Ismay represents the collaborative work driven by singer-songwriter Avery Hellman, who grew up backstage at their grandfather’s Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival and was inspired early on by such artists sas Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch, and Hazel Dickens. Ismay has sharpened their musical craft over the last decade while living and working on their family ranch in Northern California. Songs of Sonoma Mountain, their debut full length album released in 2020, realized a contemplative vision blending field recordings and intricate melodies with live, inventive composition. Since then, Ismay has developed the sound further, letting their singular melodies breathe, interact, and come to fruition through a full band groove with psychedelic color in upcoming releases.