Charlie Ries, 18, and little brother Kevin Ries, 14, are about to become the youngest opening act in the history of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. They'll open for Chicago on the long-running festival's opening night.
They're also an ideal band for the current iteration of the Clearwater Jazz Holiday. First of all, they're not pure jazz at all; they name bonfire-folk star Jack Johnson and schmaltz-guitarist John Mayer as influences, and you can definitely hear that. They look like new-Hanson scamps, all big goofy smiles and totally cool flippy hair. But Kevin's guitar has a dextrous, intricate perk to it, and Charlie's keyboard is a smooth burble, nice accompaniment to his hush, come-on vocal.
For Sean Daly's full profile of the Ries Brothers, as well as a look at the Clearwater Jazz Holiday lineup, click here.