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by Whippoorwill

Cathartic, expansive folk rock written by boots-in-the-dirt, parter-in-crime country girls and delivered across a vast percussive landscape. Harmonies that soar, scorch, or haunt accordingly.
Genre: Folk: Alternative Folk
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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It’s a turbulent time to live in America. Fort Collins alternative folk rock trio, Whippoorwill, have at once captured the problem and offered the solution in their highly anticipated debut album, The Nature of Storms. “These songs were birthed of storms,” says Whippoorwill vocalist Alysia Kraft. The full-length album came to be while the band navigated different types of storms: Meteorological instability, as the band white-knuckled on tour through Colorado bomb cyclones, Oklahoma tornados, Texas floods, Northwest forest fires and Wyoming whiteouts; Political storms, weathering the ebbs and flows of a torn nation; and personal storms, working through the volatility in their personal lives as they committed to being a band together. Produced by J.Tom Hnatow (Horse Feathers, Vandaveer) and mixed by Duane Lundy (Jim James, Ringo Starr) at Lexington, KY’s Shangri-La Studio, the album hovers heavy and atmospheric, about to come crashing down. Their brand of alt-folk, both gritty and transcendent, captures the feeling of being inundated by rough waves, wearing away the parts of oneself that don’t serve you and knowing that the worst is still to come. The calmer moments are lush and needed, but there’s a theme of things being unsettled, unstable, and needing badly to come to a place of reckoning and resolution. Still, Whippoorwill don’t dwell in the madness for too long; The Nature of Storms is a slow burn toward a much needed catharsis, capturing the stillness and exhilaration of making it through something that tested all of you.

Whippoorwill is Alysia Kraft (guitar, vocals),Staci Foster (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals),and Tobias Bank (drums, vocals). Kraft was raised on a family-owned Wyoming cattle ranch, Foster alongside the rivers of the Texas Hill Country. Foster and Kraft met by chance at a porch picking party at SXSW 2013. The two exchanged songs throughout the night before parting for separate tours, later naming themselves “Whippoorwill” for the bird cooing through the pauses in song on the night of their meeting. Tobias Bank (Von Stomper) joined the band on drums in November 2016, bringing depth and musicality to the rhythm section and adding third part harmonies to a rich set of singing. Finding immediate collaborative cohesion in the new lineup, the band spent two years touring the American West honing a sound both expansive and raw, rootsy and otherworldly, and always landing in the grittier
‘alt’ corners of country and folk.

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