Driving the winding nation roads of Linville, a spot with a mixture of farmland and subdivisions, a brand new album by an area music duo taking part in from the CD participant matches the wealthy surroundings and laid-back feeling.
Christopher Clymer Kurtz and his spouse Maria are the individuals behind Clymer & Kurtz, a singing-songwriting music duo. The couple, who’ve been married for over 10 years, stated they’ve all the time carried out collectively however put the official duo collectively through the COVID-19 pandemic.
“It’s positively all the time been a standard curiosity. One thing that introduced us collectively that we take pleasure in doing collectively. I don’t know if I ever anticipated we might be doing this to this extent, writing and performing,” Maria Clymer Kurtz stated.
Over time, the couple, who met at Jap Mennonite College, stated they’ve fallen into a powerful rhythm collectively, with the ability to inform what the opposite individual is considering when engaged on a track and growing easy harmonies which have gotten the eye of pals within the enterprise.
“[Clymer & Kurtz] compactly inform significant concepts, poetry that makes its level with just a few apt phrases,” stated David Gonzol, professor emeritus of music at Shepherd College in Shepherdstown, W.Va., in a evaluate. “That’s good track writing.”
Clymer & Kurtz launched a brand new album referred to as “Preserve Me Round” on July 29. They recorded and produced the album of their house studio, and it was mastered by Chris Jackson. The eclectic album options 11 tracks with vocals and guitar by Christopher Clymer Kurtz and Maria Clymer Kurtz, with piano by Maria and mixing by Christopher.
Becoming all the things in, Christopher Clymer Kurtz works half time for a nonprofit, and Maria Clymer Kurtz home-schools their kids. The household additionally introduced a brand new pet house, a lab combine they’re considering of calling Fern.
Once they make music, the duo stated, Christopher Clymer Kurtz comes up with quite a lot of concepts for the songs and the writing and Maria Clymer Kurtz helps refine the concepts and put them collectively.
The album options some songs with a rustic rock sound and others with extra of a smooth rock or indie folks vibe. “Preserve Me Round” options extra vocals by Christopher Clymer Kurtz and highlights his songwriting, in keeping with a e-newsletter despatched to followers.
“[A song called] ‘Like a Ballad’’s verses are 3 little vignettes. The primary one is about choosing up a hitchhiker. It’s a real story however nothing occurs,” Christopher Clymer Kurtz stated. “The second story in that track I believe I made up. It comes again to observing myself and exploring my emotions [in them].”
The title monitor, “Preserve Me Round” — a few man who’s approaching retirement age and begins to really feel previous — options twangy guitar riffs and highlights vocals by Christopher Clymer Kurtz, whereas tracks “Hazy Mirror” and “Gentle a Candle (Invocation)” spotlight Maria Clymer Kurtz’s wealthy vocals and piano melodies.
The duo stated a few of their musical influences are Gillian Welch, the Proclaimers and Mary Chapin Carpenter.
The album options quite a lot of mixing, Christopher Clymer Kurtz stated, so the duo has to organize and rehearse earlier than planning a dwell album launch, however they plan to carry one sooner or later.
They just lately carried out at Finest.Weekend.Ever. in downtown Harrisonburg and the Sipe Heart in Bridgewater, opening for an area old-time band referred to as The Rain Pickers.
Clymer & Kurtz will probably be featured in an Aug. 30 episode of “Music My Mom Would Not Like,” a radio present primarily based in Asheville, N.C.