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Black Prairie lets it out

Thursday, April 24, 2014 – Shot in a Portland, Ore. taxidermy shop, Black Prairie's new video for "Let It Out" was conceived by front woman Annalisa Tornfelt, who hunted squirrels as an Alaskan teenager.

"She then revealed they would make purses out of them and wear them to high school, even the bones in their hair to keep their buns up," adds band member Chris Funk. "And I thought smoking cloves while listening to The Smiths was edgy."

Folk singer Michael Hurley and Claire Coffee from "Grimm" also are in the video, which is being shown on NPR's web site.

Black Prairie features Chris Funk, Nate Query, Jenny Conlee and John Moen of The Decemberists with Tornfelt and guitarist Jon Neufeld. The disc was produced by Vance Powell (The Dead Weather, Red Fang)

"Making this record was the most collaborative and magical thing," said Funk.

Black Prairie's third full-length album, "Fortune," was released April 22 on Sugar Hill Records.

The band is launching a West Coast tour. Dates are:
May 1 - Seattle, WA The Tractor
May 2 - Portland, OR Aladdin Theater
May 3 - Eugene, OR John G. Shedd Institute for the Arts
May 4 - Arcata, CA Arcata Playhouse
May 7 - Los Angeles, CA Bootleg Theater
May 8 - San Diego, CA Soda Bar
May 9 - Santa Ana, CA Constellation Room

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Fortune CD review - Fortune
What began as an offshoot engineered by The Decemberists' inner circle has now become a full-time day job with an identity all its own. Three albums on, Black Prairie has shed most of the bluegrass trappings so evident in their original incarnation and evolved instead into a band that's no longer constrained by any predetermined identity. Clearly at ease with their current standing, the aptly titled "Fortune" reflects a general sense of confidence and no holds-barred »»»
A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart CD review - A Tear in the Eye is a Wound in the Heart
While some might describe Black Prairie as the roots music or bluegrass side project of The Decemberists' Chris Funk, Nate Query and Jenny Conlee, the music the group creates on this, their second album, is more of a film noir version of Americana music, wrapping traditional instruments with a gauzy, translucent covering that's more Mazzy Star than Gillian Welch. Credit vocalist Annalisa Tornfelt with setting much of that mood, as her smoky, distant pipes color tunes such as Little »»»
Feast of the Hunters' Moon CD review - Feast of the Hunters' Moon
Black Prairie's debut is based in many of the traditions of old time string band music, but updates and expands those conventions into something totally new. The project is comprised of three members of the popular chamber rock group, The Decemberists. Guitarist Chris Funk founded the group and plays Dobro. He also recruited Decemberists bassist Nate Query and accordion player Jenny Conlee to play along with former Bearfoot member Annalisa Tornfelt on fiddle and Doloreon's Jon Neufeld on guitar. »»»