Folk is People continues to balance the emotional with the celebratory with their latest five-song collection, reinforcing singer-songwriter Stacey Bennett’s status as North Florida’s preeminent alt-folk troubadour.

Happy Birthday Forever features songs ranging from the ruminative to the raucous. “Step Mama Blues,” is a honky-tonk stomp that Bennett describes as a playful take on falling into “step parenting” from a queer perspective.

Addiction and loss are addressed in the ballad, “Ghost Birdie.” Bennett explains that both “In the Gutter Like a Poet” and “Wishing Well” are personal takes on the life of a fulltime DIY musician (“This is a brutal business for folks lacking thick skin,” offers Bennett). The centerpiece of the release is “White Daisy.” Carried along by organ, violin, and acoustic guitar, Bennett delivers a poignant anthem for the LGBTQ community. “It’s a song about bravery and resilience (especially in the South),” says Bennett. “And a dedication to the folks that work toward making spaces more inclusive and safer for everyone.”

This Local Music Spotlight originally appeared in Void Magazine’s March 2020 issue.