GRETA VAN FLEET

By Stephen Thomas Erlewine

Greta Van Fleet are a quartet of good-looking millennial guys who are out of step with their era: they’re unapologetic throwbacks to the golden era of classic rock — specifically, the golden era of Led Zeppelin. Raised on rock in the Michigan city of Frankenmuth — a small town known as “Little Bavaria” and best-known for Bronner’s Christmas Wonderland, a Christmas paradise that’s open year round — the brothers Kiska (twins Josh, vocals and Jake, guitar, plus younger Sam, bass) formed the band in 2012 with drummer Kyle Hauck, who was swapped out for Daniel Wagner in 2013. Early in 2014, they recorded a live EP — aptly titled Greta Van Fleet: Live in Detroit — and soon their original “Standing On” appeared in a Detroit ad for the Chevy Equinox. Soon, the group was signed to Lava Records by Jason Flom and the label pushed “Highway Tune” in early 2017, landing it on the Showtime series Shameless and using it as the anchor for their debut EP Black Smoke Rising.

This biography originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

Source: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/greta-van-fleet-mn0003612630/biography

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MOSES SUMNEY

By Last.fm

Moses Sumney is a new Los Angeles-based singer & songwriter. Growing up, he was so shy that he would write songs avidly but hide them inside his mattress.

At 20, he moved out of his parents’ house to study creative writing at UCLA and finally gathered the courage to start performing music. After purchasing a beat-up guitar from a friend, he taught himself to play and accompany himself. He grew quickly as an artist at UCLA, soon performing weekly alongside the university’s most esteemed musicians. Now graduated, he creates soul-infused folk music using guitar and unique arrangements built on loop pedals.

Recently, SPIN Magazine described him as a “soul-folk warrior”.

This article originally appeared on Last.fm.

 

Source: https://www.last.fm/music/Moses+Sumney/+wiki

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PENNY & SPARROW

By Timothy Monger, AllMusic

Indie folk singer/songwriter duo Penny & Sparrow formed in 2011 while members Andy Baxter and Kyle Jahnke were living as roommates at the University of Texas in Austin. Inspired by acts like the Swell Season, Bon Iver, and Mumford & Sons, the two friends began writing and singing together, creating simple acoustic arrangements and recording on a laptop. Their first effort, a three-song EP called Creature, introduced the warm, sincere balladry that would become their calling card. Their debut album, Tenbloom, arrived in 2013 and found their arrangements expanding slightly in scale. Their follow-up, Struggle Pretty, was released a year later, adding lush orchestral layers to their ever-evolving sound. The acclaim and attention garnered from these two independent releases ushered in a record deal with Single Lock Records, an Alabama-based label co-founded by John Paul White (the Civil Wars) and Ben Tanner (Alabama Shakes). Both White and Tanner would end up co-producing Penny & Sparrow’s 2016 label debut Let a Lover Drown You. A holiday set called Christmas Songs appeared later that year, Penny & Sparrow wrapped up sessions for their third LP, Wendigo, which was released in the summer of 2017.

This article originally appeared on AllMusic.

 

Source: https://www.allmusic.com/artist/penny-sparrow-mn0003383006/biography

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