Under a parachute-covered tent in a Rossland backyard, the James Burrows Band, and Rachael Cardiello and the Warm Electric Winter gave a joint concert on Monday night. Yet, to the untrained eye, it would have seemed that there was only one band playing.
That’s because Burrows and Cardiello are bandmates, as well as husband and wife, and they perform together with the rest of the band as two distinct acts. One led by Burrows, one led by Cardiello, each performing their own songs.
Burrows is currently touring his new album Paradise Cinema. He recorded it in Brooklyn, NY a couple of years ago, and it finally released this spring.
“It’s mostly based on a lot of stories of my family growing up, and friends I’ve had growing up,” he said, “but also I think the particulars of … our generation. People who are struggling to find work or are looking for different ways to make a living because things are a bit different now than they were twenty or thirty years ago.”
Cardiello is also touring, playing from her album One for the Wind.
Sometimes Burrows and Cardiello play a joint show, and sometimes only one-act plays. On Monday, Burrows and Cardiello split sets, playing five of his songs, and five of hers, then taking a break before starting again.
So far the tour is going well, despite everyone being crammed into a tiny Subaru Legacy.
“It is super jam packed,” said Cardiello. “Like all of us have bags on our laps, and we have to sit very still, and we’re all trying not to get leg cramps.”