This is for all intents and purposes heavy music; not depressing, but certainly addressing emotion of heartache, faith, the existential existence of life with all it's ups and downs, digging beneath the banality and monotony of life's daily grind. This is music firmly entrenched in the bardic tradition, as ancient as humanity's penchant for telling tales, when minstrels and musicians would weave tales of love and honor and ribaldry around a pub's fire.
The musicianship of this band is well documented. These aren't monotonous singer/songwriter numbers, strumming the same predictable chords in a day and age when every town or city in America has an open mic night, a Sunday afternoon jam, or in the current time where pop culture has reduced the art of music to a weekly televised contest spectacle. At coffee houses, vineyards and venues throughout the country, singer/songwriters of every age and background wear their heart and soul on sleeve, certainly an expressive and vulnerable place to be. However, the actual instrumental compositions of Cascade Rye stand alongside the lyrical content, and this is an excruciatingly important detail that is often overlooked by so many aspiring songwriters and bands; the instrumentation, key choice, placement of notes and instrumental execution or technique affect the mood and support the story line of the song, much like lighting, camera angle and set- dressing affects the visual feel of a movie. Rhythmic urgency, mandolin and violin flourishes, guitar chord structures, and multi-harmony vocals executed at just the right moment provide an explicit artistic imagery that seems simply neglected in today's saturated singer/songwriter market.
Jake and fellow musician Scott Eastburn moved to Austin, Texas in 2007 to partake in that cities burgeoning music scene and the pair shared the stage or opened for some of the biggest names in country and roots music including Merle Haggard, Pat Green and Kevin Fowler, to name a few. Upon returning home to Oregon, Jake met Kalyn while on the search for a replacement drummer in his hard hitting original Folk/Rock band. Little did he know he was hiring his future wife.
Kalyn was born to a family of Oregon Pioneers, who settled in the Willamette Valley 8 generations ago. Music runs just as deeply in her veins as the desire for bigger and better horizons. Kalyn is proficient on guitar, banjo, piano, drums and more. Someday, her grandmother's 1956 Les Paul Jr. will be handed down to her, via Kalyn's Aunt, who was also an aspiring songstress. It's a family thing, and some things just run in the blood. Kalyn's song "Home" was featured at Oregon's 150th birthday celebration at the State Capitol. She has also won placements in international songwriting contests.
Cascade Rye's authenticity is achieved by the depth and conviction of their storytelling and by the quality of the accompanying music. They explore the pantheon of human emotional predicaments, lessons to be learned, love lost and found, the angst and joy of life, all addressed with compelling reality. The music is roots, not genuine country, not specifically pop/rock. It is its own music, the instrumentation and arrangements conjuring the image of dusty and desolate back roads, driving a convertible in the country with the wind rustling your hair and thoughts of love lost sweetly lingering on your memory.