Monday, October 24, 2016


Americana duo Mouths of Babes release the track “Lock & Key,” from their upcoming full-length album, Brighter In The Dark, due out in early 2017. Comprised of Ingrid Elizabeth and Tylan Greenstein of acclaimed acts Coyote Grace and Girlyman, the now-married pair has received notable press both for their respective projects and together as Mouths of Babes; just last year MTV covered their wedding as an inspirational story celebrating marriage equality.

Both women grew up under the musical influence of famed family members. The Tony- and Grammy-winning musical Dreamgirls, which debuted the year Ingrid was born, was written by her great uncle Tom Eyen. The musical inspired Ingrid’s brassy vocal styling and her passion for performing. notes, “The depth of emotion found in [Mouths of Babes’] lyrics is reminiscent of all that’s moving about Dreamgirls.” Similarly, Ty’s acoustic songwriter sensibility can be traced back to her father, Ron Greenstein, who is well known in folk music circles for singing and playing bass in The Chad Mitchell Trio, a 60’s era harmony group originally featuring John Denver.

Ty and Ingrid met when Coyote Grace and Girlyman toured together throughout 2011 and 2012 (both groups went off the road in 2013). In 2014, the pair participated in a challenge called “Real Women Real Songs,” writing one song per week for a whole year. With the resulting trove of material they launched Mouths of Babes in late 2014 and released their debut EP, Faith & Fumes.

Since hopping back on the road in 2015, MoB has headlined major acoustic venues (Club Passim, Freight & Salvage), performed on festival stages (Kate Wolf Music Fest, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest), taught songwriting workshops (Old Town School of Folk Music, Rocky Mountain Song School), and landed opening runs with Dar Williams. Onstage, "[Ty and Ingrid] offer unique counterpoints to one another. The laidback Tylan, nattily dressed in a tie and crisp suit jacket, has a rich, lovely alto. Elizabeth, clad in a sultry pink satin mini-dress, is a sassy chanteuse with a lilting soprano. Trading jokes and sharing elegant harmonies, the two women display an intuitive professional bond." (Chicago Tribune)

In early 2016, they ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for their forthcoming self-produced album. Recorded at Prairie Sun Studios in Sonoma County, CA, Brighter In The Dark features a “dream team” of musicians including Birds of Chicago, Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz), Tania Elizabeth (Avett Brothers, The Duhks), Michael Connolly and Joe Stevens (Coyote Grace), Joe Chellman (Girlyman), and Josh Yenne (The Easy Leaves).

Mouths of Babes will be releasing material from Brighter In The Dark throughout the coming months, with an eclectic arsenal of songs that showcases their knack for fusing blues, folk, and soul with poetic lyrics. Stay tuned for more news from this duo.


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