“honey-sweet harmonies and modest hooks” – Glide
Sarah Lee Guthrie’s lineage is undeniable. But if you close your eyes and forget that her last name is synonymous with the river legacy of a widening current of American folk music, you’d still be drawn to the clarity and soul behind her voice. There is a gentle urgency to her interpretations of the songs she sings and the classic music of her heritage. It flows from the continuity of her family, her vital artistic life today and the river of songs that have guided her to where she now stands.
It’s been hinted at since she first stepped on the stages of Wolf Trap and Carnegie Hall as a teenager in 1993 singing Pete Seeger’s “Sailin’ Down My Golden River” for sold-out audiences. But it was later when she met her husband, Johnny Irion, grandnephew of Woody Guthrie’s literary kindred spirit, John Steinbeck, that she began to embrace her birthright and her inherent gifts.
Over the last two decades on the road and in the studio, she and Johnny have created a signature pop-fused folk-rock sound that is appealing and engaging.
Sarah Lee Guthrie now ventures on a road that leads back to the rich culture of her family running through the warmth of her own bloodlines. This is rare opportunity to witness the growth of one of America’s finest young folk singers.
Minneapolis-based Ben Kyle is the Belfast born singer/songwriter and architect behind the Irish-Americana outfit Romantica, the self-titled album Ben Kyle and the award-winning songs “Mercy” and “Don’t Settle”. American Songwriter described “Mercy” as “perfect” and the Huffington Post has dubbed Kyle “A sleeping giant.”
The recipient of 10 International Songwriting Competition awards, Ben has worked with Ringo Starr, Ryan Adams, Lucinda Williams, Alejandro Escovedo, Sara Watkins, and Dan Wilson. He collaborated with Austin, TX roots sweetheart Carrie Rodriguez, on the duets album We Still Love Our Country, a subtle collection of country standards and sprightly originals that enjoyed radio success in the United States, Europe and the UK.
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