If American Roots Music is an ongoing story, The Page Turners are writing their own chapter. Touring the U.S. full-time and constantly taking in their surroundings of new acoustic music, The Page Turners are a fresh new duo; rethinking and redefining what it means to be a modern American stringband. Drawing from their love of bluegrass, old-time, country, swing, jazz, and fearless songwriting, The Page Turners write sharp and adept original music, while putting new twists on old favorites.
The Page Turners are Carolyn Kendrick (Fiddle, Vocals, Guitar) and Jake Howard (Mandolin, Vocals, Guitar), who began their musical adventure together as students in the American Roots Music Program at Berklee College of Music. Jake and Carolyn come from very diverse musical backgrounds- Carolyn grew up in Northern California in a family of Texan musicians, who knew from the start she’d be a musical trouble maker. From her early days of Suzuki violin and marching band, and then onto Bluegrass and Billie Holiday, Carolyn makes herself at home wherever there’s a groove. Jake hails from Akron, Ohio and developed his love of stringband music and Bluegrass while performing across the country with groups such as The Blue Ribbon Bluegrass Band and Wrong is Right.
Since their genesis, The Page Turners have recorded their self-titled debut album and hit the pavement, soaking up the thriving musical landscape across the United States. They have performed in over 30 states and at renowned festivals such as Greyfox Bluegrass Festival, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Berkeley Bluegrass Festival at Freight & Salvage, The American Roots Program at Berklee Presents: A Tribute to Leadbelly (Berklee Performance Center), Freshgrass Music Festival, Savannah Music Festival: Musical Explorers, and others. Now they are writing the next chapter in their book, relocating from Boston, MA to Austin, TX to become part of the vibrant music and cultural scene in Central Texas. They are touring both East and West coasts in 2018, as well as the Midwest and southern heartlands, and planning their sophomore album. You can catch where they turn the page next.
"The Page Turners harness the best and deepest parts of bluegrass and old-time sounds as their own unique springboard for some wonderful new music. I love what Carolyn and Jake are doing and can’t wait to hear more!”
“I’m a sucker for two things: killer vocal harmonies and soaring fiddles runs that take your breathe away and make your knees weak… Catchy as hell… A little bit country, a little bit bluegrass but a whole bit groovy and great. Keep a close eye on these two.”
– Red Line Roots
"Whether performing originals, or classics by Bob Dylan, Lead Belly, or Bill Monroe, The Page Turners never fail to bring a smile. Often poignant, occasionally humorous, always tasteful and soulful, Jake and Carolyn's fresh interpretations will have your feet tapping, your heart aching, and your spirit laughing. -A live show is not to be missed!"
-- David Wallace, D.M.A
"The Page Turners are one of the most exciting young groups to pop up in a long while. Two fantastic players and singers who, together, blow away the typical constraints of a duo and in the variety of their playing, writing and singing create a sound much greater than the sum of the (very talented) parts."
--Joe K. Walsh