Silver Lake 66 Announces Single, "Faded Tattoo"
The New Americana single from Portland-based duo, Silver Lake 66, extends a sympathetic hand to the forgotten souls who have fallen through the cracks. Pedal steel and guitar bend and slide around the duo’s harmonies, as they express the loneliness of one destitute being. The lyrics draw attention to the jarring reality of homelessness in their Portland community. The single, “Faded Tattoo,” is from their upcoming album, Ragged Heart (out April 5, 2019), and is out for release March 18.
Like some of the great songs of an earlier, perhaps more compassionate era, “Faded Tattoo,” tells of the heartbreak and suffering of many expressed in one woman’s daily struggle to exist. Night after night she sets up her tent under a bridge or on the river’s bank, only to be told to move on. With her old dog beside her for comfort and warmth, she roams alone through the night. Her story is accompanied by the lament of the pedal steel guitar with its sliding notes and strong vibrato, a bold tremolo-laden telecaster, and a strong drumbeat which propels the song forward, and leaves just the right amount of space to highlight the close, rich vocal harmonies of Silver Lake 66.
Silver Lake 66 is Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo, who weave classic country, folk, and blues throughout their music. To that, they add a cross-country sojourn and a double-lifetime’s worth of real-world experience that flavors their work. On their new album, Ragged Heart, rich, impeccable harmonies and bold guitar playing are a common thread, tying together a heart that is ragged around the edges but still beating strong. With Ragged Heart, Maria and Jeff continue to give us the truth of their experience through their music.
Ragged Heart Track Listing
- Blue Earth County
- Ragged Heart
- Faded Tattoo
- Check Out to Cash
- Hard Thing to Do
- Like a River
- Broken Dreams and Cigarettes
- Such a Mess
About Silver Lake 66:
Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana as Silver Lake 66. With an amalgamation of classic country, folk and blues, their songs have been hailed by numerous publications and radio stations. For nearly a decade through the 1990s, Francis and Overbo called Los Angeles their home. During that time, they fronted a band called The Ruby Trees. As The Ruby Trees, the couple performed in a slew of local LA clubs, which includes appearances at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance at The World-Famous Palomino Club. During this time, they also contributed a song to A Town South of Bakersfield, Volume 3 (Restless). They joined industry veterans Dale Watson, The Hellecasters and Harry Dean Stanton on the release. Silver Lake 66 was born after a musical hiatus and a move to Portland. The couple connected with like-minded Portland musicians who helped provide inspiration to get back into music. Silver Lake 66’s debut album, Let Go or Be Dragged (2016) has been featured in The Huffington Post, No Depression, and For Folk’s Sake. Their upcoming album, Ragged Heart, is out April 2019.