The origins of the classic-sounding folk-pop duo Storyhill stretch back more than two decades to Bozeman, Montana, the hometown of Chris Cunningham and John Hermanson. They haven't always been together since those early high school years, but often enough to have built a cult following thanks to their striking, close-harmony vocals, warmly engaging acoustic guitar work, and songs that make profound points with artful, economic use of language tied to strong melodies. Cunningham lives back in Bozeman, while Hermanson settled in the Twin Cities, also playing with the Hopefuls and Alva Star. This Guthrie show will celebrate the release of Shade of the Trees, the pair's second album on Red House, a spare but eloquent collection produced by Dan Wilson, who crafted a timeless ambiance using only the guitars and a single mic shared by both singers. Thus hints abound of the Everly Brothers, Simon and Garfunkel, early Jayhawks. The new songs, meanwhile, tackle grand themes of life and death, love and hate, loyalty and betrayal, war and salvation, but always on an intimate scale, their metaphors as earthy as their music.
Sat., April 17, 7:30 p.m., 2010

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