Sam Rae’s voice rings with the expansiveness of the Iowa prairie and the frankness of an old, trusted friend. Having studied classical cello in college, and subsequently veering toward a more free, improvisational approach, Rae spent time on the road as part of Brandi Carlile’s touring band. It was on the road that she began to find a songwriting style that she says felt like a “landing point,” in which she can really say something and mean it each time. - CQ Jessye DeSilva
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The Belle Curves | Delaney Hafener
The Belle Curves is lead by Delaney Hafener and features a rotating cast of musicians. They have crafted a unique sound inspired by the many traditions of Americana, complementing introspective lyrics and a songwriting style that can be reminiscent of both the Laurel Canyon and Bakersfield. The Belle Curves' music touches on themes of self-doubt, progressive politics, identity, and disaffection, working to create a distinctly youthful folk aesthetic. They recently released an ep of protest songs called "2020," none of which were written in 2020.