On October 5th, Karmic Fury Records artist Folkstar will celebrate the release of their newest album Loud and Clear at Gravity Records in Wilmington, NC. Folkstar will perform with a full band featuring local musicians Graham Wilson, Nick Simon, Dylan Linehan, and Leslie Wiegle. The event will also feature a special performance by local musician and CMA winner Crissie McCree.
Gravity Records is a local landmark and the hub of local musicians and music lovers. The Folkstar CD Release Celebration will double as a celebration of local music and local businesses.
Our favorite local libations shop Wilmington Wine will be on site with wine and beer, including a selection of local brews. Jacksonville pitbull charity Sugarheart Foundation will also be participating.
Sound will be provided by local audio engineers Karen Kane and Nyla Cione.
We’ve seen James Ethan Clark play numerous times in town, including many times at solo acoustic shows. With a band backing him up, it’s a whole different experience. Not The Renegades we’ve seen before, but a new line-up featuring a couple members of the Stonewalls. In fact, Stonewalls’ guitarist Michael Graham nearly stole the show playing amazing guitar riffs and emanating pure joy as he played. The Stonewalls’ Keith Butler, Jr. and Tripp Cox of Onward, Soldiers formed the rhythm section, on drums and bass respectively. The set also included guest appearances by a violinist and pedal steel guitar player.
While Southern Hotel consists of several mellow tunes, it also includes some raucous americana-influenced rockers and the crowd at the Brooklyn Arts Center went wild during these songs in particular. “Destination” and “Anna Mae” filled the venue with raw rock energy and it was easy to see this impact the crowd. Speaking of the crowd, it was like a who’s who of the Wilmington area music community with Rio Bravo, Justin Lacy, and Graham Wilson among the crowd, just to name a few.
Pick up a copy of Southern Hotel at Gravity Records and then head out to catch the energy of James Ethan Clark and The Renegades live in person.
Karmic Fury Records is extremely proud to announce the long-awaited release of Folkstar’s debut album Emotional Bootcamp. Over the winter Folkstar spent months in the Karmic Fury recording studio painstakingly perfecting each instrument and each track on the album. The album was then mixed and mastered by local legend Karen Kane at The North Bend Room.
The songs on the album range from the catchy radio-friendly “Twilight”; hard rockin “Temptation”; singer-songwriter “Cards and Letters”; lyrically folky “Hurried to Leave”; upbeat triumphant “After All”; personal and political “Beggar’s Plea”; new alt-country “Gone”; graceful pop “Reign Falls”; to the more electronically sonic “Hug Me Up” and “Everything You Need”. There is definitely quite a range of influences and genres exposed on Emotional Bootcamp.
Folkstar’s album can be purchased directly through folkstar.net, as well as through all major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Bandcamp.