The Alpine Camp is an endeavor that started as a musical challenge and blossomed into a larger obsession. It is music created with absolutely no limitations, except one; the music will be played on roots instruments. “I wanted to see if we could transmit the vibe of rock music through the medium typically used in bluegrass and country bands”, says singer/guitarist Chris Bell. Charles Etienne (Singer/keyboards) continues, “It was important to me that the songs stood on their own, and weren’t simply a result of processing or gadgetry in the studio”.
The resulting EP achieved this goal and in doing so, inspired Charles and Chris to create it’s namesake band; The Alpine Camp. The group is anchored by the songwriting partnership of Bell and Etienne whose childhood friendship has developed the two into lifelong musical companions. “It was important that we not only utilized masterful players, but ones that appreciated the songs we had written and wanted to grow with the band. As soon as I heard the ﬁrst banjo pluck in the studio, I knew this was much more than a one off project”, recalls Bell. The additional musicians in the group provide both deft playing as well as attention to the song craft that will have audiences dancing, drinking and humming tunes on their way home.
Folks in the The Alpine Camp have performed with members of The Black Crowes, The Allman Bros. Band, Gov’t Mule, Guster, Roberta Flack, Derek Trucks Band and more. This group and EP are over two years in the making, and are ﬁnally ready to show the world their brand of “High Altitude Roots Music”. The waiting is over, it’s time to make camp, The Alpine Way!