es Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk are an amphipathic resin that stabilizes the emulsion created from genre mixing. That’s a mouthful, right? One part fairytale and two parts science – this mixture defines the band both in songwriting as well as in presentation. The songs twist and contort themselves around conscious themes and common experiences of the most lived-in journey in a way best described as: a new way to say the same thing. Even the instruments Urbaniak builds do this. They play the same notes, but the instruments fantastically wear different clothes and allude to having a deeper sense of spirit. The whole matter is science pushed through the pinholes of art.
Wes Urbaniak and the Mountain Folk have been touring the nation like mad, having played over 60 shows this year alone and getting to play many of those shows with some of the best musicians out there touring right now. The music they’ve been playing is thoughtful and conscious – all mountain folk – and is everything Montana. Urbaniak is a singing, beatboxing stomper, with some mean guitar skills who is backed up by the harmonies of Mat Regele (upright bass), and A.J. Sheble (4- and 8-string ukulele). These guys make it do what it do on the strings, plus, they’ve been playing all this music on custom Montana-made instruments from Urbaniak’s shop. Nothing quite like it anywhere, and no better place for it to have come from.
The Mountain Folk are playing music from 6 of Urbaniak’s albums and are building inroads right now to record a new live album before fall sets in. Urbaniak is award winning in several music categories, and together with the Mountain Folk, they are putting it down steady to produce great music.