Friday, January 31, 2014
The Trap Bar & Grill
Time: 3:00-6:00 PM
Admission: FREE SHOW
Category: Apres Ski
Ugly Valley Boys
Some folks chase whatever the hot classic retro style or trend is at the moment, whether in appearance or music, because that is what is cool or hip at the time. And then you have other folks who are classic individuals because that’s the only way they can feel comfortable in their own skin. They’re old souls, trapped in a modern world and young bodies. The latter types tend to make great musicians, because their adherence to the old school way is natural. It is not a discipline or a put on, it is who they are.
This is what could be said for guitar player and songwriter Ryan Eastlyn, and upright bass player Braxton Brandenburg of the 2-piece Ugly Valley Boys. Their album Double Down was one of the big surprises of 2011, partly because of how they’re able to evoke such a deep, classic sound in their music. When you look at what the two men do when they’re not appearing on stage, it only makes sense that the vintage vibes come naturally.
As implied in the lyrics of their “Yesterday” song: “Well the Ugly Valley Boys are in the back of the neon shop,” Ryan Eastlyn is a genuine old-school classic neon glass blower and bender for Brimley Neon in Salt Lake City, focusing on reproduction and restoration.
“As a young child, I first recall the rose glow of a far off neon sign.” Ryan remembers. “It’s shine jumped from the dark, Pacific Northwest pines and still burns in my thoughts today. Little did I know that later in life I would work in the sign industry with an emphasis on preserving and recreating these very works of art. I was first introduced to glass bending by my father-in-law David Brimley in 1997. Started in 1930, The Brimley Brothers were one of the first neon sign shops in Salt Lake City. I’ve spent the last 15 years building and restoring vintage neon signs. Today, I’m the head glass bender representing the fourth generation of a family engaged in this time-honored craft.”
Name: Beth Byrd
Phone: 1 307.353.2300 ext. 1360