November 30, 2021

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Triple bill at The Burl signals are living songs spring relaunch

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The Lexington/Louisville band Letters of Acceptance involves Scott Whiddon, John Harlan Norris. Tim Welch (seated at drums) and Clinton Harlin Newman. The band plays this weekend as element of a triple monthly bill of neighborhood acts at The Burl.

With the return of heat temperature and the easing of the pandemic, Lexington audio venues are resuming are living occasions.

The Burl stated on social media that it’s transferring most of its exhibits outside the house for the period starting this month.

To get spring rolling: A triple invoice at The Burl that features Letters of Acceptance.

The easy summation in describing Letters of Acceptance is that it is a band comprised of users dwelling in Lexington and Louisville. But like the pop seems the quartet has made more than the earlier four many years, this sort of a description overlooks the form of detail critical to comprehension its identity, not to point out the miles and time associated in developing it. In reality, to thoroughly appreciate how the band arrived to be, you practically need a highway map.

The tale commences with a break up. Irrespective of a friendship presently proven together with a mutual appreciation of modern pop and rock inspirations, Nicholasville native John Harlan Norris and Louisvillian Clinton Harlin Newman went in very unique directions. A visible artist, Norris moved Arkansas to teach portray. Newman, at the identical time, headed north, winding up in a sequence of New York bands that included The Mendoza Line and Fowl of Youth.

Right after a ten years apart and a dose of serendipity, both equally wound up back again in the Bluegrass with an purpose to forge their pop choices into a seem and band of their personal.

“Clint and I have been good friends for, like, 20 years,” Norris reported. “We’re both of those from Kentucky and each had needed to be in a band jointly a extensive time back. Then we finished up shifting to distinctive parts of the country for quite a few decades but just happened to occur back to Kentucky at the same time. That’s when we started off building a lot of recordings on our very own and constructed up a real backlog of product.”

A few duo performances grew out their collaborations. In shorter get, however, they felt a require to create Letters of Acceptance as a absolutely operational band. That’s when a rhythm part of veteran Lexington artists – bassist Scott Whiddon and drummer Tim Welch – stepped in.

“I ran into Scott at a single of all those outside exhibits at Al’s (Bar),” Norris explained. “In another type of slightly serendipitous matter, Scott and I each lived in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, at the exact time several years back when we were going to grad university at LSU. We experienced individual bands down there. We shared a pair of costs alongside one another and understood each and every other pretty peripherally in all those times, but then we reconnected up in this article and just began chatting about songs. Everything just flowed normally from that. Once we started talking about playing alongside one another, Scott said, ‘I know the perfect drummer for you. And by the way, he’s your neighbor.’ So I arrived to realize Tim life on the identical block as me. There had been all these unusual connections.”

Two close friends functioning in distinct states. An unforeseen return residence at the similar time. An ally from yet another era and locale. A new acquaintance who turns out to be a neighbor. Few bands have had additional associates criss-crossing each individual other ahead of basically forming a lineup than Letters of Acceptance. By 2017, the quartet was set. A year later on, reside shows commenced with Norris now residing in Lexington and Newman remaining in Louisville.

“That suggests Clint has to travel to observe, sad to say,” Norris additional.

A lot of of the band’s performances are scheduled around the launch of a recording – not a whole duration album, but usually a two-or-three tune EP or a single.

“It’s so, I do not know, amorphous the way people today launch tunes now. We just take pleasure in currently being ready to set out a single now and then with no realizing just in which it is all going to go,” Norris explained. “We could compile it or add it to an album later on, but it’s been fun so far to connection these music to exhibits we have coming up.”

The band’s April 9 effectiveness will coincide with the launch of a new one named “Take All the Time That You Will need.” Like a great deal of Letters of Acceptance’s songs so much, it is steeped into the melodic performance of contemporary pop, minus the pomp and gloss.

“When Clint and I commence 1st begun to turn out to be buddies, we would just type of nerd out in excess of distinctive sorts of guitar-centered music. We the two favored songs that was pop oriented and had pop structures, but also a handmade high quality in conditions of the way it was recorded. The tunes was not always polished the way radio pop is. A band we seriously dug on early on when we 1st started chatting about new music and believed about perhaps playing audio collectively was The Go Betweens, an Australian band. We seriously preferred them mainly because there are two songwriters in the band and their tracks are very pop, but the arrangements are also incredibly skeletal. They have been recorded in sort of slapdash approaches. It’s not tremendous polished new music, but it’s still melodic with clever lyrics.”

Norris is also brief to stage out that in spite of its like of recording, Letters of Acceptance has missed tremendously the practical experience of actively playing dwell as a outcome of the COVID-19 pandemic. This weekend will be its to start with community effectiveness since participating in at an abbreviated Tahlsound Competition out of doors show in Oct. As these kinds of, Norris welcomes remaining part of a triple invoice of area functions this weekend at The Burl.

“I don’t forget at Tahlsound, it felt so great to see some familiar faces, meet up with some new people today and just bear in mind how meaningful it can be to participate in songs in a big location – to just interact in human being. There has been this sort of a modest quantity of that for anyone that we really should recognize how crucial it is.”

The Fanged Robotic, Letters of Acceptance and Bear Medication carry out outside at The Burl, 375 Thompson Rd. at 8 p.m. April 9. Tickets are $75 for tables seating six patrons. For much more information, go to

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