Kelly McFarling is a wanderer of wilderness and cityscapes. Since her first release Distractible Child (2010), Kelly McFarling has been travelling extensively back and forth across the country, making her mark in the age old tradition of performing live music and connecting to audiences through her bold songwriting, powerful voice, and incredible band, the Home Team. She has received praise from press outlets across the country (including a feature on CNN’s Music Monday). She also took home the grand prize at the 35th bi-annual Shoot-Out at legendary Eddie’s Attic, released an ambitious and business-savvy joint album, Conspire (2012), with fellow San Francisco songwriter Lia Rose, and she began performing as one-third of the old-time all-female trio Glittersnatch. She spent the spring and summer of 2013 touring nationally with The Home Team in support of their 2013 release Ridgeline.
Atlanta, GA raised her in church choirs and baseball stadiums. She pays homage to those southern roots using a signature combination of clawhammer and traditional banjo playing. San Francisco shook her up and gave her the inspiration to begin writing her own music and solidifying her original sound. With her band (Jonathan Kirchner, bass; Andrew Laubacher, drums & Tim Marcus, pedal steel and guitars), McFarling explores territory outside the clear influences of folks, old time, bluegrass and country, creating an authentic blend that is equally at home at firesides or festivals. Her music reeks of transitions, and the ups and downs of choosing a life of shifting foundations in a place that is consciously existing in anticipation of the next big shake. McFarling’s music, like herself, occupies a place between places.