Three Tall Pines is an acoustic quartet with both ties to the old and leanings toward the new. Their original songs and creative instrumentation look forward, while embracing traditional acoustic sound and telling stories of early American life.
Songwriters Dan Bourdeau and Joe Lurgio had years of experience writing songs and performing as a duo, before working together in Three Tall Pines’ current formation of the quartet. Expansion into a trio in 2005 enriched their sound, with the inclusion of Gian Pangaro on upright bass and dobro. Shortly after the release of the bands debut album ‘Short While Ago’ in 2008, Conor Smith joined the group on fiddle and has brought new inspiration to the band’s sound.
‘Short While Ago’ has brought Three Tall Pines both critical acclaim and widespread exposure, through increased demand for bookings in the Northeast, and radio play across the country. The album was recorded in fall of 2007, at Signature Sounds (Pomfret, CT), with the acoustic music expertise of recording engineer Mark Thayer. Original tracks from ‘Short While Ago’ have been lauded in reviews and competitions, including top prizes from Ourstage.com (#1 in bluegrass, July 2008); Ossipee Valley Songwriting Contest (third place, August 2008); and, a finalist ranking in the national Newsong Contest run by NPR’s Mountain Stage. Recently, the band recorded thier second album (currently untitled) at Hi n Dry Studios in Somerville, MA. This new album, to be released July 2011, will include a collection of original hand crafted songs that was produced by Avi Salloway and Charlie Rose and guest features some of the areas best local musicians.
Three Tall Pines is based in the Boston area, and enjoys regular performance opportunities throughout the Northeast. In recent months they have appeared at venues from Maine (Ossipee Valley Bluegrass Festival) to New York City (Joe’s Pub). They appear frequently in clubs and on concert series in Boston and Providence, and were recently heard at the EMS Nor’easter festival in Plymouth, NH.
The members of Three Tall Pines make diverse contributions to the quartet’s unique sound. Bourdeau and Lurgio provide the raw material, offering up carefully crafted original songs, each with its own unique content and character. The quartet works as a group to shape each tune, seeking out ways to enhance and embellish its message. Lurgio’s classic, brilliant mandolin sound, Smith's colorful, classic and bluegrass inspired fiddle, and Pangaro’s powerful rhythm and stylistic versatility all serve to enrich each heartfelt melody.