“Cathartic, experiential alt-folk written by boots-in-the-dirt, partner-in-crime country girls and delivered across drummer Tobias Bank’s vast percussive landscape. For Whippoorwill, there’s little separation between the soul and the scenery– heartbreak is a ripped floodplain and longing, an unbroken expanse of sky. It’s Cormac McCarthy meets Neil Young via non-traditional banjo, long harmonica riffs, distorted guitar, and three-part harmonies that can scorch, soar, or haunt accordingly.”
Staci Foster, Tobias Bank (Von Stomper), and Alysia Kraft (Patti Fiasco) are on the same wavelength of intentionality. Catharsis is the point of the songs but the tools to get there vary. With Bank on drums, Foster swapping between guitar, harmonica, and banjo, and Kraft playing electric guitar, they’re in their element with raw, harmony-driven, stripped-down performances that nod to icons Neil Young and Fleetwood Mac. There is spirituality in the country backdrops they write from and a deep reverence for the landscapes that raised them.
Recorded at GPM Studio in Fort Collins and co-produced by Tallgrass, their debut album contains six- stick-to-heart tracks that earned them 2017 nominations for Wyoming Public Radio and the Colorado Playlists’ Best Albums of the Year. Westword Denver nominated them Best Folk Band Culture Trip named them to the female edition of ‘50 Musicians You Need to Know from Each State.’ In their first year as a full band, they’ve shared sold out shows with Big Thief, Shovels and Rope, Lydia Loveless, Colin Hay, Gil Landry (Old Crow Medicine Show), and performed coveted showcases at Treefort Music Festival and SXSW.
Whippoorwill is set to release 2 singles from their forthcoming solo album over the summer of 2018.