The family quilt of Americana music is long and well worn. With stitches that took hold hundreds of years ago, the legacy of forlorn lyrics sung over spare, twinkling instrumentation depicting long nights, whiskey glasses and love that too often walks out the door extends further than any can remember. And it will continue well past anyone kicking up mud today. But with each passing sunset, we can see new patches added to the legacy. And the next name to be sewn in is FRETLAND.
The Snohomish, Washington-based, sister-fronted band plays songs that dash over hills, harmonize with the breeze and coax honey from tall trees. Co-founded by Hillary Grace and Kara Belle Fretland, the group also includes the tasteful Jake Haber and subtle Luke Francis on bass and guitar and thumping Kenny Bates on drums. FRETLAND’s self-titled, 11-track debut album, which is due in 2019, includes the epic, “Long Haul,” reflective, “Have Another Beer,” and revelrous, "Friendly Fire."
While still a new group, FRETLAND has accomplished much. The sisters, who have been singing together since 2008, have already worked with many sonic stalwarts, including engineer Nich Wilbur (Angel Olsen), mixing artist Trevor Spencer (Father John Misty) and mastering expert Ed Brooks (Fleet Foxes). The band, rife with energy and momentum, has already created one of those strong foundations that allows for a long story to unfold in great detail and with much revelation.