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Wayne Graham & Kimberly Morgan York

October 6, 2023

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Wayne Graham has gained a reputation as one of the best bands shaping the New Appalachian Sound that includes acts such asTyler Childers, John R. Miller, The Local Honeys, and others who are making music that is shaped by tradition but intentionally set on also forging a new sonic landscape. Wayne Graham has long been at the forefront of the movement. Their innovative new album, Ish, has helped to broaden their audience and firmly establish them as one of the architects of this vibrant movement in new music coming out of the hills.

If experience is the birthplace for inspiration, and life provides the touchstones for creativity, then Kimberly Morgan York has a wealth of resources from which she can draw. The roads she’s travelled, both personally and professionally, have nurtured her passion and purpose, as well as the ability to convey the lessons she’s learned into music that resonates with honesty and conviction. Indeed, all three elements have made Kimberly the artist and individual she is. Her songs are emotive and expressive, underscoring an easy, affable presence that draws her listeners with comfort and a caress.

Kimberly’s first album, Found Yourself a Lady, was recorded under the aegis of The Everlovin’ Band. Engineered by David Barbe — best known for his role in the bands Sugar and Mercyland — the album was indefinitely delayed, but was finally released in January 2022.

July will see the release of a new album recorded this past year, Keep on Going, featuring Kimberly (vocals, guitar), Scott Baxendale (guitar), David Barbe (bass, engineering) Carlton Owens of Cracker (drums), Jay Gonzales from the Drive-by Truckers (piano), Matt Stoessel of Cracker (pedal steel), and Adam Poulin (violin).

Not surprisingly, Kimberly claims a wealth of influences. While Dolly Parton, Tammy Wynette, and Loretta Lynn figure prominently in the list of artists she most admires, so do Eartha Kitt, John Prine, Dr. Hook, Ricky Skaggs, and the Drive-by Truckers, the latter being no surprise given that she was married to the band’s drummer, Brad Morgan.