"Cathartic, experiential alt-folk written by boots-in-the-dirt, partner-in-crime country girls (Staci Foster and Alysia Kraft) and delivered across drummer Tobias Bank's vast percussive landscape. For Whippoorwill, there's little separation between the soul and the scenery-- heartbreak is a ripped floodplain and longing, an unbroken expanse of sky. It's Cormac McCarthy meets Neil Young via non-traditional banjo, long harmonica riffs, distorted guitar, and three-part harmonies that can scorch, soar, or haunt accordingly. "
Fort Collins alternative folk-rock trio Whippoorwill – Alysia Kraft (guitar, vocals), Staci Foster (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals), and Tobias Bank (drums, vocals) finished work this fall on a much-anticipated full-length debut album. 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 is the product of two years touring the American west honing a sound as expansive and raw, tough and stoically beautiful as the landscapes that source their songs.
“There’s a classic familiarity to the song structures (think Harvest era Neil Young), a Fleetwood Mac-ish combination of writers and voices, but an organic stitching together of diverse influences that keeps us on the fringes of country, rock and folk. I think we’re all pretty comfortable not quite fitting in. It’s helped to explore what is ‘our own’ sonically and meant that we’ve been able to tour with people in diverse genres that we’re equally stoked about and always learning from.”
Since 2017 the band has shared sold out stages with diverse acts such as Big Thief, Shovels and Rope, Lydia Loveless, Mipso, Horse Feathers and Colin Hay. With palpable chemistry and long-game approach to creative work, Whippoorwill’s become a Colorado darling and one of the region’s most-hyped bands on the brink. Look for the band’s full-length debut in Summer 2019.