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Colin Spring

Highballs For The Lowbrow is the fifth album by NW based musician Colin Spring. It features eleven original tracks with the final cut being a cover of the 1974 Sammy Johns hit “Chevy Van”.

Undoubtedly the standout attribute is Spring’s gifted ability with lyrical twists and turns, but there is also some fine musicianship contained within, including Grammy Award Winner Larry Knechtel (Bridge Over Troubled Water), who plays keyboards on the aforementioned cover song and was the producer of the original version.

The social commentary of the opening track Selling Reality gives way to the tongue-in-cheek Good Looking Man, which is then followed by the melancholic Drunk Music For Drunk People. In this manner Highballs For The Lowbrow weaves in and out of emotions and ideas to construct a tapestry of poetic vignettes.

Notable Accomplishments

Finalist in the prestigious Dave Carter Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Sisters Folk Festival.

Main showcase at the National Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis.

Has opened several times for Americana icon and Juno Winner Fred Eaglesmith and has emceed Fred’s annual Southern Picnic in Ontario, Canada.

Other national acts Colin has played with include Greg Brown, Chris Smither, Devil Makes 3, Richard Buckner, Bobby Bare Jr, Curt Kirkwood of the Meat Puppets', John Doe of X, Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3), Jon Langford of the Mekons, and others….


Highballs For The Lowbrow was recorded partly at home on a lap top and partly at the Recovery Room in Seattle with Graig Markel over the last two years.

While Colin has done a fair amount of national touring, he for the time being prefers to play primarily in the NW. He lives in the Willamette Valley in Oregon and works at a vineyard/winery.

Dashboard Tallies, Pedestrian Kills (1998)
Meet The Sea…Or Be Washed Up (2000)
Cancion del Pollo w/ The Band That Murdered Silence(2004)
How I Came To Cry These Tears of Cool (2005)

Press Reviews From Previous Releases
♠Top 12 DIY Albums Performing Songwriter March 2006
♠Paste Recommends…..1/2!-Paste Magazine February 2006
♠Balancing folk-rock intelligence and indie rock swagger, Colin Spring blossoms on his fourth album…a master of heartfelt story-songs in the tradition of vintage Bruce Springsteen and Bob Dylan.-All Music Guide John D. Luerssen (author River Edge, The Weezer Story)
♠…the kind of tunes that make other songwriters look as if they’ve acquired language by mistake-November 2005 The Oregonian
♠Spring’s exceptional storytelling skills and captivating lyrics keep the listener enthralled…vivid, emotional narratives never fail to leave one contented-November 2005 The Big Takeover
♠Spring lands in the company of the most important talents this town (Seattle) has produced in recent years...Meet the Sea is the best album since Modest Mouses’ second release -The Stranger
♠Spring's enormously insightful, heartfelt lyrics, which he sings in a narrative, Dylan-like vocal style, that constantly keep the listener absorbed. With nary a weak moment, this excellent LP(Cancion del Pollo) ranks among the most pleasant surprises of the year. -May 2005 The Big Takeover