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Band/Artist Name & Pronunciation: Blue Plains

Recommended if you like: Radiohead, Wilco, Arcade Fire

Story behind your band/artist name: Eco-minded DMV residents might recognize the fact that we share a name with the area's largest sewage waste water treatment plant. This choice was not accidental. Founding members Lee Cain and Adam Ortiz boast serious environmental credentials, with Ortiz heading up the Prince George's County Department of Environment and Cain currently serving as Director of Kingman Island, an oasis of nature on the Anacostia River. Bassist Brandon Miller also works for the DC Department of Environment. If you get the joke, good for you! If you don't, we think its a cool name that speaks to the band's love of nature and open spaces.

Band Members: Adam (vocals, guitar), Lee (vocals, cavaquinho, guitar), Pete (violin), Brandon (bass), Joe (drums)

What part of the DC region is the artist tied to and how? Where is the artist's current home base if not DC : Hyattsville, Maryland is home base for this band. Pete, Adam and Lee all reside in this up-and-coming neighborhood, which is filled with people representing all aspects of the creative arts.

At least 3 interesting/entertaining facts about the band related to persons/events in Washington DC area: Adam is a guitar/guitar equipment hoarder. But he's trying to get the help he needs ;-) Pete & Lee met during Hyattsville's annual hops-hop, where neighbors troop from house to house drinking their fill and making new connections. As Director of Kingman Island, Lee has worked his fingers to the bone to help pull off the Island's annual bluegrass festival, but he also gets to do all sorts of weird things... like spreading tons of biosolids (otherwise known as sewage sludge) over areas that used to be paved with concrete. All part of restoring the island's natural beauty!

Anything else we should know, or you want to share: Blue Plains will release its debut LP on February 7. Its a nine-track album featuring all-original songs recorded on vintage analog tape equipment with the venerable Don Zientara of Inner Ear Studios and mastered with Smithsonian sound engineer and Grammy winner Pete Reiniger. We have tried to craft an immersive experience that will speak to the heart and please the ear.

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Main Genre: Indie

Other Genres: alternative, new folk, rock, alt rock