Photo courtesy of Brian Kupillas
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“Well I’m moving to Arkansas, and I don’t know anybody so I guess I might as well learn the guitar.”
They’re the words Brian Kupillas thought aloud as he packed his bags, loaded up the car, and sped off to a new home. Up until that point he’d fiddled around some on his brother’s bass. He practiced rhythm guitar on and off too, but what Kupillas really desired was a creative nudge towards more serious songwriting.
It turns out throwing caution to the wind can be the best remedy against the deadly quicksand many artists know all too-well: stagnancy.
The change of scenery turned out to be far more than a musical palette cleanser; the Mississippi-kissed prairies ultimately embody the very songs themselves. The songwriter’s first full length album, Wend to Why, plays like it tumbled down from the side of the Ozarks. Breezy yet intent, Kupillas’ spirited offering of electric-tinged folk has a way of summoning sentimentality and nostalgia without ever becoming weighed down by it.
No man is an island, the saying goes, but it doesn’t say anything about water. Kupillas’ labor of love Wandering Lake presents an apt description for the music it spins. Self contained yet seemingly without borders, listeners can revel in songs that will yield new layers of meaning with each lap through.
This is in large part due to the songwriter’s fondness for wordplay. It’s an homage to folk artists who have come before, sure (Kupillas freely acknowledges Bob Dylan as an early hero), but perhaps more so poetry finds itself at the helm of the singer’s echoing harmonies.
But enough words, check out the tunes for yourself!
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Upcoming Tour Dates
07/21/15 – The Bat Lounge, Athens, OH
07/22/15 – Modern Cult Records, Louisville, KY
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