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The Creston Line ~ Twang Pollution Music

  • Live Oak Music Festival Live Oak Camp, Hwy 154 Santa Barbara, CA USA (map)

"They evoke the Avett Brothers prior to their mainstream success... their sound is a beautiful blend of gritty guitar play and lyrics you hope to learn." -Monterey County Weekly

The Creston Line is a band from Atascadero, California formed by singer-songwriter Jon Bartel in 2015. Their sound can best be described as "Twang Pollution Music," a genre-descriptor derived from an insult hurled at them by a disgruntled audience member. The swampy percussion and the sturdy, root-driven bass undergird the sometimes hauntingly delicate, sometimes careening guitar and pedal steel, with an old acoustic guitar and lyrics that one reviewer calls “literate, melancholic, often narrative… Lucinda Williams-level lament.”

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