Friends with the Weather, a new project from the trio of singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Seth Hendricks, Chris Good, and David Hupp, is a continued exploration of Hendricks and Good's longtime songwriting partnership of 16 years. While those familiar with their catalogue will recognize familiar lyrical & musical stylings, Friends with the Weather brings a freshness of new material, written in the midst of unique times, creating new sonic textures amidst new collaborations.
Joining Seth, Chris, and David on the debut record is a trio of respected independent Michigan musicians.
Bass player Brennan Andes, a longtime collaborator of Chris' in Ann Arbor and founding member of the funky fusion band The Macpodz, holds down the groove with depth and fire.
Drummer Julian Allen has also performed regularly with Chris in his Sweet Insurrection project. He brings his versatility and extensive jazz, funk and pop talent to the project.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and founder of Earthwork Music, Seth Bernard joins the project as producer and guitarist, lending his vision, production expertise, soundscape experience and shared love of 80s & 90s basketball.
Also making contributions to the debut, self-titled album recorded at Jim Roll's Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor are vocalists Madelyn Grant and Lindsay Lou; a horn section of trumpeter Ross Huff, saxaphonist Rachel Mazer, and trombonist Bethanni Grecynski; guitarist James Cornelison, mandolinist Jacob Jolliff, and cellist Abby Alwin.
Local Spins says of the group's debut, self-titled album: "As expected with a collective of seasoned songwriters and musicians, the album exemplifies a level of excellence; it takes every musical turn you hope it will, but then veers into a direction even more perfect and fitting than what you thought possible."
Hendricks, Good, and Hupp have also released a companion live acoustic session filmed and recorded at Johnny's Speakeasy in Ann Arbor, MI. Featured on this session are Andes, Jolliff, as well as Erin Zindle and Randall Moore of The Ragbirds, and Jacob Crouse of Mutual Kumquat. This EP can be found through the band's website or bandcamp pages.
The Earthwork Music collective believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.