The prodigal son returns home.
This Saturday, Columbia’s beloved songwriter Austin Crane returns to South Carolina, to play a show at Conundrum with support from Amy Godwin and Bombadil. Released in May 2010, Valley Maker was Austin Crane’s 3rd full length release and became his preferred stage name. The album was written as his senior thesis at the University of South Carolina, and is comprised of ten songs that tell the stories of the book of Genesis. Valley Maker was Crane’s last full release, and the most successful. Since it’s release, the album hasn’t dropped out of the top 10 on Bandcamp’s top downloaded albums from South Carolina. It’s been almost three years and the album still sits pretty at the top, charting in at 3rd just yesterday. His return to Columbia has excited all local music lovers, promising good music and a good bit of nostalgia.
Joining Crane will be the lovely Amy Godwin and Bombadil. Amy Godwin played a huge hand in the recording process of Valley Maker, providing the female vocals that essentially completed the sound on a couple of the songs. Godwin’s dreamy, folk solo music will be a great addition to the show, and I’m sure she will be joining Crane during his set for some great harmonies. Also playing will be North Carolinians, Bombadil. The quirky-folk 4-piece is currently on tour, and has enjoyed playing with the likes of The Last Bison and The Avett Brothers in recent years. The band has also appeared at Free Times Music Craw Arts & Draughts in the past.
On Friday, Valley Maker graced our ears with a stripped down version of a new song, “The Mission”. Columbia-based Fork & Spoon Records released the track as part of their Causal Fridays series. Take a listen to the track above and enjoy a free download. Make sure you don’t miss this show. It’s likely to sell out, so get there early to ensure you get a ticket.