“Tomi Fujiyama” is Japan’s first lady of Country music.
Tomi did start singing in a very early age influenced of her father and before she became a teenager she was succesful and etablished her name as a very talented singer regionally, her stagename was “Tomoko Yamaji”.
It’s hard to put a label on a multi-talented artist like Chris Scruggs. The Washington Post aptly described him as “part John Lennon pop and part Milton Brown western swing with a little bit of White Stripes edginess.” Anthem, the new release from Chris Scruggs combines modern and traditional...more
For nearly a decade, Off The Wagon has enjoyed playing bluegrass music for audiences in Nashville and beyond. Featuring a steady rotation of songs by both classic and lesser-known names in bluegrass, the band cut its teeth on the stage of the world-famous Station Inn (www.stationinn.com) and...more
Jeff and Vida’s nine years of performing and songwriting, have seen them delve into many different genres of music; country, honky-tonk, rockabilly, even a little rock and roll. But throughout their career, which has included four critically acclaimed albums, literally thousands of live shows in...more
Imagine a perfect blend of Nashville and Vaudeville, incorporating sensibilities from Music City with Radio City, and you’ll find the dynamic female-fronted Americana group, Grace Adele & The Grand Band. With a distinct vintage style, Grace Adele sets her stage with traditional American...more
Songwriting and storytelling are only the first steps. For Antonia music can have a greater purpose. The daughter of social activists, Antonia grew up hearing stories from regular people in need of help. When you grow up in NYC life happens quickly and kids grow up fast. So To keep Antonia out...more
A formidable combination of passion, ambition, innovation, and talent, Christian Sedelmyer exemplifies a new generation of musicians. A five-string fiddle player who is influenced in equal part by Neil Young and Stuart Duncan, Christian’s unique and progressive improvisational ideas, technical...more
There is nothing like the challenges and camaraderie of the road to inspire a songwriter who thrives upon the emotional energy and exhilaration only travel can deliver. Some singers are devoted to the pursuit of perpetual motion, and Langhorne Slim releases his wild soul in ways that come out of...more
Tennessee fingerstyle guitarist and composer Bill Mize appeared with the emerging acoustic guitar movement in the 1980s, and has continued to develop a style and sense of taste that influences many of today’s guitarists. Applauded by critics and guitar enthusiasts alike for his composition,...more
“Music is my main thing…”
“Even though I don’t come from a musical family, there was always music going on at the house,” says the Artist Formerly Known as Michael Granda in describing his upbringing in St. Louis, Missouri. “Because my folks weren’t tuned into the Grand Ol’ Opry, I...more
Nikki Reed and Paul McDonald are showing their love through song. The Twilight beauty and American Idol alum have released a 5-song EP, just weeks before the release of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Pt. II.
The album, titled The Best Part, is described as “a stunning collection of...more
Hailing from Bristol, VA, Annabelle’s Curse has moved beyond roots in traditional folk to create something truly different with a style all their own. The band started as the brainchild of Tim Kilbourne, Zack Edwards, and John Watson in the early months of 2010. From there, the rest is...more
“Tom Gray and partner in crime Mark Johnson continue to show why they may be the best guitar tandem around.” – Chris Martin, The Examiner.
With the release of their seventh album Black Cat Oil in 2012, Delta Moon expands upon the sound that has sold thousands of records and allowed them to...more
Rod Picott is the songs he sings. Since before Woody Guthrie songwriters have soaked their public image in sepia tones singing about the working life but Picott bears the scars of actually living that blue collar life. Rod Picott’s songs are inhabited by sheetrock hangers, drinkers, circus...more
Jon Byrd lived his formative years in small town America in the piney woods of south Alabama, one county over from the birthplace of legendary country artist Hank Williams. When Jon was eight years old, his dad was diagnosed with TB and began singing Jimmie Rogers’ “TB Blues” around the house....more
Sarah & Christian Dugas – though these two Dugas siblings have made quite the sound waves each in their own right, you always know that when they are apart, it’s only temporary. Sure enough, in 2007, their respective joining of the Canadian Juno-winning and Grammy-nominated, The Duhks, was...more
Until he paints his masterpiece…
Pop stardom has, for many years, attuned listeners to the arrival of shining new faces filled with vital new ideas, to which attention must be paid. Instantly. Briefly, for the most part.
It says here that there is another path, at least if what one...more
It’s the unsettling sound of strength. A strength fueled by talent and bridled by a passion to relate to another that catches the attention of passers-by with its language-like quality. You can hear within it a conversation between five men able to speak to one another through their...more
“How is it that something so unlikely can also be so infectious, so naturally exhilarating? Pulling in familiar elements and irreverently scrambling and recombining them, Lake Street Dive are at once jazz-schooled, DIY-motivated, and classically pop obsessed. Beginning with catchy songs that are...more
In 2002, Clay Ross embarked on a musical odyssey that brought him closer to home. The South Carolina native moved to New York to pursue a jazz career and several years later found himself in Recife, Brazil studying the region’s folkloric music. Along the way he rediscovered the straightforward...more
“Gwyneth & Monko are on the move in more ways than one. In the past two years alone, they’ve driven over 60,000 miles and played over 250 shows while living out of their Volkswagen Van and camping out in Walmart Supercenter parking lots as well as driveways of friends and strangers alike. In...more
Paul is a young man who began wailing straight out of the womb, and most folks would agree that he hasn’t stopped since. “Oh what a set of lungs that child has,” they’d say, “he must be destined for something special.” Not wishing to disappoint, and being a good young southern boy, Paul began...more
Billy Burnette is the epitome of a rock star – he exudes talent, good looks, and the rock star aura wherever he goes and understandably so, given his journey as a musician, singer, songwriter, guitarist.
Born in Memphis, singer/songwriter/guitarist, Dorsey William Burnette III (aka Billy...more
If you listen closely, you can hear a heartbeat in the songs of Erick Baker. A warm familiar pulse of love and loss echoing from somewhere just under the surface. Written with unguarded lyrical honesty, Erick’s songs are passionate confessions that reflect many of our own deeply rooted emotions...more
“He sings like he feels every note…each song tells a story, all of which he relates astonishingly well.” – The Boston Globe
Reed Föehl’s third solo record Once an Ocean pulls together the warm touch of country folk with the edgy honesty intrinsic to modern songwriting — Foehl’s landscape...more
What started off as a solo project of multi-instrumentalist J.E. Reynolds has now blossomed into the Owsley Brothers debut EP Pure Lust. Reynolds was raised in the foothills of Southeast Kentucky, where he fell under the spell of both Pre-war American Music & Punk Rock. After relocating to...more
The Memphis Dawls are known as the crowning jewel of the Memphis folk scene. The core group is made up of three veteran musicians who have played with several successful local bands. Brought together by their similar tastes in melody and style, and maybe a slight nod from fate, Holly Cole...more
Colonel JD Wilkes (songwriter and front man for the Legendary Shack Shakers), his wife Jessica, plus fellow Shack Shaker Mark Robertson, make up the old-time music trio THE DIRT DAUBERS!
Hailing from Paducah, Kentucky and Nashville, Tennessee, these three have travelled the world...more
The Black Cadillacs are a 6-piece rock and roll band, featuring 2 guitar players, bass, drums, keyboards and organ, and a stand-alone frontman. The Black Cadillacs have a diverse array of influences from classic bands like The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Pink Floyd to more modern bands like My...more
On Dylan LeBlanc’s debut album, Paupers Field, a lost world is brought to life – both in the carefully sculpted songs and rich well of country soul from which those songs emerge. Rough Trade is excited to release Dylan’s album on August 24th, 2010.
Although the Golden era of Alabama’s...more
Robin and Linda Williams are like your next-door neighbors – assuming your neighbors are the salt-of-the-earth and top-flight performers to boot. One minute you picture borrowing a cup of sugar from these two; the next, you’re completely stunned by their jaw-dropping talent. Bottom line: You...more
In 2012 the Blue Dogs, after 25 years of playing shows and releasing 9 CD’s and 2 DVD’s, continue to perform up to 100 shows a year, from clubs, festivals, and colleges to corporate events, private parties, and fundraisers—primarily in the southeast but still traveling wherever they are called,...more
The late Memphis producer Jim Dickinson once called Jimbo Mathus “the singing voice of Huck Finn.” Outside the South, Mathus is likely known as the ringleader of the hyper-ragtime outfit Squirrel Nut Zippers. In his native Mississippi and throughout the South, however, Mathus is the prolific...more
If you happened to find yourself at a recent Carolina Story show, you quite possibly might have mistook your initial, first-glance impression of Ben and Emily Roberts as just another married musical couple that is happy to call Nashville their home. But if you took the time to listen closely to...more
Marley’s Ghost – a virtuoso aggregation composed of singer/multi-instrumentalists Dan Wheetman, Jon Wilcox, Mike Phelan, Ed Littlefield Jr. and Jerry Fletcher – celebrates its 25th anniversary with the scintillating roots-music tour de force Jubilee.
The album, produced by legendary...more
Since 2005, The Johnny Possum Band has been delivering their own brand of alt country/bluegrass/folk music featuring guitar, fiddle, mandolin, banjo and upright bass. From performances throughout New Zealand, to appearances at festivals and venues in the USA the band has developed a solid fan...more
Born in Plymouth, Massachusetts but raised mostly in Northeastern Oklahoma, Tom was influenced early by the “3 Bs”: Bob Wills (courtesy of his fiddle-playing grandpa), The Beatles (via his guitar-playing father), and the Baptist Hymnal (by way of his piano-playing mother.) As a result, he began...more
2010 FEMALE ARTIST OF THE YEAR (CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia)
2009 ARIA (Australian Recording Industry Association) Awards Nominee
It takes an extraordinary artist to emerge on each new album with a fresh, original and dynamic sound — yet at the same time stay completely...more
Caitlin Harnett hails from Sydney, Australia but her songs evoke Laurel Canyon of the early 1970’s. They share the personal and poetic nature of Joni and Jackson Browne’s early songs, youthful in their outlook but with age-old concerns at their core.
Caitlin is one of the youngest signings...more
“When you feel like you’re lost, and tired from travelling, walk on, you’re slowly heading home”. That’s the first line of song written by a man who, geographically, has many homes. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Chris Altmann is originally from the Adelaide Hills in South Australia, and...more
Tom Mason and the Blue Buccaneers play with the fervor of the Pogues and the sensitivity of the Buena Vista Social Club. Their songs that transport you to the wildest pub in Port Royal at the turn of the eighteenth century. Their new CD “The World is Ablaze” draws on the fact that pirates sailed...more
Jordie Lane is a critically acclaimed singer/songwriter who is widely regarded as the leading light of Australia’s folk/alt-country music scene.
Blending the dark romanticism of Bruce Springsteen, the country swagger of Gram Parsons and the versatility of Ryan Adams, Jordie creates music...more
King was born on October 14, 1964, in Baton Rouge. His father, Tabby Thomas, is a locally prominent bluesman who owned a club called Tabby’s Blues Box, which opened in 1979 and closed in 2004 following Tabby’s retirement. As a result, King, started early toward his musical future; even as a...more
Born in Oklahoma, raised in Denver, Kenny Vaughan’s earliest memories of music are his father’s jazz record collection:
“My dad listened to Jimmy Smith, Mose Allison, Count Basie, Woody Herman, Miles Davis, Tony Mottola, and used to take me to hear Johnny Smith play at Shaner’s in Denver....more
Folk Soul Revival is a harmony drenched, boot stomping, rowdy, rootsy Americana band from the Appalachian mountain region of Virginia/Tennessee.
FSR has just released their third album ‘Prompting The Dapperness.’The completely fan funded release (following a hugely successful Kickstarter...more
Austin-based indie rock band Uncle Lucius is set to release its new studio album, “And You Are Me,” on August 28, 2012. Recorded in Austin and Nashville, “And You Are Me” finds Uncle Lucius stretching their musicianship and reeling in eleven songs that punch with a fullness reminiscent of The...more
Gibb Droll is the founder of the Gibb Droll Band and has played and or recorded with Brandi Carlile, Marc Broussard, Keller Williams, and Keller, Moseley, Droll, and Sipe (formerly WMDs). He has toured the world and appeared on Jay Leno, Conan OʼBrien, The CBS Morning Show,...more
In the end, our lives are simply gatherings of contradictions. We are capable of being cruel, funny, angry and unfathomably kind, sometimes all in the space of a few minutes. The same mouth that launched angry words at a driver who cut us off in traffic will kiss and sing a child to sleep. The...more
At 12, John Francis started writing, recording, and performing. Any stage would do, but mostly, Francis cut his teeth in the church, like many great performers. Son of ministers and musicians, Francis grew up with folk, rock, and gospel music at the center of his life. At 18, he enrolled as a...more
Kathy Mattea, the beloved, Grammy-winning singer of such classics as “18 Wheels and A Dozen Roses,” “Where’ve You Been,” and many other hits says that her new album offered her a “re-education” in singing. That album, COAL, is a re-education for the listener as well, a record that reshapes the...more
From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music’s most honest voices in the genre’s history, Junior Sisk. Born in Arlington, Virginia on November 6, 1964, Junior grew up in a home filled with music. Influenced at an early age by his father who played guitar and wrote songs...more
It all started in Athens, Georgia in 2001 during a most peculiar spell when 5 or 6 bluegrass bands circulated the town. The famous Athens, which had once spawned the B-52s, REM, Widespread Panic, and countless other indie, pop and punk acts, was now the home to a competing minority of bluegrass...more
Right out of rural Indiana comes The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band. This fingerpickin’, scrubboard scratchin’, drum-bucket country blues trio conjure up the likes of such greats as Son House and Charley Patton.
You wanna talk about commitment to your art? These guys sold everything they...more
If you need to visualize the soul, think of it as a kind of train. Yes, a long, lonesome freight train rumbling from generation to generation on an eternally rainy morning: its boxcars are loaded with sighs and laughter, its hobos are angels, its engineer is the queen of spades – and the queen...more
Pete Huttlinger has become widely known as one of the most awe-inspiring acoustic guitar players in the world. His unique arrangements and spell-binding musicality and precision have entertained audiences from Los Angeles to Milan.
As a recording artist Huttlinger has released numerous...more
Phantom Farmer is the solo project of Joel J. Dahl, former member of De Novo Dahl and currently performing in By Lightning!
Joel has been playing music and working in studios around greater Nashville since he was 15 years old. alpha is the first Phantom Farmer release and is available for...more
Even the best bands come and go but the Carpenter Ants have been around – with virtually the same lineup – for 25 years. The Ants have defied the odds and outlasted most of their peers for a number of reasons. First and foremost, after more than 2,000 performances, regardless of the occasion,...more
In August of 2008 frontman and multi-instrumentalist Noah Adams drifted into New Orleans and quickly found himself enchanted with its wild and authentic, booming musical styles.
After recruiting New Orleans native drummer Dane “Bootsy” Schindler, they formed what would later become the...more
As a youngster growing up in Tampa, Fla., Thad Cockrell didn’t have rock ‘n’ roll or country records around the house. His father was, and still is, a Baptist preacher, as are Cockrell’s two brothers. Thad’s first exposure to the pure country sound came from listening to Merle Haggard and George...more
His name is Aubrey Ghent Jr. also known as Aj Ghent and J Wunder. He plays both lap and pedal steel guitar. Aj comes from a historical legacy of steel guitar players, its been said that the gift is just in his blood. It all starts with Aj’s grandfather Henry Nelson. Henry introduced the cutting...more
I call it Ôself-help for hippies’,” Mosier laughs of the music he’s now creating with Blueground Undergrass. ‘I try to speak to people as if they were just like me, because guess what? They are. I’m no different because I stand up and run my hand over a piece of wood. That’s what Col. Bruce...more
Jen Jones (The Camaros) and Dave Willie (9 Parts Devil, Jet Black Factory, CPS) team up to create a genre busting vehicle for new songs and a stellar Nashville band. The Willies started writing songs together in ’09. The goal was to combine Dave’s punk rock influences, through the lyrics, with...more
“Kim Richey would rule the charts in a land where Marshall Crenshaw was king, Aimee Mann queen, and the The Beatles never put out another record after Revolver.” Steve Horowitz, popmatters.com
“Richey entices you with sad and unembellished music that reveals an original spirit – and then...more
The Flea Market Hustlers have been on a four-year quest for music, mayhem, and the perfect taco. The Hustlers’ unique sound has continued to evolve, with the band playing festivals all over the Southeast, as well as weekly shows in their hometown of Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Their energetic,...more
Laura Cantrell is a country music artist based in New York City. Born in Nashville, TN, she came to New York to attend Columbia College, and found that her abiding interest in country music helped her stay connected with her family roots. That interest was the motivation behind her long-running...more
The duo of Bill DeMain and Molly Felder draw inspiration from their favorite music – Burt Bacharach, bossa nova, 70s soul – and make it into something that’s familiar and fresh, timeless and tuneful. As MOJO Magazine puts it, “Their songs are an imaginative line in classic pop.”
“If you want to know what gets me through my day . . .”
With that opening line, Jason White invites us in and sets the confidential tone of his latest release The Longing.
What gets White, and by extension, the characters that inhabit his rich song vignettes, through their days, is a...more
After signing to RCA in 1998, David Mead released a pair of critically-acclaimed records, The Luxury of Time and Mine and Yours. Honing a songwriting gift that embraces elements of Broadway, The Beatles, Prog and New Wave, Mead has since continued to release albums (Indiana, Wherever You Are,...more
The Cumberland Collective is a group of independent singer/songwriters and musicians from across the U.S.
Mike Willis, Clay Evans, Connor Rand, Jason Eskridge, Isaac Hayden, Debra Gordon, Philip Lowman, Reggie Sullivan, Brendan Bull, De Marco Johnson, Kerry Greene, Noah Collins, Ted...more
Singer/songwriter Eileen Rose plays her own unique brand of Americana music. She has released 5 critically acclaimed albums, had songs featured in a Disney movie and several major television shows, and has toured with the likes of Ryan Adams, Judy Collins and The Jayhawks. Her richly melodic,...more
In late 2007, New Orleanian John Michael Rouchell decided it was time for a change in his life. He set out to write, record, and release one song a week for the entire year of 2008 under the name MyNameIsJohnMichael (MNIJM). What began as a solo project with Rouchell tackling every instrument...more
At some point in the early stages of an artist’s career, there’s inevitably that defining moment—an ultimate test of one’s fortitude and willingness to gamble on a dream—that either sends said artist back to their day job, dejected, or provides the final mental push needed to become something...more
Now You See Them’s sound is identified by their breathtaking harmonies, thought provoking, stuck-in-your-head lyrics, and strong, yet catchy instrumentation.
Whether live or recorded, in just one sitting NYST will remind you of Rilo Kiley, Cake, Dr. Dog, and The Violent Femmes. Often...more
Kellin Watson is an internationally-touring singer-songwriter, whose award-winning sound blends elements of blues, pop, folk, and soul. Hailing from Asheville NC, Kellin draws on her Appalachian roots to bring both power and rawness to her music. Performing and writing songs from the age of 13,...more
Goose Creek Symphony is considered by many to be one of the most original bands of their time. Major record labels (Capitol & Columbia) of the 60s/early 70s didn’t know what to do with a band that played a mixture of rock and roll, folk, jazz and country with an undeniable hillbilly...more
Characterized as “explosively intoxicating,” this Greensboro, NC six-piece can only be described in terms of what has already been defined, for there is no way to narrow them into any perfect genre. Mixing euphonium with banjo, and acoustic guitar with drums, keys, and electric bass, Holy Ghost...more
East TN native Josh Oliver has spent the past five years as a side man, touring all over the United States, singing harmony, playing lead guitar and piano with the likes of the everybodyfields, Sam Quinn + Japan 10, and Jill Andrews. And now, with his debut album, Troubles, he’s taking a stab at...more
In 2000, Scott Simontacchi arrived in Nashville by way of South Carolina with The Biscuit Boys. He recorded two solo albums—Segue and Before the City Wakes—before embarking on stints as an actor and professional photographer. Scott’s powerful tone and wide range seem inspired by Sinatra, while...more
There are songwriters who sing their songs, and then there are songs who sing their writers.
Alejandro Escovedo is one with his muse and his music. Over a lifetime spent traversing the bridge between words and melody, he has ranged over an emotional depth that embraces all forms of genre...more
Ever been to the circus before? The bright colors,the band of characters, the storied backgrounds…just plain fun! So what happens when you combine The Oak Ridge Boys, Marty Stuart, Exile, and The Grand Ole Opry, with 4 kids ranging in age from 4 to 13? Representing four generations of musical...more
I was born on April 20, 1944 in Ford Town, a part of Sullivan County, near Kingsport, TN, to Leonard and Minnie Lawson. I have two brothers, James and Les, and one sister, Colleen.
As far back as I can remember, I loved the sound of music. Just about everyone listened to The Grand Ole...more
“I get a lot of juice from the musicians in the room,” says Gretchen Peters.
In the case of her new album, Blackbirds, “juice” is certainly understatement. Recorded in Nashville, the album features a who’s who of modern American roots music: Jerry Douglas, Jason Isbell, Jimmy LaFave, Will...more
J.P. Harris and The Tough Choices play Country-Goddamned-Music. Period. Sick and tired of the modern Pop-Country filth broadcast shamelessly and persistently across our beautiful countrysides, The Tough Choices set out to right the wrongs done to a music so classically and quintessentially...more
Take old time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group of guys that like to work hard and play even harder. Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American stringband music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends...more
The One and Only Bill Davis originally hails from Manitowoc, WI. He has lived in Chicago, Vail, and Austin. These days he resides in Nashville TN, where he writes songs and commercial jingles. Aside from his original music, he is the founder/frontman of 5X Beaver(classic country & western)...more
The first thing that hits you when you see Christabel & the Jons is lead singer/songwriter Christa DeCicco’s velvety, effortless voice. Sultry, southern, and laid back, her delivery and stage presence often draws comparisons to Billie Holiday, Madeleine Peyroux, and Norah Jones. While the...more
Embracing a crossover sound between progressive bluegrass and acoustic country, Monroeville has caught the attention of music lovers on both sides of the tracks.
Bursting onto the scene in the past year, the band is on the fast track to success. The energy, interplay and synchronicity they...more
Singer Carolyn Martin has been described as “… a winning throwback to the days where emotion was measured and artful rather than loud and histrionic.” From European concert halls to intimate venues at home in Nashville, fans have come to know Carolyn as a vocalist with a unique sense of musical...more
Formed in Austin, WHEELER BROTHERS have emerged as one of the most exciting bands breaking out of Texas. The five-piece act composed of Austin natives combines the gutsy indie vibe of the modern central Texas music scene with the longing strains of time-honored Texas folk. Brothers Nolan, Tyler...more
David Vandervelde’s very clothes were ablaze that day in his Nashville basement. And the only thing that was ever going to put the flames out was laying “Learn How To Hang” to tape. How else does a song so immediate come to be? The repeated mantra of its title, set to an exhilarating,...more
The autobiographical Little House books by Laura Ingalls Wilder (1867-1957) are rich in references to music, with 127 songs embedded in the narratives. In fact, there may be no books of comparable standing that document frontier America family music-making so thoroughly. The source of most...more
Meet Erin McDermott before the gig, with a Guinness in her hand and a self-effacing wit at the ready, and you’d never suspect the transformation that’s about to take place. But when she sets down her pint and steps onto stage, pay attention. A spruce-topped six string launches into a...more
Pieta Brown is a striking poet-songwriter with a seductive voice and an unmistakable style. With one foot in her Iowa home and one in Alabama where she grew up, she is a mercurial sort–a free-spirited beauty who is both self-possessed and disarmingly unaffected. Not easily categorized, her music...more
Pierce Pettis, adored by both critics and public alike, is one of this generation’s most masterful songwriters. His music is distinguished by his uncanny ability to capture universals in human experience by drawing on the humor and trials in daily life. Pettis’ music can simultaneously pull on...more
Musicians often claim they are “giving themselves” to their listeners, but it’s rarely as true as on Ben Sollee’s fourth album, Half-Made Man, a revealing, deeply moving album that explores a man trying to figure himself out, just as we all are. Known for his thrilling cello-playing that...more
Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers were one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a...more
BIG DADDY LOVE brings a natural blend of grass, roots and rock to the emerging North Carolina music scene. With fiery vocals, sweet-sugary harmonies, authentic song-craft, and undeniable musicianship, the quintet delivers high-energy performances comprised of their own brand of good-time music....more
Daniel Hutchens and Eric Carter met each other when they were eight years old. They solidified their early friendship based on a mutual love of baseball, comic books, and rock n roll music. They grew up in West Virginia; much time during their high school years was spent on Skull Run Road, where...more
Some songs are novels. Others are mantras. Some are soda pop and candy while others are bitter pills. Ryan Tanner’s songs are, for the most part, none of those. They’re photographs. Snapshots. A truthful, beautiful, sometimes sad, sometimes contented photographic approach to one scene, one...more
Walter is a musician, singer, composer, writer, artist and sculptor who is most widely known for his 1978 million-selling single record, “Magnet and Steel,” featured on his album, “Not Shy” (Columbia). Since then, Walter has continued to make original music as both a prolific individual artist,...more
Since its inception in 2002, the Matt Flinner Trio has been forging new pathways for the standard bluegrass trio. Mandolinist Matt Flinner, guitarist Ross Martin and bassist Eric Thorin cover a wide variety of musical styles—all with the common ground of American roots as well as originality....more
LA’s Driftwood Singers have gone an un-contemporary route. The duo of Kris Hutson and Pearl Charles play a stripped down kind of folk that one might have heard on front porches in the south of the 1930’s.
Kris rotates between guitar, banjo and mandolin while harmonizing with Pearl, who...more
In 2007, Jabe Beyer won the BMI Music Maker Songwriting Competition, was nominated for two Boston Music Awards, as well as a nomination in the WFNX FM Best Music Poll. With over 300 songs in his catalog, his namesake band, JABE, won the Abe Oleman Songwriting Award from The Songwriting Hall of...more
Devils are not the only thing to come from Tasmania. Singer-songwriter Audrey Auld’s heart is in Country, Folk and Americana music with a presence as big as The Outback. Her songs are the wry and poignant observations of a Tassie girl living in California and Nashville for the past eight years....more
Gareth Dunlop began his music career at age 14 by trying to play his Fathers old Yamaha guitar. After a few basic chords were established it quickly became an addiction to play and learn more and more about music.
Music performance for Gareth started in pubs and clubs but quickly moved to...more
On fiddle he is a stylistic chameleon‚ channeling Kenny Baker‚ Johnny Gimble‚ or Stephane Grappelli in turn. As a mandolinist he calls to mind Jethro Burns or Tiny Moore in one instant‚ then Bill Monroe or Sam Bush the next. On guitar he also speaks with many voices; from a snaky Delta blues...more
Today’s musicians increasingly find themselves at a crossroad. They find that they must choose between originality and building and maintaining an active fan-base. Typically, success depends on their ability to provide the industry and their listeners with music that is truly unique. To combat...more
People always ask me what type of music I play. I find that question difficult to answer because I play it all, classical, bluegrass, Irish, country, rock. I’d rather tell people about the music I love because bluegrass music and bluegrass musicians are second to none. Just throw me into a...more
Bluegrass music is a unique art form that is as much about feel and instinct as it is technique. Blending proficiency and passion into a musically intoxicating package, The Roys make their debut with LONESOME WHISTLE ( Rural Rhythm Records) , a spirited set that showcases the siblings’ stellar...more
Raised in the hill country of northern Mississippi, W.B. Givens grew up a stone’s throw away from the legendary land where the Delta Blues began. After a substantial stint in Asheville, North Carolina, he developed a strong passion for traditional Bluegrass and Country music. Nowadays, he...more
SHEL is Sarah, Hannah, Eva and Liza, four classically trained musicians who happen to be sisters ranging in age from 18-23. From the artist colony of Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL is sophisticated and youthful, emotional and lighthearted, classic and eccentric. SHEL’s engaging live show is marked...more
Certain talented musicians have the ability to transport the listener to a different place and time by just hitting some strings or directing the air that fills their lungs…
For Woody Pines, you find yourself in the Mississippi Delta when AM radio is king, sippin’ whiskey if you re...more
An award winning singer-songwriter from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, Ryan’s sound is a smooth ensemble of Country/Western, Roots, Folk and Jazz music. Raised in a large dairy farming family, Ryan did all he could to outrun the expected cliches of cowboy culture. In fact, he started playing in punk...more
Tim & Nicki Bluhm are the husband/wife team of singer/songwriter Nicki Bluhm–the “It Girl” of the San Francisco music scene–and Tim Bluhm, singer/songwriter/guitarist of rock band The Mother Hips. Drawing from a vast songbook of originals and covers, the duo blends the honky tonk harmonies...more
Tiller’s Folly are the Pacific Northwest’s critically acclaimed, internationally traveled, ambassadors of song and at the forefront of a bold new movement in acoustic roots music. For the past sixteen years, through 1,000’s of performances stretching from the Pacific Northwest to the British...more
The deal is this: I’ve been on the road, making my living as a full time touring indie folk singin songwriter for about four years, give or take (depending on how flexible you’re willing to be in your definition of “a living,” I guess). Before that I was a part-time touring folk singer and a...more
Loves It! formed when two best friends, Vaughn Walters and Jenny Parrott, dreamed of traveling the world together singing songs! Both accomplished solo writers, they were surprised and excited to see their collaborative works sparkle! Besides inventive songwriting that travels between folk,...more
Juno nominees and winners of the 2010 Canadian Folk Music Award for Vocal Group of the Year, Amanda Walther and Sheila Carabine of Dala write and sing in harmony best described as angelic. These two best friends met in their high school music class in 2002; they have since released five albums...more
“Dave Gleason is one of my favorite guitarists. His playing is wise and lyrical but he’s also a serious gunslinger. If Dave Gleason walks into the room, I set my guitar down.” – DAVE ALVIN
“Dave Gleason is carrying on the Telecaster, Twang , California Country Music tradition as good as...more
Lilly has been surrounded by music since a very early age. With her father being a well-known musician and her mother being a Tennessee native, she found herself immersed in music and playing guitar at the age 9. Lilly grew up in Gloucestershire, England and played in bands in front of her...more
The Rev. Jeff Mosier understands the importance of occasionally re-inventing oneself. Especially when you’ve turned 50 years old, and are suddenly aware that time has become far more precious. “Some people are threatened by starting over,” he says. “Me, I love it. I really do.” In late 2009,...more
This is how columnist Ray Waddle of The Tennessean described the Nashville duo Kindling Stone (Chris Moore and Mark Wingate) in a recent column:
“What if you could jump out of your shadow and see your life as it really is, without illusion…bring a person to truth, stripped of nonsense,...more
The Special Consensus is a four-person acoustic bluegrass band that formed in the Chicago area in 1975. The band has released 15 recordings and has appeared on numerous National Public Radio programs and cable television shows, including The Nashville Network and the Grand Ole Opry....more
Born on a tobacco farm in London, Ky., in 1959, and raised in E. Gary, Indiana, Darrell was part of a musical family. His father Wayne, a steelworker by trade but a songwriter in his heart, moved his clan to Southern California when Darrell was 11. Soon Darrell and brothers Denny, Dale, Don, and...more
In an unlikely matrimony between singer/songwriter and bluegrass band, The Apache Relay are creating a strikingly fresh blend of progressive bluegrass and Americana/folk music. Playing together for under a year, the group is planning on releasing their debut LP 1988, produced by Doug Williams...more
Leaving the 1956 Flex tour bus David Mayfield and his family called home to start his nightly shift at the tool and die along side his father it’s easy to understand why he celebrates every performance he’s afforded.
David Mayfield is the “other” voice and lead guitarist, as well as a...more
It makes sense that two of the South’s finest grassroots singers had to hoof it all the way to Hollywood to find each other. In a sea of indie rock bands, the unabashedly Appalachian voices of SALLY JAYE and SARAH ROBERTS make for a stunning anomaly. Teaming up not only made sense, it felt...more
Carolina Still, out of Washington, NC, promotes a vision of early 20th century rural and small-town life, with a distinct Southern focus. They are a hard-driving, acoustic quartet with a distinctive new young sound and an old-time feel – the result of a potent blend of musical styles of old...more
Born in the rumbling cab of a stone truck and aged in the oak of Tennessee’s smoky night haunts, The Black Lillies have come to the forefront of the Americana scene in little more than a year. Founded by multi instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras (co-founder of Robinella and the...more
After releasing well received EP, “Fire Demos,” in July 2010, Anderson East’s creative ambition steamed ahead with a back to back release of three song EP “Transitive Property,” all while gaining interest from a well respected group of music makers who would shortly prove to be the team for...more
The Snyder Family Band features the talents of siblings Zeb and Samantha Snyder from Lexington, NC. Backed by their dad, Bud, on upright bass, this band has delighted and surprised audiences at venues including Merlefest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, the Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree, the...more
It just comes naturally for Julie Gribble, writing, singing, and performing. But what she loves most is to inspire, to reach people with her music. With her Traditional Americana/Country Music, Gribble has entranced audiences with her modern stories of life, love and relationships. When you...more