Hunter Park: if you don’t know her, you might be the only one. The singer-songwriter and frontwoman for the band She Returns From War is one of the most social people around. Constantly turning out to show support for her fellow musicians, Hunter says she’d much rather “be able to give people the support that they deserve,” than be known for one of her songs.
That said, her band is gaining major traction in the Southeast and just finished recording their first full-length album with record label 10 Foot Woody. Made up entirely of singer-songwriters, the group collaborates to create innovative folk music (all the while combatting the stereotype of the lonely singer-songwriter whose only friend is a guitar).
Hunter’s avant-garde, western style is just one type of music she creates. Taking something that’s defined, she makes it her own whether it be a bright blue jacket with a full saloon skirt or a folk song that digs into a completely different genre. “I love to incorporate things that I hear in other genres into folk music because I don’t think it all has to be about whiskey and trains...it gives people a fresh look on folk music.”
Hunter has high hopes for Charleston’s music scene, recognizing that the city’s diversity of talent has the capability to put it on the map musically.
She explains, “Charleston's become a place where you can say ‘I want to start this project and I want people to be able to dream beside me.’” Camaraderie is a unique feature of Charleston’s music scene, giving every musician the support they need to succeed.
The band’s latest album, Volume 2 of Coyote Soda, represents this idea with a variety of local artists sharing their talent.
This is what music is all about for Hunter Park and, to her, there’s nothing sweeter.
Words by: Charlotte Stack
Photographer: Sully Sullivan