jun 25, 2014
  • It's a Hoot

    Hootenanny takes over the Arlene Francis Center Charlie Swanson
    • Jun 11, 2014
  • More »

Twitter

Read more @nbaybohemian

Copyright © 2014 Metro Newspapers. All rights reserved.

Website powered by Foundation