Savvy singer/songwriter Polly Lorien has more than just love to wail about; with clever songs about everything from the bravery of optimism to her salty sea-dog grandfather, Polly's soulful sound appeals to both the head and the heart. She grew up on a defunct ranch in Montana before living in such far-flung places as Boston, Seattle, and Maui; Polly fell in love with Appalachia and now lives in Celo, NC. In college and beyond, her passion and occupation was glassblowing - which requires the same pure expression, timing, and teamwork that are crucial for making music. An active entertainer since high school, Polly started playing guitar in 2004 and writing her own songs in 2007. Her diverse inspirations include Billie Holiday, Joni Mitchell, and Etta James, ranging from Dire Straits to Bonnie Raitt, from Scott Joplin to Janis Joplin.
Multi-instrumentalist Bob Early has been playing music for twenty-plus years and performing for the last fifteen. Bob draws from a wide breadth of experience, including many journeys down to New Orleans, the birthplace of jazz; a one-year stint with The San Diego Youth Swing Band; and, in Seattle, a two-year solo jazz residency. Also in the Emerald City, Bob honed improvisational skills with revolving trios and developed compositional skills with “Motel 5,” an eclectic jazz quintet. These days Bob likes to mix it up, working with material from Miles Davis to Norman Blake to Neil Young to emerging songwriters. In addition to his guitar and mandolin work with Polly Lorien, Bob also leads his own Jazz trio and quartet. When he’s not pluckin’ strings of some sort, Bob still keeps his hands busy with farming, construction, and raising a family.