Cale Tyson is a singer, songwriter and guitar player from Nashville, Tennessee. Born in a small town in Texas, he was raised in Fort Worth, the home of Townes Van Zandt and the place where he first heard the classic country sounds that have inspired and enriched his gentle, melancholy, and...more
It all starts with a song, but for Julie Lee’s seventh album out March 6, it actually started with babies – not her babies, but the offspring of some of Nashville’s best musicians. As a longtime respected singer/songwriter, and Nashville being Nashville, Lee’s occasional side job of babysitting...more
The acoustic violin/guitar based trio, The Gypsy Hombres, blend traditional jazz with European, South American, and classical music to create a sound unlike any other musical group. The Hombres’ repertoire embraces a wide variety of composers and styles; from Brahms and Chopin to George...more
When internationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Jason Ringenberg created his family music character Farmer Jason, he had no idea he was launching what would prove to be the most commercially successful creation of his storied career. With Jason and the Scorchers in the 1980s, Jason pioneered...more
It’s just your typical Music City story.
A frequently homeless, 62-year-old singer-songwriter-guitarist gets discovered at a Nashville food pantry by a Swedish country music star, who helps him from the streets to superstardom in a country best known for Abba’s “Dancing Queen” and the...more
“It’s hard to eat this well and still stay hungry.”
This line comes from the chorus of Kai Welch’s song “Perpetually Out Of Fashion,” a slow-burn meditation on keeping it real in the age of first-world problems, and it does well to sum up who Kai is at heart: a man born from wanderlust,...more
Helen Highwater: The Band
Nashville, TN (November 1, 2012) – It was just another night in Nashville: four friends—revered acoustic musicians—got together in a living room. The music bounced, danced, gathered strength, and lifted them in a way that only happens with the right...more
James Apollo is an American singer and composer. He was born in Northwest Arkansas and spent formative years in Minneapolis, San Francisco, New York and Tennessee. He currently lives and works out of Seattle, Washington.
The Scotsman dubbed Apollo “King of the Road,” in regards to a young...more
“We’ve spent the better part of the last five years criss crossing the deepest dirtiest beautiful American South. We are here to entertain. In the bars, so filled with smoke you could hardly recognize a true fire. People have come to see what you got. We show up for the show and wade through a...more
“Intense dynamics, deep humor, brave production and heavy songwriting: A new voice emerges to run with the greats.” – Playboy
“Branan’s hushed, dry whiskey voice and his sharp edged, story song lyrics make the appropriately titled Mutt a mongrel that rewards repeated spins…” -American...more
Tumbleweed Company is a Folk/Rock band located in Nashville, TN.
Its members are from all different parts of the country and met in Boston MA while attending Berklee College of Music. Established in 2009, Tumbleweed Company is releasing their new album “Village” in April 2014, produced by...more
When you meet someone for the first time, they either seem familiar or alien to you. When you hear a song for the first time, it’s the same way, it’s like meeting someone. The kind of songs that Margo Price sings are both. Familiar and alien. Sure it’s country, but it also has shades of all her...more
Long time fixture in the Alaska bluegrass community, Todd Grebe and Cold Country has come full circle from being a string quartet to a five piece electric country band, having recently added drums and electric telecaster guitar to their sound. Todd, Angela Oudean- fiddle (Bearfoot Bluegrass),...more
Richard Bennett is a singer/songwriter and flatpicking guitarist who has made noted contributions to bluegrass and acoustic music.
Coming from an Eastern Tennessee musical family, Richard started playing guitar at the age of seven, and by 15 he was playing guitar for former Flatt &...more
Bluegrass, Newgrass, Gospelgrass, Rock N’ Rollgrass…true innovators like John Cowan break boundaries and personify innovation. John’s ability to take audiences on a musical journey through multiple genres has made him one of the most unique vocal artists of his generation.
John Cowan rose...more
The Austin-based indie-folk-Americana duo, began with modest expectations. “I was out listening to the blues at a little juke-joint in East Austin and asked this pretty girl to dance” says Hawkes, “We were having a good time dancing and found out we were both singer-songwriters.” Dawn continues...more
Savannah, Georgia native Kristina Train released her debut solo album “Spilt Milk” on Blue Note Records in 2009. Noting her distinctive, soulful voice, Herbie Hancock invited her to join his band as lead singer and violinist for his 2010 world tour. After literally circling the globe with...more
A deliberately mysterious figure who fuses the mood and melodic structures of blues and roots rock with the textures and sonic color palette of electronica, Devan DuBois is a vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist who has earned a reputation for his distinctive sound as well as his...more
Pat McLaughlin is a maverick. The revered, if a bit enigmatic, singer, songwriter and guitarist has spent years honing his layered style. Dedicated only to the pursuit of a new groove or an old feeling, his songs rehash the sights and sounds of a reformed nomad with roots in Iowa, footprints in...more
In a Nashville bookstore, to the tune of steam hissing from a latte machine and laptop taps of nearby browsers, she speaks in a low voice, yet communicates urgently. Her voice never rises. Her music never rattles rafters or crashes like cymbals toward the high notes in a power chorus. Her tempos...more
Truth can sometimes slap you in the face. And it does when you listen to the music of Angaleena Presley. Hailing from the small mining town of Beauty in Eastern Kentucky, Presley’s comparisons have likened her to the strong females of country music who have blazed the trail before her: Bobbie...more
The Jake Leg Stompers evoke the rebellious spirit and colorful pageantry of American popular music before the Second World War, from the Memphis blues to the Virginia Reel; when jazz began, vaudeville was urgent, and folk music was still dangerous.
From their world headquarters in...more
A Northern California native, Rob Ickes moved to Nashville in 1992 and joined Blue Highway, the highly esteemed bluegrass band, as a founding member in 1994. He is recognized as one of the most innovative Dobro players on the scene today, contributing signature technique and...more
Once you’ve made a career-peak album, what do you do for an encore? New Orleans singer/guitarist Tommy Malone didn’t leave his fans waiting long for the answer, as Poor Boy comes just ten months on the heels of its acclaimed predecessor, Natural Born Days. And it not only maintains the...more
Edward David Anderson is an artist as ancient as he is modern. In a time when the music business desperately flails about, grasping at any new trend that will save its sinking ship, he exists far beyond its confines. Best known for his work with the revered Midwestern rock band Backyard Tire...more
Meaning: in this crazy age of instafame and the so-called decline of the music industry, we can’t except or predict anything. No band, no matter how good, is guaranteed to be heard by a large audience. All that we can do is play our hearts out, every time, and know that we are so lucky to be...more
At first listen to New Frontier, you’d sooner peg Missy Raines as an Americana bandleader, rather than one of the most highly decorated bass players in bluegrass music. For the first time, Raines explores her dusky, emotive alto on each track, layered among the cool grooves and expansive...more
A self-proclaimed “failed scholar and modern-day hobo,” 24 year-old Caroline Rose has broken her long string of short circuits with a live-wire national debut, I Will Not Be Afraid (August 19th / Little Hi! Records) that draws on her roots in rockabilly, vintage country, and blues to capture her...more
Del Barber grew up in the Canadian Prairies, and the landscape is as much a part of him as the people he has met along the way. From the fertile Red River Valley to the pastures of the west, straight into the factory floors and slaughter houses of the city, Barber’s fourth album, Prairieography,...more
The son of acclaimed author Larry McMurtry (Lonesome Dove, Terms of Endearment), James grew up on a steady diet of Johnny Cash and Roy Acuff records. His first album, Too Long in the Wasteland (released in 1989), was produced by John Mellencamp and marked the beginning of a series of acclaimed...more
The Caleb Klauder Country Band represents the best of the Northwest music scene. Caleb has been touring nationally and internationally for over 15 years, first with acclaimed folk-rock band Calobo, a luminary in the Northwest’s burgeoning music scene, and then with the widely celebrated Foghorn...more
Born in a woodpile in the twilight months of ought nine, we came from all corners of the US looking to do one thing: to knock the dust off roots music.
Upright bass, fiddle, washboard, banjo and guitar; a traditional arrangement for some not so traditional music.
Along with our many...more
Yep, I’m from Maine. Portland, Maine, to be exact. So when you’re talking with me, be cognizant of my background and don’t hold it against me when I mispronounce the word “room” or “hockey.” I’m not doing it on purpose. That being said if you ever hear me complain about how cold it is, kindly...more
Taylor Brashears is a singer, songwriter, and multi-intstrumentalist born and raised in Nashville, TN. She fell in love with bluegrass music at the age of nine and began playing shows at sixteen.
She was the lead singer of The Supple Station Trio, but this past year, she teamed up with...more
Birchwood, his father from Tobago, his mother from the UK, was born in 1985 in Orlando, Florida. He first grabbed a guitar at age 13 and soon became proficient at mimicking what he heard on the radio. But the popular grunge rock, hip-hop and metal of the 1990s didn’t move him, and he quickly...more
“IBMA Emerging Artists Of The Year 2012”
These days you never know if the ringing in Joe Mullins’ ears is that of his banjo or a phone call requesting a performance by his new band, the Radio Ramblers. Mullins owns and operates Classic Country Radio, a network of three southwest Ohio radio...more
Four-time Indian Summer Music Award nominated Gareth Laffely, known as Gareth, is an exceptionally gifted 16-year-old singer/songwriter, Native American flutist and multi-instrumentalist of Mi’kmaq/Cree descent from Gallatin, Tennessee. Gareth has been receiving high praise and recognition from...more
Formed in 2011 as a collective of the Bay Area’s finest young acoustic talent, Adam Roszkiewicz, Jacob Groopman, Jordan Klein, Leif Karlstrom, Melody Walker and Zach Sharpe joined forces to play a monthly gig with friends in San Francisco’s Mission District. They quickly found a musical rapport...more
There’s something prematurely mythic about The Flood. Their name swirls with the gravity of the Old Testament and the everyday calamity of life on the land: a force of nature, and a story thick with sediments of truth and fable.
Rock ‘n’ roll has its own tributary from this source, of...more
With songs about boozy nights, bad decisions, broken hearts and the best intentions, Brooke Russell and The Mean Reds blend country, blues, folk and swing to appease their love of all things vintage. Culminating in a kitchen in Fitzroy North, The Mean Reds are based in Melbourne and consist of...more
The Mae Trio is a Melbourne-based band of three young musicians fast making a name for themselves in the Australian music scene. Maggie Rigby (banjo, ukulele, guitar, marimba and vocals) Elsie Rigby (fiddle, ukulele and vocals) and Anita Hillman (cello, bass and vocals) started playing music...more
At a time when for most it would be the end of a relationship, for Sydney duo Falls it was just the beginning. Melinda Kirwin and Simon Rudston-Brown, better known as Sydney duo Falls, found themselves better bandmates than bedmates, and headed into the studio to write a few songs. Falls soon...more
Famed for his clear and mellow tenor voice, Mac Wiseman recorded with many great bluegrass bands, including those of Molly O’Day, Flatt & Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and the Osborne Brothers; his command of traditional material made him much in demand by bluegrass and folk fans alike. Wiseman was...more
One of the most critically acclaimed alternative country bands of the ’90s, BR5-49’s sound, style, and even look were unabashedly retro. Dressing in old, budget-friendly clothes, the band played a mixture of classic ’50s honky tonk, Western swing, boogie, Bakersfield country, rockabilly, and...more
A profound songwriter, Chris Smither draws deeply from the blues, American folk music, modern poets, and philosophers. Reviewers continue to praise his dazzling guitar work, gravelly voice and songwriting. “Smither is an American original – a product of the musical melting pot and one of the...more
The Duhks are back and set to release their long-awaited new studio album Beyond the Blue on June 24. The album shows the band in the best form of its 13 year career. Rejuvenated by a two year hiatus and energized by the return of vocalist Jessee Havey and the addition of new members, fiddler...more
Those who have followed RUTHIE FOSTER’S eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas,...more
Ed Snodderly has dedicated his life to the arts and is a well-respected musician, writer, actor and owner of one of the country’s longest running music venues. Ed’s low-key personal demeanor belies a wealth of accomplishment and talent that distinguishes Ed in the world of Southern-roots based...more
Corbin Hayslett, age 20, has fast become an accomplished performer of old time, traditional and acoustic Americana music. His skills on the banjo span historical early styles as well as Old Time “claw hammer” or “frailing” and Blue Grass picking. Corbin weaves the history of “America’s...more
How does one describe the talent and career of Marty Raybon in only a few paragraphs? Throughout his epic journey, spanning nearly three decades, Marty has produced a remarkable list of career accomplishments including; multiple number one singles, top selling albums, CMA, ACM, IBMA, and Grammy...more
Nashville is a town that attracts a lot of guys with guitars. On any given afternoon you’ll see them on the sidewalks, in the clubs, wandering around music row. You can’t miss them at the downtown Greyhound station and at the airport baggage claim. You see them lugging their instruments into and...more
With roots in the Great Lakes State of Michigan, Lindsay Lou & the Flatbellys have been traversing the country with instruments in tow since the release of their 2012 record, Release Your Shrouds. The album showcased the band’s instrumental ingenuity, Lindsay’s vocal prowess and their...more
Over the past 10 years, Seth Walker has grown to be recognized as one of the most revered modern roots artists in the United States; a three dimensional talent comprised by a gift for combining melody and lyric within a song, a rich, Gospel-drenched, Southern-inflected voice and a true blue...more
McCormick’s musical family set the stage for a career in music. She grew up listening to the likes of Bonnie Raitt and Steely Dan, but her most essential influences were from her family. “Watching and listening to them was life-changing,” notes McCormick. She started singing and picked up her...more
One of country music’s most versatile performers, Steve Wariner grew up in suburban Indianapolis, interested in the Beatles on the radio as well as Chet Atkins and George Jones, the artists his father listened to most frequently. He started playing music in his dad’s band, and by his high school...more
Rory Hoffman is a Nashville based guitarist, keyboardist and multi-instrumentalist. Raised on a small ranch in North Dakota, Rory grew up recording and touring with the family Gospel band. He started teaching himself to play guitar and piano at age 3. By age 5 he was the drummer in the family...more
Sutton first came to prominence as part of Ricky Skaggs bluegrass band Kentucky Thunder. Sutton eventually left the band to focus on session work. Bryan was asked to join the seminal bluegrass quartet Hot Rize in 2002. He has toured with them ever since. In 2014, Bryan released “ Into My Own” on...more
2013 has been an explosive year for Nashville sextet Alanna Royale and with the speed of a runaway train; they show no signs of stopping. On August 14th, 2012 Alanna Royale arrived at The Basement in Nashville to play their first show without even a demo in hand and left that night with a room...more
At only 25 years old, Ruston Kelly is gaining great esteem as a sought after songwriter on Music Row. He has procured a couple of major cuts – including the single “Nashville Without You” from Tim McGraw’s album 2 Lanes of Freedom– and is currently at work on his first full-length solo...more
At age 11, Elise Davis knew she wanted to play the guitar and began taking lessons in her hometown of Little Rock, AR. Writing songs, let alone singing them in public, was never a conscious end-goal. She knew she loved music, but there was no telling how far its pull would shape her...more
Dom Flemons is the “American Songster,” pulling from traditions of old-time folk music to create new sounds. Having performed music professionally since 2005, he has played live for over one million people just within the past three years. As part of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, which he...more
It has been said that the loudest word in the world is your name, because it is who you are, it is how you have been identified to the world for the length of time you have had your name, and it is a huge part of your self-perception for your whole life. A lot of people who live in Western...more
If you’re a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven’t heard of fiddler Becky Buller, there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of her songs. Becky’s compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs (“Music To My Ears”), Rhonda Vincent (“Fishers of Men”), Doyle Lawson &...more
Dubbed by NPR as the “Empress of the Unexpected,” singer/songwriter Susan Werner confirms her reputation as an artist changeable as the weather with her newest recording Hayseed. Paying tribute to American agriculture and to her Iowa farm roots, Werner again keeps her audiences guessing and...more
On the front cover of singer/songwriter David Olney’s new studio album, When the Deal Goes Down, a stone-faced Olney deals you an ace of spades, the mythical Death Card. A similar photo sits inside, but in that one he smiles wryly as cards fly crazily around him. The counterpoint is apt: The...more
A self-described military kid, Michaela Anne has moved beyond naval bases and barracks to become one of the most-recognizable alt-country singer/songwriters in, of all places, Brooklyn, NY. A former unhappy jazz student with a passion for Patsy Cline and Otis Redding, Michaela Anne has claimed...more
It comes as no surprise that Michael Cleveland, nine-time winner of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Fiddler of the Year Award, is considered one of the premier bluegrass musicians of his generation. After picking up the fiddle at age 4, Michael’s musical momentum began to propel...more
Gayden was born in Nashville, Tennessee. In the early 1970s, he helped establish two critically acclaimed bands, Area Code 615 (signed with Polydor) and Barefoot Jerry (signed with Capitol Records). He played guitars and keyboards and was on vocals. Gayden left Barefoot Jerry in 1972 to form his...more
A person might think if someone got their start with a group called the Five Pennies, they might only end up a nickel and dime act . . . that is not true with Mr. Clifford Curry. He is known worldwide as the guy that got a hole shot in his soul! and some of his lesser known discs are the “rave”...more
Nashville-born Jimmy Church entered music professionally while he was still in high school as a singer in the R&B vocal group the Seniors, whose ranks also included guitarist Bobby Hebb. They were good enough to be signed by Excello, and he later moved on to the Hi-Fi’s, who got a contract...more
LEVERT ALLISON, apparently christened Leevert, never had as successful a musical career as his brother GENE, for whom he used to deputise anonymously on gigs! However, among the rather small number of secular singles that he released there are some real gems – and his voice, a high expressive...more
Songs of Water’s distinct and evocative sound carries roots from the most ancient of cultures. This seven-piece ensemble delicately blends instrumentation from across the globe in a uniquely American context. The uncommon use of the hammered dulcimer melodically leads many of the group’s...more
Raleigh, NC – In the business of music, many are called and many may try, but few cross the threshold of being able to say they are truly committed for the long haul. With the release of their latest studio album, Burn.Flicker.Die., American Aquarium is proving that they have graduated to that...more
The Vespers are one of those lucky young bands that have built an extensive underground following simply through word of mouth and heavy touring. The band is uniquely made up of two sibling duos; the Cryar sisters, and the Jones brothers. The four have distinguished their sound with an arsenal...more
A neon noir tour de force of hi-def late-night pop, Slow Phaser marks Nicole Atkins’ most ingenious and indelibly modern collection to date. Produced by Tore Johannson – with whom she partnered on her now-classic 2007 debut, Neptune City – the album is a milestone for the acclaimed...more
When Rachael Davis first opened her mouth to sing she had clear tone, sharp control, an extensive range and a keen understanding about the nature of a tune, which were all unusual for a two-year-old. At five-years-old she learned to sing harmony to the mountain songs her mother sang to her, at...more
Movies that claim to be “based on a true story” are often a loose interpretation, and this concept record, Runaway’s Diary, is a bit like that. I really did run away from home, if only for a few days, and parts of this song diary come from those honest emotions and true events. But I wanted...more
At once danceable and reflective, familiar and nostalgic, Humming House is a musical experiment gone right. Woven together from diverse backgrounds (Americana, classical composition, bluegrass, soul, and traditional Irish music), their playground of musical exploration has something for every...more
Great songwriters are said to reveal themselves through their work; their candor and transparency of soul is the key to the listener’s empathic heart and the culture’s admiration. But the lions of country songwriting, idolized and covered in magazines as they are, can sometimes feel like statues...more
Thirty years as a professional songwriter and traveling troubadour serve as credentials. As a solo performer, and as the trusted sidekick of Texas Americana songwriting icon Guy Clark, Verlon has viewed the world from stages everywhere from Barcelona to Binger (his hometown in...more
Already celebrated as a discoverer and interpreter of other artists’ songs, 12-time Grammy Award winner Emmylou Harris has, in the last decade, gained admiration as much for her eloquently straightforward songwriting as for her incomparably expressive singing. On Hard Bargain, her third Nonesuch...more
Some careers can be described with a couple of words, but Shawn Camp’s isn’t one of them. A bold and distinctive singer, a songwriter who’s provided material for artists ranging from Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn to Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs, and a multi-instrumentalist...more
Known primarily as the rhythm guitarist and vocalist on Ted Nugent’s early (and best) solo albums, Derek St. Holmes has also subsequently lent his talents to recordings by other artists and by the dawn of the 21st century, finally launched his own solo career. Hailing from a small city not far...more
A native of Los Angeles and current resident of Nashville, James Intveld started his career at an early age listening and singing along to his parents’ recordings of Hank Williams, Sr., Dean Martin, Lefty Frizzell and Elvis. By high school he was he was playing in cover bands and was soon a...more
Sweetback Sisters Emily Miller and Zara Bode may not be blood relations, but their precise, family-style harmonies recall the best of country music from the Everlys to The Judds, as well as the spirited rockabilly energy of Wanda Jackson, one of the band’s role models. Like the artists they...more
Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 12 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams,...more
Greensky Bluegrass is Anders Beck (dobro), Michael Arlen Bont (banjo), Dave Bruzza (guitar), Mike Devol (upright bass) and Paul Hoffman (mandolin).
For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic...more
Rachael Hester grew up with a passion for traditional music as a second generation singer. songwriter, and musician. The most signiﬁcant inﬂuences musically came from her father who played modern country for a living and more traditional country and western swing for fun and from her mother who...more
Alabama native Barry Waldrep grew up in a world of Bluegrass performing with his father James Waldrep on the festival circuit from the age of 6.
As a teenager he starting paying his dues in the honky tonks around the south after being heavily influenced by the southern rock sounds of The...more
Texas Music Magazine calls Mingo Fishtrap “the space where melodic pop meets gritty Memphis soul, with a twist of N’awlins funk.” That space is growing like kudzoo vine on the Mississippi Delta, crisscrossing the country with a deep, tenacious groove and a sanctified mission to shake your...more
Rusty Shackle are a six piece band from South Wales, UK. Formed in early 2010 Rusty Shackle can be described as an Alternative Folk band, throwing together Guitars, Fiddle, Banjo, Mandola, Trumpet, Bass, Drums and Percussion to give their unique take on Contemporary folk music.
Tim Carroll is a rock and roll guitarist, songwriter and bandleader. Originally from Indiana, he joined The Gizmos (Gulcher Records), a punk rock band, in 1979. The band made a vinyl record and opened for The Ramones, among other adventures, before moving to NYC in 1980. By the late 1980’s,...more
“I’ve always said that, if George Jones sang on a disco song, I think it’d still be country,” Kelsey Waldon muses. “If it’s a part of who you are, it’s a part of who you are.” And country music is very much a part of who she is, a part of who she’s always been. The Kentucky singer/songwriter...more
Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.
On a given night (or on a given album) he’ll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He’s a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing ’em all...more
Martin Harley is a phenomenally talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the highly praised UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin’s new album MOJO FIX was recorded in Texas and is released in the UK in February 2013. Mojo Fix comes on the heels of four critically...more
New Country Rehab cuts through the clutter of watered-down musical imitations with a modern, high-voltage, alt-country sound. Combining sharp innovation and a deep respect and knowledge of timeless musical themes and motifs, New Country Rehab’s powerful music is full of love, loss, longing and...more
“Playing music is the easy part,” says Russell Moore with an ever-so-slightly rueful laugh as he looks back on more than thirty years of doing what he grew up wanting to do. “By the time we put this band together”—he’s talking about IIIrd Tyme Out, his musical vehicle for over twenty years...more
Joe Fletcher & the Wrong Reasons is an Americana band that began in Providence, RI in 2005. In the center of this revolving cast of musicians, songwriter Joe Fletcher remains at the helm of this country blues-based outfit while still playing many solo acoustic shows throughout the land every...more
Cleveland-born David Wilcox was inspired to play guitar after hearing a fellow college student playing in a stairwell. His lyrical insight is matched by a smooth baritone voice, virtuosic guitar chops, and creative open tunings, giving him a range and tenderness rare in folk music. He released...more
EMI recording artist Angie Aparo is the songwriting talent behind such big hits as Faith Hill’s recording of ‘Cry.’ A highly respected and accomplished singer and performer himself, Angie has appeared on stage and recordings with Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Edwin McCain, Matchbox20, and the Zac...more
Amythyst Kiah is a Southern Roots/Alt-Country blues musician originally from Chattanooga, TN. She has found a way to fuse traditional roots music with a contemporary style that makes for powerful original songs, and transforms traditional songs into powerful, soulful renditions. She draws...more
Willie Watson Looking like a man from leaner and meaner times, Willie Watson steps on stage with a quiet gravitas. But, when he opens his mouth and lets out that high lonesome vocal, you can hear him loud and clear. His debut solo album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, was produced by David Rawlings at...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
The Nashville Stringy Band is Colin O’Brien, Mike Compton, Matt Combs and Todd Phillips. An acoustic super-group as entertaining as they are virtuosic. They play a high energy blend of Americana folk styles, a mix of Old Time, Blues, John Hartford songs and those penned by Colin O’Brien. The...more
The family band has always possessed a genetic magic, gifting its members with a mysterious psychic connection and powerful vocal blend. AP, Sarah and Maybelle Carter, the founding family of country music, had a profound impact in music through their tight mountain-gospel harmonies and...more
With their acoustic instrumentation and the anthemic thrust of their songwriting, the Farewell Drifters find themselves in the midst of what’s bound to go down in the annals of popular music history as an era-defining, youthful folk-rock boom. Although they share significant common ground with...more
Amy Ray’s progression as a singer/songwriter has taken her up and down all of the switchback trails of the South, from the dive bars of Saturday night to church on Sunday morning, with some coffeehouses and arenas along the way, too. Goodnight Tender, her first country album, integrates all of...more
Throughout his career, Jim Bianco has drawn inspiration from, what some might consider, untraditional sources. Whether an elevator operator in Tokyo, a stalker in Hollywood, a wedding in Tennessee, or a sinner in church, his songs have twisted their way out of his head and into the hearts of his...more
In much the same way that iconic southern dishes such as Louisiana gumbo or Brunswick stew can include any number of flavorful ingredients, so too does bluegrass music rely on a recipe that can vary wildly, depending on who’s doing the cooking. For Asheville, North Carolina-based bluegrass band...more
Mandolin Magazine calls him a player with “a worldwide reputation as one of the modern masters of bluegrass mandolin…one of the most recognizable and respected mandolin voices anywhere”. He’s Mike Compton–Grammy and IBMA award-winning recording artist; solo, duo and band performer; and as...more
Josh Farrow is an American singer/songwriter living and writing in the heart of Music City. Farrow uses his compelling, soulful voice to tell tales of the country life, ballads of the heartache of city life, and daunting visions of life on the road. Josh Farrow’s 2011 debut solo album “Southern...more
Born in 1943, in NYC, Roy started picking’ the blues while sailing around the Mediteranian with the US Navy ….. Ever since, Roy Book Binder has been rambling around the world. Performing his Ragtime country Blues guitar licks and singing the songs learned from the masters of the 30’s.
THE BIS-QUITS have a show. No, really. THE BIS-QUITS have a show. Music City Roots is putting on a special Oxford American show, featuring Lilly Hiatt (who opened for Willie Sugarcapps at Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta recently—she’s fab!), Memphis’ soulful Bo-Keys, rock/soul legend John Oates,...more
John Oates is one half of the best selling duo of all time, Hall & Oates, as well as an accomplished solo artist. Singing from the time he could talk and playing the guitar since the age of five, John Oates was destined to be a musician. Born in New York City, his family moved to a small...more
Nikki Talley is a hardworking, energetic, mountain girl with a big voice. She is one half of a FULL TIME touring husband & wife DUO based out of Asheville, NC contributing acoustic guitar, clawhammer banjo & of course her trademark stunning vocals. Since January 2012 she & husband...more
The energy of rock n’ roll is impossible to categorize – mercurial, specific to its beholder and profoundly reflective. From the Binghamton, New York music scene comes Driftwood, a band with a rock n’ roll soul and a folk art mind. Carving out a name for themselves with electrifying live...more
In 1960 a young band that would change music forever was formed in Liverpool. That was not DAN THE TORPEDOES! That was the Beatles. DAN THE TORPEDOES! came about much later at an amusement park in Nashville called Opryland. Their path was slightly different…..
DAN THE TORPEDOES! members...more
Ten years in, the four gentlemen of Chatham County Line have a lot to reflect on: sold out shows in the US and abroad, appearances on national radio & TV, four solid selling records, and four really dirty suits.
“We want to be the band that puts on the most professional show in the...more
Over the years Wilfie has played with a number of bands performing throughout Ireland, the UK and parts of Europe. Although somewhat illusive in performing his original material 2013 has been a year of cataloguing a lifetime of writing and will culminate in the release of his long anticipated...more
“One of the key bands for acoustic Ireland. They play with heart, sincerity and honesty.” – Music Link NI
“It’s almost impossible to say a bad word about Farriers. One of the best folk bands in the Northern Irish music scene, and it’s pretty clear to see why.” – BBC ATL
‘Triona’ is a singer/songwriter/guitarist aged 17, the fifth sibling among eight. During 2012 she recorded stunning first demos with producer Declan Legge and memorably debuted at Vicar Street, Dublin, with Joan Armatrading.
Triona is a natural talent with a rare ability to write great...more
Little Dog Records proudly announces the release of Grammy Award-winning, multi-platinum selling producer/guitarist/songwriter PETE ANDERSON’s, “BIRDS ABOVE GUITARLAND”, on SEPTEMBER 17, 2013.
Produced by Michael Murphy & Tony Rambo and recorded and engineered by Tony Rambo, Sally...more
Alison Brown has achieved success in many areas: a Harvard graduate, record label co-founder and owner, mother, and, the role that most people know her in: banjo virtuoso. An internationally recognized musician with a wide-reaching and loyal fan base, Brown first came to national prominence when...more
Doug and Telisha are based out of East Nashville, the new Bohemian Mecca of the South. They’re a restless sort, though, and more than anything, they call the road their home. The past few years have been filled with hundreds of shows and thousands of miles for Doug and Telisha. They’ve...more
The deep working class roots of singer/songwriter Don “Doop” Duprie echo throughout his music. Front man for the Detroit area alt-country/roots rock band Doop and the Inside Outlaws, Doop is a laid off firefighter born and raised in industrial River Rouge, Michigan. He teamed up with legendary...more
With That’s Just Me, vocalist Teea Goans fuels the enthusiasm she first ignited with her 2010 debut album, The Way I Remember It. That treasury of traditional country tunes earned Goans four appearances on the Grand Ole Opry and a guest spot on the TV show that celebrated Bill Anderson’s 50th...more
Josh Daniel is a North Carolina singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who’s passion and enthusiasm are evident every time he takes the stage. Daniel describes his sound as “Rock n Roll” but it’s much broader than that… Josh is able to mold his influences in to a unique sound that is...more
One of Canada’s leading roots rock acts, Blackie & the Rodeo Kings is a collaboration between three well-respected blues, folk, and rock musicians, Stephen Fearing, Colin Linden, and Tom Wilson. Fearing is a Vancouver-born, Irish-raised singer/songwriter who returned to the city of his birth...more
Fresh on the scene, Cooper brings a fiery spirit and a massive voice to the turn table. She performs with a power and tenacity that is difficult for most young women to muster. Just named one of Nashville’s top 5 artists on the rise for 2014 by Nashville Lifestyles Magazine, Cooper and her...more
Julie Roberts’ first new full-length release in almost three years, “GOOD WINE AND BAD DECISIONS” marks the acclaimed singer/songwriter’s defining musical moment thus far. Just as significantly, the album represents Roberts’ debut with the legendary Sun Records, world-renowned home to such icons...more
Johnson City’s The Barefoot Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork.
2013 brings the release of a new album, cross country touring, and all manners of shoeless excitement. Their new effort, “Figures of the Year”, comes on the...more
Way down in lower Alabama, almost every weekend for the past two years, folks have been coming together for a music gathering called The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm. One part house concert, one part Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, the affair has hosted some of the country’s finest songwriters,...more
Enthusiastic, Reckless, Stormy, Rock & Roll in its natural state … This explains why the Kansas City Star Pronounced Jason D. Williams as “the past and future of rock & roll.” The Beacon Journal dubbed him as “The worlds greats piano player.” Most importantly this reminds you of why you...more
Shonna Tucker grew up in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, listening to the same salty-sweet mix of soul and country that made up the Arthur Alexander and James Carr singles recorded there decades before. She played bass in the Shoals scene from her high-school years until starting an eight-year stint as...more
Darden Smith has long transcended traditional singer-songwriter boundaries, and his varied, fascinating musical legacy continues to evolve. Following unexpected paths has been a constant force in his 28-year career as a musician, and his work of the last 15 years has led him both further afield...more
A soulful and expressive singer/songwriter whose music fuses folk and West African textures, Piers Faccini was born in England to Anglo-Italian parents, and moved with his family to France when he was five years old. Faccini attended art college in Paris before making a name for himself on the...more
Sleepy Man Banjo Boys, brothers Tommy, Robbie, and Jonny, have quickly made a name for themselves as one of the quickest rising acts in Roots music. That is no small accomplishment when you take into consideration the trio hails from Lebanon Township, New Jersey – not exactly a hotbed for...more
The foundation of Nashville rock band MODOC first took shape around the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. After quickly exhausting their options in the local music scene, the group raised their sights towards Nashville, permanently relocating to “Music City” in 2011. The...more
If the soul revival comes, Space Capone is ready to ride that train. Individually, Space Capone is the Nashville-based Aaron Winters. Collectively, it’s a 6-10 piece band that thrives in the live experience, channeling the swagger of 80s funk, soul and R&B. Following festival appearances at...more
“When people hear John Mark Nelson’s music for the first time, there’s often a sense of disbelief. With arrangements that recall the work of veteran songwriters, the 19-year-old Minnetonka, Minn., native has been recording sophisticated compositions since he was 14.
“Like a younger version...more
Fred LaBour is the Grammy winning wiseacre and writer behind a tiny galaxy of beloved characters: Too Slim, bunkhouse bassist for Riders In The Sky. Side Meat, sidekick and camp cook, current co-starring on SiriusXM’s weekly Classic Cowboy Corral.
Alter-ego of “Too Slim,” (bass player,...more
Suzy Bogguss didn’t set out to craft a Merle Haggard tribute record. Some might call that serendipity; she just calls it Lucky.
“Merle Haggard is a hell of a storyteller,” says Suzy. “When I hear his songs, I feel like I’m listening in on someone’s life.” On her new album, Lucky, a...more
Sister Sadie was formed in 2013 after we played one show together for fun at The Station Inn in Nashville, TN. We had so much fun that night that we decided we wanted to do it more. Everyone still has their own bands and are very committed to them, however we are excited to bring this special...more
The Lonely Biscuits, formerly known as Gravy and the Biscuits have been together since September of 2011. Founding members Grady Wenrich and Sam Gidley were random roommates at Belmont University, in Nashville, where they started jamming and making music out of their dorm room. John Paterini,...more
Simply stated, Striking Matches, made up of Sarah Zimmermann and Justin Davis, came to Nashville to play music. Sarah, a Philadelphia native and Justin, from Atlanta, met when a professor at Belmont University paired them at random to play for a classroom full of guitar majors. The pair has been...more
Country Music, in its current form, sounds nothing like the Country Music that started the truly southern, American genre. What people call country now is radically different to what country should be. Williams & Company’s mission is to show what country music can be and re-imagine the...more
I’m Robert Kelly. I grew up with a great family on a corner lot in a suburb of Dallas, before we moved to the country and got horses (my horse is named Whiskey…he rules). I went to summer camp, played football in the side yard, and called “Game Off!” whenever a car drove through our street...more
It’s said that a great band is like a gang or perhaps a family, united by music, sweat, passion, and blood. That is certainly the case with Matrimony, an exhilarating new band whose interpersonal connections run far deeper than your average combo. Fronted by the husband and wife duo of Ashlee...more
Seryn is a 6 piece band who calls Denton, Texas their home. When listening to the well layered textures of guitars, ukulele, accordion, bass, viola, banjo and various percussion, it’s hard to imagine This Is Where We Are is the band’s debut effort. The band’s strength resides in their vast...more
Roll Me, Tumble Me, the Deadly Gentlemen’s third album and Rounder Records debut, boasts ten winsome examples of their playfully irreverent, vibrantly rootsy songcraft. Although the Boston-based quintet employs acoustic guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin and double bass—a lineup that’s usually...more
At a towering 6’7”, the Philadelphia-born Ray Benson is considered a giant in the industry. However, it’s his contributions to music history, not his height, that have made him a dominant figure on the music scene since 1970. Ray Benson is the front man and founder of the world-renowned Western...more
Singer-Songwriter Amos Lee’s newest studio album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song; out October 8th, 2013 on Blue Note Records.
For his fifth album, Mountains Of Sorrow, Rivers Of Song, Lee took a different path for the recording; he worked in a new city with a new producer, while, for...more
The music of Angel Snow is a lot like her name: Moving, ethereal and at times, chillingly honest.
As this rising singer songwriter preps her third full-length album, she is giving fans a preview of her evolving sound with the release of single “I Need You.” To create the accompanying music...more
Born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri, Folk remembers watching his Dad pick the country blues on a 1966 D35 Martin guitar, the same guitar he plays today. He listened to Bluegrass and Country music from a young age and got his first guitar at age 14. After High School, he traveled to South...more
Memories & Moments is the second studio album from highly regarded writer/singer/multi-instrumentalists Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott, released on their newly formed Full Skies imprint, a compound of O’Brien’s Howdy Skies and Scott’s Full Light labels. Comprising five songs apiece from...more
When the time came for the Steep Canyon Rangers to record the follow-up to 2012’s Nobody Knows You, they headed north to Woodstock, NY, to Levon Helm’s famed studio with Grammy-winning producer Larry Campbell and engineer Justin Guip. This was a departure from their previous albums, where they...more
Country singer Ashley Monroe was already a seasoned show business veteran when she released her self-titled album in 2007 at the tender age of 19. Born in Knoxville, TN, Monroe was born into a family with a great love for country music — she’s kin to Carl Smith and members of the Carter Family...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
Joy Kills Sorrow has always had a knack for writing and performing intimate songs. Now the Boston-based string band is emphasizing their epic side, too, on Wide Awake, a new EP out June 4 on Signature Sounds. The seven-song collection serves as a milepost in the blossoming career of a group the...more
Hailing from Nashville via North Carolina, Virginia, Alabama and Texas, The Westbound Rangers are forging a new sound that crosses boundaries between Americana, Bluegrass, and Old-Time. The four piece string band, consisting of clawhammer banjo, mandolin, guitar and doghouse bass, has been...more