King’s Daughters & Sons are:

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


“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 14, 2012 – Forecastle Festival X, Louisville KY

November 18, 2011 – 21C Atrium Gallery, with Seluah, Louisville KY

April 22, 2011 – Headliner’s Music Hall, with Low, Louisville KY

December 4, 2008 – 21C Atrium Gallery, with Vetiver, Louisville KY

October 22, 2008 – Headliner’s Music Hall, with Magnolia Electric Company, Louisville KY

October 21, 2008 – Buskirk-Chumley Theater, with Magnolia Electric Company, Bloomington IN

February 23, 2008 – The 930 Listening Room, with Shannon Wright and Tara Jane O’Neal, Louisville KY

February 22, 2008 – Schuba’s, with Shannon Wright, Chicago IL

February 21, 2008 – The Earl, with Shannon Wright, Atlanta GA