Roots band The Bills play Castoro Cellars
Canadian roots band The Bills return to the States to support their latest album, Yes Please, with a performance at Castro Cellars Friday, Sept. 12 at 8 p.m.
Renowned for their instrumental virtuosity, lush vocal arrangements, exuberant live performances, evocative songwriting and refreshingly innovative interpretations of traditional tunes from around the globe, they have racked up a string of Canadian music awards and a devoted fan following that extends across North America and Europe. The Glasgow Herald declared them to be “the biggest blast of fresh air to come out of Canada since The Band.”
Yes Please is the highly-anticipated follow-up to their Juno Award-nominated Red House Records’ debut, Let Em Run, and proves that this virtuosic roots quintet is making “the most innovative original and traditional music in recent decades” -Christian Science Monitor. Released as an enhanced CD with additional lyric booklet and other special content, Yes Please also includes a video of “Shining Face,” one of the fan favorites on the album.
Known for their songcraft, superb arrangements and dynamic live performances, The Bills feature an all-star line-up of talent from Canada’s West Coast, including Chris Frye, on guitar and lead vocals, Marc Atkinson, on mandolin, guitar, vocals, Adrian Dolan, fiddle, accordion, piano, vocals, Richard Moody, violin, viola, vocals, and Scott White, upright bass. All busy musicians, the members had been working on other musical projects until they reunited to record Yes Please, 12 original tracks that draw all the beauty and energy you can imagine out of acoustic instruments and multi-layered vocal harmonies.
Yes Please features some of their finest collaborative songwriting to date, including the bluegrass-flavored “Blackberry Ivy and Broom,” the Gypsy feel of “Gale in My Sail,” the sea-faring “Pandora’s in Flames” and of course, their rollicking anti-apocalypse song “Not the End.” Showing off their first-class musicianship, the album also features several instrumentals, including the Celtic-inspired “Scotch Bonnet” and Richard Moody’s melodic “The Gardenton Waltz.”
Influenced in equal parts by Django Reinhardt, Sam Bush, Stan Rogers and Chopin, The Bills have crafted an album that appeals to acoustic music fans of all ages and styles.
Castoro Cellars is located at 1315 N Bethel Rd, Templeton, CA 93465, (805) 238-0725. www.castorocellars.com