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Indie-Folk Band, National Park Radio, To Release LP 'Canyons' Their Most Ambitious Project To Date

Canyons, the new full-length album by indie-folk band National Park Radio, is a journey in more than one sense. With a backdrop of some of the most iconic landscapes in America, these 11 all-new original songs capture the essence and emotion of what it means to be human - exploring the hills and valleys of relationships, family, and self-doubt, while navigating the incredibly rough seas of finding purpose and meaning in life. After months of hard work and years in the making, National Park Radio - led by the voices and songwriting of husband/wife duo Stefan & Kerrie Szabo - is proud to call Canyons their finest work to date.

Their first full-length album in over 5 years, Canyons represents a revelation for National Park Radio - high production quality, paired with their developed and meaningful songwriting, is what their music needed all along. In a 30-day fundraising campaign during the Spring of 2022, 500 of their most passionate fans funded over $60,000 for the band to go to Nashville and make a record at a level they had not been able to achieve in the past. Working with producer Nick Bullock in a studio that has produced songs from some of the biggest names in music (Dolly Parton, Allison Krauss, and Vince Gill just to name a few), National Park Radio had the opportunity to make something special... And the result speaks for itself.

Canyons is a vast landscape of interesting musical textures and rhythms, supporting the unmistakable harmonies from the life-long couple’s unique voices, singing lyrics that cut to the heart of what life means to them. Love, family, relationships, self-doubt, ambition, and loss are all themes that find their way into this collection, and every song is unique and powerful in its own way, while the energy and dynamics on display throughout the record is truly something special.

National Park Radio released the first single “Wander” on Monday, January 2nd, 2023, with another single dropping every couple of weeks, leading up to the full release of the collection on May 29th, 2023 (Memorial Day).

Emotional, gut-wrenching, but still incredibly hopeful, National Park Radio’s music reverberates important themes about life, love, and difficult choices, all while echoing the enduring beauty of the band’s deep-seated roots in the Ozark Mountains.

Formed in northern Arkansas in 2012, National Park Radio, headed by singer/songwriter Stefan Szabo, have infused the music scene with their unique brand of indie-folk music.

Emerging from the shadows cast by giants Mumford & Sons, The Lumineers, and The Avett Brothers, NPR offers the indie-folk world something a little different:

An outstanding blend of incisive songwriting and organic Americana charm alongside a DIY independent lifestyle and a heritage in genuine mountain music.

Szabo (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) self-produced the band’s EP back in 2013, and National Park Radio has never looked back. Initially, the music spread like mountain wildfire throughout the region, earning the band a substantial and incredibly loyal following in their home region.

The success of the EP led to national touring and recording a professionally-produced full-length album named “The Great Divide” in 2016. Since then, National Park Radio became a featured artist in‘s CONNECT program, signed with powerhouse PR company All Eyes Media (Jason Isbell, Flogging Molly, Shovels & Rope, Widespread Panic), and secured a distribution deal with SONY/RED. They have opened for national touring acts such as Blitzen Trapper, Kevin Fowler, LOCASH, and The Turnpike Troubadours, and have had a national radio promotion campaign with MM Music.



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