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Kacy & Clayton

In recent decades, too many folk songs have been burdened by oversung vocals
and cluttered arrangements. Kacy and Clayton restore space to the art form by dealing
in subtlety instead of tinsel. Their arrangements employ minimal ornamentation. Kacy’s
completely unforced refreshing vocals are always in her own distinct and natural timbre.
Clayton’s instrumental talents serve every song with modesty; he reserves his virtuosity
for only those few transitions that require elaborate expression. The production values
of their recordings are consistent and simple. Kacy and Clayton shun studio trickery and
gimmicks, pursuing mixes that recall the natural warmth of 1970s british folk LPs. In
fact, much of their repertoire could easily be mistaken for hidden gems of decades past.
Their return to form is no mere retro affectation; it is a respectful bearing of the torch
passed on from their deep and studied musical heritage.

Kacy and Clayton’s entire lives have been steeped in the rich catalogs of folk
music masters. They are second cousins who grew up a short distance from each other
in a ranching community in southern Saskatchewan. As children they were surrounded
by rural musicality, absorbing the knowledge and skills of Kacy’s Grandfather (Clayton’s
Great-Uncle) Carl Anderson. Landmark figures of their musical roots include Leadbelly,
Shirley Collins, Alan Lomax, The Stanley Brothers, Charley Patton, Mississippi John
Hurt, and Davey Graham. Kacy and Clayton’s ears are expertly discerning, and their
musicianship is practiced to a sophisticated level of proficiency. They are very young,
but have already matured beyond the precociously talented stage by rapidly earning a
reputation among their fellow musicians as fully expressed mature artists in the prime
of their lives. In fact, the Deep Dark Woods – one of Canada’s most successful and
accomplished roots bands – has eagerly recruited Clayton as a guitarist, and Ryan Boldt
(DDW’s lead singer) has proudly taken on the task of producing Kacy and Clayton
albums. Clayton’s musical partnership with Kacy remains a primary focus for his
creative output.

In 2010, Kacy and Clayton began performing at festivals. In 2011 they released their
first, self-titled album through Dahl Street Records. They supported the album by
touring with The Hard Ramblers throughout western Canada. In 2012 they were
featured at festivals such as the Regina Folk Festival, Ness Creek, the Saskatoon Jazz
Festival, and the Forget Deep Winter Blues Revival. Kacy and Clayton released their
second full length album in the winter of 2013. The newest album, was produced by
Ryan Boldt and recorded at Dahl Street Records. It features original works and obscure
arrangements of traditional ballads and blues. The release was selected by American
Standard Time as a Top 10 LP of 2013, featured in the esteemed fRoots magazine, and
nominated for 2 Canadian Folk Music Awards. Kacy and Clayton recordings belong in
your collection beside those other treasures of songcraft that defy the ruin of time.

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