The Talbott Brothers
The Talbott Brothers are a Portland based duo composed of brothers Nick and Tyler Talbott. Born and raised in Imperial, a small town in Southwestern Nebraska, they began writing and performing together in the summer of 2012 before relocating to Portland, OR. Forming an alternative blend of folk, rock and blues, The Talbott Brothers creatively combine blood harmonies with storytelling and infectious melodies.
In their latest full-length album, Gray, The Talbott Brothers illustrate the tension between conflicting relationships and the various trials of the human condition. Ear To The Ground Music describes it as, “Equal parts optimistic and captivating, inspiring and hopeful.” Following the album’s release, The Talbott Brothers made their debut at KINK FM’s Skype Live Studio, embarked on a national headlining tour and shared the stage with artists such as Johnnyswim, ZZ Ward and Dead Horses.
In addition to having their music featured in national campaigns such as the Buckle and Tennessee Tourism, The Talbott Brothers are endorsed by Elixir Strings and have joined forces with Sennheiser for product showcase videos and annual performances at The NAMM Show in Anaheim, CA. After playing more than 500 shows and independently releasing 3 albums, The Talbott Brothers’ deep-rooted passion and growing fanbase continue to drive them full steam ahead.
James A.M. Downes gets you, and you haven’t even met. It’s hard being alive these days. How could anyone deny that? But unlike your real life, James’ music is full of reassurance and comfort in knowing that someone else’s mind is just as quirky and desperate as yours.
James started contributing music to the New England hardcore/indie scene in the early 2000s as a founding member of Call It Arson. After years of relentless touring, the band went on hiatus and in 2008, Downes relocated to New York City where he helped build indie-folk band The End of America. While James’ post in The End Of America endures, he took a step out into the world as a solo artist with the announcement of his debut album, the 6-song EP, Prison Font, released in March 2017.
Prison Font, out on Downes’ own Forest Park Recordings, plays host to a range of influences, from the melodic intuition of George Harrison, to the new-retro feel of the Shins, to the lush guitar beds that shine with a hint of early 2000s Death Cab for Cutie. Honest yet crassly eloquent lyrics give breath to narratives that teem with dark humor and humility, taking the listener from debaucherous parties in the afterlife all the way to the desolate empty bedrooms of former lovers, long since vanished.
While recent features in publications like Relix Magazine help Prison Font take flight, word of James’ energetic and personable live performances spreads among music lovers. Either performing as a yearning cello/guitar duet or leading a bruising and beautiful full band, most concert goers would agree with The Deli’s Henry Solotaroff-Webber in saying that “James boldly [displays] his talent as a songwriter, and [solidifies] himself as someone to watch.”