Silver Lake 66 is the soulful, Americana duo of Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo. Their sound combines tight harmonies, strong duets, and sharp guitar work with colorful Americana songwriting. Their duet style is steeped in classic country, folk, and blues; while their songs are personal and genuine.
Originally from the Midwest, the couple began playing and writing music together during their time in Minneapolis. After several years of recording, touring and playing locally, they packed up the van, guitars, and their trusty dog Bernie, and headed to Southern California. While living in LA for nearly a decade, their band The Ruby Trees performed locally in Los Angeles clubs, including appearances at Ronnie Mack’s Barn Dance at The World-Famous Palomino Club. While in LA in the 90’s, they were asked to contribute a song to the Restless Records release “A Town South of Bakersfield, Volume 3” along with veteran artists Dale Watson, The Hellecasters, and Harry Dean Stanton.
The next chapter for the duo was a move to Portland, Oregon. As we all know, sometimes life gets in the way of our dreams; and health challenges put a temporary hold on music making. Fortunately, fate intervened and a chance meeting with a tribe of like-minded musicians in Portland sparked the beginnings of Silver Lake 66. Fueled by jam sessions and performances at an under the radar, honky-tonk on the edge of town called “The Barn”, the duo returned to playing music.
In August 2016, Silver Lake 66 released their debut album, “Let go or be dragged” to critical acclaim. Randy Radic of the Huffington Post says, “Simply put, Let go or be dragged is one of the better albums I have had the opportunity to review. . . (their) music is what I call “elegant simplicity,” i.e. the real McCoy. The kind of music that harks back to George Jones, Patsy Cline and Hank Williams”. The release was embraced by Americana radio, receiving airplay on over 50 Americana radio stations throughout the US, Canada and Europe. Let go or be dragged reached #19 on the Roots Music Report (a national Americana radio airplay chart) and the song “San Francisco Angel” climbed to CD #18 on the single version of the same chart.
Let go or be dragged features a collection of songs drawn from personal experiences of travel, love, loss and adversity. A group of local veteran musicians from the Portland Americana community round out the vocally driven, warm tremolo laden sound. Look for Silver Lake 66 performing around Oregon, Washington and California this summer/fall.