Day for Night to bring high and lonesome harmonies to Yarmouth’s Royal Bean

YARMOUTH — The acoustic country duo Day for Night will bring its classic harmonies and unmatched original material to the Yarmouth coffee shop The Royal Bean, 18 Yarmouth Crossing Drive, at 1 p.m. Sunday, March 23.

Hailing from northwest Portland, where lonesome winds howl, big trucks growl and the Presumpscot River prowls through the hills, Doug Hubley and Gretchen Schaefer support their singing with guitar and mandolin. Their inspirations include Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, George Jones, Gram Parsons and Emmylou Harris, and some of country’s premiere brother acts — the Everly Brothers, the Louvin Brothers.

The pair, who first made music together in the 1990s as members of the Cowlix and the Boarders, combine wry humor with a bedrock reverence for tradition as they cover about four decades’ worth of country music — in addition to a growing list of Hubley originals such as “Where Was I” and “I Never Drink Alone,” as well as “Bittersweet” and “The Ceiling.”

“I like being part of the history of country music,” said Schaefer, whose first exposure to the style was hearing her father play Hank Williams songs on a Gibson archtop. “It’s a long history that, really, goes back centuries, back to England. Whether the songs we’re doing are older or newer, it’s satisfying to be part of that lineage.”

“I guess we’re part of the Americana scene, but we occupy a middle ground that’s not heavily populated these days,” said Hubley. “We nod, sort of, to a lot of country traditions — like Appalachian music via the Stanley Brothers, or honky tonk via Webb Pierce and Buck Owens. But we’re products of the New England suburbs, and we approach those sounds and themes from that perspective. It’s cathartic, but there’s still that New England reserve and irony.

“Most important,” he added, “we don’t sing about what we haven’t lived.”

This performance was originally scheduled for March 30. To learn more, call 207-846-1009 or visit www.theroyalbean.com/.


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