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July Carol (single)

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July Carol

Lyrics & music by Peter Panyon © 2015 All rights reserved BMI

Big Tribe:

Bonnie Eyler: lead vocal Peter Panyon: 12-string guitar, bass guitar, keyboards, harmony vocal Joe Heutte: harmony vocal Gary Harmon: piano Louise Roberts: flute

The Forest Choir:
Frazier Botsford, Barb Cameron Caum, Bonnie Eyler, Liz Fixsen, Ty Ford, Viktor Fraker, Terry Fraker, Jim Goodwin, Joe Heutte, Suzanne Lo, Peter Panyon, Joy Perrin, John Post, Louise Roberts, Nathan Schwartzberg, J. Jae Stoner, Marla Taylor

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In This Together

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The second album from the Maryland-based indie ensemble Big Tribe continues their mission to produce multilayered rock with thoughtful lyrics, strong melodies and rich harmonies – songs to make you think, and make you dance.

From the acoustic-rock Christmas fable “July Carol” to the locomotive-driven ecology parable “Martha”, from the dobro-flavored good-love-gone-bad elegy “How The Mind Wanders” to the jam-band flavors of “Just A Boy”, from the old-school rock of “The Boys Of Autumn” to the reggae-infused quantum musings of “The Cat Song”, Big Tribe offers radio-ready rock with a fresh sensibility and a compelling invitation to engage the mind, heart, soul, and feet.

Listen. Think. Dance. Repeat.

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  1. 1 Martha 05:51 Lyrics
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  2. 2 All In This Together 05:12 Lyrics
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  3. 3 10,000 Years 03:50 Lyrics
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  4. 4 The Final Boat Out 04:58 Lyrics
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  5. 5 I Want To Be With You 03:53 Info
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  6. 6 How The Mind Wanders 03:44 Lyrics
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  7. 7 You Lied 03:21 Lyrics
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  8. 8 The Cat Song 04:50 Lyrics
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  11. 11 Muddy Creek 05:47 Lyrics
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  12. 12 The Boys Of Autumn 02:46 Lyrics
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From The Fringes

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  1. 1 The Apple and the Mango 06:39 Info
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  2. 2 Dancing in Somebody's Dream 05:09 Info
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  3. 3 Dangerous Girl 05:26 Info
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  4. 4 You Bonnie Me Clyde 06:13 Info
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  6. 6 Home Beyond the Sky 04:35 Info
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  7. 7 Can't Work the River 04:52 Info
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  8. 8 Blood Moon Rising 07:40 Info
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  9. 9 No Second Chances 04:57 Info
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  10. 10 Put Those Things Away 04:30 Info
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  11. 11 Pearl 07:02 Info
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Here's what they say about "In This Together:

Vents Magazine:   “Big Tribe, despite their low mainstream visibility, occupies a very exclusive niche in the musical world.   In This Together manifests many influences and they are seamlessly joined together to fashion a distinctive approach quite unlike any other act working in popular music today.” 
  
Gashouse Radio:  “This is a brave collection open to any audience and brimming over with lyrical and musical intelligence we seldom hear enough of in these diminished times.  The twelve songs on the band’s second album are musically challenging and showcase a variety of voices and approaches that many much more visible and longer-standing bands only aspire to.  The creativity fueling Big Tribe’s songwriting is apparent from the first track to last . . . intelligent and often quite clever songwriting . . .  It has often been said, but there truly is something for everyone on In This Together and Big Tribe has crafted quite a solid follow-up to their debut.”        
9 out of 10 stars 
  
Skope:   “ Big Tribe resolutely and gloriously play by their own rules and are willing to follow their Muse in whatever wayward path it takes them. In This Together will appeal to a wide swath of listeners.”       8 out of 10 stars 
  
Razorfish:  “The band’s chief songwriter, Peter Panyon, thinks outside of the box and has surrounded himself with bandmates and guests who are sympathetic to this sort of creativity.   The largely low key musical arrangements are full of subtle urgency – it comes through in the vocal phrasing, the assertive drumming, and lyrical content that engages its target audience from the first and speaks in often highly charged poetic imagery.   There are a few songs where the band lets their rock flag fly high, but even those moments are guided by a singer/songwriter template that rarely steers the band wrong  . . . Big Tribe brings a lot of disparate influences together on this release and it will linger with listeners long after the final notes fade from hearing.”           9 out of 10 stars 
  
  
Indie Music Reviews:  “Their second studio album, In This Together, features a dozen songs that are the obvious product of a refined songwriting sensibility . . . Much of Panyon’s lyrical writing is metaphorical and/or symbolic, giving the album’s best cuts a literary quality unlike many of his peers, younger or older, working today . . .  This is unassuming, but quietly confident, music.   In This Together largely deals with rather weighty subject matter, but the songwriting never forgets the importance of sweetening the pot some and challenging listeners with unusual songwriting turns.”        8 out of 10 stars 
  
Indie Mindy:   “In This Together will satisfy a wide variety of fans – rock fans, unrepentant folkies, and rootsy devotees.  Big Tribe are endlessly inventive songwriters and performers and they show themselves able of carrying off this material with an ample amount of personality as well.” 
9 out of 10 stars 
  
Band Blurb:  “Peter Panyon’s songwriting gives the band and their cohorts a sturdy skeleton they flesh out with musical textures and colors of every sort.   The dozen songs on this collection rarely repeat themselves or cover the same territory and, even when they plumb into familiar subject matter for popular song, they do so with rare individuality and a creativity that reaches far beyond the ken of most modern acts.” 
            8 out of 10 stars 
  
Carlito’s Music Blog:  “Their debut From the Fringes announced the arrival of Peter Panyon as a songwriter, but the second effort finds Big Tribe building on the accomplishments of their first collection rather than merely trying to replicate it.   In This Together has a dozen numbers that cut across a wide swath of musical styles, but never in an ostentatious way that calls attention to itself.    These are rock solid compositions and even the looser moments have the feel of a band who naturally play with confidence and a talent for simply letting the songs flow through them rather than laboring over both the writing and performance to such an extent that all of the life and verve are drained from their efforts . . . If you appreciate musical clarity and a little daring to spice up your traditional loves, Big Tribe will not disappoint.   In This Together sparks with creativity and imagination from the first song and never loses that fire throughout.”          9 out of 10 stars   
  
 



The critics like "From The Fringes" :


Indie Artists Alliance:    "9/10"    "a good time record with spiritual layers and should be heralded as a gem. . . . really hits a home run . . . a barnburner.  It’s an amazing ride . . . "

Skope:  "Big Tribe could reach out to multitudes with great meaning . . .  It’s a real breath of fresh air to hear messages that have more substance than what is presently on my radio."

Indie Music Digest:   "rocks steady . . . many impressive songs back to back . . . trippy Singer/Songwriter, R&B fused Alternative Rock with a fun and eccentric Psychedelic, Indie College Rock flair . . . this CD has something for just about everyone . . . a zany, fun, compelling musical journey."

Music Emissions:    "catchy, well-crafted songs with lyrics that connect with the good in everyone . . . Radio-friendly songs that stay with you long after the first listen . . .  a supernova of passion and sound exploding into your soul, a game changer in a world that needs a new musical direction." 

Indie Musicians Artists Digital Radio Network:   "soulful sound and clever musical antics . . .  a true to form return of psychedelic writing style wrapped around catchy playing style with a hooky feel that flows.  It’s passionate, intricate music but goes well beyond decent chops . . .  one walks away feeling that they listened to something a little truer than accustomed . . . Here’s one artist that has the courage to write, play, and release music that goes a bit against the modern pop-rock grain but will remind you just how bad modern day music has really gotten . . . Big Tribe led by Peter Panyon is trying to break this mold because they are the real deal." 

Vents Magazine:  "Stocked full of hooks and a jovial playing style that never lets its guard down, to melodies which linger long after the playing has passed . . . 11 buoyant and inventive tracks which play like new adventures, yet approaches them like old friends you feel you’ve known for a long time . . . pleasantly embraces the ears and is in a league all by itself with an elite spirit of eagerness and vibrancy . . .  It offers many musical familiarities, wearing those inspirations proudly on its sleeve showcasing eclectic musical influences hinged on impressive musicianship and a unique signature sound . . . This is one of the most uplifting artists I’ve heard in quite some time . . . As the CD slowly advances the melodies, addictive hooks return sporadically from time to time with a beckoning potency far away from the mediocre mainstream. Bottom there’s something much more tangible about this release compared to most of the CD’s that slide across my desk this year  . . .   a good 11-track listen any way you slice it.  It’s a ripe musical invitation into the world of a red hot songwriter from the DC area. At the least it will satisfy many, thus filling the void left by millions of band who cannot dive this deep – not even close. This outlier style of music is not only mastered by Big Tribe, it also deserves a much wider and attentive audience to say the least."

 

Can't Work the River

Filmmaker Jacob Canon (New Canon Media) made the video for "Can't Work the River", a song  about the Chesapeake waterman.  Jacob and Peter spent days on the Patuxent River with watermen Morty Peed and Simon Dean, and Jacob wove this footage with historical images of working the Bay, and the haunting story in the song, to create this, the second Big Tribe music video.

Pearl


"Pearl" is a tribute to Peter Panyon Sr, a Pearl Harbor veteran who started as a Navy bandsman and ended up a codebreaker with a lifelong national security career.  Pete is the narrator (and the counting-in guy); the band here includes his son Peter Jr (vocals and 12-string guitar), daughter-in-law Bonnie (drums and vocals) and granddaughter Rani (funeral cadence drum), along with the rest of The Fabulous Neptones.


 

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Previous events

Mar2

Big Tribe: Songs About The Water -- songs and a conversation about telling stories in song

Prince George's Community College, Room 109, Chesapeake Hall , 301 Largo Road, Largo

An hour of live original songs (and a music video) about the water, with illustrated discussion of their environmental themes, and a conversation about how to use pop culture to help tell a story.

And it's free and open to the public . . .

Jun23

Big Tribe

Smithsonian Environmental Research Center, Edgewater, Maryland

News we’re excited about: Big Tribe at the Smithsonian. (It’s the “unplugged” Big Tribe – Bonnie and Joe and Peter.)

It’s an exotic venue – a scientific conference on Thursday June 23 at the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center in Edgewater, Maryland. It’s the annual Patuxent River Conference, devoted to sharing environmental science – not just communicating scientist-to-scientist, but also sharing environmental awareness with the general public (a mighty important problem, we believe).

We’re doing a fifty-minute program “Songs About The River” at which we’ll perform several of our songs that try to get regular folks to think about such things. We’ll talk about each one – the stories they tell, and the craft of making a song that tells a story in a way that makes people care – and try to spark dialog with the audience. All the while we’ll be trying to encourage creative thinking and collaboration between people with a message (for instance environmental science people) and musicians and other artists, in the name of trying to get people to think and to care.

We’re premiering the music video for “Can’t Work the River” (our waterman song) during the program; filmmaker Jacob Canon will speak of telling this story visually.

That alone would have us excited, but there’s more! When the conference ends at 6 there’s a gathering with drinks and refreshments, and we’re going to play some of our other songs until we’ve closed the place down.

If this interests you, you can go to www.PAXCON.org for the details of the conference; you can even register online to attend. It’s an all-day event; our program is from 4 to 5, and the closing set will be around 6:15.

Mar10

Big Tribe at Marlboro Gallery

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Marlboro Gallery, Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Road, Largo, Marryland

A gallery reception for "Including Water", an art exhibit devoted to water and people and their effects on each other, featuring works by visual artists working in ten different visual media. Big Tribe will perform "unplugged" (well, semi-unplugged) versions of their several songs about the water, including "Can't Work the River" and "Blood Moon Rising" from the album "From The Fringes", as well as three songs from the upcoming album.

Apr11

The Great Annapolis Folk Music Revival

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Saint Margaret's Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 1601 Pleasant Plains Road, Annapolis, Maryland 21409

An acoustic set by Bonnie, Joe, and Peter (aka Little Big Tribe), embedded in an evening of acoustic music along with Neil Harpe, Ty Ford, Ken Eaton, Max Ochs, Nate Schwattzberg, Barbara Cameron Caum, Barbara Culbert Tennison, Christopher Brown, Tom Tompkins & Russ Dyrland, and Ethel Cook Ralphs. Come celebrate fifty years of incredible music!

Donations at the door. Age limit: All ages

Dec6

Christmas Jam at the Fringes

Sixties Folk/Rock Revival

HeBe Cafe at Maryland Hall, 801 Chase Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21401

An evening of acoustic music in the spirit of the coffee-house culture of the Sixties and Seventies, featuring a set by Little Big Tribe -- Peter, Bonnie, Joe, and Jonathan -- as well as music from veterans of the Annapolis coffeehouse scene (including singer and emcee Ty Ford) and contemporary local acoustic performers.

The cafe opens at 6; music is from 8 to 10.

Free admission.

Age limit: All ages

Big Tribe album release party

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