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Episode 17: Big Sky City Lights

Tuesday, December 27, 2022


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Big Sky City Lights is an indie folk duo whose dreamy, harmony-infused Americana sound is both vintage and of-the-moment. The project emerged as a remote partnership between NYC-based Susan O’Dea and Montana-based Nick Spear, creating unique covers of well-known songs during the 2020 lockdown. This collaboration lead to releasing their debut full-length album of original music, Wake Me When We Get There, in June 2021.

Their sound is inspired by the landscapes of Montana, harnessing the dichotomy of its spaciousness and intimacy. The project’s lush harmonies  and yearning melodies draw comparisons to [the Civil Wars, Swell Season, the Head and the Heart, and Simon and Garfunkel]. Their brand of stripped-down, cinematic folk landed them a feature on Good Morning America and garnered the attention of major music festivals, including Sisters Folk Festival and Under The Big Sky Festival on the bill with Jason Isbell, Tyler Childers, Shovels and Rope, Emmylou Harris and others.

“With a shared passion, Big Sky City Lights are emblematic of the state of Montana.” – Good Morning America

Together they are magic. This episode, filmed in midsummer, is also a sweet, heartwarming oasis for the dark of winter. Turn it up.

Supported by AARP Montana and The Greater Montana Foundation

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