NEW ALBUM NORTHEAST OUT JUNE 25
New York-based singer-songwriter Sara Milonovich and her band Daisycutter have released their new single “Two Dollar Town,” the first off their upcoming album Northeast. Due out on June 25, the record stands as an incredibly personal and expertly crafted collection of songs that introduce Milonovich as one of the genre’s most intriguing new voices. “Two Dollar Town” shows the impact of urban sprawl on the residents and farmers who have built their homes and livelihoods from the ground up on that same land.
“The story of many rural communities and a warning against greed; the greed of development and suburban sprawl that’s taking over so much farmland, as well as the greed of the military and pharmaceutical industries,” Milonovich says. “’If you want to get away with murder, just make a killin’ a million times more.’ It’s a composite of several different stories, but every one is true… from the old farmers who watch the sunset, to the kids who leave home for college and never come back – from the vet who comes back from the Middle East with an opioid addiction and ends up OD’ing, to the farm that gets sold to the developer who only sees empty fields and not a life’s work in the crops growing there.”
“Two Dollar Town” is the first taste of Milonovich’s incredibly personal and heartfelt new record, which thoughtfully and bravely tackles a myraid of human experiences. From the pain of processing loss in “Valentine’s Day” to the uncertainty of life’s progression and the choices you’ve made in “Queen of Suburbia,” Milonovich tackles each subject with wisdom and humility. Her versions of Josh Ritter’s “Lawrence, KS” and Hurray for the Riff Raff’s “The Body Electric” show her innate ability to transform and interpret songs through a new and engaging lens.
Based in New York’s Hudson Valley, this “downtown/upstate” band combines a cinematic city view with a bracing dose of rural realism, fusing indie roots-rock with an alt-country barbed wire edge. Fronted by singer/fiddler Milonovich, and featuring inventive multi-instrumentalist Boo Reiners on guitars, banjo, and lap steel, Greg Anderson on guitar, Daria Grace on bass, and Steve Holloway on drums, Daisycutter blazes a unique musical trail with their “mix of bluegrass and a twinge of political-punk attitude and lyrics.” (Jeff Sweatman, The Corner)
Frontwoman/singer/songwriter/fiddler Sara Milonovich cut her teeth as a sought-after side person in the bluegrass, folk, rock, americana, and celtic music worlds, and has performed and recorded throughout North and South America, Europe and beyond. She was among the last generations to learn the traditional music of the North Country, as it was passed down firsthand from the grange halls and lumber camps of the Adirondacks. Growing up on a working farm in rural upstate New York, she began playing fiddle when she was four, and by nine was leading her own band (around the same time she learned to drive a tractor.) After a collection of awards for fiddling, singing, and composing, she left school at sixteen to hit the road with bluegrass band The McKrells. A diverse trajectory led her from there through a busy career as an accompanist and collaborator with such artists as Richard Shindell, Pete Seeger (including on his Grammy-winning At 89 album), Eliza Gilkyson, Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys, and NY stringband Mountain Quickstep, among others. In 2011, Sara toured Kosovo, Bulgaria, Moldova, and Turkey as part of The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad, a cultural diplomatic program administered by Jazz At Lincoln Center and the US State Department.
In 2016 she founded Rootstock (www.rootstockfest.org), a nonprofit music festival dedicated to supporting the next generation of farmers in the Northeast, in partnership with American Farmland Trust and the National Young Farmers Coalition. In addition to her career as both a solo artist and accompanist, Sara also appears as a featured violinist/fiddler in the hit Broadway musical, “Come From Away.”
Additional singles from Northeast will be released in the coming weeks.