Marian Runk was born in Dallas, TX, to a symphony musician and a science teacher. During childhood road trips to the Texas hill country, she learned the Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt “Trio” album word for word. Those country harmonies lay dormant until the late aughts, when she started singing and playing guitar & banjo in Chicago. Today, Marian writes songs about love, loss, death, restlessness, and the natural world. Her debut album, A Few Feet from the Ground, hovers in and around the genres of country, folk, and blues. It offers both lush full band and spare solo arrangements that highlight a clear voice and emotional arc. Also an Ignatz-nominated cartoonist & illustrator, Marian is happy to be creating music and visual art in a vibrant corner of the Midwest.

“[A Few Feet from the Ground] sounds like poetry set to classic country music— like Joni Mitchell doing a Hank Williams thing. Runk’s soprano voice is like honey and her tunes are full of hooks.”

—Tony Breed, CHIRP Radio  




3/29/19 Hungry Brain 9 pm
Marian Runk + Joybird

4/27/19 Montrose Saloon 9 pm
Gilded Palace of Sin 50th Anniversary/Marian Runk


A Few Feet from the Ground

by Marian Runk