Antje Duvekot earned her reputation as one of America’s top singer-songwriters with her debut studio release, “Big Dream Boulevard,” her debut studio release and her follow-ups, “The Near Demise of the Highwire Dancer” and “New Siberia”. She holds three top songwriting awards including the Kerrville New Folk Competition’s Best New Folk Award, Boston Music Award for Outstanding Folk Act, and Grand Prize in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. “Toward the Thunder,” Duvekot’s fourth studio release, centers around themes of courage, resilience and striving for something better. It features an impressive cast of folk royalty, including Shawn Mullins, Anais Mitchell, John Gorka, Martyn Joseph and Richard Shindell, among others. In addition to nine new Duvekot originals and the traditional tune “The Parting Glass” the album includes a Dar Williams cover “The Light and the Sea” from which the record title, as well as the album art, is derived. The song is about resilience and the fact that there is always a light that one can turn to, even in times of storm and upheaval. Like most of Duvekot’s writing, a sense of hope and perseverance shines through the songs on “Toward the Thunder”. “Toward the Thunder” is being called by some Antje Duvekot’s best record yet.