Lula Wiles

reclaimed folk music

Lula Wiles

Cahalen Morrison

Tuesday, October 15th

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$12 ADV / $16 DOOR (plus fees)

Lula Wiles
Lula Wiles
Long before they were in a band together, the members of Lula Wiles were singing folk songs and trading fiddle tunes at camp in Maine.

Now, the release of What Will We Do on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings places the group squarely in line with some of its deepest influences, from the protest anthems of Woody Guthrie to the trailblazing songs of Elizabeth Cotten and Hazel Dickens. (Even the band’s name is a twist on an old Carter Family song.)

They infuse their songs with distinctly modern sounds: pop hooks, distorted electric guitars, and dissonant multi-layered vocals, all employed in the service of songs that reclaim folk music in their own voice.
Cahalen Morrison
Cahalen Morrison
Some dust just won't wash off. Ask roots country songwriter Cahalen Morrison. His new album, The Flower of Muscle Shoals (out Aug 19 on Free Dirt Records), with his full band Country Hammer, is caked with the dust of the American Southwest. It's the dust of a childhood growing up in Northern New Mexico; days spent exploring lost canyons, hiking hillsides covered in cottonwoods, and discovering old ghost towns. It's also the dust of nostalgia, the kind of reflection of a just-married man looking back towards the inspirations of his youth.

Cahalen Morrison grew up surrounded by the deep roots of country music; he played in his first country (and ranchero) band as a precocious 13 year old. Leaving New Mexico as a young man, his music began to branch out. "I did what every teenager does, and decided to go down the rock, and whatever road," Cahalen explains. "But then I came back around to acoustic music, and now back to country. I love the focus on singing and the songs; I love the deep sincerity, the absurd humor… But obviously, overall, I really just love the music." That full circle journey enabled Cahalen to develop a sound that sets him apart from other country artists.