Says tastemaker magazine No Depression, "One of the most striking things about seeing Lenker perform is his relationship with his guitar. He doesn't just play it, he becomes it -- or maybe, it becomes a part of him."
Korby Lenker - firstborn son of a mortician and a school marm - is a skilled multi-instrumentalist and an award-winning songwriter. He was born and raised in Twin Falls Idaho, a mile from where Evel Knievel tried to jump the canyon on a motorcycle.
Winner of 1st place at the 2016 Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter's Competition (out of some 400 contestants), Korby is a dynamic, compelling performer — sometimes up on tip toe, singing in a hush, his performances are known for being engaging and personal, transparent and elevating. The Seattle Post-Intelligencerlikened his voice to "cool lemonade on a hot summer day."
Korby released his 6th full length self-titled record in March of 2014, and has been touring heavily since. In February he signed a licensing deal with Secret Road, and shortly afterward his song If I Prove False to You was added to rotation on Sirius XM "The Coffeehouse". Another track, Forbidden Fruitappeared on two episodes of AMC Family's "The Fosters." Music and Musicians Magazine dubbed Korby "Who's Next."
In addition to his music, Korby is a longtime writer of fiction and memoir. In December 2015 he saw the release of his first book. Medium Hero is a collection of short stories based on his 14 years of life as a touring indie musician. Entitled Medium Hero, it came out on Turner Publishing in December 2015 to warm reviews.
Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said the stories in Medium Hero are "Clever and well-crafted, with a tendency to linger in your mind." National Book Award winner Tim O'Brien said "Korby's keen control of narrative voice is spot-on in each of these stories — distinctive, disarming, entertaining and completely convincing."
Korby has performed internationally and has shared the stage with such legends as Willie Nelson and Ray Lamontagne, as well asNickel Creek, Tristan Prettyman, Susan Tedeschi, and many others. When he's not touring, he enjoys acting, bike riding and eating at Waffle House.
Jeff is a Denver, CO based artist with roots in the great state of Wisconsin. A vocalist and picker of all forms of wooden music and americana, Jeff's sound is a meld of American roots to indie folk, country, and old fashioned rock n' roll. When not performing at various venues around Denver, CO, or somewhere on the road, you can find Jeff playing music in backyards and living rooms across Colorado -- and when lucky, around bonfires beside the lakes of Wisconsin's Northwoods.
Ali Sperry is a Nashville-based independent artist. Her songs are undeniably rooted in folk music, simple and true, but she pushes the boundaries, toying with tones of modern indie-pop, rock, and old-school soul. She evokes stories of love – hearts broken and healing; the wistful burn of aspiration; and the universal quest for connection to self and others.
Ali was raised in Iowa to two musician parents who encouraged her to sing and create music from the time she could speak. Her childhood soundtrack was steeped in the music of the 60s and 70s: Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, James Taylor. After attending Syracuse University and briefly moving to Chicago, Ali was recruited by an all-girl band in Nashville, TN called Sweetwater Rose.
Four years later in 2012, immersed in the growing alternative music scene in Nashville, she released her first solo record, Storybook, produced by Kyle Ryan and backed by a rotating tribe of musicians – friends, lovers, and roommates – who came to be known as The Family Vacation. In October 2014, she released her most recent project, an EP entitled Comes and Goes – produced by Scott Hardin, Jamie Dick and Ali, and mixed in Memphis, TN at Ardent Studios on a console well-used by Stax Records.
Ali tours regularly, solo and with The Family Vacation. She has shared shows with Langhorne Slim, Amanda Shires, Andrew Combs, The Spring Standards, Chris Stills, and Elephant Revival among others. In her own words, "I can’t think of anything more joyful than the act of making music with people I love as friends and deeply admire as musicians. There is no company I would rather be in."
Comes and Goes marks a turning point for Ali Sperry as she moves further from her child-of-the-80s pop influences, away from broken hearts and into the marrow of broader questions of purpose, demons, and dreams-realized. She layers eclectic drum tones, lush string arrangements, electric and acoustic guitar to tell stories, visceral musical landscapes with room to breathe.