PREMIERE: Bendigo Fletcher sing of solitary times on “Winter Strokes”

By Matt Wickstrom

Bendigo Fletcher

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Louisville-based indie rock/folk outfit Bendigo Fletcher is back with new song “Winter Strokes,” the first song released off a three-song EP due out in February 2019. The song (and project) was recorded at Springhurst Studios with Will Chewning and mixed by Duane Lundy at Shangri-la Productions.

Typically, Bendigo Fletcher is a foursome comprised of Ryan Anderson on guitar and vocals, bassist Conner Powell, drummer Chris Weis and guitarist Andrew Shupert. However, “Winter Strokes” features a stripped-down aesthetic with just Anderson and his acoustic guitar. The approach delivers a compelling work of art, with Anderson’s soft, easy-going vocals reminiscent of another Louisville-based vocalist in Mark Charles Heidinger (Vandaveer). According to Anderson, the song’s solitary approach takes from its lyrics, which reference being alone in an ever-changing world.

“The song is about the solitary moments in the throes of a scary, but necessary, transition,” Anderson said. “Sometimes a brief rest in the place between nostalgia and present reality can bring rest to a racing mind, but we’ve all felt how an overstayed welcome in that place can also be averse to the transition.”

Listen to “Winter Strokes” below.

Bendigo Fletcher has been on the road in recent weeks supporting Rayland Baxter on a string of dates, including Dec. 2 at Louisville’s Zanzabar. The band returns to action in Lexington on Dec. 28 supporting the Blackfoot Gypsies and Ona at The Burl. Additionally, Anderson will return on Jan. 7, 2019, appearing on the first episode of Wick’s Picks on Lexington Community Radio in the new year.

For more on Bendigo Fletcher visit bendigofletcher.com.


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