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The Alpine Camp : Updated April 2015

“They’ve come with two serious contenders for Americana song of the year”
– Here Comes The Flood

“The Music of The Alpine Camp has me absolutely looking forward to what comes out of this impressive
group”
– Sleeping Bag Studios

The Alpine Camp is an endeavor that started as a musical challenge and blossomed into a larger obsession. Sounds of the outdoors channeled through live instrumentation were the parameters the band placed upon themselves. “We wanted to transmit the vibe of rock music through the medium typically used in folk, 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 have had audiences dancing, drinking and humming tunes on their way home.

Folks in The Alpine Camp have performed with members of The Black Crowes, The Allman Bros. Band, Gov’t Mule, Guster, Roberta Flack, the Derek Trucks Band and more. The band has quickly found fans of their signature “Roots Rock for the Outdoors”, playing at some of the most noted venues in the Southwest. Their emphasis on the live show is evident in the most recent addition to their live performance series; “Live from the Trail – Los Angeles”, recorded at the acclaimed The Mint LA. The group stands poised for a groundbreaking 2015, so get to a show and make camp…The Alpine Way!

Chris Bell – Vocals/Guitar
Charles Etienne – Keyboards/Vocals
Jeff Stella – Bass/Vocals
Shad Wilhelm – Drums
Bob Hamilton – Banjo
Jamison Hollister – Pedal Steel