The intoxicating indie folk pop duo The Weepies will perform live at the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall as part of their “Completely Acoustic & Alone Tour”.
Singer-songwriters Deb Talan and Steve Tannen began writing together the night they met and soon formed indie band The Weepies. On the strength of their simple yet insightful songwriting and distinctive harmonies, they quietly sold more than 1.5 million records with over 54 million streams on Spotify, 25+ million views on YouTube, and over 110K social media followers. They married and had three children, rarely touring but continuing to release their music, five records over seven years.
Deb Talan was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer just before Christmas in 2013 when their youngest son was 17 months old and in chemo by New Year’s Eve. In 2014, Deb beat cancer, and The Weepies recorded the best album of their career. Coming back from the edge sharpened their skills and focus. At 16 songs and almost an hour long, “SIRENS” shows a band at the height of its powers.
Unable to travel while Deb was in treatment, the couple worked at home, inviting guest musicians to record remotely wherever each musician happened to be, resulting in unlikely superstar backing band. Players from across the spectrum jumped in, including Pete Thomas and Steve Nieve (Elvis Costello), Gerry Leonard (David Bowie), Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters), Tony Levin (Peter Gabriel), Oliver Kraus (Sia), and Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam), as well as veteran Weepies compatriots Frank Lenz, Eli Thomson, Jon Flaugher, Meg Toohey and Whynot Jansveld, plus a horn section from New Orleans.
The prophetic “No Trouble” was written prior to learning Deb’s diagnosis. “I don’t need no trouble, but sometimes trouble needs me”, sings Steve; Deb’s vocals were recorded during her first weeks of chemo. The couple continued to write and record throughout the treatment, with Deb providing several key vocals far into the year, including title track “Sirens”, captured in one take on a day where Deb really only had one take in her; her vulnerability is tangible.
After The Weepies had officially finished the album and Deb was in recovery, they continued to record remotely with their phenomenal backing musicians for fun, eventually adding a cover of Tom Petty’s “Learning to Fly” and a version of Irish balladeer Mark Geary’s “Volunteer” to the final album.
Doors 7:00pm / Show 8:00pm
Visit the Ponte Vedra Concert Hall website for additional information and to purchase tickets. Tickets can also be purchased at their box office and at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre box office.