Folkstar opens for Eli Conley at Ted’s in Wilmington on April 9th, 2015!

Hear our new songs performed for the first time!

Hey everyone! Sue is making magic in the studio as we speak. I’m making sure she stays warm, sane, and remembers to eat. We’ll switch roles in a few days. As we continue to work on the new album, slated for release sometime this summer, we’re also preparing for upcoming shows in our hometown.

On April 9th, we’re going to be unveiling some of our new songs for the first time! We’ll be at our favorite cozy living room venue Ted’s Fun on the River with touring singer/songwriter Eli Conley. You don’t want to miss this one. Eli is extremely talented and will be traveling all the way from California on tour! And we’ll be playing a soft, nuanced set that is guaranteed to give you the feels. Here’s the Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/787510421286156

Stay warm, wherever you are! The thaw is on its way!

~ Kim

Eli Conley and Folkstar at Teds

In the studio at Karmic Fury Records!

Our third album is on the way!

We’re generally pretty secretive about what we’re working on. Part of that is not wanting to jinx it, part of it is wanting to maintain an air of mystery, and part of it is that we like SURPRISES. Well, actually we’re both anxious control freaks so we don’t like surprises much at all. But we think other people like surprises. So we keep secrety secrets until the moment of unveiling. This time, we’re going to pull back the curtain just a tad.

Gretsch, Fender, Taylor

The six weeks we spent gallivanting in the forests of California were life-changing. We knew when we left on this trip that it would greatly influence our album, and we were right. Called Treelines and Skylines, our third album is going to address our relationship with nature, civilization, and others. This is a natural progression both musically and ideologically. Our debut Emotional Bootcamp was dedicated to expressing and healing wounds of the heart; Loud and Clear was a 16 track monster that was a buffet of musical styles stocked with a lyrical arsenal of pretty much everything we care about from politics to equal rights to love; Treelines and Skylines is introspective in a different way from either of the previous albums. This album is more personal but also addresses larger issues that we deal with as humans as we try to navigate through a world we don’t completely understand. Thematically we address life on the road, mortality, trying to find our place in the world, and of course TREES.

Studio WorkWe’ve split the lyric writing between us for a total of 12 tracks, most of which have a folk/americana vibe with an occasional classic rock garnish and a sprinkle of pop here and there. Right now we’ve reached the point in the process at which Sue disappears for hours (sometimes days!) into the cozy but cavernous lair of the studio. I have already laid down scratch (rough) tracks of the songs on vocals and guitar or piano. Sue uses these as a template and adds drums, bass, and guitars. Every few days she surprises me with a full band arrangement of a song I remembered as just an acoustic guitar/vocal baby, blowing my mind. After Sue is done adding color, I take my turn on studio lock-down and do final guitar, piano, and vocal tracks. At the end, as a reward for doing a great job, I do backing vocals (my favorite part!). Even when we invite guest musicians in for backing vocals, I love arranging the parts and envisioning how the final arrangement will sound.

It’s quite a grueling process, but a fun and exciting one as well. We are so excited to share this music!! We’re anticipating a late spring/summer release and will keep you posted as we progress.

The official unveiling of our new songs will be April 9, as we play an intimate show at Ted’s Fun on the River with our friend Eli Conley who will be on tour from California. To learn more about Eli and the event, click here.

We will be posting pictures and other updates from the studio, so be sure to follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Love and music,
Kim

Bass Fallen Acoustic Tayor and Mixing Board Folkstar Guitars

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Happy Holidays!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays!! We hope you have a wonderful day today and a joyful winter season!!

We hope you enjoy the music video for the original Christmas single “Alone on Christmas” by Folkstar. The song is, well, a song about being alone on Christmas. Sometimes we find ourselves in this situation and this song explores the emotions we go through. In the end, there is solace; it’s alright to be alone on Christmas. Brian Tucker of the Star News writes: “The bittersweet, catchy song features a solid chorus and a jazzy guitar melody that plays out like a stroll in the park.” The official video for “Alone on Christmas” is poignant but uplifting, as well as downright silly at times.

Folkstar Christmas

New Folkstar Single Coming Soon!

Folkstar to release upcoming single Enjoy the Ride

Is there a chill in the air where you are? We are embracing the cooler fall air here in Wilmington, NC. We spent a few weeks traveling in New England this summer and got kind of spoiled by the cooler nights, so we’ve been eagerly waiting for the chance to once again throw on our jackets. And the time has arrived! And it’s glorious!

Enjoy the Ride cover art draft

Enjoy the Ride Cover Art

You know what else is glorious? OUR NEW SINGLE! We’ve been tweaking this one for a while and it’s almost ready to be nudged out of the nest and into the world! This song takes things in a new direction for us musically, incorporating sounds that are different from anything else we’ve released so far! It’s called “Enjoy the Ride.”

So what’s the song about? For those of you familiar with Wilmington, you know the roads are not exactly bike-friendly. We love our hometown but have a major gripe with the lack of bike lanes and even sidewalks in a lot of areas that would otherwise be easily traversed on two wheels. Well, a lot of people try anyway. And we can’t even count the number of tragic accidents that have resulted. One day we were having a conversation with a friend from Durham (who, incidentally, ended up as a guest musician on this song) and she mentioned the same thing happening there. The truth is that this is a problem. A major and widespread problem. There are places that make a serious effort (Portland, Oregon for one), but largely we are a culture reliant on cars. Not only are we reliant on cars, but we are also often hostile toward those on bikes. Sometimes it’s unintentional (eyes everywhere but on the road) and other times we lash out in annoyance because we have somewhere to be and have to deal with the presence of a bicyclist in the road. Whatever the reason, cyclists are getting killed or seriously injured through the neglect of those behind the wheels of cars. With this single, we aim to illuminate this issue. Bikes are good for the environment, the body, and the soul, and they have as much of a right to be on the road as our cars do. But, in a collision, they don’t stand a chance.

We’ll send along another note once the single drops, but if you want to keep up with us in the meantime you can find us on Facebook and Twitter.

One more thing: in addition to the single, a new album is in the works! We’re spending the winter in the studio and plan to release new material in summer 2015! This is a very exciting time for us creatively and we can’t wait to update you as things progress.

~ Kim and Sue

Folkstar and Karmic Fury Records featured in Wilma Magazine

Kim Dicso and Sue Cag, Folkstar musicians and owners of Karmic Fury Records, talk business with Wilma Magazine

Wilma Magazine article about KFR

Folkstar band members and owners of Karmic Fury Records, Kim Dicso and Sue Cag, are featured in the latest edition of Wilma Magazine. Dicso and Cag talk about why they started a record label and what it’s like day-to-day.

“I want music to change the world for the better.” -Sue Cag

Read the article online at http://www.wilmaontheweb.com/July-2014/Studio-Time/

KFR featured article on Wilma website

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