Plucked strings and stomping contradancers vibrated the humid air over the Altamont fairgrounds for the Old Songs Festival from June 28 to 30.
Their fourth album — named 10 Years 2Late because, they joke, they are “10 years too late for a major recording contract” — consists of 14 original songs, about relationships, including budding relationships; full-blown love; and break-up songs.
Richie Phillips's forbearers wrote tunes for comic characters like Popeye and Betty Boop; he composes country songs for local places — like Altamont.
“I kept thinking to myself, ‘Why do we have this car running outside all the time?’” said Maureen Ramirez of the need to add a third bay to the Altamont squad's building.
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