The close harmonies and fingerpicking of Rube and Rake

Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite of Rube and Rake have been honing their close harmonies and acoustic melodies for St. John's audiences for several years, and now they're ready to hit the road.

Have a First Listen to Rube and Rake's debut album, Back and Forth

Rube and Rake, also known as Andrew Laite and Josh Sandu, have a new album called Back and Forth. (Courtesy Rube and Rake )

"Personally, I think harmonies sound beautiful," says Josh Sandu, one-half of the St. John's-based folk duo Rube and Rake.

Sandu and Andrew Laite have been working on their close-harmony singing and fingerpicking style of banjo and guitar playing for about four years.

"It's the just natural way we go about curating the idea of what's in a song," said Laite, who added that he has always been a natural harmony singer.

Rube and Rake's bare bones delivery is both warm-hearted and accessible, yet technically challenging, but Sandu said he and Laite are up for it.

"Andrew is the best harmony singer I've ever had the pleasure of being around," confirmed Sandu.

"He makes it really easy."

Now, with a full-length album as their calling card, Rube and Rake are hoping to hit the road.  

"We're a very lean unit. We can go with just the two us, and we can go and present the music the way it's supposed to be heard," said Sandu.

Hear Rube and Rake's Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite talk with Weekend AM host Heather Barrett about Back and Forth

Rube and Rake, a.k.a. Josh Sandu and Andrew Laite, talk with Weekend AM's Heather Barrett, about their long-awaited full length album, Back and Forth. 15:12

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Heather Barrett


Heather Barrett is the host and producer of Weekend AM on CBC Radio One in Newfoundland and Labrador.