The music of Kacy and Clayton exists outside of time and burgeons with beautiful contradictions. It’s psychedelic and traditional, contemporary and vintage, melancholic and joyous. All at once, it showcases a slightly psych-folk sound of Linda Perhacs, Fleet Foxes, and First Aid Kit; rare country blues records and English folk tunes; and 1920s disaster songs and murder ballads. Their songs often are sugar-coated pills, tales of murderous jealousy, dilapidated graveyards, and infanticide, all delivered with Kacy Anderson’s sweet, lithe voice, and Clayton Linthicum’s hypnotic fingerpicking.
Their latest album, Strange Country, strays away from straightforward folk, delivering a sound that pairs Laurel Canyon vibes with Dustbowl-era drama. And for the duo, the subject matter is literally close to home. They’re second cousins who have grown up in the Wood Mountain Uplands, an isolated region of southern Saskatchewan. It is ranch country, very remote, with a landscape punctuated with hills, 12 miles from the Montana border. Neighbors were scarce and their school bus ride was a long drive into town. “Where we come from, it’s kind of a step behind society,” Kacy, 19, says, “We had a lot of time to take in our surroundings. Characters are still very strong.”
Jake Ingamar, 24, is a singer-songwriter from Fargo, ND. He first began as the pedal steel guitarist for the acclaimed local singer-songwriter, Michael Pink, which included performing at the Whisky a Go-Go in West Hollywood as part of Michael’s backing band in March 2014. His most recent but now disbanded power-quartet, The Stationary Wilbury’s, included performing at the Fargo Theatre as a part of the second annual Dylanfest in Feburary 2016. Jake now goes entirely solo with his acoustic and electric guitars performing songs of his own. In July 2017, Jake was selected to open up for Parker Millsap at the Aquarium in Fargo. His influences are blended and demonstrated from his personally selected repertoire of covers ranging from 60s pop including The Beatles, The Byrds, and The Zombies, to the storytelling heartland folk/Americana music of Gram Parsons, Jackson Browne, Bruce Springsteen, and Townes Van Zandt, as well as contemporary songwriters including Elliott Smith, Ryan Adams, and Jim James (of My Morning Jacket). Jake is in the process of recording and self releasing his own EP in late 2017.