Folkstar

Folkstar Treelines and Skylines

Folkstar’s Album Treelines and Skylines featuring a painting by Sue Cag

Folkstar is a duo with a lot on their minds and a to-do list a mile long. Actually, make that thousands of miles long. In the five years they’ve been working together, Kim Dicso and Sue Cag have traveled up and down both coasts, crisscrossing the country in a mini-van equipped with a platform bed; they have released three studio albums and two independent singles; and they have opened for some of their folk-rock heroes including ilyAIMY and Melissa Ferrick.

When the band came together in 2011, they planned on arranging and recording some of Dicso’s solo demos to give them a full-band sound. However, when Cag layered her blues-rock riffs over Dicso’s powerful vocals and acoustic guitar, they knew that this was much more than a side project. One part folk songstress and one part hard rock guitar virtuoso became rockstar with a twist: Folkstar.

Folkstar’s journeys have inspired their most recent album, Treelines and Skylines, an homage to their physical travels and spiritual wanderings. Although they left out the stories about trying to rescue food from between the seats and navigating rural California without a map, they do touch on experiences such as intuitively traversing the country with no itinerary but plentiful truck stops (“We’ve Got Time”), the jubilation and frustration of walking through one of the few remaining old-growth forests (“Treeline” and “Into the Trees”), and the stark differences between these natural cathedrals and the cities that often hold their livelihood (“Skyline”). The album’s cover was painted by Cag, designed to reflect the pull and push of nature and human against each other.

Although their most recent venture includes more acoustic guitar work from Cag than their previous albums, Dicso and Cag have no plans to abandon their eclectic musical leanings any time soon. “Estrangement” has a chorus that is blazing rock, “Skyline” pulses with undercurrents of blues and funk, and “Sunday Night” is piano-led and guitar-driven rock gospel. Their live shows can be soft introspective acoustic musings or hand-clapping hard-hitting rockers. They plan on continuing to tour, meeting and playing with more of their heroes, and writing about all of it.

Find out a whole lot more about Folkstar by visiting their website folkstar.net.


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Karmic Fury Records is an independent record label based out of Wilmington, North Carolina. We record, produce, and promote local original musicians and bands, with much of our work concentrated on building our music community. Wilmington has an extremely high concentration of incredible musicians. You can catch amazing music any night of the week and find locally produced music at the store that blows away most of the common acts you’ll hear on the radio today.

Kim Dicso and Sue Cag of Karmic Fury Records in Encore Magazine

Who are we?

Two bad-ass women who love listening to and playing music. We’ve both been in bands over the years and know what it’s like out there for musicians. We met in the local Wilmington, NC music scene and, after playing in bands together, decided that we had even more to offer the local community than our music. We love our hometown and our music scene and are dedicated to making both the best they can be. We shop at local farmer’s markets and small businesses whenever possible, and are always looking for opportunities to partner with the community.

Most importantly, we have an in-house recording studio with professional equipment and the ability to lay down all of the tracks for your eventual masterpiece.

Why did we form a label?

As many musicians do, we grew up as teenagers with the dream of getting signed to a record label. But most traditional “record labels” care mostly about bottom lines and all of that corporate mumbo jumbo. We didn’t want to be numbers in a vast corporate labyrinth where our success is determined by whether we’re deemed worthy of heavy marketing. Then we realized that we’re pretty savvy business women and we could do it all ourselves. So we did. And now we have a place where actual musicians, not numbers in a spreadsheet, can come to release their records and make their dreams come true. We are a label run by musicians for musicians, and we look at the process as a collaboration.  We don’t own you (we have way too much stuff already).

Besides making music and releasing records, what else do we do?

A big part of being a successful artist is being creative. Another part is making sure things are done right. We integrate those two very important cornerstones by doing most things ourselves, or with people we know directly. We promote, market, and brainstorm. We design our own t-shirts, posters, stickers, and other swag – oh, and our t-shirts are sweat-shop free and made in the USA. If we don’t have what you need to make your record a success, we know somebody who does.

Why “Karmic Fury”?

Karmic Fury is our superhero name. We purge the world of all social injustice, especially sexism, homophobia, and the ruthless exploitation of animals.