Jeff Rymes’ former quartet The Lonesome Strangers originated in “the roots music explosion that took place in Southern California during the ‘80s” and have been described by AllMusic as “one of California's most influential bands.” Now, 20 years since the Strangers’ last release, Rymes has returned to serious musical pursuits with his solo debut, Even If The Sun Don’t Shine, picking up where he left off with a collection of songs from the highways and byways of life's road trip.
Rymes was encouraged by longtime friend and producer Taras Prodaniuk (Dwight Yoakam, Lucinda Williams) to record Even If The Sun Don’t Shine at SlideAway Studio in Shadow Hills. The 11 songs were cut in a decidedly “old school” manner on 2-inch analog tape and feature several contemporaries from Rymes’ Strangers days.
Rymes recently relocated from Philadelphia to Portland, Oregon, recorded a lo-fi “companion CD” to Even If The Sun Don’t Shine, and has begun performing across the Pacific Northwest, both as a solo act and backed by various musicians, generally referred to as The Invisible Plastic Nashville Band. On June 2 at An Die Musik, Jeff will play a solo set, and a set backed by The Stone Hill All-Stars.
Tickets: $12 in advance/$15 at door/$10 full-time student with ID