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Songwriters, rockers unite at Olde Sedona
Paper Bird
Paper Bird

Thursday, July 12 at the Olde Sedona Bar and Grill, beginning at 8 p.m., two of Sedona's songwriters will share the bill with three exciting indie rock bands. Brandon Decker and Jake Payne will both perform, as well as Denver based Paper Bird, Austin's Wino Vino and Tempe based Future Loves Past. Olde Sedona is located at 1405 W. 89A in Sedona.

Paper Bird

Since the band's formation over 5 years ago, Denver's Paper Bird has been playing it's joyful blend of folk, roots, and americana to delighted audiences across the country. Their unique sound is a combination of a dynamic and energetic rhythm section intertwined with effortless and flowing harmonies. The group's backbone is their songwriting, musicianship and general allergy to all limitations and trends. With seven members and no leader, the possibilities are ever unfolding, with fluctuations in style and mood akin to weather patterns. A household name across Colorado, Paper Bird continues to tour and develop it's voice and presence across the country. With 3 full length albums and several national tours under their belt, Paper Bird has steadily grown in both their success and sound while continuing to expand and explore what the band can do musically.

Wino Vino

Since 2006, Austin's Wino Vino's syncretic stylings have earned them attention across the nation. Their refined blend of salty lyrics, bawdy prohibition era cabaret and Eastern European folk music features multiple vocalists, guitar, fiddle, accordion, upright bass, clarinet, drums and washboards. Wino Vino is brings vibrant melodies and marvelously florid tempos to create a cheerful playground for their sweaty, satiated fans.

Future Loves Past

Best described by the term "Harmony Rock." With five voices, Tempe's Future Loves Past creates rich and complex harmonies that float over interesting, upbeat melodic hooks that make you groove. With easily interpreted lyrics and melodies, the band creates songs that has first time listeners are singing along.


Over the last two years, Decker has played over 250 shows, touring relentlessly from Sedona, AZ to Seattle, WA to Shreveport, LA and everywhere in between. Not confining his shows to music clubs alone, Decker is known to play free shows in cafes, farmer's markets and on street corners alike. In the midst of traveling 50,000+ in his Dodge Caravan, he has self-released three albums on his own local record label, Mescal Porch Records, and, in June, delivered his first-born son in his kitchen to boot. It's safe to say, Decker is amongst the hardest-working touring songwriters you've never heard of.

But he's doing his best to change that.

Decker has self-released three albums off of his Arizona indie-folk labelMescal Porch Records. He and his band are presently working on their fourth, self-titled album decker. due for release this November.

Decker crafts songs which find profundity in their naked sincerity. Not quite rock, not quite folk, his acoustic-based psychedelic Americana balladry draws upon a variety of influences; from Leonard Cohen to Tom Waits, from Cat Power to PJ Harvey. Yet in the end, his music is unique and uniquely him, and that is his offering.

Jake Payne

Jake Payne is a man of many talents. A visual artist whose preferred medium is steel and glass, an accomplished musician, and Sedona soulster and indie rocker. Payne presents a diverse repertoire of poetic and dynamic songs ranging from soft moody lullabies to all out rock. Payne has a melodic sense and vulnerability that captures the feeling of swell and contraction that speaks to the contrasting experience of human emotion. Influences from 90's grunge music soulfully mix with classic rock hooks, ripping lead guitar and swooping vocals to create a passionate and personal sonic playground.

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