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Minnesota-Based Surge And The Swell Set To Release Debut Album
Photo Credit: Tom Smouse
Surge and the Swell is the solo and collaboration vehicle of Minnesota-based, Americana and Indie-folk, singer-songwriter Aaron Cabbage. Born in Kentucky, raised in Southeast Texas via Indiana and now calling Minnesota home, his influences run North to South.
Cabbage pulls in collaborators based on the venue or the needs of the record. Members of Surge and the Swell include some of Minnesota's most well known musicians: Adam Levy - Guitar, Production, Songwriting mentor (Turn Turn Turn, Honeydogs) //Noah Levy - Drums/Percussion, (Brian Setzer, Peter Frampton, Golden Smog) //Isaac Levy - Bass, Guitars //Katie Gearty - Vocals //Sarah Souder - Vocals //Steve Wold - Mandolin/Dobro //Matthew Kirkwold - Guitars //The Lead single from the debut LP features organ by special guest Kevin Gastonguay (Cory Wong, Cory and the Wong Notes)
The title track of the initial EP “Love 4000”, is a timely anthem to the long distance relationship in the era of technology-enabled romance and more recently, the pandemic travel restrictions. Other songs on the debut EP deal with fresh starts, mindfulness and first sparks.
In the upcoming debut LP, "Offering", Cabbage set out to create "soaring-chorus Americana" with a theme of "accepting the new normal". Songs like "Full in the Now", "Hard Work" and "Gravity Boots" were inspired by the shifts in daily life experienced in the global pandemic and stresses placed on the workforce. The songs on this album are were written to be performed on a big stage celebrating outdoor music or in more intimate settings with an acoustic guitar with warm harmonies.
Album Cover LP "Offering" Artwork by Luke Hillestad.