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Joaco Bustillo’s New Folk Philosophy

Joaco Bustillo

Joaco Bustillo is an emerging independent indie-folk artist who made his professional recording debut in 2019 with the EP Hope & Smoke. That record introduced a multi talented singer, songwriter, and guitarist with a sound equally influenced by tradition and the sounds of today. He cites the inspiration of popular modern folk artists like Mumford and Sons, Ben Howard, Laura Marling, and Sufjan Stevens.

Originally from Bolivia, Joaco Bustillo was raised in a creative household. His mother teaches English and plays guitar, while dad is a writer. Their influence can be heard in the philosophical lyricism and smooth acoustic instrumentation. At just 17 years-old, Joaco relocated to Buenos Aires, Argentina where is an active participant in that city’s vibrant folk music scene.

“Learn, Breeding Learn” is the current single from Joaco Bustillo’s brand new full-length album Melodies from a (Broken) Folky Heart, available worldwide via all major streaming services. As the track opens, Bustillo plays the tune’s infectiously catchy central melody on acoustic guitar. He steps to the mic, and in a smooth tenor sings a poetic summary of his own life philosophy, The narrative is delivered from the perspective of a wise elder offering sage advice. As he sings, the folky ensemble expands to include banjo, mandolin, double bass, and accordion. 

Check out the “Learn, Breeding Learn” video below, starring the singer’s absolutely adorable dog. You can also hear the song on the Deep Dive : Pop & Rock playlist, or listen on your favorite streaming service. Follow the links below to connect with the artist.

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