In Japanese folklore, the crane wife is a bird disguised as a woman who spins fine silks from her own feathers, until her identity is discovered. The Crane Wives spin fine songs from whole cloth, and you will never want the melodies to leave your head. From murky origins in Chinese restaurants, high school ska bands, and dorm room jam sessions, the band came together in 2010 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and immediately began gathering a following with intricate melodies, sister-harmonies, and compelling songcraft. Initially part of the indie folk boom, their sound has grown and broadened with each new recording till categorization becomes difficult: rock, pop, folk? Just call it really good music. http://www.thecranewives.com/
Born and raised in Door County, Wisconsin, Seth Raddatz grew up with a wealth of musical influences from his father, local folk icon Mark Raddatz, to other local artists including Chris Alley, pat mAcdonald, Matthew Fischer, and others. Performing both covers and originals, Seth’s guitar and vocals seem to be two parts of the same instrument. Influenced further by Neil Young, Conor Oberst, Wilco, and of course Bob Dylan and John Prine, Raddatz weaves his folk-rock and country styles with haunting and heartfelt lyrics, ushering in the new folk generation.