THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT
FOLK DUO FROM KALAMAZOO, MI.
VOCALS, GUITAR / PHIL BARRY
VOCALS / SARAH FUERST
High Resolution Photos
Divide and Conquer
VENTS Magazine Interview
VENTS Magazine Review
The sophomore release from this Kalamazoo band maintains the earthy, close-harmony vocal approach of their self titled ep, while expanding their sound to include strings, keyboard, electric guitar, accordion and mellotron, along with a healthy amount of experimentation in the studio. Tracked at La Luna Recording and Sound, Songs for Mixed Company is an adventurous collection of weepers, cautionary tales and songs of fancy. Perfect for Parties.
Consisting of Sarah Fuerst and Phil Barry, Thunderbolt & Lightfoot have been featured on folk music site folkalley.com, opened for artists such as Robbie Fulks, Dar Williams, Henhouse Prowlers and May Erlewine, and have played some of Michigan’s finest venues and festivals. Plus they can kick your butt at Euchre.
Phil was a founding member of award winning rock band Knee Deep Shag, former touring guitarist for RCA recording artist Rachael Yamagata, and currently a member of americana supergroup Corn Fed Girls. Phil’s solo album Between the Carolinas was released via Princess Records and has been featured on MTV, VH1, Oxygen and Showtime.
Sarah played electric bass for the indie rock band Doxie. Doxie released an acclaimed self-titled full length with Grass Records and they toured the Midwest and East Coast. Sarah is also a long-standing member of Corn Fed Girls, supplying upright bass and vocal harmony.
SONGS FOR MIXED COMPANY
1. Let’s be Friends*
2. Miss Me*
3. Can’t be Trusted
4. Sad Song
5. Goodbye is not the End*
6. Year of the Monkey
8. Sweetest Baby*
9. I’m on Fire
10. Dearly Beloved
Suggested tracks: 1, 2, 5, 8
● Sarah Fuerst - vocals, bass, keyboards
● Phil Barry - vocals, guitar
Produced by Michael Fuerst and Ian Gorman
Recorded and mixed by Ian Gorman at La Luna Recording and Sound
Mike Lynch - organ on Miss Me, Sweetest Baby, accordion on Goodbye is not the End
Geoffrey Halsey - drums on Miss Me, Sad Song, Year of the Monkey
Michael Fuerst - strings on Sad Song, I’m on Fire
Jeff Moehle - drums on Goodbye is not the End, Sweetest Baby, Can’t be Trusted, additional percussion on Vesper, Miss Me
"DUO CRUSHES IT WITH EXCEPTIONAL SONGWRITING”
- DIVIDE AND CONQUER, JULY, 2017, TOP ALBUM
"SONGS FOR MIXED COMPANY IS HANDS DOWN, ONE OF THE GREATEST RECORDS TO BE RELEASED NOT ONLY THIS YEAR, BUT IN A VERY LONG TIME"
-VENTS MAGAZINE, JULY 2017
"IT FEELS LIKE THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT HAVE COME FROM ANOTHER DECADE"
-SKOPE MAGAZINE, JULY 2017
-The Ratings Game, July 2017
"I LOVE GREAT WRITING AND CRYSTAL CLEAR HARMONIES, AND THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT DELIVER THE GOODS"
—MARK SAHLGREN, WMUK GRASSROOTS
"DARK DAYS IS JUST WONDERFUL"
-KAJ ROTH OF ROTHNROLL.COM, SWEDEN
"THE DUO'S STRIKING HARMONIES ARE SHOWCASED BRILLIANTLY ON THUNDERBOLT & LIGHTFOOT'S DEBUT"
-JOHN SINKEVICS, VETERAN JOURNALIST AND FORMER MUSIC WRITER FOR THE GRAND RAPIDS PRESS, EDITOR AND PUBLISHER FOR LOCAL SPINS