The Greencards Shine with Sweetheart of the Sun

Written by Kevin Connor | August 14, 2013

Former SXSW Showcasing Artist The Greencards

With their sixth album, Sweetheart of the Sun, The Greencards present a most reflective and ambient form of Americana. As co-founder Kym Warner told USA Today, “It’s sort of a concept record, with a theme that runs through...a journey with bits of music that segue into each other with...a feeling of motion and travel and water.” Crafted with the pristine production skills of Gary Paczosa (Allison Krauss, Sarah Jarosz) the album will be released this Tuesday, August 20th, on Darling Street Records.

The Greencards formed here in Austin a decade ago when Australians Warner and Carol Young met up with English fiddler Eamon McLaughlin. The band relocated to Nashville, where Eamon remained and now tours with Josh Turner. Kym and Carol quietly moved back to Austin last year. Along the way, guitarist Carl Miner joined as a permanent member of the band. Friends like Jedd Hughes, Kai Welch and Aoife O’Donovan contributed their talents to the new project, but the central elements of The Greencards’ sound are Carol’s beautiful voice and Kym’s mastery of the mandolin.

The Greencards are currently touring out west and will find their way back to Nashville for the Americana Music Festival next month. In this age of single downloads, this is an album that deserves to be heard in its entirety. We do get to bring you several standout tracks on this week’s episode of Americana World Headquarters with Kevin Connor, heard every Thursday at 6am, Noon, 6pm and Midnight, as well as 8am and 8pm on Sundays, all CDT.

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Photo by Cambria Harkey