OK, what is Three For Silver?
Three For Silver is an aggressively original band that is impervious to easy description.
PR people often use phrases like Mythic Americana, Doomfolk, or Apocalypso.
Some of those are pretty good, but they still just feel like the desperate necessities of someone forced to fill out a form box labelled "Genre".
Three For Silver features one-of-a-kind instruments you've never seen playing styles mixed in ways you've never heard. Perhaps it is pop music from an exceptionally dark parallel dimension. The band has hit the road since 2013, and their monomaniacal devotion has already led them all over the USA and the world, from Accordion Festivals in Vienna to Modern Music Expos in Russia, and even partnering with the US State Department for ongoing cultural exchange tours to countries thirsty for truly original American music.
Who is even in the band, at least most of the time?
Lucas Warford (vocals, basses)
“The acid baby of Tom Waits and Les Claypool,” as NW legend Baby Gramps called him.
His basses are of his own design, and played in a way that would frankly confound his low end predecessors. If you believe this to be idle talk, he will gladly make a bet with you on the night of the show.
His voice is... idiosyncratic, and he doesn't mind the comparisons to Mr. Waits.
Willo Sertain (vocals, accordion)
The band's accordionist and chief melody-maker hails from the woods of North Carolina. Sertain sings compellingly in at least a dozen languages, from Greek to Tajik, and sometimes even in English.
Her distinctive pure tones, haunting pathos, and calm demeanor are a natural foil to the madness of Warford.
Corwin Zekley (vocals, violin)
The newest discovery within the band's tatterdemalion galaxy.
Corwin is a virtuoso violinist raised by a massive horde of musicians often referred to in aggregate as Lark Camp, one of the biggest folk music gatherings in America.
He is possibly more fluent in the language of music than the language of English.
The good book tells us of a secret chord that David played, and it pleased the lord.
Three For Silver does not know this chord, nor have they any interest in learning it.
But they have their own secret chord they've been working on.
Like all sufficiently advanced technology, the chord is indistinguishable from magic,
and like magic, a little misstep can backfire spectacularly.
But when they hit that chord just right - with the foundation of Lucas' bass, the swelling mid-range of Willo's accordion, just the right sizzle from Corwin's fiddle,
and finally their three voices wrapping it in harmony -
just one strike of that special chord will dispel the fog and mist and reveal wild originality growing right in front of you.
Or not. There's no accounting for taste.