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The Paper Stars to perform in Fraser

by Cyndi Palmer
Sky-Hi Daily News

As the Rocky Mountain Roastery in Fraser opens up its evening entertainment tonight, a new chapter begins with musicians Tres Altman and Jeb Bows of band The Paper Stars. The duo is heading up over the Continental Divide for a special concert as the next lineup for Java Mic Night at the Roastery and is excited for their Grand County debut.

They have been gearing up to perform what Altman said can be summed up as “Americana,” or a collection of blues, folk and soul.

“We love playing new places,” Altman said about the upcoming show, adding that he especially likes the intimacy a small venue allows.

Altman, guitarist, pianist, lead vocalist and songwriter for the band, “grew up whistlin’ Dixie and bangin’ out beats with butter knives on the kitchen table” at a young age. Encouraged to pursue his passion for music by an artistic family and most prominently his aunt who was a pianist, Altman said he likes to write songs about what’s going on in the world. He said he has some great storytellers in the family and that his work is reflective of that inherited talent, news and culture, “and, of course, heartache.”

Bows, “is probably one of the finest violinists on the Front Range,” Altman said, adding that Bows can play any style, from classical to jazz, and that he especially likes Bows as a musician because he is “heart-centered, very expressive, and in touch with himself” musically.

Although just a few pages of the bigger picture book of the band The Paper Stars, whose “Lush acoustic textures and soulful melodies combine to radiate a meaningful translation of the American landscape,” audiences are sure to get a good sampling of the type of music that the full ensemble is capable.

The band – who credits musical influences to classics like Bob Dylan, Hank Williams, Neil Young, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Motown – released their first, self-titled album in 2007. They are also in the process of putting together a second album, set for release this summer, and their new Web site is in its early stages, offering information on the band and more.

Each night during the ski season, the Fraser Roastery will be hosting a wide selection of musical talent from all over the country. Upcoming performers include Aaron Espe Jan. 18 and the Really Serious String Band Jan. 25.


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