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Blending the warm nostalgia of Johnny & June with the lyrical focus of Lightfoot and Dylan, Coldwater Road is a folk band from Vancouver. Named among the Top 20 un-signed B.C. bands in the 2013 Peak Performance Project, the group will release their debut studio album, "The Woods" on August 7th at The Fan Club in Vancouver.
Founded by Patrick Spencer in 2012, Coldwater Road keeps storytelling on the forefront. Contestants in the 2013 Peak Performance Project, the band can be found playing at street festivals, busking and touring around by road, rail and air.
Lyrical folk with cowboy tendencies, “the songs were born around the campfire and seasoned on the seawalls of False Creek”. Big fans of bringing music to communal spaces, Coldwater Road shows are described as a little Avett Brothers, a little Bright Eyes and a little Mumfort, with the nostalgia of Johnny Cash and June Carter. Patrick pulls inspiration from Dan Mangan, Jeff Tweedy and Willie Nelson, to name just a few, for teaching us to try and maintain a light heart no matter what we are facing.
The new 7-songs album “The Woods” takes it’s name from Track number 2, a slow waltz about Patrick’s Great Aunt Claire in the 1920’s. First married at the age of 16, her husband Jack moved her to a logging camp near Duncan on Vancouver Island, the only place he could find work. She went on to become a very successful TV and radio actor, but she started off in the woods.
After returning from an appearance at the 2011 New Delhi International Arts Festival, Patrick first assembled Coldwater Road in early 2012 to prepare for a Music BC Demo Grant (recorded by Chris Michel at Hipposonic West), and quickly thereafter, the group won Ceili's Acoustic Battle of the Bands and were semi-finalists in the Voice of the Cellar, 2012. In addition to the Peak Performance Project, last year the band made their third tour of BC and Alberta, a VIA Rail Train Tour to Toronto and back, and they recorded an acoustic album, "Street Side" in a cabin in the snow.
This past March, Coldwater Road made their first trip into the United States, after being invited to play a volunteer show at The Highline Ballroom in Manhattan for an America's Camp reunion. Set up after 9/11, AC is a volunteer summer camp for the children of families who have lost someone in the line-of-duty. Patrick volunteered at the camp in 2003, before he had ever written a song, and more than ten years later they contacted him to bring the band and play at their celebration. In September Coldwater Road will be touring to Los Angeles to play at the Sunshine Union Fesival, a pretty unique wedding event. They will be announcing more shows for the 2014 West Coast tour.