“ahhhh... organic and rich like good soil ... makes me want to listen
and hear it grow. the songs are honest and dimensional.
it’s music to my ears.” - amy ray, the indigo girls
Michigan-based, Pleasantly Aggressive Folk Duo Nervous but Excited (Kate Peterson & Sarah Cleaver) is two songwriters, two singers, three guitars, a mandolin, a violin, a ukulele, a few harmonicas, dead-on harmony, some vaguely choreographed dancing, an impressive amount of laughter and a glockinspiel. Their original repertoire ranges in topic from smart, introspective narratives to the tactfully political… interspersed with songs of love and loss that will undoubtedly tug on your heart.
Road warriors to the core, their endless passion has landed them on stages with folks like Ani Difranco, Iron and Wine, Utah Phillips, Ben Gibbard, Catie Curtis and Cheryl Wheeler to name a few. Their live show will bounce you through a variety of emotions always keeping you guessing which is coming next. You might cry, you’ll definitely laugh, and they hope you’ll leave feeling that your heart has grown just a little bigger than it was before you arrived.
When Kate and Sarah take the stage (or living room), you won't be able to deny the power of their laughter, combined with their genuinely emotive lyrics and arrangments. They are not afraid to sing loud and sing hard. The sensitive tug of their voices will pull you through worlds of progressive politics, and their harmonies have been described as the kind that build so smoothly until suddenly they start to shake your insides.
"...harmonies that would make Dolly Parton swoon." - afterellen / MTV / Logo
NBE’s presence was humble and the music filled with a powerfully bittersweet honesty of love lost and distance felt - accompanied by an acoustic guitar and mandolin, their intertwining harmonies were wound together as tightly as a rope, strengthening each melody in an incredible way.- 1000x/minute
About Just the Two of Us: "A well-executed treat for acoustic music fans… gorgeous throughout, featuring beautiful harmonies and accomplished playing."- Ann Arbor.com
About Anchors: "A shining example of their mastery of melody, harmony and heart wrenching lyrics."-Curve Magazine
“Kate and Sarah deliver high-quality, intelligent tunes with the skill and passion of legendary folk singers in the making.- Off Our Backs Feminist News Journal
"Nervous But Excited is a homegrown duo that cuts like the Michigan winters....their words have a bite to them...while the vocal harmonies of Kate and Sarah soothes the listener like a warm summer breeze coming off the lake....blending it all together to create music that is touching and moving." -Laney Goodman-host/producer of Women in Music
“...blending progressive politics, sharp wit, and deep introspection with nuanced harmonies...”-Curve Magazine
“Nervous but Excited combines a down-to-earth point of view, progressive politics, and resonant, ringing vocal harmonies.” – Ann Arbor Observer
"Nervous but Excited is the best of what I want in a duo.... passion, integrity, originality, hard work, musicianship, wit, and soul..... Kate and Sarah have a lot of great music and some serious soul."-Kiya Heartwood
"Kate and Sarah's blend of fluid vocals and real-life lyrics are so compelling that I couldn't stop listening. The first time I heard them, they stopped my heart."- Chicago Free Press
"These two singer/songwriters have something to say that audiences want to hear... and they deliver their heartfelt messages with an irresistible musical flair that moves people to the core. Their aggressive acoustic style and honest, thought-provoking lyrics have been winning over crowds throughout the country. Together, their harmony is powerful and uniquely beautiful. Sarah and Kate left our audience on their feet and begging for more."
- Cheryl VanDeKerkhove, Producer, East Lansing Women In The Arts Festival
...a musical deep sigh if ever there was one... - FAME/Acoustic Music.com
"...how I feel about the whole thing - so real. This music comes from such an honest, beautiful place. Their voices sound beautiful together and the production is great - sparse and lush at the same time. I love how their voices can be soft yet retain their strength. Just beautiful. "- Natalia Zukerman, Singer Songwriter