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From press release
October 21, 2011 | 6 p.m. | FREE | All Ages
@ Music Millennium, 3158 E Burnside St.
Whispering Pines is a five piece rock n roll outfit from Los Angeles that sounds as though it was lifted straight out of the Laurel Canyon music scene that overtook the City of Angels in the late 1960s¬Â¦ with a little Allman-style southern soul tossed in for good measure. If the musical homage to the sounds of the past isn't clue enough to where this band is coming from, their name is lifted straight from a classic track by The Band.
The seed that became Whispering Pines began with the mutual friendship between Joe Bourdet, Brian Filosa and David ¬Å“Willie¬Â Baine. The catalyst for the band's ultimate formation came with the addition of drummer/percussionist Joe Zabielski, who had like-minded music principles, and singer/blues harpist/multi-instrumentalist/visual artist David Burden, a high-school friend of Dave Baine's, who brought a multitude of talents to the band both artistically and organizationally. The band hit the ground running, and by the summer of 2008, the Whispering Pines were now established as a local rock attraction in the small Los Angeles community of Echo Park.
On their debut album, Family Tree, Whispering Pines plow through nine groove-filled tunes. All the while, they create a fresh sound by paying solid homage to the past. The lazy slide guitar of the album opening title track gives way to the swampy CCR shuffle of ¬Å“Brand New Beat¬Â and continues to impress all the way through to the album closing ¬Å“Songbird,¬Â with its CSNY style harmonies. If the whole thing sounds well-aged and worn, that's because the whole thing was recorded with vintage equipment in Elliott Smith's Van Nuys, CA studio.