Brant Satala sings like he writes: With a passion and honesty that will make listeners sit up and take notice and, most of all, care about what they’re hearing.
Commanding an alt-folk approach that occupies the same rarified air as Damien Rice, Iron and Wine, Glen Hansard and The Civil Wars, the Grand Rapids singer-songwriter has long impressed Michigan audiences with his earnest lyrical observations and dynamic voice, in live settings and on studio albums such as “Running Out of Numbers” and “Planet for Poseidon.”
Now, with his powerful third full-length studio album, “The Summer Thief,” Satala is set to stir the emotions of fans throughout the Midwest and beyond with an album that masterfully meshes images of Michigan’s striking natural landscape with penetrating observations on heartache, longing and the human condition.
Bringing together in the studio a who’s who lineup of regional musicians, including A.J. Dunning (The Verve Pipe), David Molinari (Creolization), Michael Van Houten (The New Midwest), Pete Kehoe and stunning harmony vocalist Cole (Lesinski) Hansen, the self-produced 12-song collection deftly and seamlessly spans folk, rock and country.