Alison May

is a folk singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has been performing, writing and recording out of Oakland, CA since leaving her native Texas in 2012. 

Her change of scenery seemed to awaken a more layered and experimental side, which is carefully captured in her sophomore release, Loved/Dark (July 22nd, 2014 – Misery Loves Co.).

Alison's home town of Waxahachie was about an hour’s drive from anywhere. This meant she spent a lot of time in the car with her father, listening to artists like Jackson Browne, Nick Drake and Tracy Chapman. She was only a drummer at the time, but songs like "Telling Stories", "Pink Moon" and "The Pretender" made her want to wander out of the rhythm section. This desire bred Alison into not only a singer/songwriter, but a recording artist who would go on to play almost every instrument for her albums, creating an exact replica of her imagined arrangements.

Alison started tracking Loved/Dark without any prepared arrangements and instead opted to let each track speak through experimentation. Ultimately, hit on the right instrumentations, making Loved/Dark the result of patient layering and wild guesses as to what would fulfill the potential of each song. The album includes guests George Weber (vibraphone), whose mysterious bowing techniques are notable in both "Raft" and "My Own Good."  Alison's debut album, Earnest Keep, worked without any bass parts but, Loved/Dark called for a touch of girth from the presence and playing of Michael Jude. The patience of producer/engineer Jeff Price (ex-Mornin' Old Sport) was perhaps the greatest contribution to the record, rolling with the punches and staying in the moment with additions, subtractions and reversed decisions throughout the process.

In 2013, Alison promoted the release of her first album, Earnest Keep, with two regional tours through the South and Midwest, one of which was by way of Amtrak train. Between tours, Alison could be found in the snowy masses of Carbondale, Colorado, tracking Loved/Dark, which she plans to support with a national tour in the fall of 2014, with additional run shows in the U.K later in the year.

Loved/Dark is a reflection of Alison’s ability to not only grow as a songwriter and performer, but also as a storyteller and explorer.