Kendl Winter was born in Arkansas but moved to Olympia, WA after high school drawn to the evergreen forests and the lively and thriving music scene. She put three solo records out on Olympia’s indie label, K Records, and performed in nationally-touring northwest string bands before beginning The Lowest Pair in 2013 with Palmer T. Lee.
Palmer built his first banjo when he was 19 from pieces he serendipitously inherited. Shortly after deciding songwriting would be the most effective and enjoyable medium for his musings, he began cutting his teeth fronting Minneapolis string bands and touring the midwest festival circuit, which is where he and Kendl first met, on the banks of the Mississippi.
“Both of us studied roots music and traditional banjo techniques, three finger and clawhammer. We started there and then from our understanding of them have diverged, perhaps because of our own limitations, and probably because we both tend to err on creative. Even when we are attempting to recreate old sounds, we can’t help but have our own twist on it. We approach our instruments as vehicles to explore poetry, song, and melody and have kind of been making up our own sounds in the places where we couldn’t find ones that seemed to fit or make sense to us. We recorded our first album (36 cents) in Dave Simonett’s basement a month after we began playing together, and our second (The Sacred Heart Sessions) , a year later, in a beautiful old church in Duluth, MN.” -Kendl
“There’s no question that The Lowest Pair are talented songwriters. Since their 2013 formation, Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee have written five albums worth of original material and toured extensively behind their efforts winning them considerable notice from both the mainstream and indie music press. Some will say that they work within a genre with relatively narrow possibilities and that their lyrical content is the only place where they can break any new ground, but Winter and Lee prove often on this release that there is any number of minor variations focused performers and arrangers can bring to longstanding traditional forms like folk and bluegrass. Their latest album “Uncertain as It Is Uneven” is part of a dual release this year from them. The duo’s harmony vocals are a surprisingly key strength of their presentation considering the contrasts in their voices and the album benefits enormously from their skill in that area.” – Cyrus Rhodes / No Depression
“I stray outside the realm of metal pretty often, but relative to the big picture, it’s a small fraction. Still, I greatly enjoy discovering non-metal bands that amaze and delight, and in 2016 my greatest such discovery was without a doubt The Lowest Pair. I caught this folk/bluegrass duo live in the Fall, and after their superb set I was hooked.
Kendl and Palmer both have made the rounds on the folk circuit and Winter is active in her solo work, but together they are a remarkable force. Both play the banjo, both play the guitar, and both play them damned well. I’m a sucker for banjo and there’s enough killer pickin’ on display here to woo me all on its own, yet the main chemistry exists in the vocals. Winter has a high, girlish, country twang and while Palmer’s Minnesota roots don’t give him any Southern flavor, his voice is soulful and earnest. Combined, their harmony is a charming, irresistible phenomenon.” – Chris Millard / yourrecordcollectionsucks.com