Coming off the successful release of their “stunning” (Americana UK) debut full-length album, Moonshine, which earned them Midwest Country Music Awards for both Album of the Year and Americana Artist of the Year, Maygen & The Birdwatcher are poised for big things in 2022. Described as “an exciting goulash of Kacey Musgraves, Chris Stapleton, Florence + The Machine and Joe Cocker” (MostlyMinnesota), the band showcases original songs, fantastic harmonies, and tight musicianship that keep you anticipating what they’ll deliver next. They adventurously blur the sounds of country, bluegrass, folk and blues, creating a sound both familiar and all their own.

“In many ways, Maygen & The Birdwatcher feel like a collaboration between two distinct artists versus a more seamless band– but it’s that individuality, those visible seams, that make them such a fascinating act.” – Adventures In Americana

The two progenitors of the Minnesota-based group — Maygen Lacey and Noah Neumann — couldn’t be more different. From upbringing and musical taste to the Minneapolis vs Saint Paul debate, there are few things these two agree on. However, the short list of mutual loves includes: sarcasm, the great outdoors, quality beer, and having a good ‘ol time, the latter of which is immediately apparent upon listening to the pair’s energetic, genre-bending, roots-flavored sound. 
Their independently released 2018 debut EP, The People We Don’t Choose, drew on their distinctly different musical influences  to create a collection of songs that explored family, addiction, loss and navigating relationships. With heartbreak and hope intertwined throughout, the album received high praise from fellow musicians and music fans alike. Lead single, “Comeback” continues to receive airtime on Minneapolis radio, including on The Current’s Radio Heartland.
Through the pandemic, Maygen and Noah acquired some serious string-cred by adding Ethan & Jesse Moravec (formerly of Sawtooth Brothers) on upright bass, mandolin, fiddle and vocal harmonies, as well as Nik Pellinen (of Sawed Off String Band) on banjo and lead guitar to the lineup. The addition of these three has brought the band a wealth of talent, further enriching the outfit’s rootsy, Americana-tinged sound. 
Maygen & The Birdwatcher recorded with Kristopher “KJ” Johnson at Flowers Studio in Minneapolis (The Jayhawks, Mason Jennings, Soul Asylum, Jeremy Messersmith, Lizzo) and released their full-length Moonshine on Oct 1st via New York based indie label AntiFragile Music. They celebrated with a SOLD OUT show at Icehouse in Minneapolis and plan to keep saying yes to the next opportunities that arise. A LIVE EP of the Icehouse show will be released in July 2022. See live video snippets below:

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