With a blend of dreamy acoustic duets, foot-stomping folk and bluesy murder ballads, New Zealand-born and Nashville-based South for Winter’s sound is as eclectic as their origins. The band is composed of New Zealander Nick Stone, Colorado native Dani Cichon, and Michigander Alex Stradal, and together the three multi-instrumentalists and songwriters combine elements such as cello, guitar, mandolin, and three-part harmonies into a genre-bending sound described by American Songwriter as “impeccable”.
With a blend of dreamy acoustic duets, foot-stomping folk and bluesy murder ballads, New Zealand-born and Nashville-based South for Winter’s sound is as eclectic as their origins. The band is composed of New Zealander Nick Stone, Colorado native Dani Cichon, and Michigander Alex Stradal, and together the three multi-instrumentalists and songwriters combine elements such as cello, guitar, mandolin, and three-part harmonies into a genre-bending sound described by American Songwriter as “impeccable”. South for Winter recorded their debut album Luxumbra with GRAMMY award-winning producer Matt Leigh and crowdfunded its independent release in 2020. Luxumbra’s release, coupled with the trio's captivating live performance, has landed them accolades such as a “Most Wanted” Emerging Artist at Falcon Ridge Festival in 2018, "DJ Pick" by Nashville's Lightning 100 Radio in 2019, “Top DJ Pick” by John Platt of NYC's WFUV in 2021, Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International in 2022, and Official Artist at South by Southwest Music Festival in 2023. The trio are currently back in the studio for their sophomore album, with Leigh once again at the helm. The first single is coming in March 2023 with a release tour in New Zealand.
Hometown: Christchurch, New Zealand
Based in: Nashville, TN
Founded in: 2017
Genre: Indie-Folk, Blues, Indie-Rock
Manager: Nichole Peters-Good
Publicist: Nichole Peters-Good (Jensen Communications)
Booking Agency: David Priebe (Favorite Son)
When New Zealander Nick Stone and Coloradan Dani Cichon met as volunteers building greenhouses in South America, they never expected their lighthearted rooftop jam to evolve into an internationally-touring Americana band described by American Songwriter as "laden with delicate harmonies, intricate guitar-work and earthy vocals...impeccable sound". Years after meeting, the two musicians settled together in Christchurch NZ and forged what is now South for Winter's characteristic blend of dark, bluesy murder ballads and dreamy acoustic duets. After moving the project to Nashville TN in 2017, the duo met cellist Alex Stradal, who added classically-trained strings to their blend of storytelling lyrics and genre-bending instrumentation. With Stradal in the lineup, South for Winter hit the road, touring throughout the United States, Canada, and New Zealand, and turning heads as they went.
In 2018 South for Winter were nominated a rising local artist by Nashville's Lightning 100 Radio; in 2019, voted a "Most Wanted" Artist at Falcon Ridge Festival; in 2020, chosen as a Top Artist of 2019 by BuzzMusic blog; in 2021, chosen as a "top DJ pick" by John Platt of New York City's WFUV, and Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliances Regional and Midwest; in 2022, an Official Showcase Artist at Folk Alliance International; and in 2023, amn Official Artist at South by Southwest Music Festival. In March 2020 the trio successfully crowdfunded the independent release of their debut full-length album Luxumbra, recorded with GRAMMY-awarded producer Matt Leigh at the Tracking Room studio in Nashville TN. The album has been praised by sites such as For the Love of Bands ("a wonderful mix of indie and folk rock"), Grateful Web ("eclectic in the best sense of the word"), AmericanaUK ("a journey well-worth taking"), Relix Magazine, and DittyTV. South for Winter continue to tour nationally and internationally while recording their sophomore album Of Sea and Sky, with Matt Leigh once again at the helm. The first album single, "Something in the Stars," is set to be released in March 2023 with a duo tour in New Zealand to kick it off.
Dani Cichon – Vocals, Mandolin, Acoustic Guitar, Tambourine, Shaker
Nick Stone – Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Resonator, Stomp Box
Alex Stradal - Cello, Acoustic Guitar, Vocals
DEBUT ALBUM LUXUMBRA RELEASED OCT 2020
Photo credit: Autumn Dozier.
Photo credit: Autumn Dozier
Photo credit: Christian Murdock
Photo credit: Autumn Dozier.