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The Bygones

It’s human nature to look back, and to try—in whatever haphazard fashion—to make sense of that
which has gone by. For Joshua Lee Turner and Allison Young, it’s a question not only of what
should be relinquished, but also what might be worth taking with you.
Sonically, the pair are intimately acquainted with the past; their collective background spans
extensive knowledge of Jazz and Classical, a twinkling affinity for Golden Age musicals, nostalgia
for the big bands of the ‘40s, reverence for the politically charged singer-songwriters of the ‘60s, and
a warmth toward the dewy indie rock of the early 2010s. To the eye, these wildly diverse influences
are tough to conceive as a singular musical sensibility. But to the ear, The Bygones have no issue,
binding eclectic contexts into luminous indie folk, equal parts emotional poignancy and pop pleasure.
Allison grew up in an Appalachian pocket of Tennessee—“I’m basically from Dollywood,” she
says— the mountain-making, moonshine-swigging sounds of Bluegrass and Americana coloring the
soundscape. In the house, her parents opted for Ella Fitzgerald, The Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra.
Her mother played piano, which Allison took up at age three. “And then I got into musical theater
when I was eleven. My mother had me audition for the part of Annie, if you can believe it,” she says,
her red curls bouncing. Meanwhile, Josh was in the Midwest, ingesting the Jazz and Classical
selection of his own parents, singing Gregorian chants in a Catholic church (his first job), and
teaching himself guitar—“like every other thirteen-year-old boy,” he jokes. For him, instruments
were language enough, no lyrics necessary. He found profound satisfaction in the complex art of
interpretation, performing instrumentals and covers which he shared on YouTube.
Josh was invited to play in a Simon & Garfunkel tribute tour around the same time that Allison was
uploading her own version of “Scarborough Fair” to social media. Coincidence became a connection
point, and the pair began following each other online. Josh was living in New York City, but on the
day his tour came through Nashville, they planned to meet and record together, just as soon as
Allison finished her interview for a job in music publishing. On such separate paths, neither
anticipated this impromptu session would become the way forward.
The duo’s cover of Willie Nelson’s “Crazy” gathered massive enthusiasm online as well as the
fervent demand of one UK promoter that they tour overseas. They accepted the invitation and rushed
to record an EP to have something—anything—to play for audiences, audiences which sold out
venues and applauded The (yet-to-be-named) Bygones with standing ovations before they even
strummed a note. “It didn’t make any sense,” Josh says. “We weren’t a band yet.” But to see The
Bygones live is to comprehend the hype. Allison’s stylish, luminescent presence and vocal finesse,
Josh’s astonishing technical aptitude, and the palpable joy in their onstage dynamic create a live
show experience that demands multiple encores.
The circumstances which bore The Bygones seem supernatural; rather than a band asking the world
to listen, the world asked these two musicians to be a band. But there is nothing more palpably

natural than the love these two artists have for music. It is an effervescent force, intrinsic to their
conceptions of self. Josh says, “Music is like a hole in the ground, and as a child I was given a tiny
shovel to dig, and the further I dig, the more interesting and rewarding it becomes. It’s endless.”
Allison adds, “There’s nothing more wonderful than when a song resonates with someone, and you
know you’ve made one person in this world feel a little less alone.”
In 2023, the duo began working on their debut album. The thirteen tracks encompassing The Bygones
revolve around relationships—romantic, platonic, and familial—and the marvelously varied facets of
each. On the upbeat and edgy “Stars Turn Cold,” love sizzles and fades to a frustrating end. On the
infectious and zagging “Waste A Day,” love is the resplendent, ultimate source of contentment.
Allison grapples with the failure of a loved one to see her for who she is on “If You Wanted To,” her
beautifully bare vocal as delicate as a flower petal, lilting with fragility. Josh assumes the weight of
his partner’s suffering on “Asteroid Day,” his intricate guitar arrangement emanating the tensions
and tendernesses that come with sharing life. Each track is a fearlessly frank take on a different
corner of companionship, and in this sense, The Bygones is a collection of love songs to love itself.
There’s an invigorating light across The Bygones’ philosophy—about music, and about life. Josh
says, “There’s goodness in every decade of music. And there’s goodness in every season of life. For
us, it’s about finding what’s golden in the past and bringing that forward.” He adds, laughing gently
“We’re both very earnest people, and very optimistic.”
In the case of these Bygones, it’s an easy delight to let them be.

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