ABOUT FANTASTIC CAT:
They said it couldn’t be done. Four different songwriters joining forces to form a single band? There was simply no precedent (outside of CSNY, The Beatles, The Traveling Wilburys, The Highwaymen, Monsters of Folk, etc). And yet Fantastic Cat did it anyway, defying the odds and teaming up to record their highly unanticipated debut, out this summer on Blue Rose Music. Captured in the wilds of the Pocono Mountains, the album gleefully careens between genres and decades, mixing electrified 60’s folk and 70’s AM radio gold as it balances careful craftsmanship and ecstatic abandon in equal measure.
Individually, each member of Fantastic Cat boasts their own impressive resume along with a litany of critical acclaim. The Guardian dubbed Don DiLego “one to watch.” NPR said Anthony D’Amato “sings and writes in the tradition of Bruce Springsteen or Josh Ritter.” Rolling Stone called Brian Dunne’s latest single a “stunner” and praised Mike Montali’s band, Hollis Brown, as “the soundtrack for a late-night drive through the American heartland.” Collectively, though, the four transcend their respective roots, emerging as an instrument-swapping, harmony-trading, tear-jerking, wise-cracking rock and roll cooperative far greater than the sum of its parts.
They say some cats are born fantastic; others have fantasy thrust upon them. These guys are somewhere in the middle.
ABOUT THE MURALIST:
Using organic imagery and a whimsical color palette, artist and illustrator Jane Beaird explores storytelling, mental health and identity in the modern world. Her work has been featured by Chronicle Books, Glamour Magazine and Teen Vogue and highlighted by national political organizations, celebrated actors, and prominent advocacy groups including Planned Parenthood and The Women's March.
Jane has partnered with international brands on a broad array of artistic initiatives, from live portrait and pop-up events to product customization and visual displays. Most recently, she teamed up with Stacy's Pita Chips to create a limited edition bag design as part of the company's Rise Project, which provides mentorship, support, and funding for female-founded businesses.
A Texas native, Jane received her BFA in Studio Art from NYU’s Steinhardt School and currently resides in Brooklyn, NY. When she’s not painting or curled up at home with a book, you can often find her exploring the city and indulging her passion for live music and museum-hopping.