Christian Porter and Regina Sayles have been friends and musical collaborators for over a decade, and two summers ago, the Stroudsburg singer-songwriter duo released their debut album of songs that straddle the worlds of poppy folk and contemporary country. They’re a little bit Civil Wars, a little bit Lady Antebellum, and their self-titled record caught the ear of XPN midday host Helen Leicht, who connected with the moving contemplation of “This Guitar,” a yearning ballad about balancing the conflicting passions of one’s music and one’s relationships.
This summer, Porter & Sayles returns with its latest single since that record, following up on the spring release “#IAmOne.” It’s a revved up country ripper and unofficial Pocono Speedway anthem “Buckled Up In Drive,” which the duo played acoustically for us during their Key Studio Session. In the set, you’ll also hear “Country,” which reflects on the universality of their preferred form of American music — even for folks who don’t come from down south — as well as “You Had Me From Hello,” a jangling pop tune about first impressions.
Watch video and listen to an audio archive Porter & Sayles’ Key Studio Session below, and see the duo this Saturday, August 18th when they play Helen Leicht’s Philly Local Stage at the 57th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival. They’ll join Matt Santry, Jason Reed, and The Kuf Knotz Band featuring harpist Christine Elise for an afternoon of music; tickets and more information can be found here.
Porter & Sayles, The Key Studio Sessions