Indie Folk Duo Ross Owen and Georgi James announce first EP release

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"Trail Mix" available for streaming and purchase April 7, 2023

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Our songs are meant to be heartfelt, honest, and deeply personal, drawing listeners in with their raw emotion and rich musicality.

New Jersey based indie folk duo Ross Owen and Georgi James have announced the release of their EP "Trail Mix" on April 7, 2023. “Trail Mix” embodies the dynamic connection between these two rising NJ musicians, whom many have compared to classic rock duos of the past. Inspired by their travels up and down the east coast and their shared passion for nature, this EP is the duo’s love letter to the great outdoors.

Available Friday, April 7, the six-song collection showcases acoustic-driven instrumentation, blending traditional folk influence, a modern edge and even a nod to Scotland. Featuring a string section filled by acoustic guitars, banjo, cello, and driving rhythms from the djembe, congas and timpani, Owen and James’s sound paired with their intertwining vocal harmonies displays the powerful chemistry the duo has built over the last decade.

“Our songs are meant to be heartfelt, honest, and deeply personal, drawing listeners in with their raw emotion and rich musicality. This EP is an invitation for listeners to embrace the simple pleasures in life and to appreciate the beauty that surrounds us all,” said Owen.

“Trail Mix” starts off with a warm welcome from “A Place You Call Home,” featuring an intricately elegant acoustic guitar melody to coincide with Owen & James’ unified harmonies. The djembe drives the song along, and becomes the heartbeat to the next track, “Roll On," a celebration of the natural world, with lyrics that transport the listener into the wilderness, showcasing the duo’s admiration for earth and its wildlife. The EP concludes with a unique take of the Celtic folk song “Wild Mountain Thyme,” reinterpreted on an electric baritone guitar. Embodying the true essence of folk music, the song was passed down through generations by Owen’s father, a Scotland native, who learned the version from legendary Scottish musician, Fraser Watson.

“Trail Mix” can be streamed or purchased after April 7 at

About Ross Owen and Georgi James
Since 2012, Ross Owen and Georgi James have been making music together. After meeting as young teens at music school in Asbury Park, they played over 100 shows together in both duo and full band arrangements. Owen invited James to join his live band in 2018, in which they played Owen’s original music frequently around Asbury Park. James’ vocals are featured on Owen’s album, Organic, released in 2021. The album’s success influenced the duo to unite and create their own music together, which they have been doing ever since. Follow the duo on Instagram @rossowenmusic

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