About Kendl Winter
Prolific as both a collaborator and solo artist, Olympia, Washington-based singer/songwriter Kendl Winter honed her distinctive of blend of country, bluegrass, and lo-fi indie folk in the late 2000s as a member of folk-punk band the Pasties, followed by stints throughout the next decade as part of bands like bluegrass quartet Blackberry Bushes, Americana duo Southern Skies, indie rock outfit It's All Gotta Go, and folk duo the Lowest Pair. A multi-instrumentalist best known for her banjo playing, Winter recorded several well-received solo albums for Olympia favorites K Records, including 2013's It Can Be Done!, before joining the roster of Team Love Records for 2018's Stumbler's Business.
The Arkansas native began releasing solo work in 2006 with the homespun album Still Life on French Road Records. Putting to use her proficient banjo, Dobro, and guitar skills, Winter reworked several of her tunes from the Pasties for her solo debut, as well as recording some new compositions. A second album of new material followed in 2007 in the form of the loop-based A Walk in the Shadows, and a third the next year with the self-released Kite (also known as Story My). In 2009, Winter set about working on material for a new album, recording in part at her Olympia home and in part on a boat in Puget Sound. The resultant record was the haunted and elegant Apple Core, which Winter self-released in a small batch of block-printed CD-Rs before the record found wider re-release on K Records in 2010. Winter's relationship with K continued, and 2012 saw the release of The Mechanics of Hovering Flight. This marked the first album the artist did not self-record, opting instead to work with K founder Calvin Johnson at the engineer's helm. 2013 saw the release of the optimistic It Can Be Done! featuring a loosely collected backing band called the Summer Gold. Over the next few years, the bulk of Winter's time was dedicated to the Lowest Pair, a folk duo she formed with fellow banjoist Palmer T. Lee. Staring with 2014's 36¢, the Lowest Pair managed to release five studio albums in just three years' time. Signing with New York indie, Team Love Records, she returned to solo work in 2018 with the release of Stumbler's Business. ~ James Christopher Monger