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    Baltimore’s Small Sur and Their “Innocent” Take on Folk Music

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    Small Sur’s Bob Keal

    Bob Keal, 30, has been writing slow, bittersweet songs as Small Sur since 2005, the year he moved from Los Angeles to Baltimore. In a familiar trajectory, what began as a songwriting project with a rotating cast of sidemen has crystallized over the years into something like a band. Multi-instrumentalist Andy Abelow and drummer Austin Stahl have become crucial players. Keal also credits a “handful of great bass players,” including Jamie Saltsman, who writes and records most of Small Sur’s bass lines, and Paul Kusner, who plays with the group live, with defining Small Sur’s sound.

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