The two veteran Boise musicians will perform solo and as a duo during the in-store. The Record Exchange will have both artists’ new CDs available for sale.
Evett’s Afraid4U was recorded in one shot on Easter Sunday 2009 with Evett, Kofi Baker and bassist Rich Aguirre. The unreleased demo album then landed in the hands of two key people in the music industry: Joe Satriani and mixing engineer Ryan Hewitt. Featuring a pop melodic sense coupled with explosive live electric guitar playing, the 10-track album inspired Satriani to make Ned Evett & Triple Double his tour opening act, and Hewitt offered to mix the new record. Hewitt has mixed Grammy award-winning albums for the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Blink 182, and recently mixed the new Avett Brothers, Brandi Carlile and Buddy Guy records.
“I love the album. It’s a very honest record—a combo of pop sensibility married with what it’s like to see me live. Two very difficult things to balance,” notes Evett. “People like Ryan Hewitt hear potential in records. They listen for singles. They can tell whether or not tracks are workable. It’s one of those records. An organic fusion of classic rock and psychedelic pop.”
Each performer in Ned Evett & Triple Double has a remarkable history in the music world. Evett won the 2003 North American Guitar Competition, the first fretless guitarist ever to even reach the finals, and Guitar Player Magazine heralded him as “the first fretless guitar rock star.” Baker is the son of drummer Ginger Baker from Cream. Lunn has performed and toured with Sting, Bruce Springsteen and Andy Summers.
Evett has been called “the vastly entertaining master of the fretless guitar” by USA Today and “a pioneer of the fretless guitar … amazing, beautiful” by Built to Spill frontman Doug Martsch. Evett is internationally known for modifying the fretless guitar neck with durable mirrored glass, and mastering the unlimited melodic range that playing a guitar sans frets allows. Learn more at nedevett.com.
Costello’s Strangest Places is the culmination of three years of solo songwriting for the versatile singer and guitar stylist. Costello will present a full performance of the new album at the release party.
“This album explores locations and experiences that, for one reason or another, have become etched in my soul,” says Costello. “I love playing in bands, too, but sometimes the intimacy and power of the song is compromised. The focus of this album is to present these songs without filters or distractions.”
Audience favorites like “Strangest Places,” “New Guy From Portland,” “Dandelions and Clover” and “From This Day On” are featured on the album. Liner notes offer a quick background story of each song, showing the strange twists and turns of Costello’s life and inspirations. Learn more at hearcostello.com.