The songs of Tall Tales and the Silver Lining ramble down leafy paths through cool forests and dive headlong into the ocean. It's a carefree mix of country folk, with simple guitar strums that mingle playfully with spare rhythms and sweet harmonies. The Ventura, Calif. band's latest release is the uplifting Earthling EP, a cozy set of songs inspired by life in Big Sur, where the Santa Lucia Mountains rise from the Pacific.
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is mostly a one-man project featuring the songs of Trevor Beld. He writes all the music and plays most of the instruments. Earthling is his second release.
"Tall Tales and the Silver Lining formed about a year and a half ago," says Beld. "I had a group of songs, and didn't really know what to do with them, so my friends at Beehouse records told me to record them and they would put it out! I was stoked! I ended up recording it mostly myself because I had it already in my head, and if anyone was going to mess it up I'd want it to be mostly on my shoulders."
Beld's music is intimate and heartfelt. "'Sister and Mother' is about a single mom and her children moving away and starting a new life," says Beld. "It's mostly auto-biographical, so it's pretty personal. "
For the Earthling EP, Beld played most of the instruments, but he has help for live shows from Tania Beld Jimenez, Jason Bays, Brook Dalton, Nels Rosengren, Seth Petersen, Brian Granillo and Landon Smith. Beld says "It's a tight squeeze sometimes, but worth it!"