The Red Petals
JC McKim knew he had found something special when he wandered into a guitar shop in London – a bright red hollow body guitar from the 1960s. It was unique but simple, classic but with a new feel, bright but slightly tarnished. It was with these qualities in mind that JC started The Red Petals, a highly-anticipated blues trio based out of Boulder, CO.
Comprised of exports from Colorado’s rich electric scene, the band’s three members share something in common: The music comes first. Complimenting JC’s raw and technical guitar work is Austin Pacharz (Cold River City), a bassist that’s always aiming for the pocket, and Matt Lowber (Slanted Jack, Na’an Stop), who has a musical approach to the drums and love for the groove. For all three musicians it is a welcomed return to American roots music, and an opportunity for innovation.
The Red Petals draw influence from across the Blues spectrum, from the original bluesmen like Robert Johnson and Stevie Ray Vaughan, to contemporary groups like the John Mayer Trio, and bands like White Denim, who push the envelope of Blues music. Taking from and building on the foundations that have been laid before them, The Red Petals promise to make their own unique contribution to the genre.
I’m a singer, guitar slinger and purveyor of quirky indie folk rock who recently emigrated to Boulder from Minneapolis. At age 12, I picked up my older sister’s beat up Stella Harmony six-string and was immediately hooked. I went on to play in lots of indie rock bands, including U Joint whose biggest claim to fame was doing an annual Replacements tribute around Thanksgiving called "The Buttaball." We broke up after putting out a handful of records, so I traded in my big, loud amp for a big Guild acoustic and started playing volunteer gigs at old folks’ homes. I dove headlong into the great American songbook, doing everything from the Gershwins, Irving Berlin and Hoagy Carmichael to Johnny Cash, Willie Nelson and Hank Williams. I learned a lot in those five years. For starters, seniors are awesome. They’re great listeners and surprisingly good hecklers. More importantly, I got a whole new bag of musical tricks to mix in with my punk/indie roots. I currently play as a duo with my charming, bearded nephew Jens Larsen on drums and backing vocals. Come see us sometime, you hear?
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