Trust the Finch

Trust the Finch

Luke Redfield

Whether busking his way through Europe, getting down to his last dollar on the San Francisco Bay, or summering in rural Alaska ― where he lived in a seven-by-seven foot shack with no running water ― vagabond songwriter Luke Redfield lives life in the moment, on the open road, in search of nothing and everything at the same time.

Exemplifying the American mystic, Redfield transcends mere geography, treading the inner paths of philosophies and belief systems throughout histories and civilizations. It's this world-centrism that sets him apart from the crowd of more colloquial folk artists; with literary influences ranging from Rumi to Joseph Campbell, his songs both embrace a unique perspective of the human experience and celebrate the universal truths that unite us all.

Earning comparisons to contemporaries like Bright Eyes and Iron & Wine, as well as legends like Townes Van Zandt, Redfield's ramshackle-yet-reliable vocals span poles from north to south, his whiskey-soaked Texas tenor fading into a ethereal whisper in the Alaskan darkness. Rogue Valley's Chris Koza sums it up best: "Luke's music is for the wanderer who finds himself far from the trail, discovering that the light at the end of the tunnel is actually within oneself."

In early 2010, following five years of introspective travels ― often with no more than a guitar and suitcase in tow ― Redfield released his proper debut, Ephemeral Eon, preceded in by limited edition CD-R, Fire Mountain, both of which feature production and mixing by the late Micheal 'Eyedea' Larsen. Music critic Chris Riemenschenider of the Minneapolis Star Tribune took note of Redfield's songwriting and wandering lifestyle, calling it "A modern twist on the troubadour traditions of Woody Guthrie and Jack Kerouac."

A true modern-day jongleur, Redfield has lived in ten states since his birth in Duluth, MN in 1983. His father, a hippie songwriter turned minister, moved the family several times during Redfield's youth, instilling in him at an early age the transient nature of his Norwegian-Bohemian ancestry. Redfield's upbringing made him contemplative from an early age; he asks big questions, but seeks not answers ― only more wonderment of his existence in the mystery. Redfield's great-grandfather was a fiddle player who died in an avalanche while bootlegging, and his grandfather is an accomplished country-western singer and dobro player, so it should come as no surprise as to where Redfield's influences come from ― there is music, moonshine, and mysticism in the bloodline as far back as the family tree can be traced.

While decidedly a folk singer, Redfield has shared studio and stage with a genre-defying list of artists, including Dosh, Eyedea, Haley Bonar, Marissa Nadler, Sunset, Gregory Alan Isakov, and many others. In recent months, Redfield executively produced tribute record, Minnesota Remembers Vic Chesnutt, an all-proceeds-to-charity compilation of 16 Chesnutt classics covered by the likes of Dan Wilson of Semisonic and David Simonett of Trampled by Turtles. The record, praised by No Depression and American Songwriter, is raising thousands of dollars for Lifeworks Services and Sweet Relief Musicians Fund.

At SXSW 2012, Redfield released his long-awaited sophomore LP, Tusen Takk, which features members of Peter Wolf Crier, Bon Iver, and Andrew Bird's band. With lush string arrangements and layered vocal harmonies, The Onion A.V. Club christens the new release as "An infusion of a broader, sweeping style" for an ever-evolving artist. One can only guess which direction, both musically and geographically, Redfield will go next.

J Ray

J Ray is releasing his debut album, “Some People”, on May 21, 2013. After many hours sitting behind the console, writing, recording and mixing his own songs, it has finally come to a head. At first it was just for fun to entertain himself after creating Beautiful High for the independent feature film, “Chameleon Code”. Then an interstellar cardboard robot, Boxman 3000, showed up, dancing to his music and forced him to write more songs. Held at blaster-point, J Ray continued to write more songs which eventually became a full album entitled, “Some People”.


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