...a truly stunning one-of-a-kind sound.”

Paste Magazine

Welcome

The Krickets are a female 'swamp folk' group from Florida's Gulf Coast.  Produced by Ben Tanner of the Alabama Shakes, they released their debut album 'Spanish Moss Sirens' in May of 2016.  Folk harmony-driven with an earthy acoustic instrumentation, the music is what Paste Magazine describes as "a truly stunning, one-of-a-kind sound."
Recently named the 2016 IMEA Folk Artist of the Year and recipient of the 2016 Folk/Singer Songwriter Song of the Year at The Independent Music Awards, the group originally came together to play a cancer benefit in honor of Cristina "Cricket" Russell.  Now, they are able to support the cause by donating a portion of every album sale to The Cricket Fund and Beyond which provides women's health services to the uninsured.

Krickets Family! We are ready to shoot for album #2 and we need your help!  

Krickets Family,

Can you believe it's been two years since our album's kickstarter campaign?  A multi-award winning album came about because of your generosity, it was the experience of a lifetime and we are so grateful.  Well, are you ready for some new music?  We hope so, because....

We are going to shoot for album #2 and we need your help!

This album will also support The Cricket Fund Beyond Diagnosis and we are SO proud to do it!!!  

CLICK HERE TO HELP

The Pledge Rewards are AWESOME and almost every tier has at least a preorder of the album included.  We're so pumped to do this!! It’s not lost on us that our amazing experience thus far has been because of YOU.   Every dollar, share and prayer helps!  We believe we can reach our goal and make another dream come true! THANK YOU.  Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you…….. 

Love, 

Your Krickets

Check out our video below!:)

Katrina's Take: A Hoot and a Holler! 

May/June 2017 

Greetings Kricketeers! 

Thanks to everyone for checking in. This is Katrina coming at you with an update of all we’ve been up to lately—there’s a lot to cover. May was loaded with some of our greatest adventures, and I don’t say that very lightly, considering we’ve shared the most amazing experiences together. 

We kicked off the month with a wedding! Melissa married her sweetheart, Sam Weigle, and the two lovebirds took their celebration on the road with the band as we all traveled to St. Augustine, Florida. 

Gamble Rogers Music Festival 

St. Augustine, founded in 1565 by Spaniards, is the oldest city in the nation. It was my first time to visit the town, which is located in northeastern Florida right on the Atlantic coast, and wowzers it is a beautiful area. I still can’t stop thinking about it. 

We had an absolute blast at the 22nd Annual Gamble Rogers Music Festival. Everyone we met and got to hang with could not have been any cooler or kinder, and the atmosphere of the festival was amazing. All the oaks and shady trees made it the perfect spot, and the weather, oh my word it was heavenly. And might I add that the music is what dreams are made of. I can’t imagine there ever being a more intimate feeling of both listening with and performing to the most intent of audiences, and The Gamble Rogers Festival was just that. I’m thankful to have been a part of it, and we can’t wait to go back again next year. 

Chickfest at Bowery Station 

We followed up the Gamble Rogers folk fest with some downhome good times. The Bowery Station is the chillest-vibing, outdoorsiest indoor hang in Apalachicola, Florida, and by far the best music venue. The hospitality is topnotch, and we had a hoot at Chickfest this year. 

We got to hear some of the best music performed by the most talented lineup of all-lady musicians all day long. I got to experience probably the best game of cornhole of my life, and I don’t say that lightly either, because what I didn’t mention in the previous section is that I had played the second-best game of cornhole ever. (Maybe I’ll start a subblog about my cornhole adventures). Chickfest was so much fun. 

Melissa announced that she is having a baby boy!!! And she also mentioned to me that she had seen the greatest shirt she’d ever seen. She said it had hamburgers on it and that she had to have it. I missed it, but I wanted to see so badly, for I knew that this had to be the best shirt ever. So I scanned every person I could see, but I could not locate a hamburger shirt for the life of me. The next thing we knew, there was a huge commotion. A half-naked man appeared, and Melissa was holding the most badass shirt I had ever seen in my life. I’ll never forget it, and now I am suddenly hungry for burgers. I don’t think I’ve ever laughed so hard during a gig or experienced as much joy as I did at Chickfest playing music with most incredible group of people I know. 

Florida Folk Festival 

To close out our string of gigs and adventures for the month, we got to live as hippies for the weekend, and we were so happy. The Florida Folk Festival is located in White Springs, Florida, at the Stephen Foster Culture Center State Park, situated on the Suwannee River. It is one of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. 

soon as we arrived to the festival, we found the River Gazebo Stage and prepared for our acoustic set. There is nothing in the world quite comparable to playing soul-folk music in the middle of the woods on the banks of the Suwannee. It’s an odd but glorious feeling, nervous excitement mixed with overwhelming peace, and we hit the kind of groove during that performance that makes music everything in the world to me. 

It was my first time to camp out in a tent, and we had the friendliest and most helpful camp neighbors. It was such an adventure. I loved it. We spent most of the next day exploring the park and ended the evening with our performance on the main Amphitheater Stage. Our sweet, good friends, Amy Alderman and Ashley Fellers, joined us for the set and helped us tremendously in doing so. We were also joined by The Currys for our last two songs, and man was it a treat! 

A good time was had by all. We will never forget it and can only dream of having as much fun at next year’s festival. But until then… 

COMING UP! 

Saturday, July 8th | Monticello Opera House| Monticello, Florida 

Doors 6:30 | Dinner 7 | Show 8 

The band is traveling to Monticello, Florida, for a performance at the Monticello Opera House! Belle and the Band will join us, and we are looking forward to an evening of awesome music in this most beautiful venue. We are excited to see all of our friends and hope to meet some new folks as well! Tickets: http://monticellooperahouse.org/tickets 

Sunday, July 9th | Eddie’s Attic | Decatur, Georgia 

Doors 5 | Show 6 

We are absolutely thrilled to travel to Georgia for Eddie’s Attic. Calling all of our friends in Atlanta and surrounding areas! Come out and help make this an unforgettable night and enjoy with us an intimate evening of music at one of the most legendary listening rooms in the country. “Live Music Matters.” Tickets: http://ticketfly.com/event/143735?utm_medium=api 

Monday, July 17th | Here Comes the Sun – Summer Concert Series | Rosemary Beach, Florida 

Show 7 

The Merchants of Rosemary Beach is hosting a summer concert series, happening every Monday all summer. We are excited to be a part of the lineup! Join us for this sure-to-be fun event and enjoy the evening with us. 

Love, 

The Krickets

Why did the folk musician get arrested? 



Answer: Too much treble.    (OUCH! ...and so true:)  

Terrible jokes aside, hello, lovely Kricket Folk!  

Hopefully, we get to hug your neck at one of the above mentioned shows soon.  Life has been too fast to be any good at consistency with this blog, so thanks for your patience with us and we'll keep it brief, we swear!   A few "firsts" we have coming up are a little mini tour to Atlanta, our very first house concert, our first yearly donation to the Cricket Fund and Beyond and several festivals in towns we've never played.  We are so excited about them all and can't believe May 17th will mark a year since the album release.  An album that won us an IMEA Folk Artist of the Year award and IMA Folk Song of the Year.  Crazy!   Album #2 has been on our minds and it's so fun to dream on what it would sound like.   Right now, it's still very much a dream, but we'd love your prayers and positive thoughts sent our way as we figure it out. <3

Would y'all help us with something?  (pretty, please)
If you listen to Spotify, Pandora or Apple Music would you add your favorite Kricket tunes to a playlist you listen to?  It helps a lot and we appreciate it very much!  

In addition to the shows above, there is a rumor we might rejoin The Currys (great folk band) for a Christmas show in Tallahassee Dec 16th and maybe jet down to Gainesville, Fl to play the SandHill Listening Room Stage in Sept.  We'll keep you posted!:)    We hope you're all mentally prepared for Chickfest at Bowery Station this Saturday.  All our fellow female performers are so darn good, we could just sit and listen instead of play!  Don't miss it!

Finally, we have one more beautiful thing to celebrate ---  the wedding of our bandmate Melissa and her love, Sam, and their sweet little one on the way!   We are so happy for them and wish every blessing on their new family!!    

WE LOVE YOU GUYS!  
Your Krickets


Click on the pic for a video from the Gamble Rogers Music Fest last weekend!  and please add us to those playlists!




 

What.A.Year. WOW and thank you 

No sleep, straight off the plane in New York.  But HAPPY



Hello Beautiful Kricket Folk!!

Want to hear something crazy?  This day last year we began tossing around the idea of of kickstarter campaign to make an album.  We were terrified no one would give us a dime and then you guys went and blew our minds.   Fast forward to today and we just have to shake our heads at the events that have taken place.   Because of YOU:
Basically, it's been a dream come true on every level.   Sappy as we are about it, we are still going to fall all over ourselves thanking you because YOU and your support for the small independent musician made it all possible.     So, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you and thank you again.    

Now what's next?  We have a couple gigs booked through the end of the year.   Come and hang with us!  

12/16 - Junction at Munroe - Tallahassee - Christmas with The Currys and the Krickets - Tickets here
12/18 - Manci's Antique Club - Daphne - info here

If we don't get to see you, we want to wish you a Merry Christmas.   If you're stumped on gift ideas, give a Krickets CD, t-shirt, sticker, poster or koozie to the people you love, like, or someone you'd simply like to widen their musical tastes.  Here's a place to purchase those and other merch.    We also have a fan club with an embarrassingly low number of members, so if you join that you are supporting us and get 15% off all those Christmas gifts.  You can join the fan club through this link.    We need to get to band rehearsal now so we can show up the Currys.   (J/k - they are AMAZING and you've got to come see our Christmas show with them dec 16th in Tallahassee!).

All of our love,
The Krickets

SoWal Life Magazine Review by Josette Rhodes 

Josette and Shannon of 30A Songwriter Radio are some of the most incredible folks that tirelessly support local music.   We feel so honored that they would say this about  our new album!   Here's the review in it's entirety.  

Swamp Invasion 

Beloved Kricket Folk, 

Well, we are proud to report that we have invaded international radio with the help of some amazing radio Djs.  Tonight we sat slack-jawed as we were played along side our musical heroes on John Godfrey's, "The Troubadour Show" which reaches Central Europe all the way to the Eastern US. 

And earlier in the week, an Italian show featured the WHOLE ALBUM track by track.  (We're clueless as to what the host said, but he sounded lovely).     The album is in active rotation in over 30 countries now and this BLOWS OUR MINDS.   We are about to get back to rehearsals and we have our first gig in two months on August 11th for a Making Strides Breast Cancer Benefit at Pier Park in Panama City Beach, Fl.    Then it really gets cooking in Sept. with Mexico Beach's Music in the Park Sept 15th, Backstage Pass (Panama City) Sept 16th and then Scallop Fest (St. Joe) Sept 30th.    Emily has settled into motherhood like a pro and Arthur has us all wrapped around his little finger!   We have missed you guys and each other and absolutely cannot wait to play some music for you.  

Something else new - our Fan Club Page!  It's a great deal we learned about that gives our fans a free download of the album, 15% off all merch and exclusive offers, behind the scenes stories, and pictures we are only going to share there.  It's $5 a month and helps us sustain our website, merch orders, shipping costs to radio djs, fb boosts, radio ads, gas $, strings, etc while we get the word about the album out there to the world.  Here is the link if you are interested and thank you from the bottom of our chirping hearts. https://thekrickets.bandcamp.com/fan-club   

We'll leave you with this amazing review by Josette Rhodes from 30A Songwriter Radio in the SolWal Life Magazine.  She's writes beautifully!

We love you guys and CAN'T WAIT TO SEE YOU!   

Love, 
The Krickets

Throwback Thursday - The video that started it all 


The Krickets performing Neil Young's "Helpless"





This is the first video we ever made.  It was right before performing at Mexico Beach's Music in the Park (on a Thursday night, no less).   We created a Facebook page that day and made this video so we'd have something to post.  It's hard to believe this was only 10 months ago!  Because of y'all's support, we now have 6000+ fans across our social media platforms and an ALBUM!  Thank you for believing in us.

We love you guys!  Have an awesome day.

Love,
The Krickets

Radio Play! 





As usual, our jaws on on the floor about this experience. While we should probably try to act all rockstar cool, we can't hide our excitement about it with you guys. So..this is where we have to geek out just a little and giggle and squeal about having the album get some radio play! 18 countries now!

One of the best parts about this is discovering some new radio shows that americana/ folk fans like us would love. Here are a couple playing the album now: New Folk Radio (out of Utah), My DaddyO (South Carolina), PT's Roadhouse (somewhere out west:), Lazlo's Blowup Radio, and the Troubadour show (Western Europe and the UK)

Favorite quote thus far? - "Fantastic album.. simply beautiful...I've discovered that I love The Krickets." - John Godfrey, The Troubadour Show

(Squeals) Eek!:D In our wild dreams, I don't think we could have imagined our music being played right along next to our musical heros like Graham Parsons, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, Jason Isbell, Bob Dylan and Bela Fleck. Crazy!! 



Thanks for letting us squeal and be totally uncool for a minute!  We are starting to book our late fall schedule, so please message/email us with any venue suggestions you'd like to see us come play!  Have an amazing weekend.

Love,
The Krickets

Whirlwind of an Album Release 



Dear fairy godmothers and godfathers,

We have to call you guys those names because that's what the last couple of months have felt like.   And without your support we simply would not be in this magical place.   Last month we released our debut album, Spanish Moss Sirens May 17th, 2016.   It is now being played in 15 countries and is #3 on May's Global Folk / Bluegrass Charts for radio downloads.    We're hilariously new to all this and industry folks have been very cool and patient while we CAUTIOUSLY ask every question possible before making decisions.    Basically other than out right buying and streaming the album, the best way to help us keep the momentum is to REVIEW the music for us on itunes and amazon.   Would you please do this for us?  All the cool kids are doing it!  Two seconds, we swear:)  

itunes : https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/spanish-moss-sirens/id1114254238
amazon : https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01FNL3XLS/ref=cm_sw_su_dp


We also got to hug lots of you at one of our CD release parties at The Port Theatre in Port St Joe or at Callaghan's Irish Social Club in Mobile.   It's so hard to begin to talk about either experience just for the overwhelming gratitude we feel about each event.  They were both profoundly wonderful experiences for us and if you were there, THANK YOU!!!   That's such an inadequate description of them, but we can only say our hearts just overflowed with love both nights.  We had so much fun at The Port Theartre getting to play with incredible musicians at both venues like Brian Bowen, Robbie Sellers, The Bo Spring Band, Caroline Watts (drums), Robert Watts (guitar), Cameron Weiler (keys).   Sooo many people helped get that magical old theatre show-ready.  Natalie Shoaf, David Warriner, all PTAAC members, Kelli Newman with High Cotton Affairs, The Port Volunteers, Gary Stanley, Rusty's heating and Air, Scott Godwin's Electric, Melissa Beehee, Richard Gross, and Natalie Bowman, Rick Ott, and SOOO many others sacrificed their time to help us and we'll never forget it.    In Mobile, we have to thank Steve Centanni of The Lagniappe who was kind enough to give us another write up after an interview and JT of Callaghan's for giving us a chance to play his ridiculously fun venue -- we had a blast!   THE Julie Sweet (keys) and Carrington Sweet (guitar, sound)  were cool enough to sit in with us and play and made the night even cooler if that was possible.  

Your response to the album has just made every bit of of the blood, sweat and tears worth it.   And rest assure, there was blood, sweat and plenty of tears.   Launching a kickstarter, writing, arranging, learning, practicing, recording, getting the album printed and released, preparing the venues (The port had not been open in decades!), performing, and getting our kickstarter backers' their well deserved rewards, all took place in 6 months.   And not one of us would trade this whirlwind experience for anything.  ANYTHING.  The fact that you guys have been so kind and receptive to the album is the most amazing feeling.  We can even hear you singing back our own words to us every now and again and it makes us giddy!    All of this is because you support us.  Every comment, share, tweet, 'like', show you attend, album bought, word of encouragement, hug, gig you help us book, all of it is deeply appreciated and we want you guys to know that we love you.   On top of that, you are helping us support the Crickets fund with every album sold, which is what started this shindig in the first place.  





So what's next?  Well, we have ONE more show before we take a break until September while Emily and her husband, Robbie welcome little Arthur into the world.   We will be at the Barn Bash Arnett's Gulfside Ranch in Santa Rosa Beach Saturday June 11th at 5Pm CST.    We are crazy excited to be opening for The Mulligan Brothers who are incredible.   Ticket proceeds will benefit The Arc of Walton County and we would be so glad to see you there!!    We pick back up in September at Backstage Pass at the PC Marina Civic Center.  Other shows are listed at here.


A million thank yous and we can't wait to see you this Saturday!  

Love,
Your Krickets


 
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