“Fantastic song-writing, heartfelt singing, organic arrangements, stellar musicianship.” WRCT, Pittsburgh.
Bend-based singer-songwriter Alicia Viani’s self-titled debut album release. Viani, accompanied by Mark Karwan, Benji Nagel, Pete Kartsounes, and Scott Oliphant, shares thoughtfully penned songs with tenderness that becomes familiar throughout the record. Each of her songs is commanded by a voice that feels entirely human, turning moments of deep complexity and heartbreak into warm country-folk that finds easy paths into the heart. No matter who the speaker is in her songs, Viani’s sincere vocals paint them to life. Viani tackles complex current events such as the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting and racism, but all in the gentle form of a personal story to invitingly navigate typically-avoided topics. The songs are wholly absorbing as they carry the listener from one private world to the next, each imploring to be discovered. www.aliciaviani.com
Opener Pete Kartsounes is an award winning singer-songwriter, flat picker, and cutting-edge musician’s musician. He has spent over two decades bringing his voice and guitar to stages all over the world. After 19 years submerged in the Colorado bluegrass scene sharing the stage with bands such as Leftover Salmon, Greensky Bluegrass and Yonder Mountain String Band, Pete now resides in Bend, OR spending most of his days writing, teaching guitar, song schools, and touring as a solo act. Pete continues to push the boundaries of the eclectic world of acoustic music.