Chicago-based singer-songwriter Musikanto makes his first appearance on Mountain Stage here. Combining elements of indie rock, folk and soul, his album Sky of Dresses has received positive attention from Pastemagazine and the roots-music site No Depression.
After studying painting at the Art Institute of Chicago, Mike Musikantow left to pursue songwriting full-time, and in 2009 released his debut, Ghost Pain. For Sky of Dresses, Musikanto took a more leisurely approach in the studio, taking the time to road-test each song before committing it to tape. The result is a fusion that calls to mind the neo-folk and soul of Amos Lee or Ray LaMontagne with the melodic edge of Ryan Adams or Leon Russell.