Fire In the Pines

Wind Through The Barbwire

Wind Through the Barbwire now available!

Posted by on Jun 9, 2017

Wind Through the Barbwire now available!

Fire In The Pines of San Marcos, Texas seamlessly combine the emotional and the elemental. On their sophomore release, Wind Through The Barbwire, frontman Ben Worley’s honest and sharp writing is suffused with natural imagery, accompanied by folk instrumentation that flows from rustic and rock, to horn driven avant-garde and lush string arrangements. The album’s title track, saturated in imagery of West Texas, depicts a woman who has lost almost everything, and yet manages to discover love in all of the beautiful details of life. As the name implies, wind-like choruses sweep up between measured verse that both verbally and sonically idealize the region. “Everything Less” describes the very essence of loss and the poetry of filling the void that remains. Softly conveying that feeling of emptiness, the sextet is joined by Grace Park (The Deer, The Blue Hit) whose harmonies with Worley are beautifully showcased. Epic poetry meets Western soundtrack in “Mountain’s Song”, based on the Beowulf character Grendel and the pity felt for the monster. A churning acoustic guitar and subtle electric twang give way to atmospheric strings provided by Adam and David Moss (The Brother Brothers) while Worley sings of the desperation of a misunderstood monster. Guitar heavy “Burn My Car” goes maximum with multiple solos and distortion, threaded with flute from multi-instrumentalist Totter Todd. Pedal steel guitarist Curtis Clogston (The Railhouse Band, Steel Betty) lends his handiness to “Figure It Out”, where Fire In The Pines find themselves stylistically similar to Old 97’s. Wind Through The Barbwire was produced by Michael McLeod (The Deer, Good Field) and primarily recorded in a rented house in the country near San Marcos, where the studio was brought in and set up with help from the band. The rest of the album was recorded over the next two years in various houses and studios around Austin and Central Texas. Wind Through The Barbwire was mastered by Neil Strauch (Iron & Wine, Margot & the Nuclear So So’s, Andrew Bird). Listen at iTunes or your preferred digital platform, or even come see us LIVE! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Ending this tour is bittersweet-

Posted by on Jul 23, 2014

It has been a great journey drifting west with the lonesome heroes- I can only say it has been an honor and a pleasure to share the road with everybody in FIP an LH and all the great folks we’ve met along the way. We are in great spirits, revived by mountain magic, and looking forward to the future. The Gasoline Lollipops are gracious enough to let us share the Waterloo stage with them this evening in Louisville- let the fun begin! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Near perfect

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

We are having a day in a little town called Nederland drinking coffee in a train car and starting Richard Higgs book Then There Is No Mountain Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Here we are, right where we should be

Posted by on Jul 21, 2014

We had a great time playing at Shine in Boulder last night- the Gasoline Lollipops are fantastic- you should check em out as soon as you can- it was so good to get Totter back in the mix- tomorrow is the last show of the tour- it’s been so much fun. I grabbed this photo at Price Tower in Bartlesville- Hillside Stones… Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Playing on air at Folk Salad

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014

We are in route to Boulder to hook up with our sax player Totter Todd and the Gasoline Lollipops to rock out this evening- also tonight at 7 pm CST you can hear us do an interview and an in studio performance at Folk Salad in Tulsa with our buddies Richard Higgs and Scott Aycock- check it out here! http://publicradiotulsa.org/programs/folk-salad-895-1 Also a track from our record will be spinning on the Red Dirt Radio Hour show this evening at 9pm CST at KOSU.org Check it Out! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Over the mountains and back over the mountains

Posted by on Jul 20, 2014

Over the last couple of days we travelled over the mountains to play in Saratoga, WY- it was one of the most incredible place I’ve ever played- We had a great time and woke up to a beautiful morning- we signed the stage, and climbed back over the mountains to play the Cowboy in Laramie, WY which ended up being a blast as well! Whippoorwill sounded unbelievable last night. today we finally meet up with Totter in Boulder- I can’t wait to play at Shine tonight! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Been busy busy busy!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2014

So Auntie Mae’s turned out to be a lot of fun! We definitely wanna go back someday- We had a long drive to Colorado Springs, but the show ended up being awesome as well- Ivy Wild is an awesome deal- Its an old school which was converted into a venue/ farmers market/ performance space- I really hope something like it pops up in San Marcos- Isn’t the old Lamar middle school for sale? Our friend Tyson came out and let us stay at his awesome place- we got to pet some horses and had the most amazing food ever- today we arrived in Fort Collins and played Live@Lunch on KRFC with Cindy Schneider which was a real treat- I can’t wait to share it for those who couldn’t tune in- Tonight we play at Swing Station with Whippoorwill which sounds like an awesome place- I’m sure feeling lucky! More soon… Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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And on the 6th day we sat in the cool breeze and enjoyed Manhatten, KS

Posted by on Jul 15, 2014

It was a bit of a haul getting out here from St. Louis yesterday but we broke it up nicely in Kansas City with a delicious burnt end sandwich at Gates BBQ- we arrived at Tuttle Creek and set up camp- the moon rose up through the trees, over the lake, and we played some tunes around the fire- it didn’t suck at all. This morning did for Chris though who stepped away from his tent and found it blown into the water upon returning. He’ll be alright though do to worry! So far this place is awesome- can’t wait to play at Auntie Mae’s tonight! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Ole’ Blue stubbed her toe, and the adventures of Rubidoux Creek

Posted by on Jul 14, 2014

We had a little trouble with a tire sidewall, but the good news is it happened in a town Nelson used to live in- luckily we got a chance to dive into the refreshingly cold water at Rubidoux, and Chris introduced us to the loose meat burgers of Maid Rite fame (yup, there were washboards on the wall). We played in St Louis last night and had a blast doing it- now on to Manhattan, KS! P P.S. We got to drink some yummy Redbud Roasters this morning which really takes the edge off the road and sets you right- ya’ll can quote me on that. Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Okemah in the rear view, Tulsa out in front

Posted by on Jul 12, 2014

We are waking up after a late night of swapping songs with some great folks around the campground here at Wood y Fest 2014- hopefully I can rally the boys in time to grab pancakes at Mary Jo’s pancake breakfast- always a fine time. Next stop will be Tulsa to record and do an interview, which oughta air the following Sunday- and then on to Bartlesville to play at Frank and Lola’s (which I hear has delicious green chile anything- I’ll be happy to confirm this rumor). I love Woody Fest- and the weather is just perfect- I gotta say I’m sad to leave but hey, I can’t complain! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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Shreveport, Louisiana: Rhino Coffee

Posted by on Jul 11, 2014

Listening to the Heroes play Drifting West (this tours namesake). They are tighter than all get out! All is well on this side of Texas- How is San Marcos doing? We already miss her! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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It’s dirty work this music thing…

Posted by on Jul 9, 2014

It’s dirty work this music thing…

Here are some pics of Fire In The Pines helping out a friend with some demolition. We help (knock stuff down) when we can.  We learned a couple lessons too.  Don’t head butt a nail,  it will always win… and don’t sledgehammer your hand right before tour.   Tomorrow we start our tour at Superfly’s in San Marcos, TX- should be a load of fun with free beer- and you’ll be able to get Heart Of The Machine at their store from here on out! It would be fun to see ya’ll there before we head off into the wild blue (well in Ole’ Blue that is). Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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It’s gotta start somewhere…

Posted by on Jul 8, 2014

It’s gotta start somewhere…

Today is certainly not the first day of preparation for this tour, but it is the first day that this blog is up and running, so we better start using it. Everyday brings us a little closer to lift off, and everyday we are a little closer to being ready for it. For instance, Ole’ Blue the 1999 Ford Econoline van we purchased from Kevin for this tour (and beyond) is at the doctors office (Lester’s Automotive in San Marcos, TX).  She needed a little work done on her nervous system, but other than that she is looking strong and healthy.  I think she is as excited to get out on the road as we are.  We keep grinning ear to ear when we drive her around town because we feel so lucky that it all worked out the way it did.  She isn’t a looker, but she’s strong. We just printed up a slew of fliers to send out ahead for the venues to hang up- they are pretty fun little posters, don’t ya think? It will be a lot of fun seeing them up all around the country! We have a few other stops not included on this poster- like Tulsa for a radio broadcast on Folk Salad which will be wonderful and another cool radio stop we will update you on a bit later.  Anyway, I don’t want to make this too long so I will sign off, but I hope you enjoy reading this blog as much as we will enjoy updating it!  Stay in touch! Share this:TwitterFacebookEmailMorePinterestGoogleRedditTumblrLike this:Like...

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