Last Saturday Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars performed at their first Record Store Day in front of the wooden fence at the Indy CD & Vinyl tent. Their music perfectly fits into whatever get-away appears when you close your eyes. Perfect for this upcoming finals week.
Perhaps you dream of lying in tall grass, leaving worries behind. Their song “Meadow Blue,” also Grain’s personal favorite at the moment, is the perfect amount of smooth upbeat country to take you there. But maybe your eyes close to dancing at a small festival surrounded by friends and good memories. “Dreaming” is the subtle jazz track you’ve been unknowingly singing to yourself.
Grain began her musical vacations at 15 years old. She picked up her mom’s Gibson guitar out of her attic and writing her own songs was naturally the next step.
The billions of stars this band’s name refers to are all of the stars of the universe Grain gazes at from Ark Barn Studio .
“It is the only place in the city where I can go outside and see fields, old farm equipment, and look up to marvel at the billions of stars,” Grain said. “It’s humbling, and I don’t take it for granted.”
Grain is also amazed that we all depend on just one of these stars for life and that she is also made up of “star stuff” too. She experiences this same connection and sense-of-self when creating music.
Sarah Grain & the Billions of Stars’ appearance at Record Store Day was perfectly timed to the announcement of their 30-day Kickstarter campaign. The campaign funds the pressing of their new album “Something Wild” that will be exclusive on vinyl and digital Sept. 9.
The music appearing on this album is the work of a beautiful collaboration. It starts with Doug Sauter on guitar, creating the instrumental melodies. Grain matches the melody with her dream-like lyrics. Ryan Kuch adds heart-beat rhythm with drums, cementing this cruise ship sensation.
Next, Nate Gray adds in the bass like stitching, pulling it all together. Finally Mina Keohane adds the finishing touches with keyboard, vocals, and even the accordion, pushing this band’s uniqueness one step further to an unforgettable groove.
“Everyone comes from such different musical backgrounds that I never know what flavors are going to come out in the writing process,” Grain said.
The band is what keeps Grain motivated. The connections with her bandmates and the universe are what fuels the creation of this fantasy music that can take you to the places you see when you close your eyes. This band’s lifestyle is a perfect fit for Grain, a proud mother, who loves to tuck her kids into bed. She gushes when they ask for “Mama’s music” singing every lyric.