Silas Lowe

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  • Silas Lowe & Andy Lentz - Live from San Francisco!

    This show was on Mar 14th, 2016 | 25 people watched
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    • Mar 14
      What was your favorite part of the performance?Sadly, I missed some of the performance because of connection issues. What I was able to get was Great!
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  • Silas Lowe Sings and Plays His Songs for You

    This show was on Jul 8th, 2015 | 21 people watched
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Your city’s weekly paper probably runs an annual “Best Of” issue, but unless the Austin Chronicle is your paper and unless Silas Lowe lives in your town, that issue probably does not include a “Best Artistic Representation of a Filibuster” prize. That category was invented specifically to recognize Lowe for his 2013 folk hero tribute “Didn’t She Stand (Here’s to Wendy Davis).”
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Your city’s weekly paper probably runs an annual “Best Of” issue, but unless the Austin Chronicle is your paper and unless Silas Lowe lives in your town, that issue probably does not include a “Best Artistic Representation of a Filibuster” prize. That category was invented specifically to recognize Lowe for his 2013 folk hero tribute “Didn’t She Stand (Here’s to Wendy Davis).”

For a songwriter confronting some of the more unsettling facets of life in contemporary America, Lowe’s songs are highly listenable, witty, and fun. Each its own dark comedy, he fashions musical portraits of lives squandered in barrooms, spent struggling amidst failed economic policies, or lost in tragedies both natural and preventable. Audiences subject to Lowe’s distinct brand of comedic banter will find themselves asked to vote between hearing a song about “the intersection between humanity and modern industrial capitalism” or a song about “the illusionary upward mobility of the middle class” -- sometimes, those are one and the same.

After a long-term stint in the Atomic Duo, his project with Bad Livers founder Mark Rubin, Lowe assembled a crack team of formidable instrumentalists for his 2013 release “The Things We Take for Granted”: Jeremy Wade (pedal steel), Andy Lentz (fiddle) and Joshua Hoag (bass).

A self-described “ethnic hippie and cultural yankee,” Lowe spent his youth between Branford, Conn. and Mendocino, Calif. “I lost about a year of my university experience to sitting in a dorm room drinking cheap whiskey and trying to play like John Hartford, Frank Wakefield, the Holy Modal Rounders, and Bill Monroe,” he says. The practice paid off -- Lowe now performs regularly out of Austin, Texas, where he has lived since 2006. He has also entertained crowds at the Kennedy Center, Winnipeg Folk Festival, Northern Lights Boreal Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Vancouver Folk Festival, and numerous other festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada.

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