16th annual Domino Toppling Extravaganza returns to Brattleboro Museum & Art Center (BMAC) on Sunday, October 8, at 5:30 p.m.
Enter new dimensions with dreamy Americana and cosmic country by LA-based GracieHorse… Stella Kola weaves haunting psychedelic-folk ballads that shapeshift into captivating new forms. Bobbie creates lo-fi pop-songs about friendship, beginnings + endings, ancestors, portals and trusting the process.
On the GRACIEHORSE debut record L.A. SHIT on Wharf Cat, she takes us into the past half a decade of her life. We see her as a traveling nurse, living in the big blue expanse of Wyoming, dancing with a man in a crisp white Stetson, eating chicken wings in a hazmat suit, commenting on how strange a place like Los Angeles can be, how loaded it is with wannabe cowboys and fast food restaurants. It’s a record of immaculate country music, the kind of stuff you put on blast in your truck as you drive down empty stretches of highway. It’s also a vulnerable record, full of lyrics about the intensity of being alive, all told with a sense of humor and self-awareness.
“The best country singers exist in the equilibrium between an easy, swaggering exterior and an internal pain so powerful it can’t help but bubble up to the surface. The key is — as in other forms of art — to channel that hurt into something productive before it eats you whole. GracieHorse is a relative newcomer to the country canon, but she’s already proven herself adept at this balancing act.” -FADER
BOBBIE is an ambient lo-fi bedroom pop project from western Massachusetts. bobbie uses electric guitar, voice and omnichord loops to build melancholic pop songs about friendship, beginnings + endings, ancestors, portals and trusting the process.
Hailing from the misty grottos and orchards of Western Massachusetts, STELLA KOLA weave haunting ballads that dig deep into the psychedelic-folk tradition while shapeshifting into captivating new forms. Stella Kola began in 2019 as a songwriting project between the singer / poet Beverly Ketch (Bunwinkies / Weeping Bong Band) and musician Robert Thomas (Sunburned Hand of the Man / Dalthom). The duo quickly amassed a body of delicate songs which hover in the twilight of the folk tradition while emanating a peculiar modernity. Ketch’s evocative lyrics have been praised for their uncanny ability to bridge the “prosaic to the phantastical”. They recently released their eponymous debut album featuring a host of masterful musical friends & collaborators.
“Stella Kola’s songs wash over the listener with a beautiful woe. It’s hard to see an album, especially a debut, capturing the heart as hard as this one. This is an essential record.” -Raven Sings The Blues
“Pitched somewhere between Vashti Bunyan’s breathy, quavering delicacy and Judee Sill’s conversational but melancholy clarity, Ketch’s soft sighs weave among aching strings and chiming guitars, and her gentle ruminations on the sparse space shanty “Rosa” haunt my dreams.”-Chicago Reader
“Rosa” is a delicate thing, a mythical story-song that is tenderly brought to life with acoustic guitars, woodwinds and strings delivered through the musicians’ casual proficiency. The masterful restraint of “Rosa” and the rest of Stella Kola’s shimmering debut evokes Anne Briggs, Pentangle and similar ancestors that knew the best way to honor traditions was to widen the heritage even further.”- NPR