"We've been compared to Gram Parsons & Emmylou Harris," says Benjamin. "I think we're more like Lucy and Ricky," adds Courtney. The dynamic duo of Courtney Kaiser and Benjamin Cartel, KaiserCartel, formed when the two Brooklyn based musicians joined forces to tour the country in the summer of 2004. Crammed into their Toyota Prius named Gertie filled with instruments, thrift store finds, and their furry friends "The Crayons", KaiserCartel has been touring regionally and nationally ever since. Courtney was originally in the United States Three and The Prom when she lived in Bloomington in the 1990s/early 2000s.