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Alt/country band Lake County Rain plays in Edwards Friday

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What: Lake County Rain, a local alt/country band.

Where: Main St. Grill, Edwards.

When: 9:30 p.m. Friday.

Cost: Free.

More information: The local band just released a new EP, and is working on a full-length album. To listen to the EP or download it, go to www.nedwarnermusic.com.

EDWARDS — Local alternative country band Lake County Rain has a new release, and they’re playing a party tonight. That makes it a release party.

“Everyone in the band is a local. We’re here to stay for a while,” said Ned Warner.

Singer/songwriter Warner is originally from New York City. He landed in the Vail Valley, started the band Ned Warner and Lake County Rain and understood, as he always has, that there’s nothing like people and a place that fit.

“Wherever I am, I try to surround myself with the best musicians I can find and play gigs locally,” Warner said.

In this case, that would be Casey Boyd on banjo, Jason Taylor on harmonica and Sam Rosenkrantz on bass, with Warner on acoustic guitar and vocals.

Local veteran saxophone player Mark Hanson has joined the band. He’s playing drums, but if you ask politely, he might break out his horn.

Lake County Rain plays on Ned Warner’s album, “Reckoning.” The album was rated eight out of 10 stars in No Depression magazine, a roots music authority since 1995. You can listen to the entire album and download it for free at http://www.nedwarner music.com.

“There’s no base price. Pay what you feel is right,” Warner said. “We’re trying to make money from gigs. This is to spread the word about our music.”

In the extremely near future, Lake County Rain is headed into the studio to begin recording a full-length album, a first for the band.

Everyone has a day job and other projects, which keeps them interesting. Warner teaches at a local Montessori school and taught art in some other local schools.

Harmonica player Taylor was recently on tour with John Popper, which requires Taylor to have a fully developed spine because, well … it’s John freakin’ Popper.

‘WHERE I BELONG’

Warner went to Colby College in Maine. He knew Colorado was where he wanted to be when, as a 13 year old, he spent three weeks trekking through the wilderness near Telluride on a backpacking trip.

When the trek was done, he was wandering down the street in Telluride and the darndest thing happened.

“Everyone I passed smiled and said hello,” Warner said.

Remember, he was born and raised in New York City, into a family that lives in the world of finance.

“I’m following my heart and my passion. That’s where I belong,” Warner said.

He got his first guitar at 13 and started writing songs. They were pretty awful, he says, but they were his, and he was on his way.

Staff Writer Randy Wyrick can be reached at 970-748-2935 or rwyrick@vaildaily.com.