Opening for Brandi Carlile at Friday’s show at the Turlock Community Theatre will be Ivan & Alyosha.
The combo band from Seattle has joined Carlile’s tour to promote their debut album “All The Times We Had.” The record was featured as an NPR "First Listen" and has won wide ranging praise with USA Today describing the songs on the album as "sheer joy, from their melodic surface to deep inside their lyrical core."
Ivan & Alyosha formed in 2007, when Tim Wilson met Ryan Carbary. Both had been in various Seattle-area combos, but the songs that Wilson was writing at the time seemed to call out for a new musical approach. The pair spent nearly a year writing material for their debut album, “The Verse, The Chorus.”
By the time Ivan & Alyosha recorded its second album, “Fathers Be Kind,” in February 2011, the group had expanded to include Tim Wilson’s bass-playing brother Pete, whose songwriting abilities contributed considerably to the band’s creative arsenal, and Tim’s high school friend Tim Kim, whose distinctive guitar work added a new dimension to their sound.