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JPR Live Session: Fretland

Jake Hanson @trulybogus

On Friday, June 25th at Noon, JPR will broadcast a JPR Live Session (from afar) with Fretland on Open Air.

Fretland plays songs that sway between steel-soaked yearning and Lynchian intimacy, a sound where fragile alt-country builds to passionate gushes of indie rock. From the riverside town of Snohomish, Washington, Fretland has racked up more than a million streams with their aching ballads, leaf-strewn sound and gently spun secrets.

Their latest single, "Could Have Loved You," is a sparkling, reverb-soaked dispatch from heartache. Moving from delicate to bold the song recalls a jukebox mournfully playing a late-Fifties Nashville Sound weeper into a starry sky. "This story is about two people who have moved on and will always wonder and always have love for each other," leader Hillary Grace Fretland — yes, her real name — told American Songwriter. "I feel like some live in a space where romanticism means only having space in your heart for one person. There’s nothing wrong with that at all. I just feel that I have made room for it to be more complex."

Fretland released their self-titled debut in May of 2020. A swift success, the band garnered attention from Billboard, American Songwriter, The Boot, Gimme Country, Americana Highways and No Depression, who said, "this talented Americana band … has a bright future ahead of it." They embarked on a successful West Coast tour in early 2020, but subsequent tours in US and Europe were put on hold due to the pandemic.

Listen Friday, June 25th at Noon for a JPR Live Session (from afar) with Fretland 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.