Brought up in a world of old time tunes and dedicated pickers, Micah Ling is quite at home when she plays. A West Michigander hailing from the banks of the Thornapple River, Micah has deep roots in Michigan's traditional music community. This background in traditional music led her to pursue a PhD in Folklore from Indiana University, where she is currently a student. Her dissertation research centers on the relationship between music, material culture, identity, and belonging.
A cello and banjo player, you can hear her warm and tender tones supporting many Michigan songwriters as well as performing with her Indiana-based projects Ruth and the Stones (4-woman country cover band) and Whistler (old-time trio). High above these low notes, Micah's voice playfully ornaments the songs she sings with a purity that is truly moving. From the early days of Hawks and Owls String Band to her current work, Micah offers her musical expression with joy and soul. Her album, Kingdom Come, was released in September of 2014 and features many Michigan artists, including Chris Bathgate, Nic Gareiss, Michael Beauchamp, Laurel Premo, and Samantha Cooper.