Kalispell Ready To Cast Spell On Q-C Music Fans
Kalispell is ready to cast his spell on local music fans.
The Davenport-based Cartouche Records artist will be performing at 7 p.m. Monday, June 27 at Daytrotter, 324 Brady St., Davenport, along with Dan Blakeslee. Tickets are $8 in advance, $12 at the door.
Kalispell’s new record, “Printer’s Son”, was released on Davenport’s Cartouche Records on June 3. Connecting an improvisational heart with meticulously constructed arteries of melody, it eschews the stomp-clap boom-chuck trends of indie-folk, instead giving nods to the entranced sonic tapestries of Phillip Glass and lyrical sophistication of Paul Simon.
Kalispell is a moniker for Shane Leonard. Shane is a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter living in Eau Claire, WI. Over the past few years he’s toured the UK opening for Jeff Tweedy, worked with Field Report, Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Paul Simon), The Stray Birds, Sara and Sean Watkins (Nickel Creek), Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Andrew Bird), Ben Sollee, Evan Ziporyn (Steve Reich, Bang On A Can), Zachariah Hickman (Ray Lamontagne, Andrew Bird, Josh Ritter), Sean Carey (Bon Iver), Robbie Lackritz (Feist), MIT’s Balinese Gamelan, Berklee College Of Music’s Ensemble Robot, and taught music through the Exploration School at Yale University, Augusta Heritage Center, and other programs throughout the US.
Somewhere amidst all that he managed a steady output of solo work, releasing two EPs and a full-length, Westbound, under the moniker Kalispell. The debut album made many ‘Best of The Year’ lists, was profiled by Wisconsin, Minnesota, and Iowa Public Radio, and featured twice as No Depression’s favorite new music.
Kalispell toured constantly throughout 2011-2013 before Leonard was hired by Field Report as a multi-instrumentalist on drums, strings, and vocals. After opening for Counting Crows, Aimee Mann, Dawes and Emmylou Harris, Field Report recorded their sophomore record, Marigolden, with Feist manager/producer Robbie Lackritz. Leonard’s influence can be clearly heard throughout, elevating the grounded guitar-and-voice platform with inventive percussion, lush strings and book-matched vocal harmonies.
Now increasingly sought-after as a producer and player, Leonard began his relationship with music very early, sitting-in on drums as a kid at jazz sessions in Milwaukee and Chicago. From there it was classical percussion lessons with players of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and legendary percussionist Jim Sewrey. After dropping out of music school to teach English, he embarked on a four-year exploration down Appalachian backroads to learn clawhammer banjo and old time fiddle from masters Clyde Davenport, Lee Sexton, Frank Lee, Bob Carlin, and Joe Newberry.
These influences come together in the new record, “Printer’s Son,” which Leonard crowd-funded by independently raising over $15,000 on Kickstarter.
For more information on Kalispell, go to http://www.kalispellband.com or https://cartoucherecords.com/kalispell. For more information on Cartouche Records and their artists, go to http://www.cartoucherecords.com or follow them on facebook https://www.facebook.com/CartoucheRecords. For more information on this event or advance tickets: http://www.daytrotter.com/live-shows/72.html.