Jeni Lee Richey: Songs, Vocals, Acoustic Guitar
Fred Beldin: Songs, Lead Guitar
Tom McCartan: Bass Guitar, Backing Vocals
Cory Snavely: Drums
With songs haunted by the wicked, the lovely and a few whiskey-soaked nights, Jeni Lee Richey & The Great Tribulation meet at the crossroads of history and serendipity to bring you a sound twisting up from a seed planted over a decade ago. 1994: Jeni Lee and Fred meet while working together at a fashionable boutique in East Lansing, Michigan. He plays in a number of local basement rock acts. She sings but she's shy. They tentatively discuss Jeni joining an outlaw country band Fred basses for, but she chickens out and he assumes she hates him. .. Both of them flee East Lansing as the millennium turns. Fred keeps making music in Seattle with doom-folk trio The End Times, Jeni starts making music solo as Lula Found, then with the dark country duo Bone Orchard Revival and Ann Arbor favorite The Blue Rubys, and they gradually forget about each other... 2009: Fred returns to Michigan from Seattle, wind-blown and weak-kneed. Jeni isn't shy anymore. He posts an ad for a singer and she reads it. A plan to meet for drinks is nearly derailed when wildfires flare up along M-23, but bourbon is spilled regardless. Unseasonable hailstorms herald their first rehearsal, and a debut public performance is marred by flash floods. Undaunted, the duo decides to defy the elements that oppose them and officially incorporate as The Great Tribulation. Today, the forces of chance and destiny war within us. The Great Tribulation grew out of this conflict, an effort to define and defy the chaos of survival through the medium of the American folk song. We were inevitable. After four seasons of thirsty contemplation and public experimentation, songwriters Jeni Lee Richey and Fred Beldin announce a solid lineup for The Great Tribulation. With drummer Cory Snavely and bassist Tom McCartan on the team and augmented in the studio and/or on stage with local Michigan roots players like Paul Delamater (pedal steel, from Rust County Electric), Mark Wallace (violin, from Black Jake and the Carnies) and Ryan Racine (accordion, from Gas For Less), The Great Tribulation is now poised to beguile a wider audience of seekers. Our full length debut, The Flood Brought The Fire, was assembled over the past two years from sessions at Jim Diamond?s Ghetto Recorders, Jim Roll?s Backseat Productions and Tim Pak's Woodshed Studios. Each month a new windmill to tilt at, every season a song, a diary for us all, the accumulation of sporadic recordings suddenly congealed into part one of some terrible, beautiful fable ... frozen winter and the swelter of summer informs these songs, as does the emotional expansion and contraction that follows the rage of love, the envelopment of despair and the righteousness of revenge and overcoming defeat. Outlaw country swagger, the truth and beauty of American folk songs, the blazing freedom of inappropriately loud guitars ... featuring past, present and future members of Flatfoot, Bone Orchard Revival, The End Times and Seger Liberation Army, this is the history of once-proud pioneers who settled the Michigan forests and found peace by fighting for their freedom.
What's up with the name:
Despite the band name, we're not a Christian band. We sing about the tribulations of life. (don't we all?) Our songs are about the trials we put ourselves through, the trials other people put us through, the pain, the questions, the reasoning, the acceptance, the results, and most importantly, the triumph of overcoming.
Got anything recorded?
The Flood Brought The Fire - June, 2011 - Our full length debut, The Flood Brought The Fire, was assembled over the past two years from sessions at Jim Diamond's Ghetto Recorders, Jim Roll's Backseat Productions and Tim Pak's Woodshed Studios. Each month a new windmill to tilt at, every season a song, a diary for us all, the accumulation of sporadic recordings suddenly congealed into part one of some terrible, beautiful fable ... frozen winter and the swelter of summer informs these songs, as does the emotional expansion and contraction that follows the rage of love, the envelopment of despair and the righteousness of revenge and overcoming defeat.
Tell us your future?
Next Show: CD Release Party for The Flood Brought The Fire Friday, June 17th Woodruff's Bar wsg, Small Houses, The Blueflowers, Mike Galbraith Doors at 9pm Cover $5 CDs and T-shirts for $10 ea.
Facebook page: facebook.com/thegreattribulationband