12376170_982495565144725_2037983152965673332_nPayette Brewing Co. presents Sons of Guns live at The Record Exchange (1105 W. Idaho St.) at 6 p.m. First Thursday, Feb. 4. We’ll be serving free Payette Brewing Co. beer for guests 21 and older with I.D. starting at 5:30! As always, this Record Exchange in-store event is free and all ages. Sons of Guns is performing at Neurolux later that evening with Hillfolk Noir.


a4085135853_16In 2003, Mike Surber and Gregory Rawlins began to write and play songs together. So confident were they in these magic beans that they left their little town of Union, Oregon, and moved to Seattle to start a real rock and roll band. Within a few weeks they had met the rhythm section duo of EJ Sander and Seth Johnson, and Sons of Guns was formed.

After a couple years of writing and playing songs within this 4-piece brick house, Hurricane Katrina brought Mike and Greg to New Orleans—and what started as a few weeks off turned into a bonafide hiatus. Separated from the original backline, Mike and Greg continued to write and play together, and called on the likes of musician friends Luke McKern, Wayne Callahan, and Jeff Grammer to fill those massive shoes. Shows were played, albums were made, and the embers caught just enough wind to keep them burning.

In February 2015, in a cabin on the Olympic Peninsula, the four original members of Sons of Guns met up for the first time in a decade. A more suitable location there never was. Misty, quaint, picturesque – the prime muse for a band who had once formed some twenty miles through the saltwater bends, in Seattle. The objectives were simple: reunite as friends, eat oysters, and write music.

With as much sustenance and sound equipment as thought necessary, they set up their instruments, sharpened their pencils, toasted, and set to composing what would become, after the quickest and longest weekend of all time, an album called “Marguerite.”

Ten autobiographical songs encompass the state of friends picking up where they’d left off, sifting through what they’d left behind, and charging toward what lay ahead; in a fashion nearly indistinguishable from the poetic folk ballads and carnal American rock ‘n’ roll which had previously earned Seth Johnson, E.J. Sander, Mike Surber and Gregory Rawlins a reputation as one of the Northwest’s most prized ensembles.

“Marguerite” features Seth Johnson (Telescope) on drums, Gregory Rawlins (Catskills) on acoustic guitar, banjo, and vocals, EJ Sander (Tightpants Slowdance) on bass, and Mike Surber (Fast Man) on electric guitar and vocals.

In 1950, Elmer and Marguerite (EJ’s grandparents) bought a cabin. Sixty-five years later, Sons of Guns spent four days writing and playing these songs in that cabin. They’re proud to share this album with you entitled “Marguerite.”

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