The Speakers are a lo-fi, new-folk duo from California. Their latest CD is a collection of songs with lyrics by William Butler Yeats. Brian Miller and Peter Musselman say they were inspired by the Irish poet's turn-of-the-century work because it sounded like country songs.
The Speakers' new CD is Yeats is Greats: The Speakers Sing the Poems of William Butler Yeats
Miller and Musselman have been playing together since they were in middle school in Lancaster, Pa. They continued to play into college and later moved to California where they formed The Speakers in 1999.
For their new CD they sang and played accordion, guitar, bass, banjo, drums, violins, piano, organ, spaced-out keyboards and threw in some whistling.
Miller has also been the guitarist for Jolie Holland for the last five years and has appeared on her last two albums, Catalpa and Escondida, and her upcoming third album, Springtime Can Kill You.