Nourished on old folk songs, Appalachian Karma is the solo project of the french songwriter Pierre Souq (aka William Craw).
Known as a singer guitarist and banjo player in Paris, he follows in American Primitivism footsteps to compose folk songs and murder ballads, evoking the american spirits he does love (ghosts, poets, animals, indians, slaves, cowboys, etc.).
His influences are Skip James, Son House, Leadbelly, Johnny Cash, Townes Van Zandt, John Fahey, Robbie Basho, Nick Drake, Tim Buckley, The Sixteen Horsepower, Woven Hand, Mark Lanegan, Nick Cave, Warren Ellis, etc...
Tied to history and myths, he tells the stories of characters like Anne Bonny, Abraham Lincoln, Jeremiah Johnson, Jim Crow, Saint John Baptist, The Molly Maguires, Mateo Falcone, etc..
Also, his songs are torn between anglo-saxon and french litterature. Some texts draw worlds from the Transcendentalist Movement (Emily Dickinson, Ralph Weldo Emerson, Robert Frost, John Muir, Henry David Thoreau, Walt Whitman, etc.), some texts borrow words from Parnassism (Charles Leconte de Lisle, Théodore de Banville, Théophile Gautier, Sully Prudhomme, Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Verlaine, etc.).
Third album called "Transcendentalsim" released In november 2012.
Appalachian Karma is now working on a fourth album and original soundtracks.
Still looking for gigs and various projects.
• The Crow & The Deadly Nightshade / First E.P. (White Veranda – january 2007)
• The Crow & The Deadly Nightshade / Second E.P. (White Veranda – may 2008)
• The Crow & The Deadly Nightshade / Single « Stackolee » with Les Boutiques Sonores Prod. (Liberty Rock Studio / White Veranda – october 2008)
• Appalachian Karma / First L.P. (White Veranda / Fnac music / Itunes / Amazon / Believe / Deezer – january 2010)
• The Crow & The Deadly Nightshade / Compilation Rodenticide : The Best of Dark Roots Music Volume III (Devil's Ruin Records – march 2010)
• Anger / Compilation Pan! Freaksville Volume I (Freaksville Records – september 2010)
• Appalachian Karma / First E.P. (Obscure Magpie U.S. – december 2010)
• Appalachian Karma / Second L.P. (Fnac music / Itunes / Amazon / Believe / Deezer – january 2011)
• The Crow & The Deadly Nightshade / First L.P. (Double-Vinyl – october 2011)
• Appalachian Karma / Second E.P. (january 2012)
• Appalachian Karma / Third L.P. (january 2013)