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Nervous but Excited
||Ann Arbor, MI
Kate Peterson (guitars, vocals, mandolin, bass, ukelele); Sarah Cleaver (mandolin, acoustic guitar, violin, harmonicas); ; Sometimes joined by:; Susie Giang (banjo, bass, mandolin); Murray Stewart-Jones (Drums); Hana Malhas (fiddle)
About the Artistmastery of melody, harmony and heartwrenching lyrics." -Curve Magazine, 2009
Pleasantly Aggressive Folk Duo Nervous but Excited (Kate Peterson & Sarah Cleaver) equals genuinely crafted stories and a uniquely dead-on harmony. They are two songwriters and two singers, switching up acoustic and electric guitars, mandolin, violin, ukulele, bass, harmonica and working in a whole lot of laughter inbetween. Their original repertoire ranges in topic from smart, introspective narratives to the tactfully political... interspersed with songs of love and loss that will undoubtedly tug on your heart.
Road warriors to the core, they are a lot less nervous these days, and their endless passion has landed them on stages with folks like Ani Difranco, Utah Phillips, Catie Curtis and Cheryl Wheeler - to name a few.
In April 2009 they released Anchors: the first 100% carbon neutral CD release.
On Anchors, Kate and Sarah’s unique vocal harmonies are enhanced by many talented players including Girlyman, Lyndell Montgomery and Chris Bathgate among others who joined them to color in the lines of the songs with a sweet-tasting assortment of warming-your-feet-by-the-fire-in-the-wintertime kind of instrumentation. Of this, Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls says "ahhhh ... organic and rich like good soil ... makes me want to listen and hear it grow. The songs are honest and dimensional. It's music to my ears."
Since 2004, nbe has toured consistently and released 3 full-length albums and 3 EPs. They have played many established rooms and with artists such as Lucy Kaplansky, Melissa Ferrick, Ferron, Toshi Reagon, The Butchies, Alix Olson, Bitch, Girlyman, Pamela Means, Chris Pureka and Ember Swift among others. In July 2009, nbe's song Said and Done from Anchors was chosen out of more than 500 entries to be part of the Michigan made movie Annabelle & Bear. With the help of nbe's strong and loyal fan community, kate and sarah won a music competition to film a cameo in the movie.
Nervous but Excited is represented by Riot Grrrl Ink and distributed nationwide by Goldenrod Music.
May 2010 Lilith Local Talent Search: Detroit