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Bringing Warmth to Your Heart & Bones: The Pines @ City Winery, 12/18

Upon my first listen to The Pines' music, it was reminiscent of my favorite folk bands, all jumbled into one, familiar and inviting. Recognizing their influences, this comes as no surprise now; vocalist Benton Ramsey's father Bo Ramsey, also a musician, worked with folk legends such as Joan Baez and Lucinda Williams as he produced and performed music. A songwriter, he imparted this lyrical gift to his talented son, who joined forces with David Huckfelt and brother Alex Ramsey to form The Pines in 2002. They'll be making a tour stop at City Winery on Wednesday night, sure to stun listeners with their vulnerable approach to folk music.

After several years of playing music together, the group accumulated banjo player Michael Rossetto, bassist Chris Morrissey, drummer J.T. Bates and guitarist Jim Hanson in Minneapolis. A more full-bodied sound, the group has been able to cultivate their folk roots into a layered sound sure to both warm your heart and chill your bones with the emotional range the songs possess.

Having released three full-length albums, the group has delved into their sound completely, which presents listeners with a stark representation of an emotional intimacy unprecedented in so many instances in our every day lives. They've played SXSW, opened for Mason Jennings, and have been featured on countless outlets for their raw approach to timeless folk music. Take a listen to a live recording of "All The While" and take a gander for yourself at their magnificent representation of their craft.

The Pines play a show at City Winery on Wednesday, December 18, opening for Yarn. Tickets range in tiers from $12-$18, and the show begins at 8pm with doors opening at 6pm. City Winery is located at 1200 W. Randolph, (312) 733-9463.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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