Balthrop, Alabama Press Matter

Band Bio

In 2006, Alabama-born songwriter-siblings Pascal and Lauren Balthrop moved to Brooklyn to start a band and ended up founding a town. Balthrop, Alabama, with a population of 11 or so, is their bustling folk rock township.

Musically, the band travels the line between antebellum and antifolk, singing songs of love, dead people, and dead people in love. In 2007, they released their double-album debut, “Your Big Plans and Our Little Town,” on End Up Records, their friendly neighborhood record label.

Press Photos

Mural – Photo by Allison Michael Orenstein
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Cast and Crew

Jemison Thorsby – Pascal Balthrop – guitar, vocals
Georgiana Starlington – Lauren Balthrop – keyboards, vocals
Douglas Snead – Chris Buckridge – bass, alto saxophone
Aurora Rockledge – Alex Suarez – baritone saxophone
Luverne Dozier – Therese Cox – accordion, vocals
Titus Falkner – Jason Lawrence – drums
Cotton Tyler Guin – Andrew Vladeck – banjo
Ansley Henderson – Mike Quoma – electric guitar
Magnolia Dixon Mills – Patricia Chamless – viola
Daphne Summerdale – Jennifer Harder – trumpet
Toxey Goodwater – Michael Arthur – ink & paper

Other Townfolk »

Downloadable Songs

Electricity [ 8mb MP3 ]

Love to Love You [ 3.1mb MP3 ]

Explode [ 3mb MP3 ]

Downloadable review copies of all our records are available to music press and music bloggers.
Please contact us for more information.

Music Videos

Please visit our music videos page.

Press Quotes

“An impressive début double album…and their approach to performing is equally inventive…” —The New Yorker

“Elaborate shows which feature the 10 or so members dressed as the aw-shucks residents of a fictional Southern town…breezy, melody-driven pop” —Village Voice

“What great fun in the form of a band called Balthrop, Alabama!” Rainn Wilson (of The Office)

“I love them!!!” Sarah Silverman

“Sweetly crooned loved songs inspired by apocalypse — a last kiss before the big bang…” —Memphis Flyer

“Always melody conscious, with a solid stash of hooks… enough people to fill a school board.”

“Eclectic — with songs of love, loss, and escape…great use of shared male/female vox…” —My Mix Tapes

“Like a raucous ad-hoc town meeting where everyone brings an instrument to play…” —Future Montgomery

“I’ve heard of the ‘concept album’, but this appears to be a ‘concept band’…”
—Take Five, Asheville

“…like the touring company of ‘Barack Obama’s Rent’…”
—Black & White, Birmingham


NPR All Songs Condsidered Video Premiere

Ivy League Spins 3-8-2012 3-8-2012

Deli Magazine Blog Mention 3-8-2012

NPR Song of the Day 5-19-2010

Balthrop, Alabama Interview on Ear to Ear Project

Lucid Culture’s 50 Best Albums of 2009 (Voted #6 “Subway Songs”)

Michael Arthur’s Blog on the New York Times Website

The Portland Mercury 7/2009 (Scroll down to 7/19)

Dead @ WIDR Podcast

Illinois Entertainer 7-09

Village Voice 8-19-2008

Crawdaddy 7-30-2008

Memphis Flyer 6-26-2008

FUTURE Mongtomery June/July 2008 Issue

Paper Magazine 5-2-2008

The New Yorker 4-21-2008 You have to dig to find the album review, but it sure is a good one. Click on Album Reviews in the sidebar and then you’ll see the review of “Our Big Plans & Your Little Town”.

Artist Page at Joe’s Pub

Band Website

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