Ft. Collins, Colorado
Alysia Kraft was raised on a family-owned and operated southwestern Wyoming cattle ranch and Staci Foster, alongside the rivers of the Texas Hill Country. Both confessional writers from country backdrops, Whippoorwill blends elements of alternative country and folk-rock to create a panorama of Americana all their own.
Foster and Kraft met by chance at SXSW 2013. With an instant partner-in-crime chemistry, the two exchanged songs throughout the night on Foster’s front porch, later naming themselves “Whippoorwill” after the bird cooing unrelentingly in the tree above them on the night of their meeting.
In 2016, Foster and Kraft put other musical projects on the backburner and holed up in a cabin above Encampment, WY, without internet or cellular reception to begin work on their first album together, “Good to Be Around.” Recorded at GPM Studio in Fort Collins and co-produced by Tallgrass, their debut album contains six- stick-to-heart tracks that earned them nominations for Wyoming Public Radio and the Colorado Playlists’ Best Albums of the Year. Culture Trip named them to the female edition of 50 Musicians You Need to Know from Each State. Denver publication, Hey Reverb called the album:
“Masterful at containing the true dynamic nature of emotions. At once, sad and joyful, yearning and fulfilled. Which element stands out strongest depends on your mood. This is beautiful, masterfully crafted, skillfully performed music..”
Tobias Bank (Papagoya, Von Stomper) joined the band in November 2016 on drums, holding down a sparse and tasteful rhythm section and adding third part harmonies to an already rich set of singing. With Bank on drums, Foster swapping between guitar, harmonica, and banjo, and Kraft playing electric guitar, they’re in their element with raw, authentic, stripped-down performances that nod to icons Neil Young and Tom Petty.
With a wealth of new material and over 100 shows performed since their April 2016 release, Whippoorwill is just getting started. They’ve spent 2016 sharing the region’s biggest stages with Colin Hay, Old Crow Medicine Show, The Deer, and Dar Williams, and will tour nationally in the summer of 2017 behind a yet-to-be-titled new full-length album.