Enjoy the Ride (feat. Emily Pakes)

Karmic Fury Records is proud to release from the vault “Enjoy the Ride” featuring Emily Pakes. “Enjoy the Ride” was written to remember and honor all those who have been injured or killed while bicycling. Here’s the full story.

Folkstar - Enjoy the RideIn July of 2013 Kim and I were up in Durham hanging out with our friend / amazing musician Emily Pakes when we started talking about possibly writing a song together. She mentioned the recent death of local Durham cyclist Seth Vidal, which I had heard about. I also knew about several other bicyclists killed in Wilmington and other North Carolina towns because my brother is an avid cyclist and wrote of these accounts in his blog (sirbikesalot.com). But Seth’s story is that one that really haunted me. Two days before he died he tweeted: “It isn’t a contest. Just enjoy the ride.” This stuck with me and I couldn’t hide from it until I put it on paper and worked it out in the studio with Kim. Then Emily came down and delivered an impressive rap for the second verse.

This song is dedicated to Seth Vidal (killed in a hit and run on Hillandale Road in Durham), Paul Tyler (killed in a hit and run on Wrightsville Ave), the Doolittles (father and son killed while riding in the River Road bike lane), Phil Tidmarsh (killed on River Road by a young addict), Harley Becraft (run over twice before anyone stopped to help), Alan Simons (shot in the head by a firefighter in Asheville), Gary Frank Sargent (killed on Eastwood Road), and everyone else killed or injured on our roads. These are preventable tragedies, if only we’d take driving seriously and be good people to each other.

~ Sue Cag of Folkstar

Direct song link: https://folkstar.bandcamp.com/track/enjoy-the-ride-feat-emily-pakes

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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.

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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