Bend Ukulele Group is hosting a workshop and show on Monday, May 20. The Quiet American is husband and wife duo, Aaron and Nicole Keim. A home-grown modern folk revival, their music incorporates ballads, banjo breakdowns, raggy choruses, gospel duets and other dusty Americana gems, all delivered on a wide variety of acoustic instruments, some of which Aaron built himself.
Before forming The Quiet American, Aaron was known for his work with the well-loved Colorado Roots Band Boulder Acoustic Society.
Aaron studied music education and music history in Colorado, but he and his wife now live in Hood River. Aaron and Nicole recently released their fourth album while also touring and teaching at many ukulele festivals around the country.
Aaron also builds ukuleles and banjo ukuleles for mya-moe ukuleles in White Salmon. They have many famous artists playing their instruments, including Eddie Vedder and Mumford and Sons. The wait time for a handcrafted ukulele is 10 months.
With their new album, The Quiet American’s songwriting and song catching focus is on the all-American bad boy, Wild Bill Jones. Over the course of 15 tunes and songs, Aaron and Nicole turn the myth of Wild Bill Jones around and around, bringing new light to the many facets of this classic anti-hero tale. With Wild Bill Jones, The Quiet American has created a pastiche of the roots of American music and a new way of looking at these old songs and stories.