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FoCoMX Drive & Jive: Whippoorwill and Mike Clark and The Sugar Sounds

    • Tuesday, September 22, 2020
      6:00 PM 11:59 PM

      Whippoorwill is Alysia Kraft (guitar, vocals), Staci Foster (guitar, banjo, harmonica, vocals), and Tobias Bank (drums, vocals). Kraft was raised on a family-owned Wyoming cattle ranch, Foster alongside the rivers of the Texas Hill Country. Foster and Kraft met by chance at a porch picking party at SXSW 2013. The two exchanged songs throughout the night before parting for separate tours, later naming themselves “Whippoorwill” for the bird cooing through the pauses in song on the night of their meeting. Tobias Bank joined the band on drums in November 2016, bringing depth and musicality to the rhythm section and adding third part harmonies to a rich set of singing. Finding immediate collaborative cohesion in the new lineup, the band spent two years touring the American West honing a sound both expansive and raw, rootsy and otherworldly, and always landing in the grittier ‘alt’ corners of country and folk.

      Mike Clark and the Sugar Sounds

      A prolific songwriter and performer whose past projects run the gamut from country-punk (The Jack Trades) to bluegrass gypsy folk (The River Arkansas). Clark’s alter ego as one-fifth of the popular Pueblo Americana outfit The Haunted Windchimes has seen him sharing stages with everyone from Ramblin’ Jack Elliott to Garrison Keillor, playing before a listening audience of 4 million on A Prairie Home Companion.

      First gaining notoriety from a series of frenetic dance‐party live performances in 2013, Mike Clark & the Sugar Sounds deliver a style steeped in rock & roll and suffused with garage soul. Now back with a new album on the way and a fresh new lineup of musicians, Mike Clark is ready to make you shake.