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Cherry Pop

Title - 'Long Rider'
Artist - 3 Pairs of Boots

For those not in the know, on January 29th, 2021, California-based husband-and-wife duo Andrew Stern and Laura Arias of 3 Pairs of Boots released their sophomore album, Long Rider.

Drawing on their combination of Americana-leaning Folk and Rock, the themes on the album are relatable, with the wider contexts of the new recording further suggesting the ways in which Stern and Arias have musical progressed on this follow-up to their debut album Down South.

1. 'Quittin' Time'
2. 'Angels of the Trail'
3. 'Devil Road'
4. 'Take a Step'
5. 'Everywhere I Go'
6. 'I Am the Map'
7. 'Summer of Love'
8. 'Low'
9. 'My Best Friend'
10. 'Roller Coaster'

Here on this breathtakingly ambient new album, where the layered guitars combine soulfully with the nuanced vocals, it opens with the free flowing majesty of 'Quittin' Time' and the melodic country pop of 'Angels of the Trail,' which are backed by the gently frenetic bops found within both 'Devil Road' and 'Take a Step,' and then we get the upbeat and earnest 'Everywhere I Go.'

Inspired by the life of “Lady Long Rider” Bernice Ende, who traversed the country alone on horseback over 30,000 miles in the later years of her life, next up we have the yearning ballad 'I Am the Map' and then the mid-tempo, delightful summery sway of 'Summer of Love,' with the album rounding out on the sterner rock storytelling of 'Low,' the early Fleetwood Mac-esque 'My Best Friend,' and comes to a close on the foot-tappin' 'Roller Coaster.'

Stern explains regarding their sound: “We sort of stumbled into this genre: It was there the whole time, and we just had to realize it."

Arias adds: “Andrew likes to take someone’s story and run with it. The story is always important.”

After focusing on 3 Pairs of Boots only on the weekends for some time, in 2019 the band became the duo's central focus. They now write and record full-time in their two-room home studio.

Stern comments: "It feels like we’re settling into who we are now, writing whatever feels right. We’re self-sufficient. Having the studio at home allows us unlimited time to create and perfect the tracks.”

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