South for Winter Brings Unique Sound to Valley
BARNESVILLE — Skyflight Productions presents an evening with South for Winter on Thursday, July 15, at The Albert S. George Youth Center at Barnesville Memorial Park in Barnesville.
In summer 2014, New Zealander Nick Stone and Colorado native Dani Cichon met as volunteers building greenhouses in South America.
There, on a Peruvian rooftop, they wrote their first of many songs together — a song that would one day become South for Winter’s first single, “Fallen Seeds.”
After years spent pursuing separate musical projects oceans apart, Stone and Cichon joined up in Christchurch, New Zealand as a duo. Upon moving the project to Nashville, Tenn., they met cellist Alex Stradal, who rounded out the eclectic blend of instrumentation and vocals that has since become so characteristic of their music. With Stradal in the lineup, the sound and entity of South for Winter were born, and the trio they hit the road — touring through nearly two dozen states and two Canadian provinces within their first two years.
Often described as “folk-blues,” “folk-jazz” or “Renaissance,” South for Winter’s songs are intoned with a depth of emotion and richness of experience that invites listeners into the story — eager and anxious in turn with each verse. In a landscape saturated with incredible songwriters and musicians, South for Winter have developed a sound all of their own. With meticulously crafted lyrics, captivating natural charisma and an impressive assortment of instruments at their command, South for Winter have time and time again established themselves as a crowd favorite.
In Spring 2018, South for Winter were nominated as a rising local artist by Nashville’s Lightning 100 Radio; in summer 2019 they were voted a “Most Wanted” Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Festival; and in January 2020 they were chosen as a Top Artist of 2019 by BuzzMusic blog. In March 2020 the trio successfully crowdfunded the independent release of their debut full-length album “Luxumbra,” recorded with Grammy award-winning producer Matt Leigh at the award-winning Tracking Room studio in Nashville. “Luxumbra” was released via Symphonic Distribution on Oct. 22, 2020. Singles from the album have been featured on sites such as American Songwriter, For the Love of Bands, Grateful Web, Vents Magazine, Ditty TV’s World Premiere, and WSMV’s Today in Nashville.
Doors will open at 7:30 p.m., and the show will begin at 8 p.m. For more information, call 423-276-2653 or visit Skyflight Productions on Facebook.