Or, the Whale is an alt-country band from San Francisco with a fairly big fan base on the west coast. Their song "Call and Response", was the debut single on their first album, Light Poles and Pines (2007). It has helped earn them a 2008 Hollywood Music Award for Best Americana/Roots Artist, as well as, a spot on Radio & Records Top 100 Americana Artists of 2008.
They have great male/female melodies, but the lead vocalist's - Alex Robins - does have a tendency to get lost among the voices and instruments. Despite this one flaw, he does have a lot of shining moments on the slower, softer songs. Or, the Whale can either rock with their heavy guitar playin', foot stompin' country, sometimes they can bring it down to an acoustic restraint, or they can just give a relaxed, laid back vibe with the flow of their music and voices. And, even though they are not authentically country in upbringing, they do bring a somewhat authentic sound with a honky tonk piano or a twang of the the steel guitar.
"Datura", Or, the Whale (2009)
"Call and Response", Light Poles and Pines (2007)
"Rope Don't Break", Light Poles and Pines (2007)