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11 Acorn Lane

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Thomas Feurer and Neal Pawley, who are 11 Acorn Lane, create “accomplished musical whimsy” (LA Times) that inspires critics to fanciful descriptions. MSN Music calls their jazzy tunes “a groovy concoction of lounge music and contemporary electronics spiked with top notes of surf rock, cha-cha and brass.” Metromix says they “sound like Henry Mancini, Herb Alpert and Lawrence Welk sharing a drunken jam session.” In other words, they swing.

The duo have released four buoyantly Esquivelian albums to date on the Wooden Hat label ‘Happy As Can Be,’ ‘Painting Coconuts,’ ‘Everybody’s Here’ and the holiday album ‘Happy Holy Days,’ each meticulously arranged, produced and recorded over many months by just the two men in the New York City studio they call the Armory. Both play dozens of instruments, making them the smallest big band ever. And they keep learning more: Thomas recently added piccolo to his list, while Neal now owns his first French horn and knows what to do with it.

11 Acorn Lane’s signature sound, combining painstaking craftsmanship with tongue-in-cheek quirkiness, explains why they’ve had music featured on shows including HBO’s “Bored to Death,” Showtime’s “Weeds,” ABC’s “Ugly Betty,” NPR’s “Wait Wait Don’t Tell Me” and PBS’s “Roadtrip Nation,” among many other prominent placements. Pawley and Feurer’s separate credits include playing, producing, writing and remixing with a long list of musical notables including Quincy Jones, Herb Alpert, Bon Jovi, Billy Eckstine, The Temptations and Willie Nelson.

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