Kristen Grainger & True North Extol the Power of True Love with “The Avalanche”

Article Contributed by IVPR | Published on Friday, November 3, 2023

“Even confirmed cynics might be persuaded to hold out for true love,” says lead singer Kristen Grainger, True North’s chief songwriter about the brand new single from Kristen Grainger & True North, “The Avalanche.” A joyful, medium-tempo love song with folk-pop sensibilities, “The Avalanche” features interlocked mandolin and guitar interplay, soaring solo vocals, and a fresh, heartwarming message: “Of all the beauty I have seen / Wide awake or in my dreams / Nothing moves me like you do.”

“The Avalanche” is the latest release from Kristen Grainger & True North’s upcoming album, Fear of Falling Stars—out on November 10th. Led by the enchanting vocals of Grainger and drawing on elements of bluegrass, country, and Americana, Fear of Falling Stars delivers more of the band’s award-winning songcraft that has earned national recognition. With equal focus on compelling songwriting and excellent instrumental execution, this new album offers ten songs that nestle in the ear on the way to the heart.

“We gravitate towards songs that let us stretch out instrumentally and stack harmonies like cordwood; that’s our bluegrass roots coming through," Grainger says. “But our real superpower is songs that tell stories—our stories—of this world, these times.”

From heart-wrenching ballads to foot-stomping earworms, Fear of Falling Stars reveals a series of musical zoom shots through the windows of modern life.

Fans can hear “The Avalanche” today at this link, check out Kristen Grainger & True North’s previously-released singles—“Extraordinary Grace” and “Across The Mountains”—at their respective links, and pre-order or pre-save Fear of Falling Stars ahead of its November release right here. A list of upcoming True North tour dates can be found below or at

Earlier this week, Fretboard Journal premiered an early listen of the new single, along with an in-depth interview with multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter Dan Wetzel, diving into his skills as a luthier (he plays four of his handmade instruments on this new album).

Fear of Falling Stars Tracklist:

Don’t Take Me Back

Go-Nowhere Town

Extraordinary Grace

Memories and Moments

Across the Mountains

It's the Little Things

The Avalanche


What Might Have Been

Stop Me If I Told You This Before

Catch Kristen Grainger on Tour:

Nov. 3- Seattle, WA - Concerts at Our House series - SOLD OUT

Nov. 4 - Seattle, WA - Concerts at Our House series - SOLD OUT  

Nov. 10 - Portland, OR - PNC Live Studio Concert

Nov. 17 - Portland, OR - Alberta Rose Theatre

Nov. 29 - Sisters, OR - The Belfry

For a full list of tour dates and ticket information, please visit