Bobo coming to town

Bobo and Tracy Byrnes have been married for over a decade and harmonizing a bit longer. 

This Monday, November 20, they'll bring their act to the Axe and Fiddle, a venue they've been to before and one they hope to make a regular stop on their tours. 

"It's just a great little room," Bobo said. "The people are super nice and sweet and they stop in and listen. We've been anxious to get back to Cottage Grove." 

The pair, collectively known as the Fallen Stars, specializes in Americana rock, blending rock and roll energy, country-flavored instrumentation and folk-inspired story-telling. The Fallen Stars have carved out a niche in the Southern California scene all their own after moving to the area from Boston in 2000. 

Their fourth album, Heart Like Mine, features 16  tracks of "stellar country roots rock" according to Vintage Guitar Player Magazine. The album includes contributions from a handful of talented musicians, including Rami Jaffee (Foo Fighters, Wallflowers) on Hammond B3, Caitlin Cary (Whiskeytown) on violin and Danny Ott (Chris Gaffney, Dave Alvin) on guitar and lap steel. The album has garnered critical praise, including the Orange County Music Award for "Best Country/Americana Band," and being named "Top Ten Indie/Unsigned Album of the Year" by LA Music Examiner. 

Currently, the band is working on a project for fans of the television show, Firefly. 

"Our goal is to write a brand new original song based on each episode of the TV series Firefly, plus the feature film Serenity," Bobo said. 

The show Monday night is free of charge and begins at 8:30 p.m. 

"We love Cottage Grove. We like going and seeing the murals on the buildings and I think it's a place between Portland and San Fransisco that people forget about," Bobo said. "We would like to keep coming back." 

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