**UPDATE – Native American award winning singer-songwriter Keith Secola will open up the show. (see below for bio)
On Saturday, February 23, there will be a CD Release Show for “Stranger Angels”, the debut solo record release from David Huckfelt, songwriter and co-founder of the transcendent Minneapolis indie-folk band The Pines. “Stranger Angels” is a twelve-song stream of consciousness opus from a songwriter whose vision and depth provide a stirring soundtrack to the “thin places” where the world seen and unseen collide. Written in a fourteen-day flurry of solitude as the Artist-In-Residence at Isle Royale National Park in Lake Superior, “Stranger Angels” marks the arrival of a fully-formed confluence of poetry, activism, conservation, and and a darkly poetic plea to protect all thing vulnerable in these troubled times.
Recorded with a stellar and fiery arsenal of musical friends on a 100 year old farm in Wisconsin, the record features guest appearances by Amelia Meath of Sylvan Esso, Dave Simonette of Trampled By Turtles, J.T. Bates (co-producer, Hiss Golden Messenger, Bon Iver, Big Red Machine), Darin Gray ( Jeff Tweedy, William Tyler), Jeremy Ylvisaker (Andrew Bird), Erik Koskinen, Michael Rossetto (Pieta Brown, The Pines). Andrew Broder (Fog, Cloak Ox) deftly adorns the tracks with an array of public domain samples throughout, and Phil Cook’s (Hiss Golden Messenger) organ brings a gospel illumination.
‘Stranger Angels’ follows Huckfelt’s latest album with The Pines, 2016’s ‘Above The Prairie.’ Hailed by No Depression as “dazzling,” drawing the attention of Rolling Stone’s David Fricke who called The Pines “poignant stark country” and earning high praise in both the US and Europe, with Mojo calling it “their most beautiful yet” and Minnesota NPR station The Current raving that it “hits so close to the gut that it reminds us that they are truly a singular band.
Native American award winning singer-songwriter Keith Secola will open up the show.
Born in 1957 in Cook, Minnesota, Secola is affiliated with the Anishinabe tribe. He graduated from Mesabi Community College with a degree in Public Service in 1979, and completed a BA in American Indian Studies at the University of Minnesota in 1982. He is married and has two children.
Secola is an accomplished artist, garnering awards and accolades as a musician, a singer, a songwriter, a composer and a producer. He is highly skilled with the guitar, flute, mandolin, banjo, harmonica, and piano, and has played in venues from the halls of the Chicago Urban Indian Centre, to the walls of the bottom of the Grand Canyon. He has also performed at the Olympic Games in Atlanta 1996 and Salt Lake City 2002, and toured Europe several times. Among his numerous appearances he has graced the stages of the Rockslide Festival in Denmark, the Grand Opening Gala of the Smithsonian Museum of the American Indian, The Kennedy Center and the SXSW in Austin, TX, and is a staple at the Grassroots Festival in Upstate New York, North Carolina and Florida.
A seven-time Native American Music Award winner, Secola has earned NAMMYs not only for his music, but also his abilities as a producer, to include The Best Linguistic Recording for producing ANISHINABEMOIN (2007). A well respected musician, he has worked with music legends such as Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead. Secola has also teamed with academics like author Dr. Tom Venum of the Smithsonian Folklife Institute, collaborating on the CD, AMERICAN WARRIORS: SONGS FOR INDIAN VETERANS, and with elders such as Karen Drift, a speaker of Anishenabemoin