The folk tales of Musikanto hold their own within the rich tradition of American music. The Chicago-based songwriter grew up listening to his father’s obscure Roots Rock and Folk records and the music of Fraser & Debolt and Jerry Hahn. His backwood sound is a fervent mix of old and new approaches, from broken-down orchestral and experimental folk to simply arranged indie-blues. While a poetic propensity for classic country heartbreak and melodic melodramas are grounds for the music’s steadfast warmth, Musikanto’s open narratives capture the depths of the human spirit with gripping power; his soulful voice always balanced on the verge of collapse.
On Sky of Dresses (Grape Juice Records), the follow up to 2009’s self-released Ghost Pain, Musikanto builds his songwriting repertoire with stripped-down arrangements and simple sincere lyrics. Making countless late-night drives from Chicago to Milwaukee to record the new songs at a friend’s home studio, he listened to the demos and slowly developed their personalities as he drove back and forth, reworking lyrics and adding instrumentation where he heard fit. The record stands as a collection of Musikanto’s most evocative folk stories to date, delivered in his signature vocal ache. Recent highlights include a performance at NPR’s Mountain Stage, an upcoming Daytrotter session, a tour with Truth & Salvage, a feature on the Patagonia Music site, critical acclaim from Paste Magazine, Country Music Television, AOL/Spinner, American Songwriter, Verbicide, My Old Kentucky Blog and more.
1/18 – Cincinnati, OH @ Rohs Street Cafe
1/19 – Columbus, OH @ Kafe Kerouac
1/22 – New York, NY @ The Living Room
1/23 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Cafe Live
1/25 – New York Rockwood Music Hall United States
1/26 – Baltimore, MD @ Bohemian Coffee House
1/28 – Norfolk, VA @ Borjo Coffeehouse
1/29 – Raleigh, NC @ Tir Na Nog
1/30 – Charlotte, NC @ Evening Muse
1/31 – Clemson, SC @ Moe Joes
2/15 – Madison WI @ Redmate
2/16 – Minneapolis, MN @ Aster Cafe