From: Smithsonian Folkways [smithsonianfolkways_at_si_dot_edu]

Sent: 27 July 2018 19:21

Subject: Two New Artists Join The Folkways Family!




Kaia Kater 

New album 'Grenades' out this fall!


Welcome Kaia Kater to the Smithsonian Folkways Recordings family! The Montreal-born Grenadian-Canadian has been busy in the studio working on her third full-length album, produced by Erin Costelo, to be released this fall 2018. Her two previous albums, Sorrow Bound (2015) and Nine Pin (2016), have garnered critical acclaim from NPR, CBC Radio, BBC Music, Rolling Stone, won her a Canadian Folk Music Award, and allowed her to tour across the world, including a recent slot opening up for Rhiannon Giddens in the UK. They have also won her a place in the hearts and ears of the folk music community, earning her the status of a rising star.

Stay tuned to the Smithsonian Folkways website and social media sites for news about Kaia Kater's upcoming album and touring plans, including an appearance at Newport Folk Festival this weekend. Follow her over on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, and make sure to catch her on the road, where she is currently making appearances on the US East Coast and US & UK festival circuit.





Lula Wiles 


Smithsonian Folkways is thrilled to announce the signing of Lula Wiles. The trio of multi-instrumentalists Ellie Buckland (vocals/guitar/fiddle), Isa Burke (vocals/guitar/fiddle), and Mali Obomsawin (vocals/bass) will be following up their much-admired self-titled debut (2016) with their next album, coming soon. Their deep traditional folk roots combined with fiercely honest, contemporary songwriting strikes the right balance between being old-time torchbearers and Americana innovators. Smithsonian Folkways has always supported bold artists with fresh perspective, and now, especially during our 70th anniversary, we are excited to introduce the world to Lula Wiles.

The three friends have played together since childhood, attending Maine Fiddle Camp, and then honing their craft at the Berklee College of Music. They have become staples of Boston's esteemed folk community, and beyond, touring and sharing stages with Sarah Jarosz, Tim O'Brien, Aoife O'Donovan, and many others.

Comprised of truly skilled vocalists, players, and songwriters, Lula Wiles is one of the most refreshing Americana bands around; catch them on the road throughout the rest of the year, including an appearance at Newport Folk Festival's Outside Folk program, Green Mountain Bluegrass & Roots Festival, and more. Follow them on their site, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, as well as all of Smithsonian Folkways' channels to stay up to date on new music, tour dates, and more!





Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series


Pioneering albums from Joseph Spence, Woody Guthrie and Lightnin' Hopkins on vinyl, out now!


The first installment of the Smithsonian Folkways Vinyl Reissue Series has arrived! We'ved kicked things off with three classic albums from our collection:

Each of these masterpiece albums has been meticulously redesigned from original prints and materials, photos, and remastered from original LP master tapes. They also features the classic black textured Folkways tip-on style album jackets and the liner notes booklet that was included in the initial release.

Order yours today, and for a limited time, order the first three reissues as a bundle and receive a free Folkways slipmat!




Folkways on Bandcamp!


We've joined Bandcamp! Smithsonian Folkways releases (well...a good chunk of them...) are now available on our Bandcamp page! Bandcamp is an awesome service for artists and labels to share and earn money from their music, and for fans to discover and enjoy it. We're looking forward to connecting with you Bandcampers as you explore our catalog - head over to our page for a selection of classics, new releases, and hidden gems.

Bandcamp also features some serious music writing and editorial section, and  we're pleased to be spotlighted on their Bandcamp Weekly podcast this week!


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