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JPR Live Session: Lowland Hum

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On Friday, October 22nd at Noon, JPR will broadcast a JPR Live Session (from afar) with the band Lowland Hum on Open Air.

Daniel and Lauren Goans combined their lives when they wed in 2012. They combined their voices and creative habits when they established their distinct sound and formed the band Lowland Hum in 2013. Flash forward eight years and they are making more music than ever, still in their own language of unexampled harmonies and distilled acoustic arrangements.

The two lived the intervening years primarily on the highway, performing across the United States & Europe, sharing stages with Josh Ritter, Jesca Hoop, The Oh Hellos and others along the way. Self-producing five full length albums and four eps, the prolific duo has garnered ongoing critical acclaim for their minimalist brand of indie folk from NPR, the Washington Post, American Songwriter, Paste, Billboard, No Depression, and the Wall Street Journal. As Robin Hilton of All Songs Considered (NPR) put it, “if you love sublimely beautiful two-part harmonies, you’re not going to do better than this band.”

In 2019 Lowland Hum launched Golden Hour, an immersive listening experience, with co-collaborators David Wax and Suz Slezak of the band David Wax Museum. The experience was featured on World Café in early 2020 and while they've had to put their tour plans on hold, the team is eager to resume performances when it is safe to do so.

After all tours and events were cancelled due to coronavirus, the pair spent the past year at their rural homestead outside Charlottesville, Virginia, making the most of their recently finished barn-turned-recording studio. After writing and recording multiple projects their work was abruptly halted when a tornado visited their area and rendered the studio unusable. A long drawn out battle ensued with their insurance company which finally ended in their favor when fans of the band tweeted at State Farm, urging them to do right by their customers. The studio was eventually restored––just in time for them to welcome their first child into the world right before the year's end.

Their 2021 release So Low - a song by song cover of the classic Peter Gabriel album - was an immediate JPR Favorite.

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.