Today is Inauguration Day in The United States, and we’ve spent the past few months processing what this day means and how it is going to affect us. Shortly before the holidays, we came across a project called “100 Songs for 100 Senators” organized by songwriter Jonathan Mann. The basic premise is this: rally together 100 songwriters, 2 from each state, to write a song for each senator holding him or her accountable for the actions of the incoming presidential administration. We immediately wanted to be involved, and the result is “Old North State,” written for Senator Richard Burr of North Carolina. Writing this song was cathartic for us and we hope that it does something for you too. Please share this song far and wide wherever you can, especially with North Carolina elected officials There will be more new music to come this year as we process the beast that was 2016. ~ Folkstar
Here’s a little bit about the album:
Folkstar’s new album Loud and Clear is an intensely ambitious 16-track work of art. Folkstar’s Kim Dicso and Sue Cag speak their minds on this album, with songs covering life and death, suicide and dreams, the flaws of our society and the beauty of our world.
Folkstar tackles teen bullying in the song “It Gets Better” (inspired by the It Gets Better Project). They scrutinize our manufactured lives in “Fabrication” and “Everybody Knows” and expose animal exploitation in “Human” and the jazzy number “Abolitionists.” Crowd favorite “Could You Be” is an anthem about love and dreams, as is “Dream Thieves.” Songs exploring death include “Final Curtain” and “New Eyes,” which delve into the emotional complexities of losing someone. Of course there are songs about love as well, such as “Trampoline” and “Ice Queen,” reminiscent of Folkstar’s debut album Emotional Bootcamp. Finally, the title track “Loud and Clear” tells the story of Cag’s hearing loss and talks about a “wake up call,” a common theme throughout the album.
Folkstar fearlessly creates music of substance. Although formed in North Carolina and labeled folk-rock, their music features a variety of influences including west coast rock, indie, blues, jazz, and of course, acoustic singer-songwriter folk and intense guitar laden rock ‘n’ roll.