Live at the Cedar: Horse Feathers//Caroline Smith and Jesse Schuster
On April 20, the Minneapolis Cedar Cultural Center looked like a musical instrument yard sale. The elevated wood stage held a multitude of instruments staggered across the platform. From guitars, violins, tambourines, cellos, and a logging saw the small stage was crammed with dormant instruments waiting to be brought to life.
Headlining the evening with airy folk tunes was the Portland native band Horse Feathers. Their performance acted as a makeshift CD release show as their new album “Thistled Spring” hit stores the very same day. Confidently stepping on stage, the band went straight into their set filling the Cedar’s venue with the sound of traditional Americana. The band’s elaborate instrumentation brought the prairie to the city. Lead singer Justin Ringle’s smooth voice contrasted ideally with the harmonies provided by the talents of Nathan Crockett, Catherine Odell, and Sam Cooper. Each guitar chord paired perfectly with the composition of the string instruments and subtle drum beats making the music of Horse Feathers the perfect companion for an open road adventure. The band’s talent was as brilliant as their economical use of instruments. From stomping on a tambourine, adding a subtle jingle to their set, to grazing the end of a logging saw with a violin bow, the band provided the audience with a refreshing sound Tuesday evening.
Minneapolis natives Caroline Smith and Jesse Schuster opened the night by breaking the silence of the intimate venue with acoustic melodies and rustic harmonies. Releasing Live at Cedar, a stripped down, live, acoustic album earlier this year, the duo was no stranger to the Cedar stage. Both members sounded in their prime, even with Jesse admitting he had been struck with the flu only days prior to the evening’s show. Performing familiar tunes such as “Closing the Doors” and “Tying My Shoes” the pair also performed a few new songs for the small crowd at the Cedar. Keeping in line with their folk, acoustic, and honest sound, the newest additions to their set list are sure to start making a stir among the Minneapolis music scene. Caroline and Jesse will be hitting the road with Horse Feathers as they continue their tour across the country.