Sunshine Nights is an Americana-roots songwriting partnership between Amy Priya and Stephen Sunshine. Their songs evoke a charming union of styles, a dichotomy of the old and new, indie folk sentiment blended with old time blues, bluegrass and a tinge of traditional jazz. Their new EP, A Brooklyn Biography, is a collection of stories from their home borough. The songs are unique, written in the context of bustling New York life far removed from the Appalachian and Southern origins of the music they love. The songs of this 6 song EP raise the question: Can there be a genre called Urbangrass?
Sunshine Nights was born one fine day in Manhattan's East Village when Amy sang a song and Stephen played a guitar. They quickly realized that making music together was fun and sounded pretty cool, so they started writing songs and singing together. After they moved to Bushwick, Brooklyn, Amy picked up the double bass and Stephen the lap steel. Their first gig was in August 2009 at Public Assembly in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.
Sunshine Nights draws inspiration from their Bushwick neighborhood’s vibrant and diverse artistic culture. Since they moved there in 2006, the area has shaped their songwriting and creative process. Their influences include Alberta Hunter, Dr. John, Big Bill Broozy, Lil’ Green, and Lou Reed.
A Brooklyn Biography is the product of a year of intimate studio sessions recorded with an immense appreciation for the analog process that brings forth a pure, honest, and raw sound to the duo's heartbroken harmonies and passionate musicianship. The tracks were laid down on 2” 8 track tape. The EP features Amy on vocals, upright bass and harmonica, Stephen on vocals, guitar, lap steel and piano, Kain Naylor on percussion and Jeremy Kasha on mandolin. The EP was recorded and mixed at the legendary Maid’s Room in New York City by Jack McKeever (Rufus Wainwright, Devendra Banhart).
Marty's review: Sunshine Nights' latest EP release, A Brooklyn Biography, is a 6-track, stripped back roots production using all acoustic instruments and bringing to the fore the vocal and songwriting talents of Amy Priya and Stephen Sunshine. Taking their surrounding Brooklyn neighborhood as inspiration for their songwriting, they create and weave stories that make you feel like you're walking the streets with them and taking in the sights, sounds and characters they experience. The music itself has that "front porch" sound and is one that resonates with a crisp, clear tone that is a delight and pleasure to listen to. My favorite track is the bluesy "Bedford Stomp".
A Brooklyn Biography is released through Wake Up Records on Friday, November 18, 2016. They will celebrate the release with a performance and party at The Bat Haus in Brooklyn on Thursday, November 17, 2016.
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