In 2016, local indie-folk phenom Folk is People released the estimable full-length, The Devil Always Comes. Make no mistake–Folk is People is singer-songwriter Stacey Bennett and over the course of that album’s 11 tracks she and her equally-venerable band served up an impressively written and produced album, guided by Bennett’s lyrics that touch on universal themes of introspection, celebration, and frustration. Bennett has wasted no time in establishing herself as a force to be reckoned with and continues to create, while strengthening that momentum.

Case in point: this past spring she produced an intimate (“in a van, down by the river?”) submission for NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert series and last month released the live video of her new tune, “Ghost Birdie.” Filmed and recorded at Alex Hayward’s Chromatic Studios, “Ghost Birdie” is a tribute to Bennett’s late cousin, who passed away unexpectedly. The performance is real, raw, and straight from the heart. When it comes to original music, why would one settle for anything else?

This article originally appeared in the Local Music Spotlight section of Void Magazine vol. 9, Issue 3, The Drink Issue.