Stone & Snow brings the varied elements of its music back to Jacksonville

A Bloomington-based Americana musical duo is making another trip south, this time to perform on Sunday as part of the Jacksonville Public Library’s Music Under the Dome series.

While Stone & Snow’s previous performances in Jacksonville have been outdoors — as part of the Library’s Bookstock Concert and as part of the Jacksonville Main Street Summer Concerts on the Plaza — this one will take place indoors. interior of the library.

“It’s a much more intimate setting when we’re not plugged in,” said Karen Bridges, who with Clint Thomson forms the duo. “It’s a much more intimate way for people to hear the music, to hear the subtle nuances. We really like that.

They also love the fact that they can finally start dating and performing again, she said.

“We took a two-year hiatus, like most musicians, unfortunately,” Bridges said.

Still, they were able to absorb some of the downtime created by not being able to tour by recording two new albums — 2019’s “Love is a Weapon” and last year’s “We Were Made for These Times.”

“The songs were written before the pandemic but, given the title, we felt like it was relevant,” she said of the 2021 album.

They also settled into their sound a bit more. While they said during a 2017 visit that they don’t think any music label matches their mix of folk, jazz, blues and any other variety of music they choose to play at at some point they think they’ve finally settled on Americana. , says Bridges.

“I think we’ve settled into this Americana, if we identify a genre,” she said. “Yes, we can sound a bit folky, but we also have this blues and these roots (sounds). It’s the rock side of Americana.

Then again, they’re now preparing to head to Ohio to record another album, this one with Grammy-nominated producer David Mayfield at the helm and playing double bass on some songs.

“Working with David Mayfield goes in the opposite direction (of rock), emphasizing our harmonies,” Bridges said. “It’s still not really a folk album, but it’s more Americana” than anything else.

Part of the appeal of the genre is that Americana fits many musical styles under one broad umbrella, Bridges said.

“I feel like that’s why we fit into it,” she said, noting that some of their music is more country while some is more rock or jazz. “…It’s like home to develop all these different parts that make Americana.”

They are now looking forward to getting back on the road.

“We released ‘Love Is A Weapon’ in mid-2019, just before the pandemic hit,” Bridges said. “We were never able to fully promote this record, travel and perform for it. Now it’s like we have to restart. But I like where we are.

Stone & Snow will be performing at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Jacksonville Public Library as part of the library’s Music Under the Dome series. Free entry.

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