Show of Cards merges an intimate singer-songwriter sensibility with lively band-driven musicianship. A pair of Cardozos on vocals and guitars joins forces with bassist Garrett Sawyer (of Gaslight Tinkers) and drummer Joe Fitzpatrick (of Trailer Park) for a dynamic performance that reviews have described as “captivating” and “laced with varying textures.” The band began as a sibling trio: singer-songwriter Karen (formerly of Chattering Magpies), bassist Joe (of Cold Duck Complex) and lead guitarist Mike. With drummer Makaya McCraven, they released Leap Year in 2009 (engineered by Justin Pizzoferrato).
With Something Better (2013), producers Mike and Garrett enveloped Karen's thoughtful songwriting in the textures, rhythms, and arrangements of musical languages from folk-rock to jazz to West African to classical. Engineered by Garrett at Northfire Recording Studio in Amherst, collaborators included drummer Sturgis Cunningham, cellist Eric Remschneider (of many acts including Smashing Pumpkins), Jeff D'Antona (keyboards), Zoe Darrow (fiddle) and Tim Eriksen (backing vocals). The band is currently recording their next album at Northfire, slated for Spring 2017 release.