Emotional, gut-wrenching, but still incredibly hopeful, National Park Radio’s music reverberates important themes about life, love, and difficult choices, all while echoing the enduring beauty of the band’s deep-seated roots in the Ozark Mountains. Formed in Northwest Arkansas in 2012, National Park Radio, headed by singer/songwriter Stefan Szabo, has infused the surrounding region (and many others as well) with their unique brand of indie-folk music. Emerging from the shadows cast by giants Mumford & Sons, The Decemberists, and The Avett Brothers, NPR offers the indie folk world something a little different: An outstanding blend of incisive songwriting and organic Americana charm, alongside a heritage in genuine mountain music.
Szabo (lead vocals, acoustic guitar) self-produced the band’s EP back in 2013, and National Park Radio has never looked back. Initially, the music spread like mountain wildfire throughout the region, earning the band a substantial and incredibly loyal following in their home region. After facing some of the challenges in the music industry while creating their first full-length album The Great Divide (2016), Szabo’s wife Kerrie joined the band with the release of their quick follow-up album “Old Forests” (2017), bringing beautiful harmonies and a unique chemistry that created a sense of family at the core of the band. They have spent the last few years touring and gaining fans throughout the country, building a passionate fan base that is inspired by their songs. Their 2020 EP named “The Road Ahead” (2020) was released while they were stuck at home during the covid lockdown, and in May of 2023, their most ambitious album to date named “Canyons” was finally released to the world.