A new thread in the rich tapestry of roots music in America, The Early Mays have burst on to the folk music scene with a #2 debut on the National Folk-DJ charts. Rhythmic, evocative, dark and wistful, their Appalachian-inspired folk songs are built on deep country sensibilities, masterful ballad singing and a sweet old-time sound. Their harmonies are “close, perfect, high and sweet–as natural as breathing” (LBSPY, Lewisburg, WV).
Three part singing with gorgeous fiddle, banjo and guitar is the trio’s core sound, and their love of American folk tradition has not gone unrecognized. Judith Avers was among the winners of the national Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition; Emily Pinkerton took 3rd place in fiddle at the West Virginia State Folk Festival, and Ellen Gozion was an American Music Abroad finalist with the US State Department. They were recently named WYEP Pittsburgh Artist of the Year for 2014.
After years as successful solo performers, The Early Mays have come together to craft striking harmonies for songs, old and new. With co-producer Lurch Rudyk of Broadcast Lane Studios (Sara Harmer, Kathleen Edwards, Rufus Wainwright), they’ve poured their hearts in to their recent eponymous release (October 2014). Live takes and vintage microphones recreate the enveloping spirit of their concerts, and the analog production makes the album sound like a folk gem from the late 1960s. When you hear these ladies sing, you know from the first note that these are songs from the heart, and from the heartland.