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ON THE VERGE

The Broadcast

by Matt Nestor on August 05, 2016
Asheville, N.C.
Bringing It All Back Home In Reverse


Over 50 years ago, Bob Dylan traveled—as many would after him—from the American heartland to New York City, singing his way to the stage at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village. For Caitlin Krisko and her band The Broadcast, the story began at The Bitter End and wound up in the Blue Ridge Mountains, where they currently reside. Like Dylan in reverse, The Broadcast grew restless in the city that never sleeps and dropped everything to move to Asheville, N.C., in 2010. Krisko and guitarist Aaron Austin spent the next couple of years working as a songwriting duo, and the band released their debut LP, Dodge the Arrow, in 2013. The record was an exploration of “bombastic, larger-than-life” sounds, Krisko explains. But with maturity came the desire to explore something more grounded— something rooted in the Americana sounds of their new home in Appalachia. (Although, Krisko, who grew up in New York, says her singing has always had soul.) In late 2014, The Broadcast got “the call” from producer Jim Scott (Tedeschi Trucks Band, Tom Petty), Krisko recalls giddily, and the band began recording their sophomore effort, From the Horizon, which was released in June. The record embodies a new sense of home, comfortably seating The Broadcast in the company of their Americana contemporaries. “Songwriting, the narrative element to the music, was really important to us for this record,” Krisko says. “We were listening to a lot of Eagles, Tedeschi Trucks Band and Paul Simon while we were writing. It was really fun to step outside of ourselves and our own personal experiences and to be able to pull from the world around us to create stories for From the Horizon.”

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