JOHN PAUL WHITE
John Paul White is a singer- songwriter who resides in Florence, Alabama. As one-half of the critically acclaimed The Civil Wars, he toured the world and introduced millions to his music. The duo also won the 2011 Grammy Awards for Best Folk Album and Best Country Duo/Group Performance. Now, together with co-founders Ben Tanner, keyboardist for Alabama Shakes, and Muscle Shoals native Will Trapp, Mr. White runs Single Lock Records, a Florence-based indie label that has released records by some of the Yellowhammer State’s finest, including Dylan LeBlanc, St. Paul & the Broken Bones, and legendary songwriter Donnie Fritts. Mr. White’s latest album, his first solo recording in nearly a decade, is titled Beulah. Released in 2016, it’s an assuredly diverse collection spanning plaintive folk balladry, swampy southern rock, lonesome campfire songs, and dark acoustic pop.
London singer and producer Lyla Foy specializes in intimate vocals effortlessly intertwined with delicate, emotive instrumentation. The production is an integral part of her writing process, capturing not only the intended notes but also the incidental and accidental sounds that bring the recordings to life and provide endless intrigue. While the patter of keyboards, guitars and pulsing bass lines create a beguiling backdrop, it’s Foy’s sense of melody and turn of phrase that takes centre stage. Subtle nods to classic refrains, mingled with her own inflection, suggest a writer who draws from many different eras, resulting in a sound that is both timeless yet modern.
Lyla has shared stages with The National, Sharon Van Etten, Midlake, Phosphorescent and Fleet Foxes. Lyla also sings and plays bass with psychedelic 6-piece, Mono Club, fronted by Goldheart Assembly’s John Herbert.