The 42nd Parallel is a duo conceived in the modern age of connectivity, a long distance relationship of sorts. Separated by four states and six hundred miles, founding members Will Alderman and Andrew Garay began collaborating by means of the internet. Will and Andrew met while studying at Ithaca College in Ithaca, New York. While the idea to start the duo was not immediate, after performing together in a variety of outlets, the musical connection soon became clear. However, it wasn't until after Will had completed his studies and moved home to Kalamazoo, Michigan that the duo was formed.
“Over the past year we have worked very hard to plan and produce our debut EP, Michigan Winter. The project started as a means to record some of Will’s original material, and quickly evolved into something even bigger," Andrew explains.
Two towns separated by hundreds of miles, Ithaca and Kalamazoo both sit on the 42nd parallel. To Will and Andrew, this speaks to the distance inherent in their collaboration, but also the underlying connection in their work.
The 42nd Parallel captures the essence of the American singer/songwriter style, exploring the themes of hardship, spirituality, love and loss. With influences such as The Milk Carton Kids, Josh Garrels, Nickel Creek, John Mayer, Josh Ritter, James Taylor and Glen Hansard, the Forty Second Parallel continues in the tradition of these artists, reaching listeners of all ages through timeless lyrics and an inviting sound.
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