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The Easy Leaves to celebrate Western Winter Formal at Great American Music Hall

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Interview with Sage Fifield and Kevin Carducci of The Easy Leaves

Wendy:

The poster for your show this Saturday reads "Refined Western wear encouraged!" Would you list a few such items to help out anyone who might not know exactly what that means?

Sage:

First of all, there are no dress requirements - anyone can come regardless of what they're wearing. We're encouraging western wear: western style shirts, cowboy hats, cowboy boots, high waisted pants....

Kevin:

Giant belt buckles....

Sage:

Bolo ties, whatever!

Kevin:

It's an excuse for people who love dressing up like cowboys and cowgirls to go out on the town in all their refined western wear and also an excuse for folks who don't do that so often to get all dressed [up].

Sage:

I'm hoping we're gonna see some rhinestones this Saturday. Some spurs maybe - dancin' around that floor in spurs.

Kevin:

If folks who don't have a lot of western wear, if they're looking to pick some up, there's a good spot in the Haight called Relic Vintage on Haight Street. They're doing a 10 percent discount on any items if you mention the show.

And a friend of ours is gonna set up a photo booth so folks who do come decked out, or come wearing whatever you will, but come with a group of friends [can] take some shots and remember how sexy you all looked on that particular night.

Wendy:

That's great, For people coming down from Sonoma, you'll have a shuttle bus transporting them to your show too.

Sage:

It's actually a little more than a shuttle bus - it's a Greyhound - sized tour bus. There's gonna be about 60 folks on there. It's gonna be a party I think. It was last time. Party on wheels!

Wendy:

Oh, party on wheels! At first I thought you'd said, "Party on a mule."

Sage:

Hopefully someone'll bring a mule! (laughter)

Wendy:

You guys sometimes play as a duo, but you'll have a full band for this show I imagine.

Kevin:

Yeah, we'll be a five piece. We'll have Vincente Rodriguez on drums, Josh Yenne on pedal steel and Dave Zirbel playing Telecaster. With Sage and myself we'll have a five piece honky-tonk line up and we are gonna invite some special musical guests up throughout the night. We're really excited about that but folks are gonna have to come to the show to find out - we're not at liberty to say.

Wendy:

But you can talk about who you've got playing with you that night - The B Stars and The Bootleg Honeys.

Kevin:

The Bootleg Honeys are from Sonoma County, a three piece. Each one of those ladies are talented singer/songwriters in their own right, so a little bit of a Sonoma County supergroup. Beautiful harmonies, great songs, and we're real excited to play with them and hope to get them to sit in on some tunes with us. The B Stars are a classic honky-tonk band, western swing, the old school vibe. They're gonna be the best looking guys in the house that night; they've all got the matching suits, the ribbon ties kind of look.

Wendy:

The decor at the Great American really suits what you have planned too.

Kevin:

Absolutely. That was a deliberate aesthetic choice.

Sage:

I'm really looking forward to it; I had a great time last time we did it.

Kevin:

It's always a thrill to get into that room. There's so much history there; so many incredible musicians have played there who we love and have influenced us and have a vast influence on the world of music. It's an honor to get to step on that stage; there's a certain kind of magic that happens in those rooms. Last year was a real special night.

Wendy:

Following the show I understand you guys are going to take the opportunity this winter to film some videos.

Sage:

Yeah. We've worked with a gentleman named Frank Door. We enjoyed working with him so I think we're gonna do a couple more.

Wendy:

Will the videos be for songs from American Times?

Sage:

Yes.

Wendy:

You had done the video for Fool on a String with him that was aired on CMT.

Kevin:

They did a premiere on CMT's website; that was a real honor. We were right up there on the same page with Alan Jackson.

Wendy:

What else have got in the works for 2014 thus far?

Sage:

We're working on another album; it's [been] in the works now for several months. We're gonna continue to work on that this spring, into the summer. That's exciting for us.

Kevin:

We have a lot of material but we have don't have close to half of it recorded.

Wendy:

Where are you doing your recording?

Sage:

We're doing it in Petaluma. we did some of it down in San Francisco at a studio. We're working with Jonathan Burnside - he's a local guy, has got a great set of ears on him.

Kevin:

We did the basic tracking down at Faultline Studios in San Francisco. We're just slowly chipping away at it right now. We're still kind of focused on American Times and thrilled about the reception that's been getting and getting those songs out into the world.

The second annual Western Winter Formal featuring The Easy Leaves happens on Saturday, January 4 2014. Doors are at 8.

For more information please visit:

www.theeasyleaves.com

www.slimspresents.com

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