Alexa Rose and Sorrel
Alexa Rose has the rare ability to find strikingly original melodies that nevertheless sound like they must have existed for a long time, stored away maybe in the ether of creativity, self-evident and awaiting discovery. Moving deftly between complex dexterity and heart-tugging familiarity, Rose achieves a sound that pushes gently alongside the bright vocal experimentalism of Joni Mitchell and Joanna Newsom while maintaining the brassy attitude and simple refrains that run straight through American roots music from mountain ballads to rock n roll.
Founded in 2015 by brothers and longtime musical collaborators Seth and Isaac Ratliff, Sorrel is an Appalachian indie band based out of Tri-Cities, TN/VA. Sorrel’s music is reminiscent of American traditional music like blues and old-time country while reaching out into folk, soul, and indie. The brothers are multi-instrumentalists and employ acoustic guitar, banjo, piano, organ, and electric guitar in their songwriting. Their instrumentation—typically calm and textured, but capable of being emphatic—is an apt platform for their expressive vocals and emotional lyrics.