Music in the Gardens: Loamlands
Loamlands' leader Kym Register runs The Pinhook, the spiritual center of Durham's music scene. A Durham native, Register's songs with Loamlands reflect a life spent loving the city but wanting more for it, proffered in a voice as gritty as the place she's long known. Images of natural beauty and summer swimming holes counter reflections on being queer and embattled in the South, as snarling electric guitars and an insistent country-rock rhythm section animate the tension. Onstage, these tunes become livewires, charged with the beauty and burdens of the place Loamlands calls home. These songs, as Vice has noted, "are poignant no matter where you live.."