Pretend Sweethearts’ new record Becoming the Tender Animal, is loaded with transcendental folk delicacies. With a populist heart, a Sufi spirit and the incurable vagabonding predisposition, the songs draw their essence from many wells. This isn’t cutesy, derivative, middle-class “bluegrass” – this is 21st century folk music passionately articulating hope, despair and vision amid the roots and detritus of contemporary music. Brianna Blackbird and Drew de Man are from opposite ends of America.
Attending a Milk Carton Kids concert is rewarding on many levels. The first thing you notice are the duo's gorgeous harmonies. The second thing that stands out is the pair's deft acoustic guitar playing. The songs are both new and timeless, a fresh take on the music of Simon & Garfunkel. And, as if all that wasn't enough, the MCK's between song conversations are simply hilarious... sarcasm as art.
The Lowest Pair features the dual picking of Kendl Winter and Palmer T. Lee. Draped in Kendl’s high lonesome harmonies and Palmer’s Midwest croon, their debut release, 36¢, (Team Love Records) was hailed by many outlets and American Songwriter praised their ”earnest, earthy songcraft.” On Feb 24, 2015, Team Love released their sophomore album, The Sacred Heart Sessions.