KFR Press Release – August 7th, 2013

August 7, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Karmic Fury Records, an independent label based in Wilmington, NC, would like to announce the pending release of Loud and Clear, the sophomore album by folk-rock group Folkstar. The album will appear in select record stores and download sites on August 20, 2013, with a release party to follow on October 5 at Gravity Records in Wilmington.

Folkstar, a musical collaboration formed by Kim Dicso and Sue Cag in 2011, offers a unique blend of acoustic folk and rock-infused guitar. Their first release, 2012’s Emotional Bootcamp, received broad-based acclaim from critics of independent music as well as nationwide radio play. Loud and Clear expands their sound and the scope of their songwriting. With 13 songs and three bonus tracks, the album addresses a variety of issues. “Final Curtain” and “New Eyes” explore themes of death and loss, while “It Gets Better” directly addresses teen suicide and LGBT issues. “Human” and “Abolitionists” are calls for animal rights and humanitarianism. The first single and title track deals with Cag’s experiences with hearing loss and the effect it had on her music.

A number of other regional artists make guest appearances on the album. Dylan Linehan plays piano on “Dream Thieves” and “Afterglow,” Nic Martinez adds bass to “Natural High,” and Preston Luce plays cello on “Afterglow.” Leslie Wiegle provides additional vocals throughout the album.

A release party will be held at Gravity Records in Wilmington, NC on October 5, 2013, including several live performances and a cash bar.

In addition to its retail release, the album will be available for download from iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, and all other major online retailers.

For more information about the album, visit http://folkstar.net or http://karmicfuryrecords.com. For media inquiries, please contact Karmic Fury Records.

KFR Live in Wilmington #5: featuring James Ethan Clark

James Ethan Clark debuts Southern Hotel at Brooklyn Arts Center

Last month, James Ethan Clark hosted his CD release party at Brooklyn Arts Center in support of his debut album Southern Hotel. After well-known local openers Sean Thomas Gerard and Mike Blair & The Stonewalls, Clark played his new record in its entirety from start to finish.

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.

James Ethan Clark's Southern Hotel CD + booklet