Swing - Americana - Rock'n'roll Revival
Born out of a love of the early years of swing, americana and rock 'n 'roll, Birch Pereira & the Gin Joints is a band whose sound transports you to the time of speakeasies, honky-tonks and roadhouses. With upright bassist and vocalist Birch Pereira at its center, the band features skilled and versatile musicians who share the love of the American song traditions and a desire to offer a fresh angle on them.
The band's debut album, Dream Man, was released independently and received the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear Award for "Northwest Jazz Recording of the Year" in 2016. Anticipation is already building for their second album "Western Soul" due out on March 9th which features western-tinged jazz and soul originals along with reinterpretations of old blues, swing and early rock'n'roll. Frank Gutch Jr, of No Depression described it thusly: "I love this album. I love the sound of it. I love the feel of it. I love the idea of it." Jonathon Frahm of Pop Matters also had kind words: "Pereira thrives as a lead singer and frontman handling this arrangement, never quite being swallowed by the grand tinges of rock and gospel that they invoke into the song. Instead, the entire band delivers their take on "St.James Infirmary" with a sort of slinkling and dark agency."
Fans, critics and deejays have delighted in Birch Pereira's "old soul," tenor voice, the group's new, stripped-down arrangements of musical gems from the past and Pereira's ever growing repertoire of original, yet period-evoking material. The band has continued to spread their music throughout the Northwest and spent time gigging in the roots and jazz scenes of New York City and New Orleans. Birch Pereira has also been nominated for 2017 Vocalist of the Year in the Earshot Jazz Golden Ear awards.
The Gin Joints perform with a variety of personnel and instruments, which allows the group to play venues as diverse as sit down dinner theaters to clubs, festivals and dances. Featured members of the Gin Joints includes Jason Goessl on guitar, Adrian Van Batenburg on drums, Steve Tressler on saxophone/clarinet and Ray Larsen on trumpet, in addition to guest vocalists Jimmie Herrod and Kate Voss. Over time the band has featured an ever-growing group of superb musicians based out of Seattle, New Orleans and New York City.