Folk Roots Radio Presents – The Young Novelists, Roots-Rock, Uncorked on Main, Thursday, July 23 at 7 pm

Through their rich but rustic sound, Toronto roots-rock outfit The Young Novelists deliver a dose of honesty in audible form.

made us strangers, their upcoming sophomore effort, showcases a significant sonic progression for the band. Ripe with raw but elegant instrumentation and stacked multi-layered harmonies, their pure take on folk-tinged rock translates equally well from the stereo or stage.

What first began as a stack of songs that frontman Graydon James had amassed behind the drum kit in various bands during his university years eventually became a collection of recordings performed by the six-piece band, Graydon James & The Young Novelists. But over time, as James’ wife Laura Spink became integral to the creative process and the band began performing and touring as a duo, the more succinct banner of The Young Novelists was born.

Since dropping their debut EP, a small town eulogy, in 2011, they’ve made impressive strides up the industry incline. Their catalog also includes a live collection and their 2012 debut LP, in the year you were born, which cemented their status as an act to watch. Now, with made us strangers, The Young Novelists are set to make their most impactful musical statement to date.

From major festivals like Mariposa and CMW, to iconic theatres like the Neptune in Halifax, to trendsetting hotbeds like Toronto’s Horseshoe Tavern, The Young Novelists’ show is as engaging as it is endearing and has earned them slots alongside the likes of Cuff the Duke and The Strumbellas.

“For fans of Blue Rodeo, The Band, and pre-weirdness Wilco, here are three last words: Step right up.” – John Sakomoto, Toronto Star

About Folk Roots Radio
Folk Roots Radio is hosted by Jan Hall and takes place on Saturdays from 8-11 a.m. on CFRU 93.3fm, Guelph’s Campus-Community Radio Station, Folk Roots Radio plays folk, roots, Americana, alt. country, blues music and airs artist interviews. It also airs on Erin Radio, and the Blues & Roots Radio internet station,
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About Jan Hall
Host of Folk Roots Radio, Jan Hall started in Radio in 1993 at WEFT 90.1fm in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois. Folk Roots Radio (formerly Royal City Rag) debuted on CFRU 93.3fm in August 2005. Jan is an accomplished stage host and regularly emcees at several folk music festivals.

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