For those of you who aren’t familiar the Folk Alliance International Conference is the world’s largest gathering of the folk music industry and community (crossing a diverse array of folk genres – everything from bluegrass, Celtic and Appalachian traditional music to singer-songwriter, Americana, and contemporary roots bands).
On Thursday, February 19th, award-winning San Diego indie folk/pop duo the Lovebirds will be performing as an Official Showcase Selection at the 2015 Folk Alliance International conference in Kansas City, Missouri. Out of over 700 submissions, 200 artists are selected as Official Showcase acts for the annual conference, which spans February 18-22, the Lovebirds are the only act representing San Diego. Their public performance will take place at 9pm in the Westin Crown Center’s Pershing East room. Information and tickets can be found at www.folkalliance.org
Fresh off their Kerrville New Folk Winners Tour in Austin, Texas, the Lovebirds have received much acclaim for their latest album Breakup Shmakeup. The duo, once romantically involved, decided to call it quits on their relationship to preserve their musical partnership. Their story was featured on several major outlets, including The Advocate magazine’s “Hot Sheet” and Curve Magazine. Singles from the record were exclusively premiered on Guitar World, Relix, and Zimbio, while the record itself earned the Lovebirds’ third San Diego Music Award nomination for Best Local Album. Breakup Shmakeup only scratches the surface of the Lovebirds’ journey. The duo also advocates for mental illness awareness, as member Veronica May is diagnosed with Bipolar I Disorder. This subject is represented extensively in their catalog of music, and their story relating to mental illness has been featured in the Huffington Post and the Songstream Project.
This year, the Lovebirds have already hit the ground running. In addition to the Folk Alliance showcase, the duo opened for national act the Lone Bellow in San Diego on January 5th, and will tour the U.S. this
summer, with a final date scheduled on the main stage at Kerrville Folk Festival in Kerrville, Texas. Upon their return, they will head back to Berkley Sound to work on their fourth yet-to-be-named album.
Congratulations Lindsay and Veronica!