Signature Sounds Artists:
Recommended CDs from Signature Sounds:
Golden Apples of the Sun by Caroline Herring (2010) compare prices
Strange Conversation by Kris Delmhorst (2006) compare prices
Drum Hat Buddha by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer (2001) compare prices
Purchase/Download MP3s by Signature Sounds Artists:
"It'll End Too Soon" (by Crooked Still, from Friends of Fall)
"When I Go" (by Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer, from When I Go)
Signature Sounds History:
When the label first opened its doors, Thayer and Olsen were interested in supporting the careers of artists local to the music scenes around Northampton and Boston, Massachusetts. The artists coming out of that area, informed by the cold New England winters; the region's rich, deep history; and the intelligent, omnipresent academia, tended more toward the contemporary folk and intellectual roots music end of the spectrum. Musicology masters like Erin McKeown were playing alongside literary-influenced poet-songwriters like Kris Delmhorst and contemporary singer-songwriters influenced by the blues - Jeffrey Foucault, Chris Smither, and others. The spirit each of these artists shared was one which was intangible but still recognizable when you hone in on the songs themselves. They each possess a thick and brutal honesty, crafting lyrics which seem to sing on their own.
As more and more Americana-inspired artists started to pour out of the Berklee College of Music and the Boston Conservatory, the music they were making (Crooked Still, Lake Street Dive, etc) was clearly rooted in stringband tradition while, at the same time, employing elements of jazz and classical forms. Even with their innovation, these bands have pulled from the same smart lyrical well which has fueled New England's music scene for so long.
As Signature Sounds has expanded its canon to include artists from places like Seattle (Zoe Muth & the Lost High Rollers) and Portland (Dave Carter & Tracy Grammer), they've continued their allegiance to these roots-minded literary songwriters. If any label in contemporary acoustic music could be said to have a decisive "sound" among its artists, that would be Signature Sounds.
According to the label's official bio:
Since our inception, we've released over 50 albums of singer-songwriter, Americana and modern folk music. Signature Sounds Recordings are distributed exclusively in the U.S. by Koch Entertainment. Our recordings are also available in Canada through True North Records and throughout the UK and Europe by Continental Record Services (CRS).