Fond Kiser combines heart and dark humor to create an imaginative work that illuminates the human condition, blending bluegrass, blues, modern folk and country to forge his own distinctive sound. Portrait Americana is wry, honest, brutal yet funny and touching. Featuring 14 tracks of detailed stories culled from personal experience or plucked out of the the daily headlines. Fond writes unflinchingly about suicide, politics, heartache, despair and the simple joys that are a part of everyday life. In the telling of these stories, Fond has crafted something basic, truthful, emotionally complex yet simple. "Life is story loaded with emotion and feeling. I'm trying to make music that tells a story and makes a point." It's as simple and pure as that.