Friends with the Weather, a new project from the trio of singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalists Seth Hendricks, Chris Good, and David Hupp, is a continued exploration of Hendricks and Good's longtime songwriting partnership of 18 years. While those familiar with their catalogue will recognize familiar lyrical & musical stylings, Friends with the Weather brings a freshness of new material, written in the midst of unique times, creating new sonic textures amidst new collaborations. Friends with the Weather joins the community supported music collective, Earthwork Music, that believes in the intrinsic and historical power of music to raise both community and self-awareness and serves to facilitate and encourage original music in the state of Michigan and beyond.
Joining Seth, Chris, and David on the self-titled, debut record "Friends with the Weather" released in September, 2016 is a trio of respected independent Michigan musicians.
Bass player Brennan Andes, a longtime collaborator of Chris' in Ann Arbor and founding member of the funky fusion band The Macpodz, holds down the groove with depth and fire.
Drummer Julian Allen has also performed regularly with Chris in his Sweet Insurrection project. He brings his versatility and extensive jazz, funk and pop talent to the project.
Singer-songwriter, guitarist, and founder of Earthwork Music, Seth Bernard joins the project as producer and guitarist, lending his vision, production expertise, soundscape experience and shared love of 80s & 90s basketball.
Also making contributions to the debut album recorded at Jim Roll's Backseat Productions in Ann Arbor are vocalists Madelyn Grant and Lindsay Lou; a horn section of trumpeter Ross Huff, saxaphonist Rachel Mazer, and trombonist Bethanni Grecynski; guitarist James Cornelison, and cellist Abby Alwin.
In December 2016, Hendricks, Good, and Hupp released a 4 song "Live from Johnny's Speakeasy" EP that serves as a companion live acoustic session filmed and recorded at Johnny's Speakeasy in Ann Arbor, MI. Featured on this session are Andes, mandolinist Jacob Jolliff, Erin Zindle and Randall Moore of The Ragbirds, and Jacob Crouse of Mutual Kumquat.
Additional contributing friends with gig and/or studio appearances include Brian Kruschwitz (percussion, vocals), Ethan Setiawan (mandolin), Dan Piccolo (drums), and Mike Shea (drums).
Recent activities from FWTW include continued touring, the release of the "behind the songs" series for all the songs off of "Friends with the Weather," several music video releases, and the release of "Be the Song," which was released as a single in late February, 2018.