King’s Daughters & Sons are:

Rachel Grimes – piano, voice    Kyle Crabtree – drums    Joe Manning – guitar, voice   Todd Cook – bass    Michael Heineman – guitar, voice


IF THEN NOT WHEN

“The ghost stories, murder ballads, and grimoires on the new full length album
“If Then Not When” by Louisville, KY’s King’s Daughters & Sons are haunting, spare
and at times explosively unsettling; part William Faulkner, part Led Zeppelin.”

So begins King’s Daughters & Sons’ perfunctory press release and to be honest, that sentence encapsulates everything that is measured, elegant, powerful and articulate about this album. Given the musical pedigree at play here, it should come as no surprise that every note, drum beat and vocal has been employed with an economy few bands have the sense to muster.

The album itself, clocking in at over 51 minutes despite there being only eight tracks, shows that King’s Daughters & Sons are quite happy for the aforementioned ghost stories, murder ballads and grimoires to unfold at their own pace. The album’s axis, in more ways than one, is the eight-minute-plus, fourth track, ‘The Anniversary’: a rich cast of characters weave their way through a tale of love, treachery and murder while the music eddies, tumbles and roars in sympathy with the narrator. It’s a phenomenal track, explaining the reference to Faulkner in their press release’s opening salvo and clearly demonstrating that this is not your average album.



Past Performances

July 14th, 2012 – Forecastle Festival X
November 18, 2011 – Atrium Gallery, with Seulah
April 22, 2011 – Headliner’s Music Hall, Louisville KY, with Low
Oct. 22, 2008 – Headliner’s Music Hall, Louisville KY, with Magnolia Electric Company
Oct. 21, 2008 – Buskirk-Chumley Theater, Bloomington IN, with Magnolia Electric Company
Feb 23, 2008 – The 930 Listening Room, Louisville KY, with Shannon Wright and Tara Jane O’Neal
Feb 22, 2008 – Schuba’s, Chicago IL, with Shannon Wright
Feb. 21, 2008 The Earl, Atlanta GA, with Shannon Wright