This past weekend at The Brooklyn Folk Festival at The Bell House, I caught up with San Francisco-based Melody Walker and Jacob Groopman following an outstanding set that had the crowd hollerin’ louder than they did all day. The stop in Brooklyn preceded the “Americali Roots” duo’s trip south to MerleFest this coming weekend where they’ll compete in the festival’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest.
Groopman, who grew up a few streets over from me in my hometown of Richmond, VA, and Walker recently released a FREE to download album called Gold Rush Goddess and have since been touring. The duo also performs in Front Country, a fine newgrass band. AND, they’ve got something going on the side (wink, nudge, wink).
Here’s the MerleFest contest finalist song, “Black Grace.” Good luck, guys!