LO-FI: Andrea von Kampen & Ira Wolf
About Andrea von Kampen
Andrea von Kampen is an independent folk singer-songwriter based in Lincoln, Nebraska, whose effortless vocal delivery has been praised by Hear Nebraska as “soulful and worn-in.” With the successful release of two EP’s, Another Day (2015) and Desdemona (2016), a Christmas EP (2016), and an Audiotree Live album (2017), Andrea has quickly established herself in the recording studio and on the road. She has shared the stage with artists such as Tall Heights, Ira Wolf, Dead Man Winter, The Brother Brothers, Dead Horses, Darling West and many more.
Old Country, Andrea von Kampen’s debut full-length album, will be released on February 8th, 2019. The album was recorded and mastered in Nebraska, and features exclusively Nebraska-based musicians. Inspiration for Andrea’s songs often come from literature, art, and nature; in particular the literature and nature of Nebraska and the Midwest. The title track, Old Country, is based on the book “My Ántonia” by Nebraska author Willa Cather.
Her single, Portland, from the upcoming album received notable attention including features on The Bluegrass Situation, Spotify, Apple Music, and Amazon Music. Additionally, Amazon Music Canada featured Portland in their ‘Top Songs of 2018’ playlist. In a review of Portland, Ear To The Ground Music said, “The inflection in von Kampen’s vocal has the conviction of a gospel track and the sincerity of a Dylan folk ballad.”
About Ira Wolf
Raised in the mountains of Montana and making a home on the road, Ira Wolf’s music and writing are vulnerably honest as she explores heartache, homesickness, and the highs and lows of an unconventional wandering lifestyle. She draws from personal experience and connects on an intimate level with her audience through her truthful lyrics and melancholy vocals.
A coin toss led to her cross-country move to Nashville in 2013, and Ira hasn’t slowed down since. Taking minimal breaks to record, Ira has been touring solo nonstop for the past three years, performing on stages across the US, the UK, Scandinavia, Australia, New Zealand, and Southeast Asia. She has found a home in the folk community, and regularly shares her music in the home concert environment, where she blends storytelling into her musical performance.
After recording and releasing her first albums in 2014 and 2016, Ira spent nearly six months living in a 1988 VW camper van she named ‘Ruby’ as she travelled the U.S. The songs inspired from that adventure led to her most recent album (The Closest Thing to Home). Though she had to part ways with Ruby after the first tour, recently Ira has been able to reunite with her beloved van more permanently thanks to some help from her friends at a company called GoWesty. Ira plans to continue wandering the globe, writing, and enjoying “van life” in the coming years.