With more than a dozen albums and over a thousand shows between them, Ty Greenstein and Ingrid Elizabeth of Mouths of Babes are no strangers to the contemporary folk music scene. For years, their respective bands Girlyman and Coyote Grace captivated thousands of loyal fans as they criss-crossed the country, rocked festival main stages, and toured with the likes of the Indigo Girls and Dar Williams. Now, as Mouths of Babes, Ty and Ingrid have distilled the very best of the songwriting, humor, and musicianship of their previous groups into a new power duo that brings more style and depth than ever before.
Mouths of Babes recorded their highly anticipated first full-length album, Brighter In the Dark at Prairie Sun Studios in northern California earlier this summer on the strength of a wildly successful, 800-backer, $56,000 Kickstarter campaign. Slated for a January 2017 release, the self-produced album contains twelve original songs with contrasting themes of light and dark, tragedy and comedy. Mixed by Stewart Lerman (Dar Williams, Bob Dylan), Brighter features guest appearances from Birds of Chicago, Tania Elizabeth (The Avett Brothers), Mai Bloomfield (Jason Mraz) and others.
Both Ingrid and Ty come from notable musical families, and their influences (namely, 60’s folk music and Motown) are deeply embedded in Mouths of Babes’ sound. Ty’s father, Ron Greenstein, is a member of the legendary folk harmony trio The Chad Mitchell Trio (where John Denver got his start), while Ingrid’s uncle Tom Eyen wrote the world-famous, Tony-winning musical Dreamgirls. MTV.com writes: “The songs Mouths of Babes writes and performs together fuse blues, folk, and soul, and the depth of emotion found in their lyrics is reminiscent of all that’s moving about the Dreamgirls soundtrack.”