Courtney Krause needs no introduction. The Des Moines based singer/songwriter has been building toward her 2016 explosion since she began writing music years and years ago. This March finally saw the long-awaited debut release from Krause, Thoughts and Sound.
The album is a well-balanced foray into the folk-rooted tendencies of Krause’s powerful blend of country, blues, and rock, and it flows with the confidence of an industry professional. Those who have seen Krause live over the past years have had the opportunity to see that change in her music occur, and that fan base has grown with every show.
So, it’s no surprise that Courtney Krause was the Gross Domestic Product Community Selected Artist this year. It’s fitting, considering the way folk music and songwriting has long served as a grassroots way of connecting and growing communities.
In an era when the opportunities to hear, see, and experience music can be a cacophony unto itself, it’s a breath of fresh Iowa air to see Courtney Krause do things the good ol’ fashioned way.
By Trey Reis of DSM Shows
To learn more about Courtney Krause, check out her Facebook page.
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GDP is organized by the nonprofit the Greater Des Moines Music Coalition (DMMC). Gross Domestic Product 2016 is made possible with the support of Traveler Beer Company, Tallgrass Brewing Company, Greater Des Moines Partnership, Bravo Greater Des Moines, Guitar Center, Hy-Vee, The Blazing Saddle, Saturday Mfg., VolunteerLocal, Wooly’s, DSM Shows, and KFMG 98.9 FM.
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is an all Iowa music festival held every spring, featuring musical artists from Greater Des Moines and the rest of Iowa. The 11th annual Gross Domestic Product will take place on May 28th, 2016 at venues around the East Village in Des Moines, Iowa! See the full line-up and details here. Gross Domestic Product highlights some of the original songwriters, performers, and recording artists in our community who make Iowa proud! GDP focuses primarily on young, new artists, those who are taking their first steps into creative self-expression through music and doing so in a positive, collaborative way. Each year we highlight a selection of new artists that our community has to offer, along with a few established groups that have had success building careers while living and working in the state we call home.
Established in spring 2006, GDP has featured over 100 musical acts, including House of Large Sizes, The Envy Corps, The Poison Control Center, Christopher the Conquered, Mumford’s, Facecage, and many more.