"We think the four of you have something very special going on ... a creativity and clarity to your performance that's a rarity. And all four of you have delightful voices."
--Comment from concert attendee
"I can't get that nest song out of my head."
--Facebook comment (Even if that's a bad thing it's good.)
"We are like a bunch of seven-year-olds playing in the musical sand." --Jere Stormer
Performing all originals all of the time, Jere Stormer, Bobby Pennock,
Sigrid Christiansen and Lauren Crane are
Taller Than They Appear, a band of songwriters. Each has a style that is miles from the next, but come together with soulful harmonies, arresting arrangements and a smattering of instruments. Birdcalls, bells and bongos, woodblocks, washboards and whistles round out the guitars, violins and ukuleles. Overheard several if not nearly a dozen times, "You all have something here." Well, that's something, anyway.
"Watching them is akin to watching a Fellini film."
--Joel Palmer, Musician and Host of The Empty Chair,
Trinity House Theatre, Livonia, Michigan
A writer and performer for more than
30 years, Jere has made a name for himself on the Detroit music scene and in public radio. You'll find him playing the guitar, banjo, violin, mandolin, accordion, glockenspiel and well, whatever. reverbnation.com/jerestormer
As an accomplished singer/songwriter Bobby's style, albeit unique, is reminiscent of folksingers of the '60's and '70's -- with the Beatles thrown in. Listening to him is like watching a good magician that keeps you wondering, How'd he do that? bobbypennock.com
Singing and playing folk music for nearly 40 years has given Sigrid a solid foundation for songwriting. Delicate, poetic, and playful, her lyrics, sweet voice and solid guitar work are gracefully entwined with haunting melodies. sigridchristiansen.com
A writer in both her vocation and avocation, Lauren began putting her words to her own music in 2010. She plays guitar, ukulele and adds rhythm, noisemakers and sound effects to add an extra splash of color. You can also find her at cranesongs.com.