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Savannah and the Kings hone skills on ‘Bold & Unsteady’

Savannah & the Kings dropped the “Bold & Unsteady” collection on the public in April. It’s the band’s first release, but the fourth overall for leader and songwriter Savannah King, who has been making a name for herself as a purveyor of ornate and harmonically rich alt-pop and folk songs since the arrival of her 2010 effort, “Throwing Stones.” King honed her performing skills opening for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Harpeth Rising, Field Report, and 10,000 Maniacs – with whom she also performed as rhythm guitarist and harmony vocalist – while still a music student at SUNY Fredonia.

All of that work laid the bedrock for “Bold & Unsteady,” which marries King’s stellar alt-pop songcraft – think Sarah McLachlan with more of an edge – to supple, subtle and beautifully orchestrated contributions from her new band, featuring guitarist Mark Bamann – a fellow Fredonia grad and veteran of the renowned jazz ensemble at the college – drummer Loren Metzger (another Fredonia veteran) and acoustic bassist Scott Gergelis (Wait for it… Yep, Fredonia again.).

Savannah and the Kings have a bust summer planned, one that will include a spot on the roster at the much buzzed-about “Celebrating 50 Years of the Grateful Dead” show slated for Artpark on July 12. Follow the band – and grab yourself a copy of “Bold & Unsteady” – at savannahkingmusic.com.

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