February 19th, 2020 10:15pm Stage 2
Celebrating Rockwood Music Hall's 15-Year Anniversary!
Hayes Peebles was born and raised in New York City where the Strokes and Interpol were the soundtrack to his everyday in and around Manhattan. But at night and at home, Peebles taught himself guitar by studying music from a very different vein. He plucked out folk songs, country songs and sad songs. Neil Young, The Band, Townes van Zandt, Leonard Cohen and Roy Orbison began to instill in him a love of lyricism and a reverence for twang and melancholy that he couldn't shake.
Unable to give up the sparkling guitars and the attitude of the indie that raised him, and unwilling to deny his affinity for folk, country and the American songbook- Peebles stumbled into a sound that would let him bask in both.
That sound was debuted on Ghosts EP, an album the Wild Honey Pie wrote “would announce a new voice in alt-country/americana worth watching.” On the heels of singles like Airways and solo tours throughout the northeast, Rolling Stone Country listed Hayes as one of their '10 New Country Artists You Need to Know' citing “twangy arrangements that bring to mind troubadours like Steve Earle and Townes van Zandt.” Paste lauded Peebles’ ability to put a “New York twist on a more rural style of music” while The Deli wrote that his latest single “channels the gentle spirit of Bob Dylan and the twang of Neil Young—but all rock is not lost…”