"This is exciting stuff. It has country-blues weaving through the melody, joy and pain riding their rustic tonsils and these young people have brought the truth in authentic folk music back from the dead." - No Depression
"Living for the last few years in an isolated area of the Ozark mountains has no doubt contributed to the authenticity they bring to their original songs that mainly embrace themes from a world that has been passed by“ - Elmore Magazine
The Lark and the Loon are a songwriting duo consisting of husband/wife team Jeff Rolfzen and Rocky Steen-Rolfzen. Named after the state bird from which they were born the two bring their distinct writing styles together in what they call an exploration in the etymology of American music. They take inspiration from prewar blues and jazz, Irish dance music, Sea shanties, and dustbowl folk songs. Their debut album "Songbirds and Fog" was recorded in their cabin home in the Ozarks after a period of heavy isolation and was met with fast critical acclaim. Their follow up album “Homestead Hands” contains songs focused on the American West and themes of rural life. As said by Netherlands based reviewer The Next Gig: “The Lark and The Loon, takes you to past times, but also paints a picture of modern-day America viewed from a farm in Arkansas.” The album received praise for its thematic elements, and garnered radio play across America and several other countries around the world.
Heralded for their harmonies, duets, and musicianship the two have enjoyed touring extensively both in the United States and abroad. When not on the road they enjoy the comfort of their Ozark home where they garden in the rocky soil, hike the scenic hills, and soak in the tranquility before their next venture.
“What remains in memory is against all musical trends, against modern compositional and production techniques, these spouses play at the highest level, reaching deep into the stylistic fund of their country. The whole thing seems so honest and undisguised that it's all too well to imagine that they enjoy the loneliness and seclusion of their homeland.” - Kieler Nachrichten (Translated from German)