Jared & the Mill Bring Western Indie Rock to Mercury Lounge Tonight

September 1st, 2016

Melding together folk, blues, country and Americana into what they dub “Western indie rock,” Jared & the Mill—Jared Kolesar (vocals and guitar), Michael Carter (banjo and mandolin), Larry Gast III (guitar), Chuck Morriss III (bass), Josh Morin (drums) and Gabe Hall-Rodrigues (keys and accordion)—formed five years ago in Phoenix, making “a lush acoustic-based sound that set big-hearted Lumineers-style folk-rock against the wide, dusty backdrop of their native Southwest,” according to AllMusic. Their first full-length, Western Expansion (stream it below), came out in 2013. “As a debut album in a genre boiling over with groups hoping to make it big playing ersatz folk, Western Expansion is a document that seems completely genuine, Jared & the Mill offering something new in a musical terrain increasing peopled by those who favor playing it safe instead of taking risks,” proclaimed PopMatters. They’ve since toured with the likes of the Zac Brown Band, the War on Drugs and the Killers and released an EP, Life We Chose (stream it below), last year. And with another one, Orme Dugas, arriving next week, Jared & the Mill (above, performing “Home” for Audiotree Live) play the Mercury Lounge tonight. Edison, a Colorado acoustic trio, open this early show.