Grounded in the rural, small-town urban, and global mosaic of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Clymer Kurtz Band’s songs express fun and intensity, routine and whimsy, challenge and satisfaction – and a smattering of hopeful detours.
The Clymer Kurtzes’ songwriting “has a high level of originality: lyrically, melodically and emotionally,” writes former music radio host Mel Lee. “Their vocal harmonies are striking, and their arrangements are fresh…. I don’t think they fit any easy categories, except that of excellence and artistic integrity.”
They have performed at the Sing Me High music festival, Harrisonburg (Virginia) First Night, various churches, private dinners, farmers markets and coffee shops as well as in house concerts.
The 2018 all-acoustic album Snow on Snow on Snow features one original song and eight arrangements of classic carols, complex vocal harmonies and sparse instrumentation. Earlier albums include Rain (2014), which precipitated a new, electrified chapter of sound, but not at the expense of the textured harmonies and lyrical nuance found on Arms Uncrossed (2012) and Statements and Clues (2011).
Songwriters Christopher Clymer Kurtz (vocals, acoustic and electric guitars) and Maria Clymer Kurtz (vocals, acoustic guitar) are frequently joined by bandmates Craig Zook (vocals, drums) since 2009, Nick Hurst (vocals, bass) since 2017, and Matt Carlson (vocals, percussion, guitar….and more) since 2018.