What do they do? Melody's soulful songwriting and Jacob's picking prowess join together in a duo that is creating it's own genre: "Americali". Hailing from the San Francisco Bay Area and the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia, respectively, Melody and Jacob represent a real fusion of ideas and sounds, with the literacy and musicianship to pull it off. Their voices harmonize earnestly over intricate textures of banjo, guitar and mandolin, as they sing of ancient truths and futuristic myths, bringing their eclectic influences to life in traditional forms.
What is the "Americali" sound? It's basically Americana with a California twist. Both Jacob and Melody have extensively studied and performed not only bluegrass and American folk music, but also rock, jazz, classical, afrobeat, samba, and balkan styles. Despite such diverse tastes, their arrangements tend toward simplicity and stay close to their well-studied American folk roots, striving to usher them into a new age of relevance.