Erin Marie Kost (Musical Saw, Vocals), Rola Cerone (Washtub bass) and Chris Puente (Guitars, Vocals) use simple percussion with strong syncopated rhythms to takes audiences on a tour of myth and legend, of the Snake Oil Salesmen, the Carpet Bagger, the Carnie, the Revival, The Old West and Old Ways and the years past, a tour of old music, Roots music, of Traditional Americana. Puente plays Olde Timey Americana and has opened for Democracy Now's Amy Goodman on her book tour, performed at the Palm Springs Rodeo(CA), Muddy Waters in Dallas, Listening rooms like The Logon Cafe in Beaumont(TX) and The White Crow Music Conservatory in Saginaw (MI), has worked with Austin's Parks and Rec Dep(TX), and is a regular talent at the Dunegrass Music Festival (MI).
What others are saying about Puente:
"Puente is the roots band of our dreams: They play beautiful, sometimes haunting “old-timey” songs with a young, fun twist. Between lead singer Chris Puente’s moody vocals and the two incredibly talented (and incredibly beautiful) ladies playing washtub bass and the musical saw, Puente puts on an incredible show you won’t see anywhere else.” - Beth Rankin - CAT5
“YOU HAVE TO HEAR HER! It is too wild, and beautiful! Puente delivers driving, grinding, time traveling blues lyrics out of some Louisiana juke joint alter ego that enters his throat when he begins to sing... all while (Erin) begins to make a saw whine and sing like Sirens from deep down in a place that makes you instantly think that this is something so cool that it is ahead of its time” - The Navasota Current
“They dress really nice for starters, definitely trying to tap into a different vibe than a lot of the younger bluegrass kids who try to dress all Millennial while sounding Appalachian. Puente’s songbook consists of mostly of songs from the O Brother, Where Art Thou soundtrack and other accepted Dust Bowl era songs. Surprisingly, they also throw in Johnny Cash and Gillian Welch covers too for a slightly more modern sound. The folks at the show last night were there for Amy Goodman but adding Puente to the bill definitely helped to establish an artistic connection to the New Deal era that Goodman spoke so eloquently about during her lecture.” - Kellt Minnis - 979represent.com
“Puente brings authentic Old Timey music to life with the added presence of Wash Tub bass, Violin, Saw and an eclectic Percussion mix that is best described as "New Orleans meets San Francisco". -
Strevo Schlemmer (Program Directer) - KEOS 89.1 FM
“The fiercely acoustic act “Puente” combines traditions all but lost and explores unique parts of music history and heritage. Chris Puente (Guitars), with the help of other roots music musicians, use simple percussion with strong syncopated rhythms, to take audiences on a tour of Myth and Legends, of the Snake Oil Salesmen, the Carpet Bagger, the Carnie, the Revival, The Old West and Old Ways of years past, a tour of Olde Music, Roots Music, of Traditional Americana.” - Rock The Republic
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