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Tallulah folk duo to tour South

Published 12:00 am Saturday, June 28, 2014

Festival-goers listen as Tallulah based band Silo plays Saturday at the Downtown Crawfish and Music Festival on Walnut Street behind the Vicksburg Apartments.

Call them songs of the New South.

Tallulah-based duo Silo embark Thursday on a month-long, 25-show tour of South in support of their new EP “Tall Tales,” a modern take on the folksy sounds of the Mississippi and Louisiana deltas.

“I love this place,” said Jennifer Jeffers, half of the multi-instrumental two-woman band. “It inspires so much of our music.”

The region’s unique characters, history and beauty are all inspirations for Silo, said Renee Arozqueta, whom Jeffers refers to as “the seasoned musician” in the duo.

“They have all manifested themselves in our music,” Arozqueta said.

The inspiration is evident in the melodic earthy tones of banjo, guitar and accordion that fill “Tall Tales” from beginning to end and in lyrical references to U.S. 65 that cuts through Northeast Louisiana in contrast to Mississippi’s bluesy homages to U.S. 61.

Though Arozqueta is from Florida and Jeffers if from Arkansas, they claim Tallulah as the home base for Silo.

“For us Silo is the hymn that came out of living here,” Jeffers said.

The duo was formed after Arozqueta and Jeffers met through Teach For America.

Arozqueta, who lived in Tallulah for the past two years, was a third-grade teacher at a school in St. Joseph, La., before leaving the profession to concentrate fulltime on her music. Jeffers, who lives in Natchez, teaches Spanish in Concordia Parish, but also plans to focus on Silo’s music after another year at the school.

“We met two summers ago at teacher training,” Jeffers said. “Renee had a guitar and I had my banjo.”

From then, they knew they were destined to perform together. After playing in a few bands, they settled on a duo.

“It just became apparent that our voices belonged together,” Arozqueta said of forming Silo.

Last October, they played their first show as Silo at 1311 in Vicksburg, and earlier this year they held their CD release at the Strand Theater on Clay Street.

“That put a snowball effect on silo,” Arozqueta said.

Before they embark on the tour that will take them from Jeffers hometown in Arkansas to Arozqueta’s in Florida and back to Mississippi, Silo will take the stage at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Lone Wolf Bar in Lady Luck Casino.

“That’s the last chance to see us in Vicksburg for a good while,” Arozqueta said.

“Tall Tales” is available on iTunes or by visiting www.siloband.com or www.silola.bandcamp.com.