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The distinctively spare sound is grounded in a love for what can only be called the pure and real, at once embracing both a strong roots tradition and a fresh take on making music. At live shows or in the studio, a seemingly new subgenre is created, their songs displaying raw emotion – vulnerable and unassuming – with handcrafted spins that creak and stomp like a wooden dance floor.
On Jubal's Kin, the self-titled debut from the Florida based duo, brother and sister, Roger and Gailanne Amundsen establish a new benchmark for the rising generation of roots musicians - Roger a three time Florida Old-Time Music Championship winner, and Gailanne the 2009 Florida & Tennessee Grand Champion Old Time Fiddler. Jubal's Kin is an eclectic blend of indie folk and old-timeyness - what they've dubbed as "Appalachia-infused Cosmic Americana." And the album finds this compromise with great success, drawing from earthy roots inspirations such as The Avett Brothers, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, The Horse Flies, Bright Eyes or The Decemberists and a wide palette of other genres.
The debut CD was recorded and co-produced by Erick Jaskowiak at Compass Studios in Nashville. Jaskowiak has worked with some of the most talented progressive groups in acoustic music and otherwise, including Crooked Still, Bearfoot, Alison Brown, Bruce Molsky, The Chieftains with Alison Krauss, and with artists on the Cold Mountain soundtrack. Joined by upright bass virtuoso Byron House (Robert Plant, Sam Bush Band, Emmylou Harris) and guest banjoist Luke Richardson, the album was officially released on April 14, 2010.