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Accidentals at the Flagstar Strand Theatre, 3 Things to Know

By Gary Graff
ggraff@medianewsgroup.com, @GraffonMusic on Twitte

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The Accidentals have accomplished a great deal during the past eight years -- a great deal more than most musicians in their early 20s.

The Traverse City trio has released three studio albums, including a major label release with last year's "Odyssey." Its music has been used everywhere from Netflix to Turner Classic Movies, and the group has crisscrossed the country, developing a strong reputation on the festival circuit and beyond.

The good news is that there's more to come -- and changes afoot, none of which are happening by, well, accident...

Singers and multi-instrumentalists Savannah Buist and Katie Larson have been spending more time in Nashville recently, using Music City as a part-time residence to further their own musical ambitions. "We're definitely interested in doing a lot of session work and arranging as well as co-writing," Buist explains. "We've been doing some songwriting series with people who inspired us, one being Beth Nielsen-Chapman, so we've been doing co-writes with her. It's been cool to have a base down in Nashville to have collaborations. And we get to hang with some of our fellow Michiganders who are down there." Larson adds that, "There's this nice community we have down there, a lot of people we've met over the years. It's surprising how small the music industry feels when you're down in Nashville, how tight-knit it is."

The Accidentals are at work on a new album, working again with "Odyssey" producer John Singleton and with Tucker Martine (Decemberists, Firs Aid Kit) as well as helming some of the material themselves. "It's a lot of varying genres, like we always do," Buist says. "We've been playing a bunch of these songs on the road. Most of our albums are shaped by our live shows anyway." Percussionist Michael Dause, meanwhile, notes that, "The communication in the studio this time around has been super consistent, and I feel like everybody is really in it together. We're working on all the main ideas together, which has been super awesome. I think that communication has really grown." The album is expected out next year, on another label that's to be announced.

In addition to the new album, Buist says the Accidentals are planning a busy year overall during 2020. "We'll start rolling out a lot of content early in the year -- a lot of music videos, a lot of music. We're also doing workshops...coming into schools and teaching them a little bit about what we do. That's something we're trying to expand on and do more of in the next couple of years, to expand on youth music and really encourage and support that, 'cause that's how we got our start."

The Accidentals perform at 8 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21,. at the Flagstar Strand Theatre, 12 N. Saginaw St., Pontiac. $25-$35. flagstarstrandtheatrepontiac.com.

Web Site: www.flagstarstrandtheatrepontiac.com

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