Sweet Remains bring lush harmonies to Montana

Acclaimed folk-rock trio performs in Whitefish, Helena and Bozeman April 25-27

On Stage

The Sweet Remains, an indie folk-rock ensemble taking the nation by storm, brings their original songs and smooth harmonies to Whitefish April 25, Helena April 26 and Bozeman April 27.

Headed by three gifted singer-songwriters, this nationally touring, acoustic folk-rock trio is both talented and charismatic. Driven by strong lyrical and melodic writing, their songs easily appeal to fans of modern folk-rockers like Wilco, Jason Mraz, Ray Lamontagne, and John Mayer. However, it’s their lush three-part, honey harmonies that distinguish The Sweet Remains from the throngs of guitar-toting troubadours and harken back to super-groups of the 60s and 70s like Crosby, Stills and Nash, the Eagles, and Simon & Garfunkel.

The Independents
The Sweet Remains’ film, “The Independents,” screens April 28 in Bozeman.

Rich Price, Greg Naughton and Brian Chartrand formed The Sweet Remains in 2008, despite living in three different cities and each having successful solo careers before coming together as a trio. Price’s second solo album debuted a song called “I’m On My Way,” which was featured on the 2004 multi-platinum “Shrek 2” soundtrack. Naughton’s indie-rock debut album was co-produced by late Grammy-winning recording artist Phoebe Snow; and Chartrand is the creator and co-frontman of the touring musical revue “Live from Laurel Canyon.”

But when the three found themselves together at a chance jam session in Newport, RI, they had the epiphany that three singers might better than one.

Now celebrating 12 years together and over 30 million Spotify plays in 2018, The Sweet Remains find themselves on the brink of national, maybe even international notoriety. As their sold-out shows up and down the East Coast attest, the trio is an authentic and exciting new force on the scene, inspiring USA Today and others to hail them as a new artist to watch. The Boston Herald also praised the band’s originality and the power of their live show: “It’s been a long time since three-part harmonies this lush were yoked to songs this melodically gorgeous.”

The Sweet Remains have produced three studio albums, including Laurel & Sunset in 2009, North & Prospect in 2013, and Night Songs in 2015. With regular tours across North America and Europe, their music has also been included in feature films, television and commercials, and covered by numerous artists.

In 2018, the trio added a feature film to their long list of accomplishments. “The Independents,” a musical comedy-drama created by and starring The Sweet Remains, debuted at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival and recently took the jury prize for Best Feature Film at the Omaha Film Festival. The critically acclaimed film will be screened throughout the country in 2019.

The Sweet Remains Montana Tour

Whitefish: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 25, at the O’Shaughnessy Center; tickets are $30 for adults and $20 for students with reserved seating and available at the Box Office, 1 Central Ave., by calling 406-862-5371, or online at www.whitefishtheatreco.org.

Helena: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 26, at the Myrna Loy; tickets are $22 and available by calling 406-443-0287; or online.

Bozeman: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 27 at the Ellen Theatre; tickets are $21.75. Call 406-585-5885 or visit www.theellentheatre.com. Their film, “The Independents,” screens at 7 p.m. Sunday, and includes a Q&A with the band.