Founded in a university dorm room by songwriter Samuel Emerson Bodary, Hello Emerson tells small stories about the quiet successes and small disappointments of living in the midwestern United States, backed by a fingerpicked guitar and a BA in English Literature. They are represented in Europe by K&F Records, but stand on their own two feet at home in the US.
In 2015, Hello Emerson self-released a cassette tape, “Bridge/Straw/Lake” in their backyard of Columbus, Ohio. It was performed solo, a single, 20-minute take of only vocals and guitar. Fellow Columbus songwriter Field Sleeper shared the other half of the cassette.
Over the following months, Bodary met bandmates Jack Doran (keyboards) and Dan Seibert (percussion), forming the core trio of the lineup. Now a rotating cast of characters, Hello Emerson is rarely the same from show to show.
Their debut full length, “Above the Floorboards,” came out in August 2017. Two years after the solo cassette, the record had help from 23 contributors, rounding out Bodary’s songs with string trio, horn quartet, pedal steel, and found sound recordings.
Following a sold out US release show with a 13 piece band, responses to the record began to pop up. “The best music will paint the most beautiful pictures in your mind and in your heart,” and Hello Emerson is “absolutely one of those gems.”
“Emerson’s lyrics linger over particulars and enumerate on memories and meanings. The poetry is at times too rapturous and at others lacking,” writes The Indie Sound, “but it’s the way Hello Emerson’s music vacillates almost constantly between the two that cuts so finely into your soul.”
The following year, Hello Emerson signed with Dresden-based singer-songwriter label K&F Records for a European release. They toured Germany in 2018, playing 21 shows in 24 days. Critically lauded, Above the Floorboards was featured in Rolling Stone’s “Short Cuts,” with comparisons to Bright Eyes’ Conor Oberst and The Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle. They performed on Duetschlandfulk Kultur, a national German arts and culture radio station, and were pleasantly surprised to hear songs from the record when scanning FM stations on the autobahn.
Still based in Columbus, they continue to play regularly, tour regionally, and quietly write and arrange songs for some not so far off day.
If you send them a kind email, they will more than likely play in your living room. Please direct booking inquiries, pleasantries, and rick rolls to firstname.lastname@example.org
Samuel Emerson Bodary | Songwriting and Vocals and Guitar and Logistics and such
Jack Keating Doran | Keyboards
Daniel Lawrence Seibert | Percussion and Arrangements
Erin Mason | Vocals
Kyle Kerley | Horn and Arrangements
Corbin Pratt | Pedal Steel
Stephen Forster | Cello
Tristan L’Heureux | Viola
Kristen Peters | Violin
Adam Murray | Violin
Zach Zerkle | Bass Trombone
Lee Tucker | Trumpet
Jon Weisbrot | Alto Saxophone
Vince Gillotti | Alto Saxophone
Nick Vermilye | Tenor Saxophone
Alexander Paquet | Synthesizers and electric guitar
Alex Blumenthaler | Upright Bass
Robert Bodary | Sideways Bass
Robert Dunne | 1969 Volkswagen Transporter named “Lucy”
Victoria Butash | Recording and engineering and mixing and production
Varun Chandrasekhar | Studio Support
Matt Ciani | Mastering
Michelle Ewert | Artwork
Tiera Suggs | Photography
Annelise Powers | Digital Design and Mothering of Emerson