With two backpacks, one guitar, and a month’s supply of whiskey and chocolate, brother and sister Connor and Karlee found themselves living in a camper van in the backcountry of New Zealand in November 2016, reunited at last after spending six months apart on opposite ends of the world. Welcomed to the island by a 7.8 earthquake and its relentless aftershocks, Connor and Karlee began a month long road trip navigating New Zealand’s unforgiving landscapes and hoping to find new inspiration and stories to tell. After years of splitting the state while attending different universities and performing as “Connor & Karlee” at every local coffee shop and dusty dive bar in their hometown, Sacramento, CA, the pair desperately needed to disconnect from the pressures of reality, immerse themselves in nothing but the wilderness, and rediscover their need for songwriting. With a road map and coffee cup in hand each morning, Connor and Karlee found the ultimate freedom and adventure they were looking for. Along the way, the siblings discovered a newfound motivation for music and an untapped wheelhouse of lyric and song in every national park, night sky, and trail they encountered. Little did Connor and Karlee know, they planted the seeds for their folk inspired project “me&you”.