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JPR Live Session: Laura Cortese

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On Friday, December 11th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a JPR Live Session (from afar) with Laura Cortese on Open Air.

Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards are an indie-folk band made up of four singing string players. The Dance Cards’ sound moves seamlessly from gauzy, ethereal vocal harmonies (“The Low Hum”) to rowdy indie-rock percussion (“Stockholm”) to propulsive fiddle melodies directly from Appalachia or Scotland (“Swing & Turn”). At first glance, the band may resemble a string quartet – there are no guitars to be found. But from the moment Cortese kicks off the title track of her album California Calling with angular, percussive strumming and a powerfully sultry vocal, it’s clear that this is something else. This is post-folk that seriously rocks.

The band who draws inspiration from diverse experiences, communities, and musical traditions, melding them into a refined sound that’s broad-minded but clear-eyed. It’s not a string band, not a string quartet, not an indie band, but somehow all of those at once, all while staying firmly rooted in an identity as folk instrumentalists. It’s adventurous and complex music delivered with power and heart. According to PopMatters, "Laura Cortese and the Dance Cards create a stunning, forward-looking sound that charts a path for innovation in folk music."

Listen Friday, December 11th at Noon for a JPR Live Session from afar with Laura Cortese on JPR's Rhythm & News Service. To listen online, click the orange 'Play' button at the top of the page and select "Rhythm & News." Or grab the JPR Live Sessions podcast at Spotify, Stitcher, or Apple Podcasts.