Catch Milkweed at FOLK City at Photo City: A Benefit for REACH Sunday, February 18th from 8pm-8:45pm.
Milkweed is a band that was born on Main Street in the quiet post industrial city of Binghamton NY. It is the collaboration of three artists – Joseph Alston, Jacqualine Colombo and Peter Lister. Without committing to one genre Milkweed has pulled from many of the great aspects of American music and created their own brand of American song and story telling. Whether it is blue grass guitar flat picking, Chicago blues harmonica, Irish ballads or Jersey shore folk songs, Milkweed weaves together the sounds that make up the rich tapestry of American music history. With their lyrics they set themselves apart from the norm, taking the simple stories of everyday people and telling them through the lens of dreams and what it means to be a human. The root of the bands sound is in the use of three part harmony to impart a sense of importance and depth to their lyrics that brings the listener into their songs and feel invested in it.
Milkweeds debut full length album, Dream of An American Family, was released in November of 2015. It consists of thirteen original songs ranging from fingerpicking ballads, up tempo picking tunes, to a piedmont blues inspired song. It was recorded by Don Sternecker at the great Mixolydian Studios and was crafted to be like the great folk albums of the past, predominantly live and in front of great microphones. Songs from the album have received praise and radio play throughout the Northeast and East Coast and has gotten Milkweed onto larger theater and festival stages over the last year. Upon the arrival of a new tour van the band has been on the road prolifically, playing more then 160 shows a year. With the advent of a new album close at hand, longer tours booked nationally and collaborations with other musicians, Milkweed shows no sign of slowing down.
Learn more about them and check out their video for “Drunk Fish” here https://www.milkweedtheband.com/videos