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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.

 

"Over the years (and decades), there have been recurring cycles of popularity for many varieties of traditional country, early rock & roll, and “retro-swing,” sometimes driven as much by fashion as by sound musical intent. Birch Pereira and The Gin Joints however, are clearly not about shtick, gimmicks, or ironic detachment. This is a top-shelf unit of superb musicians, and on their new album Dream Man, they explore a keenly curated repertoire of classic sounds, steeped with an obvious affinity and love for the music.

Birch Pereira is an almost eerily versatile bassist, arranger, and singer, as seemingly at home with the electronic beats and synth textures of his band Theoretics as he is wandering the dusty roads of American vernacular music with The Gin Joints. It’s a fairly rare upright bass player who can sing great lead vocals while laying down a locked-in groove, but Pereira makes it sound easy. His high tenor is delicate but authoritative, and always in the pocket, and the stripped-down but superbly effective arrangements are spot on.

Able to blend Willie Dixon, Hank Williams, Fats Waller, and much more into a single tasty brew, The Gin Joints obviously have a distinctive skill at deftly exploring the sometimes treacherous seams between country, swing and the roadhouse, while finding the timeless essence of great songs from any era. Highly recommended."

AL Earshot Jazz

"Blending classic swing tunes from jazz, country and early rock 'n' roll; bassist and singer Birch Pereira & The Gin Joints have found their own kind of cool. Live in our studios, the band performed four tunes from their varied songbook, including the music of Hoagy Carmichael, Fats Waller, Elvis Presley and Hank Williams". 

- KNKX 88.5 FM

"The Gin Joints are a new group in town and feature Seattle mainstays Birch Pereira on bass and vocals, Jason Goessl on guitar, Sam Esecson on drums and Kate Voss on Harmonies. On this cover of “Lost Highway,” Pereira sweetly carries the lyrics of loss as Goessl accompanies on lead guitar. The quartet are masters of the early Americana sound. In short, we expect big things from their upcoming record, Dream Man."

Jake Uitti - The Monarch Review

 
 

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Daniel Rainard (guitar), Adrian Van Batenburg (drums)

 
 

Promo photos by Jesse Codling. Click on photos to find hi-res photos for print.

Photos by Jesse Codling from the Upstream Music Festival, 2017.

Photos by Doug Oberst