Author: Alexis Justman
6/19/11 | Indierockreviews.com | www.indierockreviews.com | Live Show Preview
Silver Lake, Los Angeles _ June 19, 2011Now that I am unemployed I spend way too much time in my neighborhood coffee shops and record stores daydreaming about which bearded tattooed barista/musician will marry me and subsequently take our band on tour before settling down in a rural-ish setting, where we will continue to make sweet musical fusion and babies and then buy a minivan.Husband and wife duo Chris Senseney and Stefanie Drootin-Senseney are the real life version of this fairy tale, without the beard, which I have decided isn't necessary anyway except to make me seem more selective or specific, both of which are important when following your dreams. But I digress. Big Harp met back in Omaha's booming music scene when their separate bands went on tour together. Stefanie was from Los Angeles and Chris was from a tiny Nebraskan cowtown. They fell in love and now they have babies, and a record, and a minivan. Swoon.It only took Pierre de Reeder (Rilo Kiley) three days to record Big Harp's debut, White Hat, which is to be released on Saddle Creek. The songs are straightforward in narrative, emotionally raw and honest, while the recordings stand on their own a perfect realization of their live performance. Influenced by the duo's opposite upbringings comes an indie-rock edge to an anchoring of down home country swagger and soulful ballads. Chris' voice is powerful in its modesty, fluctuating from deep throaty bellows backed by classic folksy chords, to raspy wailings over saloon-style piano lines. While the no-fuss simplicity of both the stage setup and production lends a warm nostalgia to their sound, make no mistake of assuming that this couple has not earned their moments to rock out_ because they do.Look for the debut full length of White Hat on its release date, September 13th. Till then you can find a live video performance of Big Harp's song, "All Bets Are Off" here: http://tinyurl.com/3ucjt98As for me, I can still be found on the streets of Silver Lake, husband shopping while pretending to enjoy vegan smoothies until I can get a real job.