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You Me and Apollo: Bringing Down Home Warmth to Mountain Festival

Posted by December 23rd, 2013 No Comments »

Timbrrr! Fest Series: You Me and Apollo

To place You Me and Apollo within any single genre is to unjustifiably compartmentalize their creativity. While the band does ascribe to hazy doo-wop intonation and self-appointed alternative country, they span so many styles it’s just easier, and more honest, to just plainly say they’re fantastic.

The Fort Collins-based quintet has only been together for a few years but their professionalism fools you into believing they’ve been together for decades. The band started as a solo project by lead guitarist and vocalist Brent Cowles who slowly added members to fill out his songs until, in early 2012, they released their first 7”.

You Me and Apollo have covered a lot of ground touring the country to open for big names, which seems to reflect the multifaceted aspects of their music. Who else has toured with Third Eye Blind, Brandi Carlile, and Dashboard Confessional? Their self-titled EP, which came out in early 2013, meets their diversity head-on to marry Cowles’ bluesy demeanor with the soulful racket of a dusty saloon.

You Me and Apollo yield Delta blues and Memphis soul as if they’re Cat Power’s rowdier brothers or Allen Stone’s country cousins. Nevertheless, their set is sure to bring mellow, down home warmth to the mountain festival. Have you been to Leavenworth? If so, what impressions did it leave with you?
You Me and Apollo’s lead vocalist and guitarist, Brent Cowles: I have never been to Leavenworth but I’ve heard it’s quite nice.

NM: Since the festival happens in early 2014, what are some of your New Year’s resolutions?
BC:  My New Year’s resolutions are to learn Spanish and how to read music.

NM: Timbrrr! advertises hot toddies. What are some of your favorite recipes?
BC: I actually can’t say I’ve ever had a hot toddy! I typically just enjoy sipping on some whisky.   

NM: The festival features snowshoeing and other winter-related activities. Do you have a favorite snow sport?
BC: I used to go snowboarding frequently. But then I decided to be a musician so it is more of a rare occurrence these days. Snowshoeing sounds fun.

NM:  Which of your songs would you recommend listening to on a brisk winter day?
BC: “We Got a Roof”

Timbrrr Fest! takes place January 10-11 in Leavenworth, Washington. 

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