Part virtuoso and part storyteller, you might say that Jacob Johnson does with a guitar what Gene Kelly did with dance. Although his songwriting has won awards and his guitar-playing has put him on stage with Tommy Emmanuel and Phil Keaggy, his ability as an entertainer is what has won fans throughout the southeast.
Sailing to Denver is a unique American/ Roots-Rock Band that has been recording since 2011. This group of harmonious friends have spent the last few years developing an original sound and live show cultivated at local and regional festivals.
With their three-part vocal harmonies, heartfelt lyrics and genre-blending signature sound,
The Wandering Hearts burst onto the scene last year with their debut album Wild Silence. After being personally invited to the US by music legend Marty Stuart, The Wandering Hearts became the first UK band to debut at two of the most prestigious venues in Nashville – The Ryman Auditorium and The Grand Ole Opry.
It’s no secret that great art comes from the margins. From those who are either pushed to create from inner forces, or who create to show they deserve to be recognized. Los Angeles-based street singer, guitarist, and roots music revolutionary Sunny War has always been an outsider, always felt the drive to define her place in the world through music and songwriting.
Nashville-based songstress Lucie Silvas unapologetically personifies a spirit of freedom. Like a well traveled rolling stone, her music threads together an Americana patchwork of retro-fitted pop and countrified rock, echoing sweet Motown soul, dripping dirty Delta blues, and reflecting Laurel Canyon bliss.
B.B. Palmer sometimes refer to their musical stylings as “cosmic country,” a genre that blurs the lines between various styles of music such as bluegrass, folk, honky-tonk and psychedelic music.
Zack and Dani write songs as a way to share ideas they care about and sentiments they feel deeply. Playing music has proven to be a powerful avenue for connection and communion, within the band as well as with listeners. It is the combination of each member's specific offerings that gives Birdtalker the life and sound that it now possesses.
Cedric was literally born to the blues, more specifically, the “rhythmically unorthodox” Hill country variant which emerged from Mississippi, where he grew up surrounded (and influenced) by Junior Kimbrough, Jessie May Hemphill and Otha Turner, as well as delta musicians T-Model Ford and Paul “Wine” Jones.
Rainbow Kitten Surprise is an alternative rock indie band, featuring lead vocalist Sam Melo, Darrick “Bozzy” Keller, Ethan Goodpaster, Jess Haney, and Charlie Holt. Members hail from Boone, North Carolina. A distinctly vocally driven band, Rainbow Kitten Surprise offer a lyrical depth that leaves the listener torn between an urge to read along with every word and the instinct to simply be swept up in the songs.
LA-based band Grouplove has quickly become one of music’s most exhilarating young acts. The quintet’s second full length album “SPREADING RUMOURS” arrived in September 2013 and was met with a raft of acclaim from the likes of Rolling Stone, USA Today, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, NYLON, and National Public Radio who called it “ludicrously easy to love.” The collection was produced by the band’s own Ryan Rabin.
Over the last few years, Nashville’s Moon Taxi have worked their way up from Bonnaroo buzz-band to something approaching Kings of Leon country, playing a pleasingly cross-bred rock – a little indie, a little proggy, kinda poppy. The band has been thriving on the touring circuit for years, bringing their electric performances to Coachella, Austin City Limits, Bonnaroo, and beyond.
Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American hip hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. The group originally consisting of rappers Layzie Bone, Flesh-n-Bone, Bizzy Bone, Krayzie Bone, and Wish Bone, they are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals.
After 18 years together, up to 175 shows per year, nearly 1,000 different setlists, six studio albums, and a litany of live releases, Greensky Bluegrass embodies more than just music for members Anders Beck, Michael Arlen Bont, Dave Bruzza, Mike Devol, and Paul Hoffman. Truthfully, it embodies an ironclad creative bond, familial brotherhood, and a lifelong commitment to fans. At this point, it goes without saying the band means everything to the Kalamazoo, MI bluegrass mavericks.
It’s been nearly a decade since Dawes first emerged from Southern California, carrying with them a roots-rock sound that nodded to the past – including the West Coast folksingers and cosmic country-rockers who chased a similar muse during the 1970s – while still pushing forward.
At the core, husband-and-wife -- Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano -- translate the memories, moments, and milestones on their journey into spirited, slick, and soulful anthems steeped in singer-songwriter tradition, yet ampliﬁed by alternative experimentation, rock energy, and pop ambition.
In 1974 when Bob Marley went solo, on the brink of international stardom, he surprised the music community by choosing as American born lead guitarist, Al Anderson. It was Anderson's stunning lead work on such classics as No Woman, No Cry, & Three O’clock Road Block, that first alerted rock fans to the Wailer’s music.
With a rock-rooted sound that doesn't shy away from radio-ready hooks, SUSTO keeps listeners engaged by refusing to occupy an easily defined space. Ever Since I Lost My Mind defiantly experiments with synth embellishments, Latin heart, guileless folk, and more. Osborne's mellow vocals comfort without losing the ability to surprise -- delicate croons, growls, and occasional screams take turns.
Durand Jones & the Indications aren't looking backwards. Helmed by foil vocalists in Durand Jones and drummer Aaron Frazer, the Indications conjure the dynamism of Jackie Wilson, Curtis Mayfield, AND the Impressions. With an aesthetic steeped in the golden, strings-infused dreaminess of early '70s soul, the Indications are planted firmly in the present, with the urgency of this moment in time.
There is a contagious and combustible energy every time this eight-piece wonder-band steps on the scene. Led by powerful lead vocalist, Kat Franklin, and spot-on musicianship that is all too rare these days, The Suffers are a contemporary version of the great R&B/ funk bands of the 70s and 80s.
Bishop Gunn of Natchez, Mississippi, is rooted in the history and sounds of their home and the surrounding Delta, and features a blend of rock and roll, soul and blues. The resulting music is the perfect blend of Nashville and the Shoals, and is the rare album that builds upon its influences rather than restoring to outright mimicry.