Artist of the day: Passerine
Singer-guitarists Carmela Pedicini and Tanya Radtke, dobro player David Brain, violinist Sara Stovall and bassist David Baker are Passerine, a Sarasota acoustic folk outfit with a bluegrassy flavor, a la Patty Griffin, Dar Williams or Alison Krauss and Union Station.
The group formed around Pedicini and Radtke, both singer-songwriters in their own right, and as new members joined, their sound grew richer, deeper and more textured. The group’s new album Another Song About A Bird is full of gently countrified Americana. (“Americana,” in this case, is more than just a genre — their song Dreaming of Abraham Lincoln quotes Honest Abe at length, including a verse culled mostly from the Gettysburg Address.)
On Sunday, Passerine will play the final day of Folkfest St. Pete at Albert Whitted Park in St. Petersburg, along with the Applebutter Express, Sunset Bridge Band, Rebekah Pulley and the Reluctant Prophets and more. The music starts at 11 a.m. and is free. (Saturday’s music, also free, includes Antigone Rising, A Fragile Tomorrow, Beth McKee, Between Bluffs, Geri X and more.) Click here for all the details on Folkfest St. Pete.