“Drunk on heavy doses of Jason Molina, Jay Farrar, and John Prine…another notch on the bow of Trickey’s archery set of sad songs, each arrowhead meticulously sharpened to wound your very heart and soul with sheer precision.”
The Loblolly Boy:
The Loblolly Boy is the musical vehicle of songwriter Luke Kalloch. After growing up writing songs in his native state of Maine, Kalloch toured the country playing his music before settling in Austin, TX. There he further honed his songwriting into what his fellow musicians came to call ‘Bummer Folk’. Kalloch’s songs are full of characters that are out of luck, complex, flawed, and, sometimes, just downright miserable. Drawing sonically from the Alt-Country genre, The Loblolly Boy is dynamic, going from a whisper of a verse to a raucous chorus in a matter of beats. Now back in Maine, Kalloch is preparing his third Loblolly Boy release.
The Orchards are the songwriting project of Pennsylvania-native Eric Schwan, now based in Portland, ME and featuring a revolving cast of musicians adding orchestral and ambient textures and harmonies to his simple, folk-based songs. They will be releasing their single “Long Car Ride” at The Apohadion Theater on October 11th and their LP “Sing Birds, In Your Shrinking Woods” on Apohadion/Burst and Bloom Records in 2019.
Brandon Schmitt of Delta Sierra
Heavy and patient rock music with dense droning instrumentals centered around plaintive vocals with raw and direct lyrics. Born out of the solo work of lead singer Brandon Schmitt, Delta Sierra are most obvious descendants of Crazy Horse Era Neil Young and Magnolia Electric Co but also call to mind the spirit of lyrical bar bands such as The Hold Steady and Lucero.
Their debut record ‘Grown-Up Situations’ is a song cycle about the consequences of aging and peering back at your youth from the great abyss of adulthood. It was recorded live to tape by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio in Chicago and will be the first release on Ancient Phrase Records in the Fall of 2018.