“The songs are my lexicon. I believe the songs.” —Bob Dylan
True musicians live and breathe their music, yearning for the opportunity to both actively engage with their audience and cultivate wisdom through the shared human experience. Folk musicians in particular must then reach deeper into their cultural roots, in order to unearth their motivation for creating music, as well as their identity as artists. There is no greater inspiration than the land on which we have made our home. From Atlantic to Pacific, from one-horse town to metropolis, the land (and the people who inhabit it) are catalysts, motivating artists to create and share. Music, like other art forms, seeks to communicate a message. Whether it’s the story of one’s first love or a song dedicated to a memory of long ago, most musicians seek to express their thoughts and emotions through their craft, seeking personal growth and active listenership on behalf of an audience. Passion is key in the development of a skill, however the most successful musicians all share a common trait, the ability to build a relationship with listeners and play a role in their story.
We are the rolling hills and the vast oceans, the towering mountains and the lush meadows. Artists are America. The freedom to express ideas, opinions, and stories allows us to create without fear and only encourages us to continue our narrative.
We are Ferdinand the Bull.
The songs are our lexicon. We believe the songs.
Hear our latest release "Amber Skies and the Evergreen" here:
Nick and Evan originally met in high school in the small town of Kutztown, Pennsylvania. After high school, they both moved to Pittsburgh. Nick had been playing, writing songs as well as playing shows with his brother from a young age, he began to have the desire to record some of the songs and play them outside of his bedroom. Evan agreed to help Nick finish the songs and record them to what eventually became the Ella album under the band name, Foon. They played a couple of open mics before adding a few friends to the mix, eventually becoming Ferdinand the Bull. In addition to Nick and Evan, the band now includes Ross Antonich on percussion and Bryce Rabideau on mandolin, two excellent musicians whose presence really makes the sound pop! The band has played shows all over the east coast in more than 10 different states, all the while keeping their indie roots in Americana music. Whether it’s been playing in someone’s living room or playing for a crowd of a thousand people, Ferdinand the Bull has always benefited from genuine human connection and the love of those who support and create music independently.
At this point it is finally a realistic goal to record our first full length album, but we can’t do it without you. Because of our indie roots, money is tight. Though the eventual costs of the album (recording, production, printing, shipping, distribution, etc.) exceeds $3,000, we are only asking for $1,500 as our goal. This is because we have been saving money for this album for a while, and despite this, our dreams exceed our budget. Anything raised over our goal of $1,500 will go directly to the band to cover the costs of recording, and to cover the costs of our upcoming U.S. tour promoting the release of our first full length record. Anything that you can give is appreciated more than you know!
- Ferdinand the Bull
*All photos by Emma Vescio
Risks and challenges
There are risks that come with being a musician, especially one working independently without a company behind them. This means that we take all of the risk of failure ourselves, and it is something that we need to be open about.
Challenges: Since we are going on our first national tour, money is about to be a very big issue for us, which is why anything that you can donate really helps us out so much!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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