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Thursday, December 28th, 2017
THE ADOBE COLLECTIVE--Husband and wife duo The Adobe Collective call the Mojave Desert their home, operating from a 1937 historic adobe house, 3 miles from the entrance to Joshua Tree. Their surroundings reflect a kind of no-frills authenticity that is baked into their music - desert folk with flashes of country, psych folk and indie rock. Tim and Faith have been lovers since they were kids (14 and 16) and were married at age 20 and 22. Ten years on, their relationship is at the center of the music they create together, and their tales of modern love are imbued with richly nuanced affection, reminiscent of Calexico, Iron and Wine, and The Handsome Family. While their intentions are not to exploit the merits of their location, The Adobe Collective effortlessly embody the high desert sound. Tim and Faith stumbled upon the now blossoming scene unintentionally, when Tim was stationed as a Navy pediatrician on a remote Marine Base in 29 Palms. They officially launched in 2011 and their self-titled debut dropped in 2014. Their sophomore LP, 2017’s Take Heart, Take Care, netted a high-profile nod from USA Today, who listed it as one of the ‘top 20 albums to discover the high desert sound.’ As a live act, they’ve canvased the Southwest, playing everywhere from Tucson to Taos, even bringing a little piece of the desert to Vienna. They’ve shared the stage with Christopher Paul Stelling (Anti), Little Wings (Woodsist) and stirred up both regional press (Palm Springs Life, Coachella Valley Weekly) as well as national radio play. While they’ve progressed at a steady clip since their inception, the duo is clearly not ready to give up the expansive pace that desert life affords them. Creation is an unrushed process for the couple, who often piece songs together through stream of consciousness musings from the past and present. “I’m always pleasantly surprised by how consistently things fit together to make a cohesive story” Tim reflects. “Almost like the subconscious can see the through-line before the conscious mind realizes what Is happening.” The Adobe Collective’s current lineup features Caleb Winn (State Bird, Pappy & Harriet’s House Band) on drums, Chris Unck (Butch Walker and Telstar) on lead guitar and Spencer Keizer, one of the first people they met in Joshua Tree, on bass. PAT KEARNS--Pat Kearns first made his mark producing records for The Exploding Hearts, Jerry Joseph and Pat MacDonald (Timbuk 3) out of recording studios in his hometown of Portland, OR. He also lead the band Blue Skies For Black Hearts, from which he received acclaim for the songs he penned. Almost five years ago, Pat started splitting time between Portland and the Mojave eventually settling in Landers with his wife, Susan. He released his first solo album titled So Long City in November, 2016. The songs on the album were inspired by his love of the Mojave, the back highways between Portland and Joshua Tree, and the gentrification in Portland which eventually swallowed his recording studio. Susan often backs him up on upright bass and this evening they will also be joined by Tim and Faith Chinnock of The Adobe Collective.