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When Sabyre Rae’s blues and jazz meanderings give way to her alt-country and folk roots, the result is a swampy, bayou-infused stomp all the way up the Mississippi River to the Heartland. With the soulfulness of Norah Jones, the swagger of Billie Holiday, and the Americana sensibilities of Lucinda Williams, the Minneapolis- based songstress draws from a vibrant palette of past and present musical influences of her debut EP Revel.
Accompanied by an All-Star band in drummer Chris Hepola (The Cactus Blossoms), guitarist Jason Madeiros (Bourbon County),and bassist Michael Carvale (Pokey Lafarge), Sabyre is poised to make her mark on the music world in 2017 and beyond. From opening track, “Bayou Labatre” to closing “Red Hanky,” Revel explores the musical terrains of Sabyre’s predilections, as well as the personal musings of a poet, romantic, and self-proclaimed gypsy soul.
“For me, songwriting serves as the bridge between the ethereal and the physical,” Sabyre says. “Oftentimes, I will have parts of the song swirling in my head for days before it fully reveals itself.”
It’s that process of creation and discovery which attracted the Chicago-born, Wisconsin-raised artist to music in the first place.
A former member of Jack Klatt & The Cat Swingers, Sabyre has toured Europe twice, while playing ukulele, guitar, and bass in multiple projects. Before settling in Minneapolis, Sabyre busked her way across the U.S.—from Portland, OR to Austin, TX—absorbing the diverse cultures and musical variables of America. You could say her path to Revel has been one of patience, persistence, and life experience!
“All of the songs were written while traveling or going through a change in home, relationship, or job,” Sabyre explains. “I chose to include only the songs which hold a breath of a experience, while offering glimpses of where I’m headed influence-wise.”
A mainstay at Minneapolis institutions like 331 Club, Sabyre has developed a solid local following throughout the years, growing organically by nurturing friendships and being active in the community. In 2016, she received airplay on 90.3 KFAI and graced the stage at The Dakota Jazz Club.
With regional tours and full-length album on the horizon, Sabyre Rae is offering a fresh perspective on modern songwriting by channeling her musical heroes—while sharing her experiences from a life lived in momentum and merrymaking.
Brianna Kocka is a prolific songwriter who has been a part of a handful of projects throughout Minnesota. While each project has had it’s own distinct sound, Kocka is best known for her honesty through songwriting—she believes that music is a form of give and take, that lyrics and melodies are an important part of shared life, and that we use these creative spaces to engage in our humanness together.
Brianna grew up in a suburb of the Twin Cities, teaching herself to play guitar at age twelve, and subsequently started to write songs soon thereafter. She released her first album, “Write by Night,” in 2010 under her own name. This album was a collection of songs related to the end of an important relationship in her life, and the joys of living in the Maritimes of Canada, where she lived from 2007 - 2011.
In the spring of 2011 Kocka moved back to Minneapolis and created her alter-ego, CAETANI, and released an EP of five indie-rock songs (“The Black EP”) to acclaim in the local music scene. The five song EP was an introspective look at five specific relationships in her life, each song representing a different person, including herself.
In the winter of 2012 she and a group of friends created the Psychedelic/Trip Hop group Sun Gods to Gamma Rays, and over three years released an EP (“The Water, The Wave”) and one full length album (“A Ghost to Find”), while playing extensively throughout the Twin Cities and Midwest. Each of these albums are filled with lyrics about Brianna’s divorce from organized religion, as well as a newfound look at feminism and sensuality.
Needing a break from city life, Brianna moved to an island off the east coast to work and live for ten months. While there she began playing guitar again, and out poured an album's worth of Traditional Folk/Americana songs related to the hardships of life, the realities of marriage, and living in isolation. Kocka again lives in the Twin Cities with plans to release these new songs in the summer of 2017.