This week I am listening to a band named after a raccoon. Mapache, Spanish for raccoon, is a band that you will no doubt love if you gravitate towards duos, warm harmonies, and beautiful guitar interplay.
Together they conjure up a sound that resembles bands like The Byrds, New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Grateful Dead (think “American Beauty” and “Workingman’s Dead”).
Mapache is made up of Clay Finch and Sam Blasucci and harmony is definitely the name of their game. Their voices mix together so well as do their guitars. One guitar is a resonator, and the other seems to be a Martin D18V or something along those lines.
This is a duo that I discovered after seeing them open at a local show and I was completely floored at the music that I heard. Their musical catalog is vast and they didn’t shy away from any harmony-heavy song (yes, they even covered Helplessly Hoping by CSNY).
Essentially, I rushed to their merch stand to get their album immediately after they got off stage. I urge you to dig into their album as well.