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While just one person graces the cover of their debut album Indigo, Roan Yellowthorn is technically a duo.
Growing up in Maine, Jackie McLean was drawn to music from an early age, performing in musicals. McLean continued to sing and act throughout her formative years at Bard College, where she first met producer, multi-instrumentalist, and now husband Shawn Strack after inviting him to a game of Ping-Pong. Graduating with degrees in Language, Literature, and English, both McLean and Strack enjoy reading about the philosophical implications of Virgil, just as much as they enjoy breaking down a deeply personal story into a catchy melody.
In 2015, McLean penned an unpublished novel and book of poetry while teaching herself to play piano. It did not take long for McLean to realize she had a talent for turning poetry into lyrics. “Once I knew that I could write a song, I wrote obsessively,” says McLean. In 2018, the duo released their first full-length album, Indigo.
While Roan Yellowthorn’s college days are a thing of the past, their ascent to commercial success is poised for launch. Playing dates nationally, including Adam Duritz’s Underwater Sunshine Festival, SXSW, and several SoFar Sounds sessions, Roan Yellowthorn’s music is as sincere and heartfelt as their eternally optimistic spirit.
As for the rest of 2020? It’s a laundry list of creative projects, which include an EP and forthcoming album with producer John Agnello (Alvvays, Dinosaur Jr., Twin Peaks).

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