In The Press

Heart Hunters' music might sound delicate on first listen, but it packs a heavy punch. Born of the American zeitgeist, as well as the personal experiences of Brianna Blackbird and her husband No River City founder Drew de Man, American Eclipse is simultaneously a deeply personal and overtly political album.”

No Depression

The record’s alternately haunting and wistful folk songs find De Man and Blackbird engaging in potent social and spiritual commentary, clinging to silver linings while wrestling with an increasingly turbulent country. But while the subject matter is often heavy, the duo’s hook-laden melodicism offers all the balance the record needs.”

The Daily Country

Heart Hunters' "Angels" (Exclusive Premiere)”

The Boot

American Songwriter - Daily Discovery "Bird Song"”

American Songwriter, Fall 2015

...orchard-ripe tunes...delicately gorgeous...”

The Portland Mercury, 2014

...sweet harmonies, delicate instrumentation, and socially/spiritually conscious lyricism...”

Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA, 2014

Pretend Sweethearts bring their mystical hobo folk music to Madison this summer. The duo is on a two-month tour of the Western US and the Midwest, showcasing a rich catalog of original songs and choice covers, sharing instrumental duties on guitar, upright bass and pedal steel, and singing in shiny harmony. The bi-coastal Sweethearts sometimes hail from Portland, Oregon and sometimes from Atlanta, Georgia or Cochabamba, Bolivia, and tour with their two kids. The duo is sometimes likened to The Civil Wars, Gillian Welch & David Rawlings or Sacco & Vanzetti. The Portland Tribune called their first full length CD, Becoming the Tender Animal, “a rich, meditative listening experience with subtle humor,” and the Portland Mercury calls singer Brianna Lynn’s voice “striking” and “cloudless”. The couple have plans with grammy-nominated songwriter/producer Peter Case for a new record later this year. ”

The Isthmus, Madison, WI, Summer 2016

Informed by different backgrounds, the duo have found a balance of beauty and storytelling in their music that speaks from the heart of traditional folk music, but in a modern light.”

Do Savannah

...the duo also has drawn comparisons to such contemporaries as Gillian Welch and The Civil Wars. Both play guitar and Blackbird is an accomplished pianist. Meanwhile de Man uses pedal steel guitar to good effect on their first full-length album “Becoming the Tender Animal.” The 11 songs here deliver a rich, meditative listening experience with subtle humor. ”

Portland Tribune, 2015

Pretend Sweethearts closed out the evening with Drew de Man’s veteran stage-presence leading the way and complementing Brianna Blackbird’s youthful heart & soul.”

Hissing Lawns, Savannah, GA

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