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by Alex Sturbaum

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Alligator 05:24
By the Door 04:17
Morning Song 03:56
Stand Steady 03:46


In March of 2020, all of my gigs were cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. With no live performances to occupy my time, I decided to go into the studio instead. This album is very much a product of the turbulent time that produced it; the anxiety, the fear, the anger, and ultimately the hope. Love and good fortune to you all out there, and may we beat back the darkness.


released July 24, 2020

Alex Sturbaum: lead vocals, acoustic and electric guitars, bouzouki, button accordion, bodhran, mandolin
Brian Lindsay: harmony vocals (1, 2, 3, 4, 11), tenor and five-string banjo, whistle, fiddle (2, 5, 7, 11)
Penka Jane Culevski: harmony vocals (2, 3, 11), fiddle (3, 9)
Laura Bassett: harmony vocals (1, 3, 8, 11)
Ness Smith-Savedoff: drums
Donal Sheets: cello
Alicia Healey: harmony vocals (6, 10), bass, shaker

Engineered, mixed, and mastered by Alicia Healey at the Winterblue Room, Seattle, WA
Produced by Alicia Healey
Album art by Amy Bogard
Photos and graphic design by Brian Lindsay

Thanks to: Brian Lindsay, for being my bandmate, erstwhile musical collaborator, and best friend; Alicia Healey, for her great ear, steady hand, thoughtful guidance, and excellent bass skills; Laura, Penka Jane, Donal, and Ness for lending their voices and instruments to bring these songs to life; Amy Bogard for the great art; all the Kickstarter backers who made this album possible (with a special shout-out to Nicholas Fitzgerald); the amazing folk music and contra dance communities throughout the country, without whose support I never would have been able to pursue music as much as I have; and finally, Rae Eaton, whose love and support means more to me than I can put into words.



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Alex Sturbaum Seattle, Washington

Alex Sturbaum is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, based in Olympia, Washington. They perform solo as well as with Countercurrent, Gallimaufry, and the Waxwings, and produce the Vashon Sessions.

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