Madison, Wisconsin’s High Noon Saloon played home for Portland, Oregon’s Horse Feathers on April 21, 2010. Playing a mix of familiar tunes and new material from Thistled Spring, the band drew in the crowd with their brand of Americana.
Leading the band was Ron Howard lookalike Justin Ringle (vocals, acoustic guitar) with his beautifully wounded voice. He was joined by cellist Catherine Odell, violin & saw player Nathan Crockett, and multi-instrumentalist Sam Cooper (banjo, mandolin, drums, keys, violin).
Playing close and quiet, the show was more like stumbling on something beautiful and private than a performance. The band opened with the soft joy of “Belly of June“, and later settled into the depths of the heart-wrenching “Cascades”. Set-closer “Rude to Rile” brought the highs and lows together by combining a sense of sadness with the welling of hope.