“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 again. 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 puts fire to the gasoline structure of the folk and bluegrass genres to witness what will temper and what will burn – “anything that makes it through the fire can come along – leave the ashes. Something else will need them for the growing.” Taking what’s left and putting it through fusion and rhythm changes makes up the lump of mountain folk as a genre – the Mountain Folk then expand and deepen the sound, helping it evolve and grow by locking in the fusion on the low end and filling in the melodic leads and vocal harmonies in between the hard breaks.
Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk have been touring the nation like mad, having played over 60 shows this year alone and getting to play many of those shows with some of the best musicians out there touring right now. The music they’ve been playing is thoughtful and conscious – all mountain folk – and is everything Montana. Urbaniak is a singing, beatboxing stomper, with some mean guitar skills who is backed up by the harmonies of Mat Regele (upright bass), and A.J. Sheble (4- and 8-string ukulele). These guys make it do what it do on the strings, plus, they’ve been playing all this music on custom Montana-made instruments from Urbaniak’s shop. Nothing quite like it anywhere, and no better place for it to have come from.
The Mountain Folk are playing music from 6 of Urbaniak’s albums and are building inroads right now to record a new live album before fall sets in. Urbaniak is award winning in several music categories, and together with the Mountain Folk, they are putting it down steady to produce great music.
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”.