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Stitch my heart – I must go again; stitch my mind up please – I must go again; stitch my hope back together, too – I must go again; stitch my will and my spirit once more – for I will be going again. Why? Because, I am still here, Mountain.” -Wes Urbaniak
Long Walker. Luthier. Author. Revealer.
WES URBANIAK and the MOUNTAIN FOLK
This all-original trio heralds from the Billings, MT area, playing mountain folk music influenced by folk, bluegrass, alt-pop, and the Americana-esque singer/songwriter paradigm. This genre is full of hard stops, absolute dynamics, and mauling measures of lyrical flow. Urbaniak has been a songwriter and musician for a bucket of years. Together with the harmonies of Mat Regele (upright bass) and A.J. Sheble (string), Urbaniak’s guitar and vocal pulls the audience through a story, at times along the lyrics of a life lived and lessons learned, other times with the intricate and speedy guitar playing, and definitely during the times that the beat picks up to a bluegrass and rollicking rise.
Along with the signature musical style, another aspect of the band belongs with the instruments that the guys play. They were designed and built by Urbaniak – a luthier when he is not performing. His instruments are built on the premise of reusing and conserving wood, and making the imperfect, perfect. Sources of wood come from old schoolhouses, mills, pianos, locally-felled trees that people donate, and scrap pieces set aside at wood stores. They highlight the beautiful flaws of knots and irregular growth. Playing the same notes as traditional instruments, they wear fantastically different clothes and allude to having a deeper sense of spirit.
April 2020 marks the full release of Urbaniak’s ninth album, The Long Walk.
mountain folk – the genre.
Mountain Folk isn’t just mixed-genres rooted in folk; it’s more than that. It’s more than that because all the songs fit into the same genre paradigm. Mountain Folk is a genre. It’s a genre that is full of hard stops, absolute dynamics, and mauling measures of lyrical flow. It is, at times, suffering from split-song personality, but so beautifully done that it’s maddened poetry. It is fierce when it must be, and kind when it is needed.
Music to download and spin.
PDF – WuMF.