Circa A.D. 2013:
Performing all originals all of the time, Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock, Sigrid Christiansen and Lauren Crane are Taller Than They Appear, a band of songwriters. Each has a style that is miles from the next, but come together with soulful harmonies, arresting arrangements and a smattering of instruments. Birdcalls, bells and bongos woodblocks, wash-boards and whistles round out the guitars, violins and ukuleles. Overheard several if not nearly a dozen times, "You all have something here." Well, that's something, anyway.
A writer and performer for more than 30 years, Jere has made a name for himself on the Detroit music scene and in public radio. You'll find him playing the guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin, accordion, glockenspiel and well, whatever. reverbnation.com/jerestormer.
Singing and playing folk music for nearly 40 years has given Sigrid a solid foundation for songwriting. Delicate, poetic, and playful, her lyrics, sweet voice and solid guitar work are gracefully entwined with haunting melodies. sigridchristianson.com
As an accomplished singer/songwriter Bobby's style, albeit unique, is reminiscent of folksingers of the '60's and '70's -- with the Beatles thrown in. Listening to him is like watching a good magician that keeps you wondering, How'd he do that? bobbypennock.com.
Lauren CraneA writer in both her vocation and avocation, Lauren began putting her words to her own music in 2010. She plays guitar, ukulele and adds rhythm, noisemakers and sound effects to add an extra -- if not unusual-- splash of color. You can also find her at cranesongs.com.