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Dec 10, 2014 Listen to all 4 tracks:
We Are the Willows In-Studio (full session + interview)
We Are the Willows - Picture (Live on 89.3 The Current)
We Are the Willows - Dear Ms. Branstner (Live on 89.3 The Current)
We Are the Willows - Wedding Song (Live on 89.3 The Current)
With the recent release of their third album Picture (Portrait), We Are the Willowscomprised of Peter Miller (guitar/lead vocals), Jeremiah Satterthwaite (guitar/banjo), Leah Ottman (violin/voice/keys), Hilary James (cello/voice/keys), Travis Collins (bass), Stephen Lindquist (drums/voice)stopped by The Current studio to chat with the Local Show's host David Campbell and to perform tracks off the new record.
Picture (Portrait) is a concept album, but it's so much more than that. As an undergrad, We Are the Willows frontman lived with his grandparents and often heard of the 350 odd letters his grandparents exchanged during World War II. It wasn't until after graduating from college that Peter read the letters and was so moved by his grandparents' exchanges that he decided to write songs based on their long-distance love story.
Peter's grandfather died two years ago, but he gave Peter his blessing to pursue the project before he passed. Before its release, Miller's grandmother listened to Picture (Portrait) in its entirety. "One of the things she said that was most affirming was that she felt like she had just walked back through her life," says Peter.
It's nearly impossible to fit more than 350 letters into 10 tracks. Miller reveals that a second album will be released in the coming months and will act as a sister record to Picture (Portrait).
We Are the Willows celebrate the release of Picture (Portrait) at the Turf Club on Saturday, Dec. 13 with S. Carey and Marty Marquis.
"Dear Ms. Branstner"
All songs off We Are the Willows new albums, Picture (Portrait), out now via Homestead Records.
Hosted by David Campbell
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- First Listen: We Are The Willows, 'Picture (Portrait)' Although his grandparents' love story is a story we've heard told thousands of times before, We are the Willows frontman Peter Miller has succeeded in turning their tale into an album that can only be described as epic.
- We Are The Willows perform in The Current studios We Are The Willows started off as a side-project for Peter Miller the lead singer of Red Fox Grey Fox.