Songscape: Great Mountain Forest OUT TODAY!

Artwork by Greg Dyson.

Artwork by Greg Dyson.

We're happy to announce the release of our third Songscape project! Last summer we partnered gritty singer-songwriter, Jake Klar, with sustainable forestry center, Great Mountain Forest. Klar spent a few nights in the deep woods of northwest Connecticut, immersed in a landscape that's been practicing sustainable forestry since 1909! Take a look at the music video for Klar's Songscape Song, "Tallyman" and you won't believe it's Connecticut.

"Tallyman" is a beautiful song that speaks to the passage of generations in lockstep with the forest. Heavily rooted in the history of forestry and iron industry in Connecticut, his voice beautifully highlights Great Mountain Forest and its legacy.

As with all of our Songscapes, Great Mountain Forest is public land- owned by a nonprofit, but accessible to all for hiking, cross country skiing, birding and more. Plus, they make the most delicious maple syrup!

If you want to help ensure that Sustain can keep promoting conservation and public lands, that Great Mountain Forest can continue educating kids and practicing sustainable forestry, and that Klar can keep making music, PLEASE do purchase the song at:

Proceeds will support all of us!

Learn more about the project HERE.

New Green Roster Band: Single Girl Married Girl

Newest Green Roster Band- Single Girl Married Girl! Happy to celebrate Earth Day with a new band dedicated to sustainability! SGMG is based in NYC, and their Americana/folk/pop music shows off incredible vocals, playing, and lyrics.

Their new album, Spark, comes out May 19th, and will be packaged in sustainable materials! You can learn more about SGMG's green goals on their Green Roster band page, HERE.

To listen to Single Girl Married Girl, visit their website. Be sure to follow them on socials!

@sgmgtheband on Twitter and Instagram


Studio Day at Dirt Floor with Jake Klar

On November 7th, Jake Klar recorded his Songscape: Great Mountain Forest song at Dirt Floor in Haddam, CT. Both Klar and Dirt Floor are Green Roster members, dedicated to upholding environmental practices in their businesses. 

Left to Right: Eric Lichter, Max Wareham, Jake Klar.

Left to Right: Eric Lichter, Max Wareham, Jake Klar.

Klar brought along Amherst-area musician and friend, Max Wareham, to play another layer of guitar. Eric Lichter, founder of Dirt Floor, had a cozy set up for them in the log cabin studio overlooking the Connecticut River. He even had a fire going, which you can hear crackling along to some of the tracks. It's an appropriate addition to Klar's song, which is inspired by Great Mountain Forest's history as a working forest. Great Mountain Forest provided timber-turned-charcoal to the iron industry of northwest Connecticut, which fueled the spread of railroad infrastructure in the 1800's. At a later date, Harrison Goodale, will likely be adding saw to the song, in keeping with Great Mountain Forests' heritage of sustainable forestry.

As always, it is a pleasure working with Dirt Floor. Eric Lichter is one of Sustain's strongest supporters and we could not bring you Songscapes without him. He donated this recording session to Sustain, which is incredibly generous. Thank you Dirt Floor!

See our short Facebook Live session at Dirt Floor (and a sneak peak at the song!):

Recording Songscape: Great Mountain Forest

On Monday (Nov. 7), Jake Klar will be recording the song he wrote while staying at Great Mountain Forest as part of this summer's Songscape program. We've heard the rough cut and it's wonderful! Really brings in the working forest history of the landscape.

The song will be recorded at Dirt Floor, one of our Green Roster member studios. Eric Lichter has donated a free day of recording for this project and we couldn't be more grateful for his support.