“In this highly creative landscape, artists are unleashing fascinating musical hybrids and synergisms—taking one form of music, marrying it to another, and creating something unprecedented. One of the more interesting hybrids—not originated by Cotton Wine, but richly explored in their eponymous debut album—is that formed by the integration of mountain (Appalachian) music with a pop melodic sense. In songs like “Murder Song” and “Corn in a Cotton Field” (a wonderful affirmation of the beauty and worth of each human being), it is as if we are listening to the spectral sounds and spirit of Civil War musicians braided to the melodic sense of a Sara Bareilles. One of the most distinct and intriguing facets of this six-song debut is its nuanced exploration and embrace of human duality, even darkness. Songs like “Murder Song,” “Bloody Mary,” and “Warning” touch on the shadow in the human condition in a way that emanates musically as accepting and mysteriously redempti”
“The soulful sounds of the duo Cotton Wine are relatively new to us, but we immediately took notice of the incredible harmonies they create. Cotton Wine consists of Brandon James and Femke Weidema, who relocated to Music City to continue to hone their art. The genre defying act is probably best described as Civil Wars-like due to their obvious harmonies, but their sometimes folk, sometimes country, sometimes pop sounds are expertly crafted and hard to ignore. We first introduced you to these guys when No Country took over Lightning 100 for The 615. Since then, Femke won a Latin Grammy for as a co-writer with Latin American artist, Beto Cuevas. Needless to say, this talented duo is one to keep an eye on.”
"...reminiscent of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young or Simon & Garfunkel... their music can go from haunting to pop in a split second... Cotton Wine is a duo that has created a signature Americana sound.. that you will want to listen to again and again and again...". - Vents Magazine"