Biography

A band of friends playing the music of four families

Robin Rütenberg – vocals, guitar, mandolin, tambourine
Naarah Strokosch – cello, keys
Quinn Mellon – bass
Summer Wood – drums

Four Families is an orchestral indie folk group home-based in Jacksonville, Fl. Their music is inspired by themes of cultural tradition, social and historical observations, and human relationships. They released their first EP, Sea Legs, in January of 2012 as “Robin Rütenberg & Friends” and are currently recording their first full-length album.

Four Families is sponsored by craft brewery Intuition Ale Works.

All design work by Summer Wood.
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“The sound of Four Families is at once classic and modern, soothing yet invigorating. The Florida quartet strikes a perfect sonic balance, with songwriting that puts their skills on full display. The combination of Robin Rütenberg’s voice and Naarah Strokosch’s cello results some of the most satisfying harmonies being made anywhere in America today, while Quinn Mellon and Summer Wood lay a rhythmic foundation so solid, you could carve statues from it. They have come a very long way in a very short time, and it’s only just begun…”

“[Four Families] have brought a neatly done EP to the table. It may be only four songs, but it showcases their songwriting, Robin’s grea vocals, and leaves the listener wanting more.”
—James Walker, Blogger, Music Reviews by James

“Get hooked on [Four Families]…part-blues, part-folk and nearly indescribable music…the indie-folk band maintains its ethereal sound with a focus on movement and sway.”
—Katie Guile, Entertainment Writer, UNF Spinnaker

“And then there’s that voice. The opening number was one where the band played for a few measures before Robin, mandolin in hand, slowly introduced us to her pipes with a gorgeous wail that eventually gave way to the soulful, authentic, beautiful vocals that would stand out for the rest of the set.”
—Florida Lifestyle Blog, Floridabout