Saturday morning is a great time to kick back and let the vibes from the heartland take you away. Go get that second cup of coffee and discover the kind of music that helps shake off those blues. Totally dig this entire Album, where do I sign up for the fan club?
Sometimes you need a friend to laugh with and sometimes you need a friend to cry with. The two-man band Sinners & Saints, from Charlotte, NC, fits the bill for both. Whether they’re crooning about heartbreak or tearing it up with joyful abandon, you’ll feel happier for having listened. Perry Fowler and Mark Baran infuse their acoustic, country-tinged tunes with compelling harmonies and foot-powered percussion on repurposed drums from an abandoned kit.
Since the band’s formation in 2011, Sinners & Saints has been gathering a following of fans who turn to their whiskey drinking, shit kickin’, sweet loving music for a good time but find something more – an irrepressible optimism even in dark times. We’re all sinners and we’re all saints, and we’re all in it together.
The band has shared the stage up and down the east coast with the likes of Flogging Molly, Shovels and Rope, Robert Earl Keen, Daniel Romano, St Paul & the Broken Bones, SUSTO, Sun Kil Moon, Bombadil, and many others.
Meet – Sinners and Saints
1. For those unfamiliar with your music, can you can you give us a little of your back history?
Perry: I started playing guitar later in life, around age 20. Started writing songs and touring solo a few years later. About 7 years ago I was at a show and saw Mark playing stand up bass with his old band but I was too shy to tell him how badass I thought he was. A few months later he came to one of my shows and asked me if I wanted to start playing together. So it was kind of musical love at first sight.
2. Who would you list as your musical influence?
Perry: I’m really no good with lists. I like a lot of different styles and genres of music so it all comes out some way or another. But I do have to say that the songwriters that I met in and around Charlotte when I first started gigging out had the biggest influence on me.
3. What’s the coolest thing that’s happened to you since you started up?
Opening up for Flogging Molly at The Filmore was pretty awesome.
4. What are your hopes and dreams as a musician for the next few years?
Perry: We’d definitely like to be more self sufficient. But honestly, we’re living the dream. It’s hard work and there’s a lot of sacrifice but we’ve been doing it for about 6 years now and we know what it takes.
5. What are some of your favorite albums from the past few years?
Perry: I really like Mosey by Daniel Romano and Swimming Time by Shovels & Rope.
6. Do you see any real use for social media, or is it all just a pain in the ass to keep with?
Perry: It’s all a pain in the ass. But that’s where we are right now. But it’s definitely a useful tool and it’s hard to get around that.
7. Do you pay attention to reviews or comments from people about your music or do you just turn that noise off?
Perry: I don’t really turn it off per se, but people have their opinions and it’s important to have your music reviewed to get it out there. Regardless of if it’s a good review or not, we gotta keep doing our thing and that’s all that matters.
😎. If you could tour anywhere in the world, where would you want to go?
Perry: Europe for sure. We’re planning a tour for next spring.
9. Can music save the mortal soul or is just a good backbeat to your life?
Perry: Music can be whatever it is you need it to be. I believe a good enough tune can change a person’s life.
10. Any last thoughts for your fans?
Perry: Don’t be afraid to dance.
1. Up Like The Sun, Down Like The Rain
2. Whiskey Drinking
3. Old Bones
5. Carry On
Approved for Posting
6. Music Man
7. Nobody Left to Believe
8. The Way
9. Promise Land
10. Ready to Go
Hi-res Press Photos
Perry Fowler: Vox, Acoustic Guitar, Kick Snare
Mark Baran: Vox, Stand-Up Bass, Kick Drum
3.18 Tupelo, MS @ Blue Canoe
3.19 Pascagoula, MS @ Celtic Irish Pub
3.20 Fort Walton Beach, FL @ Green Door Music Hall
3.23 Houston, TX @ Notsuoh
3.24 San Antonio, TX @ Sancho’s
3.25 Austin, TX @ TBA
3.26 Dallas, TX @ Fred’s
3.27 Norman, OK @ Red Brick Bar
3.28 Lawrence, KS @ Replay Lounge
3.29 Wichita, KS @ Barleycorn’s
3.30 Lawrence, KS @ Gaslight Garden
3.31 Warrensburg, MO @ The Bay
4.1 Dubuque, IA @ The Lift
4.2 Minneapolis, MN @ Reverie
4.4 Madison, WI @ The Frequency
4.5 Milwaukee, WI @ Puddler’s Hall
4.6 Chicago, IL @ Elbo Room
4.7 Indianapolis, IN @ Melody Inn
4.8 Cincinnati, OH @ Crow’s Nest
4.10 Charleston, WV @ The Empty Glass
4.11 Fredericksburg, VA @ Colonial Tavern
4.13 Raleigh, NC @ Pour House for Local Beers Local Brews
4.14 Greensboro, NC @ House Concert
4.15 Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre