Folkstar radio campaign, tour, and more!

RadioWe are getting to ready to launch an exciting promotional campaign in support of Wilmington-based Folkstar and their album Emotional Bootcamp, which we proudly released earlier this year.

In August, we’re undergoing an 8-week radio campaign which will consist of contacting and tracking radio stations nationwide in order to get Folkstar added to music rotations.  We will let you know which stations pick up the music, so you can call and request Folkstar!

To coincide with the completion of our radio campaign, we’re exploring licensing opportunities for television.  You might just hear some Folkstar riffs on one of your favorite shows! We’ll keep you posted on which television shows you should plan on catching in order to hear Folkstar.

Finally, we’re organizing a Pacific Northwest tour for the fall – that’s right, west coast, Folkstar is coming to you!

We’ll have a lot more details for you in the coming weeks, but we just wanted to let all of you know what an exciting time this is for us at Karmic Fury Records!  Thank you for supporting us, our artists, and local music (wherever “local” might be for you).

Rock on!



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


All albums and singles are available through online retailers such as iTunes and Amazon as well as local record shops. 

Folkstar’s Debut Album Emotional Bootcamp Released!

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, as well as through all major online retailers including iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and Bandcamp.

Folkstar Emotional Bootcamp

Front Cover of Folkstar's Emotional Bootcamp CD