The Easy Leaves, Karl Blau bring Fall Classic tour to The Palms on Friday, Oct. 26

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The Easy Leaves (from left, Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield) and Karl Blau will bring their Fall Classic tour to The Palms Playhouse on Friday, Oct. 26 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.

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The Easy Leaves are proud ambassadors of California country & western music. Over the course of two full-length albums and two EPs and under the guidance of Merle Haggard’s music and countless other barroom heroes, they have released their own unique collection of poetry for the common man. Karl Blau is a Pacific Northwest staple, a prolific troubadour whose sound blends Americana, country and a touch of pop. This month, these two acts are joining forces for their Fall Classic tour, including a Friday, Oct. 26 show at The Palms Playhouse starting at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22. The pairing of these two acts is reminiscent of the sound forged in Austin, Tex. in the late 1960s and early ’70s. Picture what Willie Nelson was creating there, as well as many shows at the famed Armadillo World Headquarters where the outlaws, outcasts, hippies, honky-tonkers, freaks and forward thinkers converged in harmony for a plethora of music happenings. It was the time and place in which you could see Willie Nelson, Doug Sahm, Waylon Jennings and other Country troubadours playing shows alongside folks like The Grateful Dead. The Easy Leaves – Kevin Carducci and Sage Fifield – run at the front of the country music herd in their beloved California, headlining and filling big rooms, a main stage set at Outside Lands Festival (where Willie Nelson told them, “We should play together again”), and other venerable festivals such as Pickathon, Strawberry Music Festival, Nelsonville, Red Ants Pants, Alaska Folk Festival, Hipnic, Treefort and more. CMT premieres their videos, and has them in for in-studio performances. They write, record and perform indelible, well-crafted songs that are capable of just plain moving people. The Easy Leaves are featured in “The 78 Project,” a documentary by Spike Lee’s music supervisor currently on the festival circuit that recreates folklorist Alan Lomax’s historic journey to capture important American folk music on its home porches. The Easy Leaves are in good company: the film also features the likes of Rosanne Cash, Loudon Wainwright III, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Justin Townes Earl, Richard Thompson and others. NPR, Wall Street Journal and The New York Times have featured the documentary, and The Smithsonian, Library of Congress and the Alan Lomax estate are active advisors. The Easy Leaves have been hired as sole support on shows and runs by Dwight Yoakam, Junior Brown, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Asleep At The Wheel, Billy Joe Shaver, Robert Earl Keen, Blind Boys of Alabama, Jim Lauderdale, Ry Cooder, Ricky Skaggs, Charlie Musselwhite, Kasey Chambers and Los Lobos. 2018 sees the release of “The Wheels,” which highlights The Easy Leaves’ honky-tonk cred. Their previous record, “Fresno,” was a featured new country release on iTunes. Playing first is Karl Blau, who is outfitted with an unmistakable, deeply emotional voice that roams between baritone and falsetto with ease. He has performed solo and in bands (including EARTH, Your Heart Breaks, Laura Veirs, Bright Black Morning Light, Maher Shalal Hash Baz, D+, The Gift Machine, The Solvents, The Microphones/Mount Eerie, Little Wings and Lori Goldston) nationally and internationally since the mid 90s. In the past few years Blau has released two critically acclaimed albums, “Introducing Karl Blau” (Raven Marching Band Records/Bella Union) and “Out Her Space” (Bella Union), which won him new audiences in the US, Europe and beyond. Tickets are available Pacific Ace Hardware in Winters, Armadillo Music in Davis, Davids’ Broken Note in Woodland, online via The Palms’ website and Eventbrite and at the door if not sold out. For more information, visit palmsplayhouse.com, karlblau.com and theeasyleaves.com. ]]>

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