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Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana with Silver Lake 66. Hailing from the Midwest, the power couple’s travels have seen them to Los Angeles and now Portland as they continue their musical adventures. Now, the duo is capitalizing on the momentum brought to them with their 2016 debut, Let Go Or Be Dragged, and their second release, Ragged Heart, which brings their energized Americana to new heights.
Let Go Or Be Dragged has received airplay from over 55 radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The album hit #19 on the Roots Music Report’s album chart, and the song “San Francisco Angel” reached #18 on its singles chart. Ragged Heart is currently receiving airplay in the US and abroad.
On Ragged Heart, Americana Highways’ Melissa Clarke says, "The striking characteristic of Ragged Heart is the energy of the instrumental interplay, with a throwback early ’70s style and tones to match . . . The band’s energy is irresistible, and the vocal harmonies are divine.”
Glide Magazine calls Ragged Heart “a glorious roundabout of Americana mixed with splices of hearty rockabilly and chugging sweet seductive melodies.” They go on to say, “Silver Lake 66 transports a dignified sound that evokes the gratifying sounds of Dolly Parton and Emmylou Harris, with a sly inkling for today’s roots music ears.”
Silver Lake 66 will be releasing their third album, The Space Between Us in the summer of 2022. The duos’ reaction to the one of the most uncertain times in American history is an album of emotionally raw and genuine performances, with remarkably strong songwriting. The songs reverberate with the tension of an anxious world, but also showcase a playful sense of humor which provides balance even in dark times. A first-rate band of Portland musicians contributed to the album, including Jenny Conlee-Drizos (The Decemberists) on piano, Kyleen King (Brandi Carlyle) on violin and viola.
The duo’s distinct ability to perfectly complement one another reveals the finest in both songwriting, and the strength to seamlessly blend genres into a sound which is timeless and unique as their own. As two seasoned troubadours, Overbo and Francis tell stories straight from the heart while looking forward to whatever comes next and glancing back at the road they’ve travelled with no regrets.