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Maria Francis and Jeff Overbo define modern Americana with Silver Lake 66. Hailing from the Midwest, the power couple’s travels have seen them to Los Angeles and now Portland as they continue their musical adventures. The duo continues to capitalize on the momentum brought to them with their 2016 debut, Let Go Or Be Dragged, and their second release, Ragged Heart, which brings their energized Americana to new heights.
Let Go Or Be Dragged received airplay from over 55 radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe. The album hit #19 on the Roots Music Report’s album chart, and the song “San Francisco Angel” reached #18 on its singles chart. On Ragged Heart, Americana Highways’ Melissa Clarke says, "The striking characteristic of Ragged Heart is the energy of the instrumental interplay, with a throwback early ’70s style and tones to match . . . The band’s energy is irresistible, and the vocal harmonies are divine.”
Silver Lake 66 released their third album, The Space Between Us in the summer of 2022. The duos’ reaction to the one of the most uncertain times in American history is an album of emotionally raw and genuine performances, with remarkably strong songwriting. The songs reverberate with the tension of an anxious world, but also showcase a playful sense of humor which provides balance even in dark times. A first-rate band of Portland musicians contributed to the album, including Jenny Conlee-Drizos (The Decemberists) on piano, Kyleen King (Brandi Carlile) on violin and viola.
The Space Between Us spent weeks on the Americana Music Association Chart, and has been named one of the Best Albums of 2022 by Americana Highways. Slim Chance is Back from The Netherlands says “. . . The Space Between Us proves once again that Silver Lake 66 are one of the best alt-country acts of our times.”
The duo’s distinct ability to perfectly complement one another reveals the finest in both songwriting, and the strength to seamlessly blend genres into a sound which is timeless and unique as their own. You will find Silver Lake 66 performing live with their full band, or touring as a duo. As two seasoned troubadours, Overbo and Francis tell stories straight from the heart while looking forward to whatever comes next and glancing back at the road they’ve travelled with no regrets.