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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Shout out from Walden Guitars!

Walden Guitars posted about Folkstar’s new music video!! Sue plays Kim’s Walden acoustic on this tune and it sounds mighty fine.

 
Human video screen shot

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Folkstar performing in Brooklyn, NY

@Friends and Lovers, Saturday, June 7th, 8pm

Folkstar at Friends and Lovers

Homoground Presents: Folkstar, Jana Fisher, and Anna/Kate at Friends and Lovers in Brooklyn, NY (641 Classon Ave), Saturday, June 7th, 8pm.

Doors: 7:30pm
Show: 8:00pm
$8 in advance / $10 at door
21+

This event is part of a monthly showcase spotlighting queer musicians held on the first Saturday of each month at Friends and Lovers.

The crowd is full of music loving queers and allies who love supporting independent musicians. The outcome is to provide a space where people can discover new music and meet like-minded folks.

Homoground is a media portal that supports LGBTQ & allied musicians through live events, radio podcasts, a brand new TV show, and other creative collaborations. For more info visit, homoground.com & homoground.tv

Facebook Event Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/271837309665796/

Official music video for “Human” is here!

Filmed on location at Farm Sanctuary

Kim at Farm SanctuaryLast September we arrived at Farm Sanctuary in Watkins Glen, NY in the late afternoon. Just before dusk, we introduced ourselves to some of the animals that call the sanctuary home. We stayed in a cabin on the farm, ate awesome vegan food, and the following day we received a guided tour from Farm Sanctuary staff that included some up close and personal time with the animals. Over those two days, we took a lot of video footage that would eventually be used to create the official video for our song “Human.” Approximately nine months have passed since that incredible experience. So why did we wait so long to release the video? Well, besides the fact that it takes a long time to go through all of the great footage we got (so I’m told…Sue deserves all of the credit on this one), we felt a lot of responsibility when putting together this video. While we hope all of our music has a strong message and something in it that people can connect to, we feel like the animal rights movement is a place where our voices matter so much because animals are unable to speak for themselves. We wanted our message to be presented clearly, poignantly, and honestly, with love.

Sue at Farm SanctuaryI’ve certainly been emotionally moved at animal shelters before, watching the sad eyes of dogs and cats that have been neglected and abused, knowing that thousands of animals are euthanized due to lack of space. But the experience at Farm Sanctuary was absolutely life-changing in a way that, even as a writer, I struggle to describe within the constraints of written language. I felt the lump catch in my throat as I scratched the bellies and heads of gentle pigs and watched them delight in human interaction, longing to play and nuzzle and be given treats. What makes them any different than dogs? Certainly not intelligence or ability to feel, both of which pigs possess without question. I connected with large cows, many of whom had been at the edge of death when they had been rescued from deplorable conditions, but now had formed friendships and enjoyed frolicking through the fields. And I came very close to trying to fit a certain goat in the car with us to come be a companion at home, after we locked eyes and he bounded toward me with a gleeful “baaaaa!” before nuzzling my hand just as my cats do.

Kim at Farm SanctuaryI have been a vegan for nearly three years now and Sue has been one for nearly twenty. I remember viewing veganism as a strange and unattainable thing, not sure if I’d be able to do it or even really want to. But I couldn’t help but eventually realize that we don’t “humanely slaughter” our dogs for food and it’s strange to do so with other animals, that the “happy cows” producing our milk are kept perpetually pregnant while their male calves are turned into veal, that it is standard procedure at even organic and free range farms to dispose of day old male chicks in ways that include asphyxiation or being thrown into a grinder while still alive. First I asked myself, “Why do we treat animals this way?” and soon thereafter made the jump to, “Why even eat animals at all?” This was my personal journey and I share it as such, without judgment. We are all on our own journeys. There are many videos and articles online as well as books that are readily available with comprehensive information on the things I mentioned, but I want this blog to be focused on positivity and how spending time with these animals can truly change lives. It changed mine. This video and this message are extremely personal for both Sue and me because of our deep love and respect for all animals. We invite you to share the video, ask questions, and learn more.

Sue at Farm SanctuaryWe both hope this video will open some eyes as to what a happy farm really looks like. The animals at Farm Sanctuary are treated with dignity and respect and not exploited. These magnificent individuals all have names and personalities and are not being used for anything – meat, milk, eggs, fur – any more than we would use a cat or a dog or a goldfish. Their job is to just be, and be happy. I hope when you watch this video, you share in their joy.

We’d like to extend our gratitude to Farm Sanctuary for doing what they do and allowing us to connect with the beautiful individuals we saw there. May we all do our part to make this world a better place for humans and non-humans alike.

Farm Sanctuary website: http://farmsanctuary.org
Additional footage by Mercy for Animals: http://mercyforanimals.org.
Clothing by Herbivore Clothing: http://herbivoreclothing.com.

Human video screen shot

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