Bill Abernathy: Interview with an authentic and master storyteller

Bill Abernathy: Interview with an authentic and master storyteller

Meet Bill Abernathy

Bill Abernathy has embarked on an exceptional journey, courageously navigating through the ebbs and flows of his musical and corporate life. Rising from humble beginnings, he has persistently pushed beyond the ordinary, challenging the status quo and dismantling long standing stereotypes.

In 2017, Abernathy’s musical passion ignited with the release of his album “Find A Way,” indelibly inscribing his unique signature on the vast tapestry of music. His pivotal track, “Goodbye Will Never Come Again,” ascended to the zenith of the Roots Music Chart, signalling the inception of a truly extraordinary musical journey.

Venturing further, his acclaimed album “Crossing Willow Creek,” unveiled the hit “Cry Wolf,” among other tracks that captivated international audiences, increasing his global reach.

His deeply stirring track, “Who Are You, Who Am I,” from his 2021 EP, earned him a place as a finalist for ISSA Song of the Year— an accolade that attests to his ever-evolving artistry.

Abernathy’s music has permeated the globe, amassing streams from countless devoted listeners. His authentic voice, genuine song writing, and masterful storytelling have nurtured a long-lasting bond with his audience, carving a niche for him in the hearts of music lovers across the world. 1 In Music was privileged to interview this authentic talent.

Bill Abernathy: A rich background that fuels authentic storytelling and music craftsmanship

I’m not just an artist standing before you; I’m a somewhat complex mixture of roles that have shaped me over the years.

1 In Music: What is unique about you and your music?

Bill AbernathyThat’s a fantastic question. You know, I truly believe the uniqueness of my music is deeply rooted in my multifaceted life experiences. I’m not just an artist standing before you; I’m a somewhat complex mixture of roles that have shaped me over the years.

Take parenting, for example. It’s like the emotional backbone of my work. The highs, the lows, the complexities of raising kids—it’s something that almost everyone can relate to, right? When I compose a song or write a lyric, I’m often tapping into those raw, human emotions that parenting brings forth. So, if you hear a song of mine that tugs at your heartstrings, chances are that experience has been inspired by my role as a parent.

And then there are my many years of coaching youth sports and watching my kids play. That experience has taught me so much about teamwork, motivation, and, importantly, the mindset of the younger generation.

Now, let’s not forget my corporate background in global supply chain and international project management. I’ve had the privilege of traveling the world, meeting different people, and experiencing diverse cultures. This has enriched my music in an indescribable way.

Music has been the unifying melody in my life’s journey. It’s the common thread that has been there through every meeting room, every coaching session, and every bedtime story I’ve read to my kids. So, when I step onto that stage to perform, it’s not just an artist you see; it’s a father, and grandfather, a coach, a global professional—all encapsulated in a musical expression that’s authentically me.

In essence, each song I write, each performance I give, is like opening a diary of my life. I use all these experiences—parenting, coaching, corporate life, and more—to enrich every chord, every lyric, and every moment of connection with the audience. And that, I believe, is what truly sets my music apart.

What or who shaped your music and who supports you?

My musical journey has been enriched by an incredible range of influences, and I owe a lot to the singer-songwriters who’ve paved the way. Artists like Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, Jim Croce, and Jackson Browne have been monumental in shaping my sound. They bring a level of storytelling and emotional depth that I admire and strive for in my own work.

Listening to Dan Fogelberg, for example, you get to experience this perfect blend of narrative and melody. James Taylor‘s ability to convey emotion with simplicity has been a huge lesson in my own song writing. And Jackson Browne’s poetic lyrics? They’ve taught me that every word in a song can carry weight, can tell a story, can evoke a feeling. Jim Croce’s storytelling? Fantastic.

Now, it’s not just the classic singer-songwriters that have influenced me. Hearing Dave Grohl perform Foo Fighters hits in a solo acoustic setting is nothing short of inspiring. It’s like stripping down a grand painting to its initial sketches and realizing that the raw emotion is still there, as powerful as ever. It’s a reminder that great songs can be versatile, transcending genres and arrangements.

And then there’s John Mayer. His musicianship, his lyricism—it demands your attention. When you hear him play, you’re not just listening; you’re learning. He has this remarkable ability to blend technical proficiency with heartfelt storytelling, and that’s a balance I aspire to in my own music.

So, while my music is undeniably shaped by my personal experiences and background, it’s also a tribute to these incredible artists who have taught me so much. I like to think of my work as a tapestry, woven from the threads of all these varied influences, and I hope that comes through in my songs.

At what point did it becameclear that you were going to make music professionally?

That’s a story I hold close to my heart. You know, like most people who ever strummed a guitar, I had those dreams of doing it professionally. I’ve been writing and playing songs for most of my life but turning professional wasn’t a calculated decision—it actually happened quite organically, almost by mistake.

I was about twelve years old, and I was asked to demonstrate a brand of guitars at a guitar show. I think their thought was this little kid with curly hair that can play a bit might get some attention for their brand. I went up there thinking I’d just strum a few chords, showcase the guitar’s features, and that would be it. But as I started to play, I noticed people really engaging with the music. Their heads started to nod, feet started to tap, and before I knew it, I found myself singing a couple of tunes. The atmosphere shifted; it was no longer just a product demo but a genuine musical moment.

I think that was the turning point for me. There was a sense of validation, a feeling that maybe, just maybe, I could actually pull this off. And you know what my pay was for that gig? A leather guitar strap. I still have it, and it serves as a tangible reminder of the day my music journey took a decisive turn. It’s more than just an accessory; it’s a symbol of a pivotal moment that nudged me toward a path I’ve been fortunate to journey ever since.

Bill Abernathy’s inspirations

What type of music do you listen to?

I rarely listen to my own music once it’s out there in the world. I think that’s partially because, for me, the magic happens in the creative process—once the song is out there, I’ve said what I needed to say, and it’s time to move on to the next expression.

As for my musical diet, it’s incredibly varied. While I have a deep-rooted love for singer-songwriter genres—thanks to heroes like Dan Fogelberg, James Taylor, and so on—I don’t limit myself to that. You’ll find me jamming to rock, dabbling in alternative, and believe it or not, even moving around to some dance music every now and then. My dog WORF often gives me some interesting expressions as I dance around my loft during my cleaning sessions.

Currently, I’ve been immersing myself in Native American Flute music. It’s so grounding and relaxing; it helps clear my mind. A clear mind is an open canvas for a songwriter, so it’s a bit like mental and emotional preparation for my next creative moments.

I love many types of music, but when I need to refocus or find inspiration, I always find myself gravitating back to singer-songwriter tracks. Each song is like a masterclass in storytelling and emotional conveyance, and those are principles I aim to bring into my own music.

Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

That’s a provoking question and one that’s close to my heart. I’m a firm believer that airplay doesn’t necessarily equate to artistic quality. The reality is, there are thousands of incredibly talented songwriters and musicians who are playing smaller venues, wineries, cafes, and so on, delivering music that is heartfelt and powerful.

I love going to these smaller venues because that’s where you stumble upon hidden gems. You hear incredible songs, profound thoughts, and captivating stories that you would never find scrolling through a playlist curated by an algorithm. It’s raw, it’s real, and it’s deeply human.

The true undervalued artists? They’re the ones sitting in their living rooms, writing songs that make you pause and think, that make your eyes well up or your heart race. These are artists who pour their soul into every lyric, every chord, but may never see the light of mainstream recognition. These are the artists we need to seek out, to support, because their contributions to the art form are invaluable.

So, while it’s convenient to let algorithms decide what we listen to, I think we owe it to ourselves—and to the art of music—to venture off the beaten path, to search for and elevate those undervalued artists whose voices deserve to be heard.

1 In Music: How do you prepare for your performances?

Preparation for me comes down to one fundamental thing: practice.

And I’m not just talking about a casual run-through of my setlist the day before a performance—I practice relentlessly. Some might even call it an obsession. But there’s a reason behind this commitment.

When you’re a songwriter, your primary role, beyond the melody and chords, is to truly connect with the audience. It’s my job to relay the message of the song in its purest, most impactful form. To do this, I believe in knowing my music like the back of my hand. My songs tend to have intricate guitar parts, and the last thing I want during a performance is to be preoccupied with my finger placement or chord transitions.

If I’m concentrated on the mechanics of playing, then I’m not giving the lyrics—the very soul of the song—the attention they deserve.

So, I’m pretty old school in my approach. I don’t rely on cheat sheets, lyric sheets, or any other kind of crutch when I’m on stage. I practice until the music becomes second nature, almost like a reflex. This way, during a performance, my hands naturally find their way on the guitar, allowing my mind and heart to focus entirely on conveying the song’s essence.

So yes, in a nutshell, I practice—and practice a lot—to ensure that every note I play, every word I sing, resonates deeply with those listening. Do I make mistakes, play the wrong notes, sing the wrong lyrics? Of course I do. It’s part of the process, the music, the reality of playing live music. Just keeping it real.

Getting some inspiration from Bill Abernathy

1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

Balance is essential for me, and I think it comes down to prioritizing what truly matters.

I’m a family guy, through and through. I cherish the time I spend with my kids and grandkids—yes, you heard that right, I’m “experienced” enough to have grandkids! Those moments ground me; they remind me why I do what I do and who I’m doing it for.

But along with family time, I’m also someone who needs substantial solitude time to recharge. Life in general and especially in the music industry, can become this whirlwind of commitments and deadlines. And I firmly believe that stepping away from that noise is crucial for emotional and physical well-being. Call it a “Be still and know” thing. Just recently, I took a hiking trip to New Hampshire, trekking about 50 miles through the breath-taking White Mountains for several days. For me, nature is both a sanctuary and a muse. It’s like pressing a reset button on my soul. I go hiking quite often. WORF loves it and so do I.

There’s something incredibly therapeutic about being alone in nature—just sitting on a rock, watching a waterfall, and tuning in to Mother Nature’s music. It’s an experience that cleanses my mind and fuels my creativity.

When I return, I find myself reinvigorated, both as a family man and an artist. It’s this equilibrium between family, solitude, and music that keeps me grounded and drives me forward in all aspects of life.

1 In Music: What does success mean to you?

You know, success is an elusive term, often defined differently by society, and it can easily turn into a moving target. Yes, I’ve navigated the corporate maze, scaled the ladder in a way that society often labels as “successful.” I’ve raised children who have grown into compassionate adults, and I see those same wonderful qualities in my grandkids. By many measures, that’s a resounding success. Musically, my work has found ears across the globe, another checkbox for what many would call success.

But for me, the real yardstick of success isn’t quantified in titles, numbers, or global reach. It’s about impact—making a meaningful difference in the lives of others.

Whether it’s extending a hand to someone in need, sharing a simple smile with a stranger who looks like they could use a little sunshine in their day, or creating a song that prompts someone to pause and reflect, these are the moments that I count as true successes.

My goal is to enrich lives in some way, large or small, to leave this world a bit better than I found it. To me, that’s the most authentic form of success one can hope for, and it’s the kind I strive to achieve.

1 In Music: That is beautifully said. Is there something this true, meaningful and inspiring you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

The most valuable piece of advice I can give is simple, yet profound:

Be you. Be authentic and embrace your quirks, your idiosyncrasies—yes, even be a little weird.

There’s an immense societal pressure to conform, to align yourself with what’s trending or popular, especially in the music industry. It’s easy to fall into the trap of mimicking the latest hits or imitating artists who are currently in the limelight. While that might give you a temporary boost, it won’t create lasting resonance.

The great artists, the ones we find ourselves drawn to and influenced by, share a common thread—they’ve found a way to differentiate themselves by being true to their own voice. Each one discovered something unique in their art and had the courage to share it with the world.

That’s what I try to bring to my own music. While people tell me they can hear various influences in my work, my primary focus is to follow my heart and craft music that is authentically mine.

What makes music truly magnificent is its diversity, the multiplicity of perspectives it can offer.

Everybody hears things differently, so share your unique vision with your audience. You might be surprised—they could end up loving it as much as you do.

What is next for Bill Abernathy?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

Absolutely, and I’m incredibly excited about this. In collaboration with MTS Records and Management, we’ll be releasing my latest album, “MORE,” on September 29th, 2023. To say I’m thrilled would be an understatement. This project holds a special place in my heart—I think it’s my most versatile, heartfelt, and candid work to date.

I was fortunate enough to work with an exceptional team on this. We had Larry Gann as the producer—a fantastic talent—and a host of brilliant musicians who poured their artistry into this project. It’s a defining moment for me, one that I think will resonate with listeners as well. And we had a great time making the record. So much fun.

The reception of “MORE” will shape my plans moving forward. If the album finds its audience and resonates, then we’re already talking about setting up shows and tours to bring this music to the fans directly. So, yeah, the future looks promising, and I can’t wait to see where “MORE” takes me.

1 In Music: Best wishes for MORE!! Thank you for doing this interview, Bill. Where can we find your music?

Ah, that’s the easy part. I often joke, “Where can’t you find my music?” We’re accessible on all the major platforms—iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, you name it. So, if you’re out and about and you’ve got that question on your mind, a simple Google search for ‘Bill Abernathy‘ will lead you right to me and the array of music I’ve been fortunate enough to create over the years.

All I Know So Far – P!nk Cover by Backtrack Vocals

All I Know So Far – P!nk Cover by Backtrack Vocals

All I Know So Far (A Cappella Cover) – P!nk – Backtrack Vocals & InHarmony Camp Kazakhstan

New International Collaboration Release InHarmony Camp Kazakhstan Music Video

All I Know So Far (A Cappella Cover) - P!nk - Backtrack Vocals & InHarmony Camp Kazakhstan

New-York City-based group Backtrack Vocals recently had the honor of representing the United States overseas in a cultural exchange program that culminated with the release of our collaborative music video “All I Know So Far” by P!nk.

All I Know So Far (A Cappella Cover) - P!nk - Backtrack Vocals & InHarmony Camp Kazakhstan

“All I Know So Far” is a powerful and inspiring song that is sure to resonate with anyone who has ever faced challenges in their life. It is a reminder that we are all capable of overcoming anything if we never give up on ourselves.
The talent of these students, the universal message of hope, and the power of music in the track chosen deserve to be heard by all! In sharing the resulting uplifting video, the Backtrack vocals group hopes to bring joy and inspiration at a time when divisiveness and darkness seems to be running rampant.

The cultural exchange experience

In June 2023, the US Embassy and American Voices program Arts Envoy sent Backtrack vocals to a Kazakhstan-based capella camp called InHarmony.
The trip organizer, US Foreign Service Officer John Orak, had no doubt that Backtrack Vocals were the perfect US ambassadors for the vocal mission. He refers to them as “a group of professional and talented singers, (…) passionate educators who use music education to transcend boundaries.” The camp also created a
Among them, Xander Teplansky and Melissa Jordano recall their weeklong experience of InHarmony, as part of 55 of the country’s top music students:
“The camp aimed to promote a cappella music, foster cultural exchange, and connect young artists. In addition to workshops, masterclasses, and a grand gala performance in the capitol, Astana, the magic of InHarmony and immense talent of the students was captured in the following music video of “All I Know So Far” by P!nk.”
Orak adds, “We were also intending to build a national network of young singers who could share their experience with their peers and continue to perform as music groups in their region.”
Using music to transcend language and cultural differences, the Kazakh camping students and Backtrack Vocals members connected beyond the camp to exchange guidance and support.
“All I Know So Far” by P!nk is the perfect choice for the project because, as Xander and Melissa say, ‘it acts as a piece of advice to the younger generation. The song encourages them to embrace who they are, remain strong, and not be afraid of using their voice to speak out for what they believe in (…)
We learn as we go and try to be the best versions of ourselves everyday using only what we “know so far”’

All I know so far performance and music video

The group’s performance of the full song and their corresponding music video are available on YouTube. The vocals and the montage are complementary and highlight individual voices as well as the dynamism across the collaborative effort. the group’s vocal arrangements were simple but effective. The blend of the collective voices is mostly flawless, and the dynamics of the singing are well-controlled. The performance is a blend of moving and inspiring, keeping the anthemic vibe of the epic original song, and leaving its audience feeling uplifted and wanting to be part of such a collective.
The full song is on Youtube. Simply click on: All I Know So Far (A Cappella Cover) – P!nk – Backtrack Vocals & InHarmony Camp Kazakhstanor play the video below:

“All I Know So Far” by P!nk

All I know so far P!nk - documentary“All I Know So Far” is a song by American singer-songwriter Pink. It was released on April 29, 2021, as the title track of her documentary of the same name. The song was written by Pink, Ryan Tedder, and Ali Tamposi, and produced by Tedder and Greg Kurstin.

The song is a pop rock ballad with a message of resilience and empowerment. It tells the story of Pink’s journey as an artist and a mother, and how she has learned to overcome challenges and to stay true to herself.

The song has been praised by critics for its honest and relatable lyrics, and its catchy melody. It has also been a commercial success, reaching number one on the Billboard Adult Pop Songs chart in the United States.

Inspiring lyrics

P!nk - All I Know So FarThe message of hope and resilience resounds in the lyrics. They are a reminder that we are all capable of achieving anything we set our minds to. Here are some of the lyrics from the song:

  • “They can’t tell you to change who you are”
  • “Stay unfiltered and loud, you’ll be proud of that skin full of scars”
  • “I’ve been through the fire and I’ve come out stronger I’ve been knocked down and I’ve gotten back up again I’ve learned a lot of lessons along the way But I wouldn’t trade it for the world”
  • “I’m not perfect, I’m not bulletproof But I’m gonna keep on fighting ‘Cause I know what I know so far”
  • “I’m not gonna let anyone tell me who I am I’m gonna be me, no matter what”
An interview with musician Alexis Marrero

An interview with musician Alexis Marrero

Meet Alexis Marrero

Alexis Marrero is a Rock Pop singer, songwriter, and self-taught musician from Cleveland, Ohio. She began her career at the age of 16 and has gone on to release fan favorite singles including “Something That I Missed” and “Rich AF.” Alexis also has performed in numerous shows including as part of the Boys or Summer Tour in 2021 and 2022 and at Playlist Live in 2022. The singer/songwriter has even headlined her own show at the age of 17.

Rock Pop singer/songwriter Alexis Marrero has worked with big names in the industry such as Stefan Litrownik, Stevie Mackey, and Shannon McArthur. She is an advocate for positivity and a role model for people all over the world. With her storytelling, unique vocals, and versatile music, the artist has something for almost everybody to enjoy and be inspired by. She has many more songs in the works and cannot wait to release them to the world. 1 In Music meets with the proactive music artist, before she releases her long-awaited new single.

Alexis Marrero: The sound of her music

1 In Music: Hey Alexis! Thanks for talking to us. First, tells us a little bit about you, your sound and what makes it unique?

Alexis Marrero [AM]: My name is Alexis Marrero and I’ve been making music for the past 6 years and cannot wait for people to hear my new sound! I write my own music and am a big fan of storytelling in my lyrics.

I love to write very deep, dark lyrics but give it that Pop Rock energy!

Alexis Marrero1 In Music: How did you get to that sound? Basically, what or who shaped your music and who supports you?

AM: I’ve always been inspired by Elvis Presley. His versatility has molded me into the artist I am today. My family is my biggest support system for sure. They always are there to support me in everything. My friends are also a major support system for me, even coming on trips to support me.

1 In Music: Wow! So, at what moment did you think, yes, music is what I’m going to do professionally?

AM: I’ve been drawn to music ever since I was a child. I always knew it was something I wanted to do. If I had to chose an age that I became truly serious about making music, it would have to be around 15 years old.

Alexis Marrero: Nurturing your sound

1 In Music: What type of music do you listen to?

AM: I listen to a mix of pretty much everything. I love to listen to a lot of Rock and Pop, but i love Indie and Alternative as well!

1 In Music: Who, to you, is the most undervalued music artist?

Noah Cyrus is the most undervalued artist I can think of. I absolutely love her voice and lyricism. She’s truly a force to be reckoned with.

1 In Music: Oh wow. I hadn’t realised Miley’s little sister was making waves. we’ll check it out, thanks! Back to you, how do you prepare for your performances?

I usually start by warming up on my way to the show. I usually try to rest my voice when I’m at the venue and hang out with my crew.

Hearing the crowd before a show always gives me that energy to give my best performance.

Besides music… Alexis being inspiring, as usual

Alexis Marrero1 In Music: What do you do when you don’t do music (creative or otherwise) and that you are passionate about?

AM: I am actually a college student as well, so a lot of my time is taken up by that. I’m in my fourth year of Electrical Engineering and Math, so I have a full workload there as well as music. I love to hang out with friends and family when I get a chance.

Family and friends are really important to me.

So I take advantage of the time I have to spend time with them. I also enjoy snowboarding and playing video games when I get a free chance.

1 In Music: Success to you is…?

Success to me is knowing that I’m doing what I love and inspiring people along the way. What drives me is to know that others relate to my lyrics and that my lyrics inspires them.

1 In Music: What do you wish you were told when you started out and that you think would help anyone who starts out?

Something I wish I knew when I started as an artist was to know what kind of music you want to make. I also would be sure to take vocal lessons!

There are so many things you can learn from every experience and soaking them in will only make you a better artist!

What’s next for Alexis Marrero?

1 In Music: Any upcoming projects?

AM: My latest single, “Wake Me Up,” is coming March 10th and I couldn’t be more excited. It’s the first single of mine since going towards a Rock Pop route and I think it’s the most me song I’ve ever written. I will also be doing lots of traveling and performing coming up this year!

1 In Music: We’ll be on the lookout. We can’t wait to hear about it and wish you the very best with it all. In the meantime, thank you for taking the time to answer our questions. Where can we find your music?

AM: You can find my music on all major streaming services! I also have all of my music videos on my Youtube channel.

What Tomorrow Knows by Steve Pledger – Album review

What Tomorrow Knows by Steve Pledger – Album review

What Tomorrow Knows – The context

There are situations that bring out the raw in great artists to fascinating consequences but not always great avail. In the middle of COVID lockdown, Fiona Apple brought us her version of raw that bewitched the critics while dividing her audience, even alienating a chunk of it. The artist unfiltered by alien production and incessantly poked and grazed by their context might show a face too strange for those who thought they were familiar with them.

What Tomorrow Knows – The consistency

This is not the case for musician Steve Pledger. There is nothing in his sound that betrays a face he has not shown before. And the situations that he and a lot of us have lived through have not diminished his sensitive touch in this raw delivery. They have only made him deeper and closer to his beliefs. So if you like it authenticity, integrity and consistency, Steve Pledger is your man and this album the sound you will want to listen to.

What Tomorrow Knows – The growth

Saying that an artist is consistent is sometimes mistaken for saying that their output is always the same. This is not correct as Steve Pledger here demonstrates. His consistency is in his values and the quality of his output. They can never blind us to the growth of the artist and the growth of the person that are both transparent throughout this oeuvre. Whether it is the context or his particular environment that have the most input in birthing the overall feeling that emanates from these songs does not matter, the heartstrings that are hooked.

What Tomorrow Knows – The fighter and the lover

One of the beauties of this album is that it is unencumbered by frills. That frees the ears so they can grasp and wallow in its depth. Right in the themes raised in the lyrics, you recognise the fighter and the lover all at once. The music artist addresses topical subjects with passion, even letting out the occasional swear word. On his first single Salt From The Sea, he looks at Brexit, Britain’s infamous exit from the European Union. You also recognise that lover-fighter in the tracks The Stagehand’s Tale and Blabscam. In Rise, even before the Itunu choir joins in, the melody and the lyrics about the cost of complacency had already done the main job of raising awareness of a state of mind far too common

What Tomorrow Knows – The reflective dreamer

But underneath the fighter and lover, the reflective dreamer cannot hide. His vision of a better world, his sensitivity can only betray the gaps that separate us frm it. This is obvious in the way he serenades us to the awareness that our tendency to be waiting to exhale is in effect Waiting To Hurt

This is vivid in Fields That Sitll DivideLay Them Down, and clear as he closes on an aspiring message (Hope in Our Hands). But it is also in the way he evolves not barely to change as time dictates but to emancipate his own thinking self-introspectively.

What Tomorrow Knows – The man in the mirror

The singer-songwriter has found a way to infuse all aspects of his personal and professional growth in every track and in the album as a whole. This made it impossible to pick a favourite song as was possible in Steve Pledger’s previous releases.  It almost happened at the sound of Revelation. The heartfelt pleading just played on my heartstring long after the song was over. But so did his reflection on misoginy in Sister Dear, his incessant plead for the importance to make our voices heard, espepecially in the face of injustice (The Baptist’s Father)…

Steve Pledger

What Tomorrow Knows – The voice

Like I said, the singer-songwriter is consistent so I do recognise his voice, both audibly and metaphorically. But there is no doubt that his growth transpires in it. Listening to him, we feel even closer than before to the journey that has led him to these views, to these feelings, to this album. And that, in itself is beautiful and endears you even more so to the words and the melodies he offers in this release.

What Tomorrow Knows – The album

What Tomorrow Knows is a contemporary Folk / Acoustic singer-songwriter album released on Pledger’s own label Noisy Dog Records on 28th November 2022. The album is available from on CD and Download NOW and on sale on CD at all upcoming live shows. A special launch concert took place at Durham Town Hall on 8th October

Musicians on What Tomorrow Brings

The main performer is of course Steve Pledger who appears on acoustic guitars and on vocals, All songs are written by Steve Pledger. A usual suspect of the English contemporary Folk scene is Lukas Drinkwater. The musician plays the drums, the bass, the electric guitars and the piano on the release. There is also Aaron Catlow on strings and fiddle, Nigel Neill playing the organ and John Heslop on sax and clarinet.


What Tomorrow Knows – Tracks

  1. The Baptist’s Father (4:50)
  2. Fields That Still Divide (5:17) n.b. Includes the words s***’
  3. 3) Salt From the Sea (5:24)
  4. 4) Lay Them Down (2:59)
  5. 5) Revelation (5:26)
  6. Sister, Dear (3:47)
  7. Same Smile, Same Words (4:18)
  8. Waiting To Hurt (4:59)
  9. The Stagehand’s Tale(4:31)
  10. Blabscam (3:48) n.b. Includes the word ‘b******d’.
  11. Rise (3:19)
  12. Hope In Our Hands (7:42)

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PS: Yesterday it was Rise, today it is Waiting to Hurt. Every day I listened to the album, it was a different song, even within the same day. Therefore I abandoned the idea of having a favourite song.


Meet Music Artist Jenny Weisgerber

Meet Music Artist Jenny Weisgerber

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Jenny Weisgerber takes her time to tell you her poetic stories, with a voice that stamps each string and leaves it to vibrate the rest of the chord notes until it inevitably comes back again. She is a walk in a quiet forest and the murmur in the branches, a little dreamy, a little real. Her voice takes allures of Joni Mitchell at times but always conveys her own brand. Her strings are acoustic folk through and through yet they have her unique stamp. You will hear her EP’s title track Tanguero streamed free on her website and you will want to hear more. That is as easy as getting the rest of this little marvel of a promenade from all major retailers and savouring it in what her music will soon transform into your little corner of the world.