Last Wednesday, the Laurelthirst Public House hosted several different acts. To start things off, long time friends Rose Gerber and Tim Howe took to the stage to play their North Carolina inspired set. Rose and Tim met through the Teach For America program and filled their days outside the classroom harmonizing and pluckin’ on a banjo to find their sweet Southern sound. Their harmonies were warm, still baked from the North Carolina sun. Rose’s soulful vocals paired with her moderate demeanor made it feel like having a conversation rather than watching her up on a stage. She finished the set by herself, as Tim geared up for his second performance of the night with his band, Vista House.
After some final tuning and applause for Rose, Vista House settled on stage and opened with smooth Americana tunes that the patrons of Laurelthirst didn’t know they needed. The music is typically upbeat and happy, but if you listen closely Vista House sings of darkness and uncertainties—the perfect potion for lifting anyone’s spirits. As their sound levitates the soul, the lyrics stay grounded and in touch with personal realities. This rendition of Vista House is composed of founding member Tim Howe on the guitar and lead vocals, Andy Rusinek on the bass, and drummer Evan Leikam (Autonomics). You can catch Vista House as they ring in the Spring at Waypost with Superstar Watcher and Yellow Room on March 9th at 8pm.