about

Grounded in the rural, small-town urban, and global mosaic of Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, the Clymer Kurtz Band mixes myriad influences – rock, choral, folk, country, Mennonite hymnody, and more – to create a unique synthesis of thoughtful lyrics and music that breathes musical drive through an array of emotional experiences: fun and intensity, routine and whimsy, challenge and satisfaction – and a smattering of hopeful detours.

Former music radio host Mel Lee wrote that the Clymer Kurtzes’ songwriting “has a high level of originality: lyrically, melodically and emotionally. 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.”

The band has performed at the Sing Me High 2017 music festival, Harrisonburg (Virginia) First Night, various churches, private dinners, farmers markets and coffee shops as well as in house concerts.

Their anticipated all-acoustic Christmas album features one original song and eight arrangements of classic carols, complex vocal harmonies and spare 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, keys, percussion) have performed as an acoustic duo since 2002, with Craig Zook (vocals, drums) since 2009, and since 2017 with Nick Hurst (vocals, bass).