Long known individually throughout Southern California's "Acoustic Underground" for their solo work, both David Piper (who has released three albums on the Trough label, most recently Lemonade Shoes in 2005) and Earl Grey (whose Lover's Ridge album is widely regarded as one of the finest acoustic-rock CDs to emerge from L.A.'s acoustic music scene) have earned highly-regarded reputations in their own right. In 2006 David and Earl, who had always respected each others' music, began sitting in on the other's live performances. It didn't take long until something magical clicked. The combination of Piper's classic blues/folk guitar licks and playful sense of humor, and Grey's electrifying guitar wizardry and sixties-style lyricism and musicality - and the unbelievable beauty of their tenor voices singing in duet - literally made audiences stop what they were doing to listen. They've been playing solidly together ever since, and have been working on APPLES for nearly 18 months, carefully crafting each second of the record into an amazing work of American folk-pop.