Violet Bell’s original Americana is woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, psychedelic, and classical music. On stage and in the studio, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Based out of Durham, the pair have played shows from Montreal to Miami since forming in 2016, resulting in a strong onstage chemistry that’s evident in person and in videos of these live performances.
MARY GAUTHIER with special guest jaimee harris
Mary Gauthier Wins “International Artist Of The Year” And “Album Of The Year” For Her Acclaimed Album “Rifles & Rosary Beads”
Rifles & Rosary Beads, the latest album from singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier has continued to gather accolades from the press and beyond since its January 26th (2018) release via Thirty Tigers. Gauthier was recently awarded the Americana Music Association’s UK “International Artist Of The Year” Award and followed that by winning “Album Of The Year” at the International Folk Music Awards (Folk Alliance). The album garnered a GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Folk Album” category and was nominated for “Album Of The Year” by the Americana Music Association. The LA Times also named Rifles & Rosary Beads their 2018 Singer/Songwriter Album Of The Year, and supported with an in-depth feature. (Read HERE)
Kristin Andreassen is a songwriter and percussive dancer who merges those skills in performances and recordings that are both inventive and deeply rooted in American traditional music. 2015 saw the release of her first studio album Gondolier, with tours supporting Black Prairie, Dawn Landes, Aoife O’Donovan, Mipso and Noam Pikelny. Her debut record Kiss Me Hello included the award-winning “Crayola Doesn't Make a Color for Your Eyes” which went to #1 on kids' radio and has been covered by dozens of artists ranging from Tyne Daly to high school marching bands.
Growing up in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, singer-songwriter Caleb Caudle was raised on rock n’ roll and Southern hospitality. Influenced by bands like The Clash and Velvet Underground, Caudle was playing North Carolina’s punk rock circuit by the age of 15. Naturally, his music matured with his age and he became more lyrically driven, adopting a love for music history and collecting vinyl.
The Sea The Sea
HE SEA THE SEA is an Upstate New York based indie folk-pop duo-band featuring what Huffington Post calls, “Two of the loveliest male-female voices you might ever hear this or any other year.” Their 2014 debut release, Love We Are We Love, received praise from NPR, American Songwriter, and No Depression, among others, gathering over 15 million streams on Spotify. The animated video for their song "Waiting" sparked viral interest including Buzzfeed, Pitchfork, and inclusion at the international TED 2015 conference.
The Whispering Tree
The moniker The Whispering Tree is rife with imagery and symbolism. One interpretation is the subtle call of natural forces, as if listening to the noises trees make as wind passes through them may mystically reveal answers or profound truths. It’s a “call of the wild” ideal, but for the Franco-American folk-rock duo the concept of The Whispering Tree spoke to them during a period of aimlessness.
Will Kimbrough’s guitar and multi-instrumental prowess makes him an in-demand producer and session musician. Some of his latest productions include Doug Seegers, Shemekia Copeland, Radney Foster and Jimmy Buffett. During his years as a touring guitarist, will toured with Todd Snider, Rodney Crowell and Emmylou Harris, among other notable artists. There are many others with whom he has shared the stage, including Mavis Staples and Allen Toussaint.
Eliot has won such esteemed songwriting awards as first place at Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest and the Eddie Owen Songwriter Shootout. He’s also been a finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest, and the New Song Contest Lincoln Center NYC. His song “Mercy” was also recently featured on Criminal Minds.
Jordan served as a bass instructor at Darton College (part of the University System of Georgia) in Albany and at Georgia State University in Atlanta. While living in Atlanta, Jordan became one of the city’s most active jazz bassists, performing and recording with some of America’s finest jazz musicians, including Marcus Printup, Mulgrew Miller, James Williams, Milt Jackson, George Coleman, and Russell Gunn. He joined the faculty in the School of Music at Florida State University in Tallahassee, FL in 2001 where he now holds a rank of Associate Professor of Jazz Studies. Jordan teaches jazz bass, jazz combo playing, music education classes, and a jazz styles class.
Kieran and Rayna first met, fittingly, at San Francisco's celebrated Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, which led to their cowriting songs for Kieran's recent album, Unguarded Moments (Dead Reckoning). They joined forces again for Rayna's 2017 release, Workin's Too Hard (StorySound Records), which they also co-produced. Their first duo album, The Ledges, was released in February of 2018 on Dead Reckoning Records. Their second album together, When the Sun Goes Down, was released March 20, 2019.
Gary Motley Trio
Gary Motley is a pianist, composer, arranger and educator. He has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Great American Jazz Piano Competition, and the American Composers Forum. Gary has also been featured on National Public Radio’s Piano Jazz with Marian McPartland. Other engagements include the 2014 National Black Arts Festival salute to Wynton Marsalis with Marcus Belgrave and the Annual Emory University Jazz Festival with violinist Regina Carter (2015), Anat Cohen (2016) with bassist Rodney Whitaker and drummer Carl Allen.
Pianist, composer and educator Dave Meder is becoming one of the prominent artists of his generation, known for a panoramic, genre-bending approach that has earned him slots in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Piano Competition and the American Pianists Awards. He has been described as “inventing his music freely, bringing honky-tonk, swing, blues, rock-and-roll — in other words a vibrant hybrid of the whole American spectrum — to bear…” (All About Jazz).