As a boy growing up in the farming community of Kinsley, Kansas, Freedy Johnston was drawn to a sign in the town’s tiny business district. It showed two arrows pointing in opposite directions. One read “New York City.” The other, “San Francisco.” At an early age, Johnston knew two things: He wanted to follow that sign in one direction or another, and he wanted to play rock ‘n’ roll.
The Brooklyn-based duo Kaiser Cartel, made up of Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel, have been creating luscious harmonies and infectious melodies together since 2004. Both write, sing, and play multiple instruments on the albums and on-stage. Courtney a former member of John Mellencamp's band and classically trained vocalist; Benjamin a DIY, self-taught musician. Each had their own solo projects well underway when they met, but the pairing was an unmistakable success.
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