“Fearless folk-pop” artist, Carly Taich, writes deeply honest and quirky song skeletons that are brought to life by her powerful voice, melodies and all-star band: experimental violinist Alex Travers (whom she met at the Hayes School of Music), and former Midnight Snack members and Berklee graduates Jack Victor, Mike Johnson, and Zack Kardon – a collaboration that started as soon as their paths converged at a 2015 trivia night in their (now) home, Asheville, North Carolina. Since grouping the five piece has melded their influences and personalities into Taich’s original songs to create an other worldly sound with the soft intensity of acts like Sufjan Stevens and Florence and The Machine.
As often told through orchestral-rock arrangements, Taich’s writing style balances wit, reason and fantasy to create a truly dynamic and original sound – one that was quickly noticed when, a newcomer to Asheville, she won the Brown Bag Songwriting Competition. Gaining recognition from the local scene, the Mountain Xpress described her as “a fanciful and thoughtful writer, delving into complex imagery and social commentary without ever losing touch with pop sensibility.” Last October, Taich released her album ‘Reverie’ to critical acclaim, winning the national LEAF Singer-Songwriter Competition and “Best Soundtrack” at the Music Video Asheville Awards. After touring to Manchester, TN for her first set at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Taich looks forward to many more firsts, including a slot at this year’s fall LEAF (Lake Eden Arts Festival) in Black Mountain, NC.
My One And Only may be the latest duo to hit the Americana scene, but Kassie and Benjamin are no novices. Kassie moved to Nashville from her home state of Alabama to follow a country music career. During her solo years, Kassie perfected her songwriting and vocal chops. Originally from Iowa, Benjamin pursued music early, then segued to audio engineering and pursuits in Nashville. It was in Music City they met, and melded hearts and music. The union is the centering of Kassie and Benjamin; the result is a remarkable off-center sound right for the time.
As to style – My One And Only gathers its strength from Southern soul mixed with curious grittiness. They’ve honed their sound in individual crucibles on stage, TV, radio, solo recording, engineering and producing. The merger brings true-to-life lyrics that bid you to wander through hidden scenes in their lives – to find heart, emotions, the real. Blanket the raw with hollow-body guitars and home-grown harmonies, and My One And Only’s music cuts through. My One And Only are on the heels of releasing their debut recording with Andrija Tokic (Alabama Shakes). They have played stages throughout the U.S., as well as touring Uganda, Africa, and have both graced the stage of the famed Ryman Auditorium in their hometown of Nashville.
My One And Only declares performance as their love-share to the world. “The stories behind our songs make them come alive, and in our live shows, people discover that,” Ben said. Kassie agreed, “We want to share our music and heart with as many people as possible.”