"Free Range Folk refers to their lively blend of americana and bluegrass as “roots dirt rock”. While I only have a vague idea of what that might mean, I do know that their music is bursting at the seams with heart and soul." - Chad Snyder WXPN Philadelphia

Farm to Table to Stage

A Q&A with Kevin Ruch Of Free Range Folk By Geoff Gehman

Three members of Free Range Folk were jamming on a tune most bluegrass-fed roots bands would never dream of fiddling with: “Thus Spake Zarathustra,” forever known as the cosmic alarm-clock theme from “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Banjo player Josh Finsel, percussionist Brad Konstas and guitarist Kevin Ruch were creating their own odyssey, playing instruments they don’t normally play, instruments “totally wrong for us,” recalls Ruch. Pleased by the improbable groove, they eventually shifted from Richard Strauss’ 19th-century orchestral tone poem into a song about Carbon County’s 19th-century coal industry. For good measure, they named the tune after a mountain behind their rehearsal space. As an extra added bonus, they made it danceable.   MORE:


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written by John Vettesse

Free Range Folk give a farmer’s perspective on Monsanto in their new “Roundup Ready” music video

If you spent any time with Michael Pollan’s heady culinary tome The Omnivore’s Dilemma or seen the 2008 documentary Food Inc., you’re probably heard a thing or two about controversial agricultural company Monsanto. But the folks most affected by the food production wars aren’t in the library, or the movie theater (though those folks are undeniably affected, since they eat too) – they’re the people working the farms across the United States, which gives Free Range Folk a unique perspective from which to weigh in.

They’re not just a rootsy acoustic rock six-piece, they’re also farmers in the Jim Thorpe area, and their concerns about the environment, ecology, sustainable living and sustainable harvesting play heavily into their lyrics – especially the song “Roundup Ready” from this year’s 444. In it, singer Joshua Finsel asks the listener to imagine what goes into the food our families eat, and how it might affect the next generation – and considering that they filmed a video for the song on “Anti-Monsanto Day” this past weekend, you can imagine their position on the company (which produces genetically engineered seeds and herbicides) is not a favorable one. The song and video take a playful tone – from the banjos and twangy vocals, to the horn section, to the shots of the band and friends busting open a pinata of “chemical corn.” Watch it below – it’s food for thought.



"This is a tremendous album of country, folk, hillbilly, alt. country and classic country rock all blended into a delicious stew that has an excellent spicy edginess to it. Everything this band plays is believable and full of conviction, whether on speeded up electrified alt. country rock or mellow ballads with even the latter having a little bite to them. At times they are even a little reminiscent of country rock pioneers such as the New Riders of the Purple Sage with a little ramshackleness that is so essential to this brew but only possible in a band of the highest quality as this seven piece so  obviously are." 



"....Ah...the mystery of 444. I almost forgot. Some of you musician types probably know the story. The album title, 444, is a reference to the fact that the instruments (on all tracks except Fisherman's) were tuned to A=444Hz which some musicians (Lennon and McCartney among them) theorize creates a more harmonious sound with the natural world more than the standard 440Hz tuning. Many advocates of the currently used 12-Tone Equal Temperament Method also believe that it was a deliberate act to push humanity away from vibrational harmony and further into disharmony." .... READ MORE


New Music: "Seraphim Moonbeam" by Free Range Folk

This past Sunday night, rootsy Jim Thorpe collective Free Range Folk made the trip down from the mountains to WXPN for a live set on The Folk Show... listen to "Seraphim Moonbeam", a very catchy and harmony-happy song from the new record.