May 12th, 2018: Bent Paddle Festiversary
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A group of friends collectively over 15 years forms the group Glen’s Neighbor, which has developed a tenacious web of musical influence and acquaintance. Glen’s Neighbor gained quick renown behind the surprise critical success of their 2015 debut Behind the Door.
Described by the Duluth News-Tribune as a “…self-assured, warm collection of music by a band that seems to be poised to start collecting rabid fans of bluegrass, country and pop music.” They’ve developed the creative comfort to take as much pride in tender silences needed for acoustic ballads as they do in the chaotic volume needed for breakneck rockabilly/funk/psychedelic jams. The group displays many strings, beats, and perfectly timed starts and stops. They look for what they can add, equally to what they can leave out. The members work to arrange simple and soulful original songs brought to the table by any given member to create a symbiotic sound that is subject to change at any moment.
Loose, yet earnest; humble, yet artistically nascent, these dark horses are a collection of tight knit friends excited for what they can offer one another individually, to enjoy the sounds as a whole.
Duluth is a small town, big city, on the western most point of Lake Superior in Northern Minnesota. It is a diverse, outdoor enthusiast town compiled of hard working, community based, weather strong individuals. It is a town filled with many artistic and open minded people who recognize their fellow human beings. A town that recognizes those who live close to them, in the commanding summer sun and the ruthless winter chill. Through the restorative spring rain to the vibrant autumn change, this town is made up of those who recognize their neighbors.
Blake Shippee – Acoustic Guitar / Lead Vocals
Michael O’Donnell – Bass Guitar
Colin Mullen – Lead Guitar
Pat Byrne – Drum Kit / Percussion / Vocals
Chris Urtel – Dobro
Nate Weiler – Banjo / Vocals
Russell Sackett – Keyboard