Steve Brown and the Bailers | How Things Start

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How Things Start

by Steve Brown and the Bailers

All-around great Alaskan band with song-writing that will get you out of your seat and dancing around. If you like alt-country, check out Just A Little Luck. Bluegrass? Listen to Virginia Rose. Waltzes? Check out the song Blindfold.
Genre: Folk: Folk-Rock
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1. Just A Little Luck
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2. Virginia Rose
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3. You've Got Everything
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4. How Things Start
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5. Foolish Things
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6. I Ain't Been Drinking
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7. Blindfold
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8. Mississippi Mud
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9. Hell To Pay
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10. Addicted
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11. Hey Did You Notice?
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12. Long Day
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Album Notes
Folkabilly is the new rockabilly for the Bailers
By Glenn BurnSilver
Published Friday, June 12, 2009 in the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner

FAIRBANKS — Musical labels are always shapeshifting as styles and genres merge to forge something new. Fairbanks’ Steve Brown and the Bailers are also on the cusp of something new: Folkabilly.

The sound is just what the name implies: A combination of the original folk-oriented three-piece acoustic band and the newer electric elements of guitar and drums. But rather than follow the driving beat of rock, the stronger songwriting elements associated with folk come into play.

“We’ve blended the acoustic and electric. It’s a now a fine blend of Fairbanks folkabilly because we are getting more into a rockabilly sound with some of our songs,” Brown explained during a phone interview from Girdwood where the band had a day off on their Alaska tour promoting their debut CD release, “How Things Start.” The name itself represents the band’s new direction.

“It’s the name of one of the songs, but it’s also a nice way to say we’re at the beginning of this thing, just getting started and feeling good about it,” Brown said.

Songs from the album, which was recorded locally at 10th Planet Studios, feature Fiddlehead Red fiddler Rachel DeTemple, Alex Clarke on lap steel and electric guitar, Eric Graves on dobro and electric guitar, Danny Berberich on banjo and dobro and Slim Pickins vocalist Greta Myerchin. Selections can be heard at

Steve Brown and the Bailers formed in Fairbanks about two and half years ago when Brown and fellow acoustic guitarist and vocalist Robin Feinman started jamming together. Upright bassist Todd Denick soon joined and the trio began showcasing in coffeeshops and at festivals. At many of the gigs guests would join them on stage and “after awhile people just stick,” Brown said with a laugh. “And we want them to stick around, so the band has grown.”

The current line-up now features, in addition to the trio, mandolin player Matt Johnson and Gangly Moose members Kliff Hopson on drums and electric guitarist Dave Parks. Brown said adding the other members changed the style of many of his songs, but since they are all original, “they can change in the flavoring depending on who’s playing with us. We’re really pleased to have these new people here playing with us because we have a lot to draw on.”

It also opens the band up to more free-form improvisation, something a bit uncommon with folk or rockabilly, but not with the relaxed attitudes of Gangly Moose.

“We have definitely broken into a few improvisation things,” Brown said. “Originally Gangly Moose had that structure in most of their songs, so to have those players with us inspires us to go into spots that are not as comfortable and learn a little more about what we’re doing. We surprise ourselves sometimes.”

Brown said another surprise is a move in a bluegrass direction, compliments of Johnson. Originally, he said, his songs weren’t even that folk-driven, but looked more toward the song structures of Tom Petty, Jay Farrar with Son Volt and Wilco for influence. It was having a chorus in the songs that attracted Brown, but also opened him up to any number of possibilities.

“I’d say I’m more influenced by the songwriting of someone like Tom Petty than traditional folk artists. There is such an emphasis placed on the chorus. That set the standard for what my songs were going to sound like. I’ve tried to get a memorable line that stands out in my arrangements,” he said. “Now that I am playing with more bluegrass musicians I’m going into different styles and learning different things. We have songs that follow more of a bluegrass format. Rockabilly is real new to me, so I find I am venturing into that more. It even makes you want to move on stage as you’re playing it.”

From the sounds of it, people will be moving on the dance floor as well when Steve Brown and the Bailers perform tonight at the Marlin. Brown said the current tour has the band firing on all cylinders and getting the new material locked in.



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