Sweet ,Sweet Melodies , Meet…..The Youngest


Today we head back to the roots, get in touch with some fine folk/Americana from The Youngest. I have nothing but mad respect for artist who can put down well written words with some melodies that just take you far away into the world that they are creating, it’s art and that’s what The Youngest are doing, super use of multiple lead singers, harmonies and catchy beats, listening to this album makes me feel like I’m hanging out with my friends back home and we are listening to the music we all grew up on but it’s a whole lot of years later and this isn’t 1979 anymore. The Youngest have loads of talent running all through the band but I suppose that’s the definition of a good band. The sum of its parts turning out cool tunes that ought to be getting some play on Radio stations that play quality music made from the heart. Sit back and give a listen to The Youngest and if your anywhere around the cities where they are about to tour, go see them…..

Hi our name is….

The Youngest

People say we sound like…..

A mixture of Band of Horses, Wilco and Fleetwood Mac

We are….

Andrew Taetz

John Quinn

Brendan Linnane

John Wood

Keren Tayar

We are from…..

Houston, Chicago and New York

Who are some that have an influence on you

Jeff Tweedy, The Band, Bon Iver, Andrew Bird, Van Morrison.

How old were all of you when you started to play and who plays what in

the band

Andrew started playing piano in high school and then started playing

guitar in college. He plays piano and guitar and shares vocal duties

with Keren. Keren has played guitar, piano and sang since she was in

grade school and is utility player in the band, playing a little bit of

everything live. John started playing the drums in middle school and

handles the drums in the band. John and Brendan started playing

guitar in grade school and share The Youngest’s guitar and bass


Can you tell us about the process you use, from writing the songs all the

way through getting the songs out:

Our songwriting process was definitely unique given our situation.

All of us lived on a 99 acre ranch in central Texas with no jobs and

very little around us. We all had different songwriting processes:

some of us would sit outside with a guitar and riff until we had

something tangible while others would start with a lyrical theme and

slowly add music to it. Most of the time, a member would bring their

little nugget of a song as a group and we all would work together to

tweak and arrange each piece.

What are some of the challenges you face as musicians and how have

you overcome those challenges:

As a completely independent band, we face a variety of challenges.

We book our own shows, do our own marketing, create our own

merch etc. With so much going on, communication between the band

members is crucial and without it any independent band would be

short lived. Obviously, a huge challenge to a full time musician is

revenue and financial viability. We’ve worked on budgeting and

cutting costs wherever we can and have relied on our awesome fans

to support us. We eat a lot of beans too.

If you could pick any time to travel back to for music, where would you go

and what year would it ….

I think the 60-70s would be a safe bet. Although we all have different

musical influences, I think that this period would satiate all of our

music tastes. You have Mo-Town, the golden era of singer-

songwriters, excellent Jazz and course the Beatles. Doesn’t get much

better than that.

Who are all of you currently listening to and who would you like to see in


Wilco, Vulfpeck, Little Feat, Josh Ritter, Dr. Dog, Blake Mills to name

a few. Brendan, Andrew and John were lucky enough to see Wilco in

concert in a few weeks ago. It was incredible.

If you could open for any Band right now who would that be and why?

Dr. Dog would be a great band to open for. We love their music, their

attitude and respect the journey they’ve had in the independent

music world to get where they currently are.

My youngest son is 13 and in a Band, what advice would you offer him…

Master your instrument and find a great group of people to play with,

preferably at a young age. All though musical success depends on a

lot of things, I don’t think it depends on anything more than those


The one thing we want you to remember while your listening to us….

That we’ve only been a band for 9 months! We quit our jobs,

relocated to a ranch in the middle of Texas, recorded an album and

completed a entire Midwest tour in less than a year. We’re not even

close to being done yet and can’t wait to improve as a band and as


Our plans for 2015…..

We would love to break into the festival scene and start to get compile

material for our second record. Getting signed by a huge record label and

buying mansions in the Mediterranean with our advances would be nice too,

but we won’t hold our breath.

listen to some cool tunes…

you can do all the social/buying stuff….

The Youngest.com

The Youngest. Facebook


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Co-founder of 50thirdand3rd, stepped away to spend time with family and write. From Pittsburgh, now in Florida, Cool Canadian artist wife, 4 great kids, and two granddaughters!! I'm a lucky guy!

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