Foxfeather follows latest single ‘End of My Rope’ with gripping music video
Alt. american group fox feather show poignant resilience despite painful circumstances with their new music video for “End Of My Rope,” which will be released on February 17. The single was released in the fall of 2021, earning a reputation as a fan and band favorite at that time. The video tells the story of a woman at her breaking point who defies adversity with electric confidence; for co-writers Carly Ricks Smith and Laura Stratton, “the lyrics come from a place of deep betrayal and pain, fleshed out after years of trying to make it work in an industry that too often objectifies and belittles women.” Foxfeather filmed the video for this feminist anthem to Gold Hill at the Gold Hill Inn in Colorado in collaboration with Kreation Films.
The video takes place in an old-fashioned tavern that gleams with western charm. As lead singer Carly Ricks Smith deals with frustrating interactions between annoying men at the bar with a fearless moxie, she eventually finds herself supporting a group of fearless, empowered women who are ready to fight back. “I’m vicious, this is a warning,” Ricks Smith sings in the chorus, foreshadowing the epic of the video in a climactic scene capturing the bite of a woman who has endured her limit of abuse. The co-writers sat down and wrote “End of My Rope” in a stroke of poetic irony, which for them is often when they create their best work. After a particularly difficult year of transition, including big changes in the band’s lineup, Ricks Smith and Stratton felt discouraged and disheveled. The video for “End of My Rope” captures that same feeling and takes back control of an awkward narrative with courage and grace.
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Foxfeather is a sultry alt-Americana band founded in 2013 in Boulder, CO. Beginning with a lyrical foundation and bolstered by powerful blues-rock instrumentals, Foxfeather’s unique sound captivates his audience. Songwriters Carly Ricks Smith and Laura Paige Stratton met in high school, connecting over their shared love of music. The duo began writing together in 2005 and have been creating material and fronting their band for the past 7 years. Foxfeather is extremely proud to be an advocate for women in art and business, and strives to motivate and empower other women and allies through song. The band is a local staple in the Colorado Front Range and also tours nationally.
In 2014, with the help of engineer Justin Roth from Fort Collins, the band released their first EP, lack of moon. The six-song collection caught local attention, with The Marquee declaring that “the band is brimming with talent” and “Carly Ricks Smith has a spectacular voice that falls somewhere between the folk soprano of a young Joni Mitchell and the Rachel Price’s jazz-heavy range of Lake Street Dive, as powerful as it is delicate.
Foxfeather returned to the studio in 2016 to record and release his self-titled, full-length album, Foxfeather. Together with producer Jagoda from New York and engineer Jay Elliott from IntroVertigo studios in Boulder, the band created this dark and dark album. The album features a collection of songs that explore the gray areas of life, whiskey, love and death.
2018 saw the release of a four-song EP collection, Come and Get Me. The band again worked with Jagoda and Jay Elliott, but split the process between IntroVertigo Studios and Fox Run Studios in Boston. Smith and Stratton were able to show off their versatility through this project, with all four songs showing the breadth of their vocals and songwriting abilities.
Foxfeather is set to release their new album in 2022 via PS Audio and Octave Records. The full album, titled “The Nature of Things”, features the band’s current lineup and additional musicians Kate Farmer (backing vocals), Eric Moon (organ/synthesizer), Eben Grace (pedalist/guitar) and Oliver Jacobson (violin) . The album was recorded at PS Audio Studios in Boulder, CO, Animal Lane Studios in Lyon, CO, and The Barn in Longmont, CO. Producer extraordinaire is Eben Grace, and engineering wizards are Jay Elliott and Gus Skinas.
Over the past five years, Foxfeather has captivated audiences with their unique and sultry songs, sharing stages with The Gasoline Lollipops, Lee Fields and the Expressions, Yonder Mountain String Band, Woodbelly and Andrew Bird. Their songwriting and performances are influenced by a wide variety of artists, including Brandi Carlile, Bonnie Raitt, Margaret Glaspy, Ani Difranco and Stevie Nicks. The band’s current lineup includes Carly Ricks Smith (vocals, songwriter/songwriter) Laura Paige Stratton (guitar, keyboard, songwriter/songwriter), Blake Smith (lead guitar), Mark Dabrowski (bass guitar), and Jay Elliott (drums and percussion) . ). The group prides itself on using its voice to embolden and rejoice in both the fragility and the power of humanity. With an expressive instrumental tone, powerful vocal melody and harmony, and a passionate performance, this band is ready to win your heart.