Both Oakes (Robert) and Smith (Katherine) were born into musical families, and felt a powerful connection to performing from a very early age. This is a fact evident in their polished harmonies and balladic, lilting songs, with influences ranging from classic folk such as Simon & Garfunkel to shades of an almost Disney-esque hue, with musical theatre undertones (not that surprising when you learn that Katherine has a background on the stage).
Meeting unexpectedly in the Berkshire Hills of Western Massachusetts - a locale rich in natural beauty that very much reverberates in their sound - Katherine and Robert instantly felt drawn to each other. Since beginning to perform together in Spring 2010, the pair have played numerous shows throughout the Northeast and beyond at festivals, arts centres and occasionally even on street corners. Their debut album First Flight was to follow, engineered by D. James Goodwin (who has also worked with Norah Jones, a natural bedfellow for the duo) and mixed by Oz Fritz, of Bob Marley and Tom Waits fame. Released in November 2013, First Flight has been gradually enhancing the band’s presence on the folk circuit, and their fanbase is growing day-by-day.
Oakes & Smith’s material has an easy charm, tinged with a smoky, irresistible melancholy. Definitely one for fans of all-American, all-acoustic folk.
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