First/Last-Poor Old Shine

April 29, 2013

Poor Old Shine Club Cafe
Wednesday, May 1, 2013 Southside

“From their handpainted cereal box cd cases to their thoughtful arrangements, Poor Old Shine, a Roots/Americana band from Storrs, CT is about honesty and hand crafted creativity. It’s foot stomping, mind racing, dirty, down home Americana. They travel with an assortment of instruments including guitars, banjos, pump organ, mandolin, string bass, musical saw, washboard, and a yard-sale-scrap-metal drum set. It’s old songs with a new feel, banjos with paint peeled, shoes with holes and treadless soles, and music that is real.
The music is rooted in the folk and Appalachian mountain music tradition and fits in well at bluegrass festivals and sticky rock clubs alike. They have been compared favorably to The Band, John Prine, and Johnny Cash. Each set mixes the band’s original songwriting with traditional folk ballads, prison work songs, and front porch style jamming.”

Check out the band at their official Website, Facebook, BandCamp, YouTube and Twitter. The band stops in Pittsburgh this Wednesday night, touring behind their debut EP release, “Treadless Soles“, with support from locals The Unknown String Band. I want to thank Harrison Goodale (Bass) and Chris Freeman (Banjo) for taking the time to participate in this edition of First/Last.

  • The first album you ever bought?
  • Harrison Goodale: “Fables of Fortune”, Charles Mingus.
  • Chris Freeman: “Supernatural”. Santana.
  • Your last album bought?
  • Harrison: “Abigail Washburn and the Sparrow Quartet”.
  • Chris: “Goat Rodeo Sessions”, Yo Yo Ma.
  • Favorite album of all time?
  • Harrison: “Chicago Live at Carnegie Hall” vinyl, Chicago. It’s just beautiful.
  • Chris: “Eisenhower”, The Slip.
  • Least favorite/most disappointing album?
  • Harrison: Any Bob Dylan Album from the 80’s.
  • First concert attended?
  • Harrison: Sonata Arctica, The Webster.
  • Chris: James Taylor at Tanglewood.
  • Last concert?
  • Harrison and Chris: Punch Brothers at The Calvin, Northampton, MA.
  • Favorite concert ever?
  • Harrison: Punch Brothers at The Jorgenson, UConn.
  • Chris: Newport Folk Festival, 2010.
  • Least favorite concert?
  • Harrison: Creed at Mohegan Sun.
  • Chris: Radiohead at Bonaroo, only because I was so tired from being up all day and I slept through it.
  • Any thoughts, experiences about Pittsburgh?
  • Harrison: The hills remind me of West Virginia, and the landscape is beautiful.
  • Chris: Haven’t spent too much time there, but we did survive that crazy thunderstorm last June on our way up to Michigan. We are looking forward to playing in Pittsburgh.

Thanks, fellas. Lovin’ the music. You had me at ‘old-timey’!