The Krickets are a female Americana group from the gulf coast who's music is what Paste Magazine describes as "a truly stunning, one-of-a-kind sound." Fresh out of the studio, the band just finished a sophomore album entitled 'Redbird.' The single and title track is out now with the full album dropping 10/26/18. Produced by Grammy nominee Sam Ashworth and recorded at Brown Owl Studios in Nashville this album has everything from traditional country to folk rock steeped in harmony and an earthy instrumentation.
2016 IMA Folk Song of the Year winner for their single "Cool Cool Water," The Krickets are a female swamp-folk band that released their first album "Spanish Moss Sirens" in May of 2016. Produced by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes and recorded in Muscle Shoals, the album debuted at #1 on Amazon's ‘Best Sellers’, ‘Movers and Shakers’ and ‘Modern Folk’ charts. They were also named the 2016 IMEA Folk Artist of the Year. The group originally came together to play a cancer benefit in honor of Cristina "Cricket" Russell. Now, they are able to support the cause by donating a portion of every album sale to The Cricket Fund and Beyond which provides women's health services to the uninsured.
Band members: Amanda Kolb (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, lap steel), Emily Stuckey (guitar, percussion, mandolin), Lauren Spring (guitar, fiddle, mandolin, guitar) and Katrina Kolb (bass)
Hello Krickets fam!
It's high time you fine folks received a little update on this new album's progress. The short version is that it is in the process of being mixed and our producer hopes to have it back to us by the end of the month and ready to release by Aug/Sept. It's later than we'd envisioned but we're so proud of this music we hope you'll feel it was worth the wait!! We are SO excited about getting to play these songs live. Like crazy excited about it.
Recording this album was a crazy wonderful experience with our producer Sam Ashworth in Nashville. We poured ourselves out into about 20 songs for him to choose from and 12 will be on this album! Sam's ideas for these songs were ridiculously cool and he had us trying things musically we would have never had the guts to try otherwise. To give you an idea of the whirlwind of the experience, we recorded 12 songs in 5 days this time as opposed to 10 songs in 10 days on our last album. What?! And that included cutting out early one day to go record a music video song series at Skyville Live for Scenes Media!
Now it's crunch time on getting the music mixed and mastered, making a music video for the new music, album art, photoshoots, marketing campaigns, and getting physical merch production underway! We hope to plan an album release concert in both Port St. Joe and the Mobile area. We're beyond grateful to you and are working hard to make you proud! See you soon!!
Can you believe it's been two years since our album's kickstarter campaign? A multi-award winning album came about because of your generosity, it was the experience of a lifetime and we are so grateful. Well, are you ready for some new music? We hope so, because....
We are going to shoot for album #2 and we need your help!
This album will also support The Cricket Fund Beyond Diagnosis and we are SO proud to do it!!!
The Pledge Rewards are AWESOME and almost every tier has at least a preorder of the album included. We're so pumped to do this!! It’s not lost on us that our amazing experience thus far has been because of YOU. Every dollar, share and prayer helps! We believe we can reach our goal and make another dream come true! THANK YOU. Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you……..
Check out our video below!:)
Thanks to everyone for checking in. This is Katrina coming at you with an update of all we’ve been up to lately—there’s a lot to cover. May was loaded with some of our greatest adventures, and I don’t say that very lightly, considering we’ve shared the most amazing experiences together.
We kicked off the month with a wedding! Melissa married her sweetheart, Sam Weigle, and the two lovebirds took their celebration on the road with the band as we all traveled to St. Augustine, Florida.
Gamble Rogers Music Festival
St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spaniards, is the oldest city in the nation. It was my first time to visit the town, which is located in northeastern Florida right on the Atlantic coast, and wowzers it is a beautiful area. I still can’t stop thinking about it.
We had an absolute blast at the 22nd Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival. Everyone we met and got to hang with could not have been any cooler or kinder, and the atmosphere of the festival was amazing. All the oaks and shady trees made it the perfect spot, and the weather, oh my word it was heavenly. And might I add that the music is what dreams are made of. I can’t imagine there ever being a more intimate feeling of both listening with and performing to the most intent of audiences, and The Gamble Rogers Festival was just that. I’m thankful to have been a part of it, and we can’t wait to go back again next year.
Chickfest at Bowery Station
We followed up the Gamble Rogers folk fest with some downhome good times. The Bowery Station is the chillest-vibing, outdoorsiest indoor hang in Apalachicola, Florida, and by far the best music venue. The hospitality is topnotch, and we had a hoot at Chickfest this year.
We got to hear some of the best music performed by the most talented lineup of all-lady musicians all day long. I got to experience probably the best game of cornhole of my life, and I don’t say that lightly either, because what I didn’t mention in the previous section is that I had played the second-best game of cornhole ever. (Maybe I’ll start a subblog about my cornhole adventures). Chickfest was so much fun.
Melissa announced that she is having a baby boy!!! And she also mentioned to me that she had seen the greatest shirt she’d ever seen. She said it had hamburgers on it and that she had to have it. I missed it, but I wanted to see so badly, for I knew that this had to be the best shirt ever. So I scanned every person I could see, but I could not locate a hamburger shirt for the life of me. The next thing we knew, there was a huge commotion. A half-naked man appeared, and Melissa was holding the most badass shirt I had ever seen in my life. I’ll never forget it, and now I am suddenly hungry for burgers. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard during a gig or experienced as much joy as I did at Chickfest playing music with most incredible group of people I know.
Florida Folk Festival
To close out our string of gigs and adventures for the month, we got to live as hippies for the weekend, and we were so happy. The Florida Folk Festival is located in White Springs, Florida, at the Stephen Foster Culture Center State Park, situated on the Suwannee River. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen.
soon as we arrived to the festival, we found the River Gazebo Stage and prepared for our acoustic set. There is nothing in the world quite comparable to playing soul-folk music in the middle of the woods on the banks of the Suwannee. It’s an odd but glorious feeling, nervous excitement mixed with overwhelming peace, and we hit the kind of groove during that performance that makes music everything in the world to me.
It was my first time to camp out in a tent, and we had the friendliest and most helpful camp neighbors. It was such an adventure. I loved it. We spent most of the next day exploring the park and ended the evening with our performance on the main Amphitheater Stage. Our sweet, good friends, Amy Alderman and Ashley Fellers, joined us for the set and helped us tremendously in doing so. We were also joined by The Currys for our last two songs, and man was it a treat!
A good time was had by all. We will never forget it and can only dream of having as much fun at next year’s festival. But until then…
Saturday, July 8th | Monticello Opera House| Monticello, Florida
Doors 6:30 | Dinner 7 | Show 8
The band is traveling to Monticello, Florida, for a performance at the Monticello Opera House! Belle and the Band will join us, and we are looking forward to an evening of awesome music in this most beautiful venue. We are excited to see all of our friends and hope to meet some new folks as well! Tickets: http://monticellooperahouse.org/tickets
Sunday, July 9th | Eddie’s Attic | Decatur, Georgia
Doors 5 | Show 6
We are absolutely thrilled to travel to Georgia for Eddie’s Attic. Calling all of our friends in Atlanta and surrounding areas! Come out and help make this an unforgettable night and enjoy with us an intimate evening of music at one of the most legendary listening rooms in the country. “Live Music Matters.” Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/143735?utm_medium=api
Monday, July 17th | Here Comes the Sun – Summer Concert Series | Rosemary Beach, Florida
The Merchants of Rosemary Beach is hosting a summer concert series, happening every Monday all summer. We are excited to be a part of the lineup! Join us for this sure-to-be fun event and enjoy the evening with us.
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Terrible jokes aside, hello, lovely Kricket Folk!
Hopefully, we get to hug your neck at one of the above mentioned shows soon. Life has been too fast to be any good at consistency with this blog, so thanks for your patience with us and we'll keep it brief, we swear! A few "firsts" we have coming up are a little mini tour to Atlanta, our very first house concert, our first yearly donation to the Cricket Fund and Beyond and several festivals in towns we've never played. We are so excited about them all and can't believe May 17th will mark a year since the album release. An album that won us an IMEA Folk Artist of the Year award and IMA Folk Song of the Year. Crazy! Album #2 has been on our minds and it's so fun to dream on what it would sound like. Right now, it's still very much a dream, but we'd love your prayers and positive thoughts sent our way as we figure it out. <3
Would y'all help us with something? (pretty, please)
If you listen to Spotify, Pandora or Apple Music would you add your favorite Kricket tunes to a playlist you listen to? It helps a lot and we appreciate it very much!
In addition to the shows above, there is a rumor we might rejoin The Currys (great folk band) for a Christmas show in Tallahassee Dec 16th and maybe jet down to Gainesville, Fl to play the SandHill Listening Room Stage in Sept. We'll keep you posted!:) We hope you're all mentally prepared for Chickfest at Bowery Station this Saturday. All our fellow female performers are so darn good, we could just sit and listen instead of play! Don't miss it!
Finally, we have one more beautiful thing to celebrate --- the wedding of our bandmate Melissa and her love, Sam, and their sweet little one on the way! We are so happy for them and wish every blessing on their new family!!
WE LOVE YOU GUYS!
Click on the pic for a video from the Gamble Rogers Music Fest last weekend! and please add us to those playlists!
Hello Beautiful Kricket Folk!!
Want to hear something crazy? This day last year we began tossing around the idea of of kickstarter campaign to make an album. We were terrified no one would give us a dime and then you guys went and blew our minds. Fast forward to today and we just have to shake our heads at the events that have taken place. Because of YOU:
- We are the 2016 IMEA Folk Artist of the Year and the IMA Folk/Songwriter Song of the Year recipient.
- We had beautiful reviews in No Depression Magazine (what?!:), Music Planet Radio, Kurrent Music, EthnoCloud, EarToTheGroundMusic, Folkal Point, aCountry, TEMC Radio, South Walton Life and several more. (huge thank you to our publicist Ariel at Cyber PR)
- We got to do some really fun interviews on the Brassy Broadcast, Breaking the Business, and FEMusician, Country World.
- We got to play lots of festivals and even had a gig in a civic center with a dressing room and everything!
- Hell, John Prine liked one of our posts. (Yes, this deserves its own bullet point)
Basically, it's been a dream come true on every level. Sappy as we are about it, we are still going to fall all over ourselves thanking you because YOU and your support for the small independent musician made it all possible. So, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you again.
Now what's next? We have a couple gigs booked through the end of the year. Come and hang with us!
12/16 - Junction at Munroe - Tallahassee - Christmas with The Currys and the Krickets - Tickets here
12/18 - Manci's Antique Club - Daphne - info here
If we don't get to see you, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas. If you're stumped on gift ideas, give a Krickets CD, t-shirt, sticker, poster or koozie to the people you love, like, or someone you'd simply like to widen their musical tastes. Here's a place to purchase those and other merch. We also have a fan club with an embarrassingly low number of members, so if you join that you are supporting us and get 15% off all those Christmas gifts. You can join the fan club through this link. We need to get to band rehearsal now so we can show up the Currys. (J/k - they are AMAZING and you've got to come see our Christmas show with them dec 16th in Tallahassee!).
All of our love,
Beloved Kricket Folk,
Well, we are proud to report that we have invaded international radio with the help of some amazing radio Djs. Tonight we sat slack-jawed as we were played along side our musical heroes on John Godfrey's, "The Troubadour Show" which reaches Central Europe all the way to the Eastern US.
And earlier in the week, an Italian show featured the WHOLE ALBUM track by track. (We're clueless as to what the host said, but he sounded lovely). The album is in active rotation in over 30 countries now and this BLOWS OUR MINDS. We are about to get back to rehearsals and we have our first gig in two months on August 11th for a Making Strides Breast Cancer Benefit at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Fl. Then it really gets cooking in Sept. with Mexico Beach's Music in the Park Sept 15th, Backstage Pass (Panama City) Sept 16th and then Scallop Fest (St. Joe) Sept 30th. Emily has settled into motherhood like a pro and Arthur has us all wrapped around his little finger! We have missed you guys and each other and absolutely cannot wait to play some music for you.
Something else new - our Fan Club Page! It's a great deal we learned about that gives our fans a free download of the album, 15% off all merch and exclusive offers, behind the scenes stories, and pictures we are only going to share there. It's $5 a month and helps us sustain our website, merch orders, shipping costs to radio djs, fb boosts, radio ads, gas $, strings, etc while we get the word about the album out there to the world. Here is the link if you are interested and thank you from the bottom of our chirping hearts. https://thekrickets.bandcamp.com/fan-club
We'll leave you with this amazing review by Josette Rhodes from 30A Songwriter Radio in the SolWal Life Magazine. She's writes beautifully!
We love you guys and CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!
The Krickets performing Neil Young's "Helpless"
This is the first video we ever made. It was right before performing at Mexico Beach's Music in the Park (on a Thursday night, no less). We created a Facebook page that day and made this video so we'd have something to post. It's hard to believe this was only 10 months ago! Because of y'all's support, we now have 6000+ fans across our social media platforms and an ALBUM! Thank you for believing in us.
We love you guys! Have an awesome day.