“I’m a thinker – I’m also a builder – and a revealer of possibility. What’s special is found in the relationship of the two as they converge. Stitch my heart, man – I must go again. Stitch my mind up, please – I must go again. Stitch my hope back together, sir – I must go agin. Stitch my will and my spirit, ma’am – for I will be going again. ‘Here I Go’.” -Wes Urbaniak
WES URBANIAK – MOUNTAIN FOLK
Wes Urbaniak’s experimental expressionism puts fire to the gasoline structure of folk music. Mountain Folk emulsifies the genre expressions into their more creative forms, implementing tempo fusions and thumps so tight that they snap. The bluegrass and beatboxing stir oh-so-well into the mix, and when that beautiful stomp comes on, it’s hard not to put those hands and feet to work. The lyrics tell the quilting of life lived, lessons learned, humility sought, and understanding earned through the processes of becoming a steady and thoughtful man. Urbaniak works the range on the acoustic guitar, often times playing both rhythm and melodic lead, while singing and putting it down on the stomp plate. Stringed talent in the form of Mat Regele on upright bass develops the dynamic and the melodic themes for the stories.
This year, they are touring across the county to share the music from Urbaniak’s eighth and ninth albums while plugging the setlist with favorite songs from the previous albums and new, unreleased material. They play on custom Montana-made instruments from Urbaniak’s shop.
Lightbox Music Sessions: Governed by Tides
Wes Urbaniak, fairy-tale scientist, calls upon all that he has learned and will learn to pursue his musical goals. As a man who builds what he needs, he has a full-range of skills and knowledge. Many titles befit him: singer-songwriter, string-player, videographer, sound engineer, producer, and luthier, but they are as elusive a fit as defining his genre. He could be described as Alt-indie folk, but he ties in elements from a variety of influences to choreograph his sound to his message. Adding in his custom stomp-plate, beatboxing, and signature pauses and breaks, Urbaniak’s sound twists and turns throughout his lyrics. This culminates in the genre “Mountain Folk”.