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Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk

Posted Oct 8th, 2019 by Whitney Urbaniak  Category: Arts & Entertainment

 

Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk will be playing their original music and sharing their custom instruments at The Village Idiot on Friday, Oct. 11 from 9:00 p.m.-midnight. The show is free to the public.

Hailing from the Billings, MT area, Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk are an amphipathic resin that stabilizes the emulsion created from genre mixing. That’s a mouthful, right? One part fairytale and two parts science – this mixture defines the band both in songwriting as well as in presentation. The songs twist and contort themselves around conscious themes and common experiences of the most lived-in journey in a way best described as: a new way to say the same thing. Even the instruments Urbaniak builds do this. They play the same notes, but the instruments fantastically wear different clothes and allude to having a deeper sense of spirit. The whole matter is science pushed through the pinholes of art.

Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk have been touring the nation like mad, having played from the West Coast to the Midwest, sharing the stages with Satsang, Shook Twins, The Powers, and Kitchen Dwellers. The music they’ve been playing is thoughtful and conscious – all mountain folk – and is everything Montana. Urbaniak is a singing, beatboxing stomper, with some mean guitar skills who is backed up by the harmonies of Mat Regele (upright bass), and A.J. Sheble (4- and 8-string ukulele). These guys make it do what it do on the strings; plus, they’ve been playing all this music on custom Montana-made instruments from Urbaniak’s shop. There’s nothing quite like it anywhere, and no better place for it to have come from.

The instruments that the trio plays are uniquely Urbaniak, with strong backstories on wood sourcing (e.g. Sheble’s ukulele is made from his grandfather’s old shed), designs shaped by the wood grains, knots, and imperfections, and a push toward a greater understanding of the mechanics of sound. Adhering to authenticity and connections while sharing his art, Urbaniak has created a twist on a raffle to gift a new, custom instrument to one person this year. In order to be considered for the drawing, you need to handwrite and mail a single-spaced, single-page letter to him. The new instrument owner will be chosen on November 27. More details can be found at http://urbaniakfinearts.com/ .

The Mountain Folk are playing music from 6 of Urbaniak’s albums and are building inroads right now to record a live album with songs of The Long Walk. Urbaniak is award-winning in several music and video categories, and together with the Mountain Folk, they are putting it down steady to produce great music.

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