The Dirty Dozen 2015

The Dirty Dozen 2015

Dirty Dozen Editor: Rudie Humphrey

A Thousand Horses

A Thousand Horses
There’s some really great bands coming out of Nashville at the moment showing there’s more to it than just your classic country music. A Thousand Horses create a fresh fusion of classic sounds – a hybrid of Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Black Crowes and Exile on Main Street-era Rolling Stones – wrapped up in a modern-country context. This is the very start of the campaign for A Thousand Horses in UK and they'll be…
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The Honey Ants

The Honey Ants
The Honey Ants are John Grímsey and Rebecca Hamer. The London (UK) duo formed back in the spring of 2013 and have since built a reputation on the London live circuit for their knock-out shows. Their unique sound, built around exquisite bittersweet harmonies, has developed from its folk roots into something much more complex and dark – elements of Southern gospel and country blend with London attitude. Tell us about yourselves and what you do?…
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Locust Honey String Band

Locust Honey String Band
There’s a rock hard spine that holds up the bones of American country music, both now and back to the distant past. That spine is the spirit of the women who have given their hearts and souls to the music – everyone from Loretta Lynn and Kitty Wells to Sara Carter and Ola Belle Reed. It’s a spirit very much alive in the music of Asheville, North Carolina’s Locust Honey String Band. Born in Georgia,…
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XIXA

XIXA
The desert has a frequency, a sound you can hear in the wilds around Tucson or the southern reaches of the Sahara. XIXA tunes in and warps it, in glittering, gritty tracks on their debut album, Bloodline. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Gabriel: A Sagittarius with an eye for the dark and a heart for the hopeless. Capturing songs takes most of my time. Brian: I'm Brian Lopez. Amongst other things I…
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The Roamin' Jasmine

The Roamin' Jasmine
Forged out of the lively street music scene in the French Quarter of New Orleans, the members of the Roamin’ Jasmine found one another busking under the swampy Louisiana sun, along the banks of the Mississippi, or after hours in storefronts on Royal, Frenchmen and Decatur Streets. Inspired by the city’s history of ethnic and musical diversity, and fresh out of music school at University of Miami’s, bassist, vocalist, and bandleader Taylor Smith began to…
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Swaying Wires

Swaying Wires
Two years of constant hardwork have led Swaying Wires here. Two years of gigging in places like Turku, Helsinki, Pori, Vasa, Tampere, Brighton and London, two years of personal struggles and triumphs. If you listen with the right ears, you can hear all of this and more on ‘I Left a House Burning’, the new album. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Swaying Wires consists of me Tina Kärkinen (vocals), Nicklas Hägen (bass),…
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Tom Clay

Tom Clay
Tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m a London based singer/songwriter How did you start out? I think the best way to start out is to play live as much as possible, that's what I did. What is your current release/future release? I’ll be releasing “Sanctuary” early 2016 What is the best part of being a singer/song writer? Playing live, it’s when I’m happiest What is your most significant moment yet? Probably playing…
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Cassandra Violet

Cassandra Violet
Los Angeles native Cassandra Violet leads a folkpop band infused with infectious hooks, drums, loops and layered vocals. In 2014, Cassandra embarked on a West Coast tour gaining attention locally playing the Echo, the Bootleg, the Hotel Café as well as from publications like LA Weekly, Buzzbands LA and more. Cassandra writes songs from a modern woman’s perspective about empowerment, solitude, love and disappointment. Her second EP, Body&Mind, is set for release 1/29/2016. Tell us…
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Jon Latham

Jon Latham
Jon Latham is a songwriter. He was born in Greenwood, SC and raised in Marietta, GA. He now resides in Nashville, TN. Jon believes that the song is more important the singer, and the audience is the judge, jury, and executioners that decides a particular song's fate. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I moved to Nashville from Kennesaw, GA about two and a half years ago. I sing songs about unrequited love…
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Sofia Talvik

Sofia Talvik
Sofia Talvik was born on an island just off the west coast of Sweden. At the tender age of eighteen she left behind the comfort of home for the bright lights and lonely nights of Stockholm where every experience, good and bad, would soon take the form of a beautiful, funny or heartbreaking story destined to capture the hearts and minds of all who would hear the words when set to Sofia’s gentle, melodic acoustic…
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Circes Diner

Circes Diner
Circe’s Diner are a Bristolian four piece that weave wondrous tales of love, loss, friendship and tigers against a backdrop of Americana, Roots and Folk music. These acoustic alchemists, with their amalgamation of endearingly honest songwriting and instrumentation, will echo heartbeats, blending infectious melodies and dreamy harmonies for a most intoxicating journey that will leave you thoroughly charmed. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We are a Bristol based band called Circe’s Diner.…
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Jane Kramer

Jane Kramer
In love with words and with an arsenal of fraying notebooks full of poetry and melodies in her head, Jane wrote her first song at age seventeen and recorded her first full-length demo of 16 original songs at age nineteen. “I have always been fascinated with and deeply affected by the beauty and the heartbreak of our human experience,” Jane explains. “My songs are about living and loving in a complicated world as an imperfect…
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JD Weaver

JD Weaver
Tell us about yourselves and what you do? My names JD Weaver, or as my family know me, Jason Daniel Weaver. I grew up a fairly normal childhood in suburban Cheshire (UK) and had a fairly normal existence up until the age of 9. Often when dealing with being diagnosed with a disability, for years afterwards your own opinion on yourself and your self worth is severely dented, and along with what society tells us…
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Jacob Metcalf

Jacob Metcalf
North Texas musician Jacob Metcalf will be releasing his first full-length solo effort, Fjord, later this winter. And while fans of his two longtime groups, Fox and the Bird and Dallas Family Band, might expect a similar rootsy update on rural American music, the sparsely orchestrated cinematic folk that sweeps through these 11 tracks are sure to cover the listener in permafrost and thaw them back out again. Tell us about yourself. I jump out…
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Tom Williams

Tom Williams
Tell us about yourselves and what you do? My name is Tom Williams and I’m a songwriter from Hastings in East Sussex. I perform live with Sarah Maycock on Cello & Piano. How did you start out? I started playing solo before getting my first band together Tom Williams & The Boat in 2007. Sarah and I met just before then but only started playing music together in 2013. What is your current release/future release?…
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Band of Gold

Band of Gold
What began as a pile of homemade demo recordings by Norwegian singer, composer and multi-instrumentalist Nina Elisabeth Mortvdt, has now become a fully fledged album thanks to the duo’s other half, fellow-countryman Nikolai Hængsle Eilertsen. A prolific bass guitarist and producer – working both as a member of several groups but also releasing solo work – Nikolai first became involved with the project after he was sent some rough song sketches by Nina. Initially tapped…
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Lucas Hardy

Lucas Hardy
A singer songwriter from the small island at the bottom of the UK, the Isle of Wight. Lucas Hardy’s music tells the story of someone who picked up a guitar and never looked back. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? I am Lucas Hardy, a singer songwriter from a little rock at the bottom of the UK; called the Isle of Wight. How did you get start out? After a band I sang…
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Dead Horses

Dead Horses
Since releasing their sophomore album “Space and Time” in October 2014, Dead Horses have been keeping busy playing festivals in Wisconsin to Tennessee to Montana, performing more than 150 shows in the past year while writing a new album to be released in May 2016. Ken Coomer (Wilco, Uncle Tupelo) will be recording and producing Dead Horses' third album at his Cartoon Moon studio in Nashville. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Dead…
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Ellie Ford

Ellie Ford
Ellie Ford is alternative folk musician based in Brighton. As a solo performer, Ellie Ford is captivating. Her songs are enchanting with her harp and guitar parts underpinning her sultry vocals. With her band, Ellie ford fronts a five piece contemporary folk band, who make use of a mixture of modern and orchestral instruments (harp, violin, clarinet, drums, guitar). Taking influence from range of genres her band have an edge and variation that cements their…
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Tina Refsnes

Tina Refsnes
Hailing from the Norwegian capital of Oslo, Tina Refsnes is a singer-songwriter concocting a potent mix of English new-folk and poignant Americana. Growing up in the small seaside town of Floro, (where an abundance of rain caused the salt from the sea spray to spread up to a mile from the coastline…) she always longed for the noise and life of a larger city. Despite this, her subconscious love for the open seascape and mountainous…
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Amy Duncan

Amy Duncan
Amy Duncan is a Scottish singer/songwriter based in Edinburgh, she's established herself as one of the brightest musical talents in Scotland.Her 4th album ‘Cycles of Life’ was produced by Calum Malcolm, and released on Linn Records in 2013 and since then Amy was chosen by Showcase Scotland as one of 2 Scottish acts to perform at the Eastern Canadian Music Alliance in April 2014 with trio members Fiona Rutherford (harp) and Lawrie Macmillan (bass) and…
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Philip Murray Warson

Philip Murray Warson
Philip Murray Warson is set to release his first EP, the 25 year-old has worked as a musician and performer in various guises, toured with the National Theatre and trod the boards of the Old Vic, and is now starting to make waves in the ever-growing British Folk scene. Tell us about yourself/ves and what you do? I’m a musician and songwriter. I also do some acting and theatre. How did you start out? I’ve…
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Del Water Gap

Del Water Gap
Del Water Gap are a Brooklyn based trio which formed around the core of S. Holden Jaffe, a self-proclaimed “song and dance man”, and bassist Will Evans and drummer Charles Schlinkert. Brought together by a force of nature, they've released a number of EPs and singles, the latest of which is Cut the Rope / Lamplight. Now, read on. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Del Water Gap is an American rock and…
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TJ Leonard

TJ Leonard
Swedish country singer/songwriter, TJ Leonard got his first guitar from his grandfather, when he was eight; he taught his grandchild to play Swedish folk music and evergreens. Soon, TJ was introduced to pop and blues through his cousin, who was a little bit older and played in a famous Swedish pop band. Together with Tex Taylor, he started the band, CHESTNUT, in 2010. Later that year, they released their first single, “110% Country,” followed by…
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Charlie Hager

Charlie Hager
In his youth, Charlie decided not to attend high school in Nashville, but instead moved out the the Tennessee countryside to a small rural high school in Trousdale County which instilled in him his small town values. After graduation and a few years at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, he decided to join the U.S. Marine Corps and travel the world. He soon began playing and writing songs. In 1991, he returned to Nashville…
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Rachael Sage

Rachael Sage
Rachael Sage, New York singer-songwriter is set to release a 3rd single from her critically acclaimed album ‘Blue Roses’ on 20th November 2015. Rachael composed the song at a mere 11 years old, but only recently recorded it for the deluxe reissue of the album. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? I'm a New York-based singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist (I play piano and guitar), and I am a touring artist who plays 150+…
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The Epstein

The Epstein
The Epstein are an indie folk pop band from Oxford, England. The Epstein started life back in 2006 when singer/songwriter Olly Wills started playing open mic nights with guitarist Jon Berry under the name The Epstein in the back rooms of pubs in Oxford and London.The band gradually developed into a fully fledged country rock band and recorded their debut album The Last of The Charanguistas (2008) which went on to win the accolade of…
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Jade Helliwell

Jade Helliwell
Jade Helliwell belongs to the fast growing breed of modern British country pop artists who are challenging the previously all-conquering American's such as Taylor Swift, Lady Antebellum and Carrie Underwood at their own game! Her new album, Secrets, is a notably British blend of musical styles, but always rooted in her beloved country music. The self-penned tracks on this debut recording are sometimes infectiously upbeat, sometimes reflective and balladesque, but either way intensely catchy and…
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Talk-Show

Talk-Show
All Messed Up (And Nowhere To Go) is the title track of the debut EP from Talk-Show, a front for Maidstone-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Lawrence O’Shea. The song was written by Lawrence with music industry stalwart Boo Hewerdine, who also produced the EP. Lawrence came to Boo’s attention at one of his songwriting workshops where Boo offered him a production deal: ‘I was struck with not only with the strength of Lawrence’s writing but his…
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 Dirty Streets' frontman Justin Toland

 Dirty Streets' frontman Justin Toland
Memphis-based power-trio Dirty Streets release of their fourth studio album, White Horse (their second for Alive Naturalsound Records). Following the release of their well-received 2013 album, Blades of Grass, the band began writing and recording material for this new record. As frontman Justin Toland explained, "We wrote and re-wrote tons of songs and it really ended up hitting a great point as far as expression. We recorded at the renown Ardent Studios in Memphis with…
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Husky

Husky
Husky's new album - Ruckers Hill was mixed by Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, The Shins, Band of Horses) except for the single I’m Not Coming Back which was mixed by Peter Katis (The National). It was produced by Gawenda and bandmate (and cousin) Gideon Preiss except for a clutch of songs co-produced over many sessions with storied Sydney producer Wayne Connolly. Recording was done in several Melbourne and Sydney studios but also at Gawenda’s home…
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Chris Cleverley

Chris Cleverley
Inspired by his father, Chris started early – “I was playing school classical guitar recitals as a young boy,” he says – and a splurge of noisy metal and rock bands formed naturally in his teens. But then a light bulb moment changed Chris’ musical world overnight. Just five years since his epiphany, Chris’ smart mix of traditional folk guitar and contemporary singer-songwriter has seen him rack up considerable support based just on word-of-mouth. He’s…
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Tors

Tors
With probably the coolest Grandad you’’ll ever find - Bert ‘Guitar Wizard’ Weedon - say hello to Tors. Formed by brothers Matt and Theo, Tors combine 5-way vocal harmonies with soaring hooks and story driven lyrics, and have just posted the gold lamé heavy video for new single ‘Fool On The Floor’ online. "In the short time we’ve known brothers Matthew and Theo Weedon it is clear that we were working with two of the…
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Madelyn Victoria

Madelyn Victoria
Currently, Madelyn Victoria and her own band perform at local venues, honkytonks, bars, and events in south Texas. Madelyn also sings the National Anthem at United League games, and at local high school sporting events, political rallies, patriotic ceremonies, rodeos, and stock shows, including the 2009 Los Fresnos PRCA Rodeo in Los Fresnos, Texas where Madelyn Victoria was crowned the inaugural Rodeo Queen. This was one of many crowns she has earned including Cameron County…
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Cardinal Harbor

Cardinal Harbor
Classically trained on the violin and well versed in guitar, McCreary exudes the poise of his disciplined musical upbringing while taking us to new places with his modern style. Some liken him to a Dave Matthews aficionado with indie and folk undertones. Others find his influence to be that from current alternative greats, such as Bon Iver and Sylvan Esso. The Central Pennsylvania native and Wheaton College graduate’s collaboration with former classmates forms the band…
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Bertie Anderson from The BeauBowBelles

Bertie Anderson from The BeauBowBelles
London-based four-piece folk crossover act announce the release of their debut album “A Thing of Reality” recorded at Soup Studios (The Kills, The Maccabees, Roots Manuva) and produced by David Holmes. “A Thing of Reality” has been described as “a mouth-watering adventure of folk swing”. The BeauBowBelles are a band of foot stomping, harmony singing, song writing swing folkers. They dragged themselves from their classical roots through the earth of folk, the dusts of country…
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Rita Hosking

Rita Hosking
Rita's last, 2013 release, Little Boat, was listed as one of the “Top 10 Country Albums of 2013” by The Telegraph. The brand new album, Frankie and the No­-Go Road, will be released in the UK in October stands tall with Rita’s impressive folk-Americana discography. Rita will be touring in the UK in November of 2015 with husband and accompanist, Sean Feder, on Dobro, banjo, percussion and harmonies. Sean has performed for three decades in…
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Wild Ponies

Wild Ponies
Wild Ponies are unafraid to cross boundaries, determined to carry on a heritage that’s been decades in the making. That independent streak also holds true for Doug and Telisha Williams, who take their band name from the small-but-mighty animal that roams their native Virginia highlands.Now based in Nashville, the married duo’s music draws on old-time tradition while embracing the fierce spirit of the songwriters who inspire them – Hazel Dickens, Steve Earle and Lucinda Williams,…
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Steaming Satellites

Steaming Satellites
Having reached #9 on their native Austrian album chart recently with the release of their self-titled third album, Steaming Satellites will release that same album in the UK on October 30th. And from it comes their new single ‘Honey'; "The Austrians beam themselves from Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin to the 00s, are groovy, catchy, reduced, excessive and twisted all at once.” Visions Magazine. Having toured Europe with bands including The Ravonettes, Portugal, The Man,…
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Nathan Flint

Nathan Flint
Nathan Flint is a solo Singer/Songwriter playing Acoustic Folk. Nathan was born and has grown up on the the South Coast of NSW in the coastal/rural town of Wollongong, Australia. Nathan has found a passion in the style of folk and has been busy developing himself as an artist playing a huge amount of gigs at Pubs, Clubs, Cafes and functions all of which have been directing him as an artist over the past 10…
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The Hummingbirds

The Hummingbirds
Always synonymous with great music, there’s no doubt Liverpool has a fantastic musical heritage. For sure there’s something special and undeniably recognizable about a band coming out of Liverpool, The Hummingbirds are no exception. It’s impossible to discover this band without a frisson of excitement, without doubt there’s a strong possibility they are destined to join the line up of Mersey’s greats. The Hummingbirds are a born and bred Liverpool five-piece, with Jay Davies on…
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Dara Sisterhen

Dara Sisterhen
In 2010, Sisterhen landed her first acting gig, on Nickelodeon's “Victorious,” starring Victoria Justice and Ariana Grande, which led to a role on Disney Channel’s “Dog With A Blog.” Sisterhen has since steered away from the Disney Star image and returned to focusing on music. She has penned over 400 songs, collaborating with notable Nashville musicians including Jaren Johnston and Tyler Hilton. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? My Name is Dara Sisterhen.…
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French for Rabbits

French for Rabbits
Drawing influence from the wet, windblown landscapes of coastal New Zealand, French for Rabbits hail from the remote natural setting of Waikuku Beach, in NZ’s South Island. Vocalist Brooke Singer expresses intimate narratives against the cast of the damp colonial cold; her voice delicately steeled against John Fitzgerald’s winsome guitar lines, and the eerie instrumentation of their bandmates (Ben Lemi & Hikurangi Schaverien-Kaa). French for Rabbits are infused with a cold, brooding gaze evident through…
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Jacob Tovar

Jacob Tovar
Jacob Tovar is a man from a different era, a different time. With a gentleman’s handshake, a booming voice, a contagious smile and a quick wit, this Tulsa, OK performer effortlessly connects with all walks of life through his sincere songs of country, western, and old-fashioned honky tonk. He’s played with Junior Brown, Bill Kirchen, Wayne Hancock and many other respected artists. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? I, Jacob Tovar, am a…
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Eileen Carey

Eileen Carey
The award-winning California-based singer/songwriter’s fourth and latest album LET IT GO features songs which follow through on the theme on letting go of those ties that bind us to the past and perhaps no song is more evident than the title track, “Let It Go,” a thumping up-tempo country pop tune about forgetting the small things or events from our past that lead to insecurities and indecisions of life. Tell us about yourself and what…
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Wakey Wakey

Wakey Wakey
“There was a point in my childhood when I thought I was going to be a preacher,” says Michael Grubbs, the frontman-songwriter behind Brooklyn’s Wakey Wakey. Ever since his single “War Sweater” jettisoned him into stardom five years ago (thanks to a game-changing plug on One Tree Hill), the indie-pop singer has built a following that’s as passionate as his compositions. His fans have bought 45,000 copies of his self-released debut, the exquisitely tortured Almost…
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The Rosellys

The Rosellys
The Rosellys are a five piece Americana band from Bristol signed to Clubhouse Records. Regular tours to America clearly influence their song writing and live performances with close comparisons made to artists such as Alison Krauss, Emmylou Harris, Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings to name a few. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We're a five piece British Americana band based in Bristol fronted by Rebecca and Simon Rosellys (who are a couple)…
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Barbara Nesbitt

Barbara Nesbitt
At fifteen, Nesbitt left home, landing herself among a group of jam- and groove-oriented musicians in Virginia. She met Bernie Lee who put a guitar in her hand and encouraged her to step behind the microphone. Before long, they were playing gigs to large groups of people, and Nesbitt found a new home on stage. Her third solo album, Almost Home, was released in August 2013, and features such talents as, Jeff Berkley, Marcia Claire,…
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Alec Lytle & Them Rounders

Alec Lytle & Them Rounders
Having spent much of his life in a supporting role for various musicians as a harmony singer and upright bass player, Alec Lytle began his solo music career at the urging of fellow musicians who convinced him that his personal songs deserved to be heard by an audience. Since then, he has played his nuanced acoustic music in clubs and bars from Los Angeles to San Francisco, in cafes in Thailand, public squares in Brazil…
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John Byrne Band

John Byrne Band
The John Byrne Band is led by former Patrick's Head front man and Dublin native John Byrne. Their debut album, After the Wake, was released to critical acclaim on both sides of the Atlantic in 2010. With influences ranging from The Chieftains to Planxty to Bob Dylan, John’s songwriting honors and expands upon the musical and lyrical traditions of his native and adopted homes. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? The John Byrne…
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Chantel Acda

Chantel Acda
The Sparkle In Our Flaws from Belgium based, Dutch-born musician and songwriter Chantal Acda, released on 25th Sept. via Glitterhouse Records, is a brilliant record. Inspiration for the album title came from the magical setting where the recordings took place - The Sparkle Studio in Pacific City (Oregon) and also from the vulnerability that is exposed within these recordings: played and captured in the moment, it celebrates the beauty of perfect imperfection. AUK also thinks…
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Frankie Lee

Frankie Lee
Born on the banks of the Mississippi river, Lee's family later moved to Minneapolis. Following the death of his father in a motorcycle accident when he was 12, Frankie immersed himself in the city's music scene, appearing onstage with local heroes Slim Dunlap (The Replacements) and Curtiss A at the impressionable age of 14. In 2010 Lee moved back from California to Minnesota to be closer to his family. In a series of diners and…
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The Plaidians

The Plaidians
With their single release, The Plaidians showcase how neatly they can weave acoustic and electronic sounds together in unpredictable and melodic ways: blending genres of pop, rock and electronica. ‘The Follower’ is the first single from their debut album, which will be ready for release in February 2016. “‘The Follower’ is a laid back track that we really enjoyed recording and layering with synths and strings. We wanted it to sound reflective and have a…
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Kelly Moneymaker

Kelly Moneymaker
Alaska born Kelly Moneymaker was brought up with the tradition of great American vocals. Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt and Tina Turner (amongst others) are all influences that can be heard within her vocal style. In her early years Kelly was a member of platinum selling pop trio ‘Exposé’ (recently named as one of Billboard Magazine’s Top 10 girl groups of all time, but has now matured into a more grown up American roots artist. Tell…
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Young Poets

Young Poets
Young Poets is an Australian indie rock band from Melbourne, formed in 2013. The boys stepped into Black Pearl Studios and recorded 5 songs all written by Tj. ‘Crashes’ The first single off the ‘Crashes’ EP is ‘Wanna be Right’. I rock track with attitude that shows this group is not afraid of being loud. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Young Poets is an Australian indie rock band from Melbourne, formed in…
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BettySoo

BettySoo
During the five years since her last album of original material, BettySoo zigzagged her way across the North American and European continents more than a few times. As an insomniac and someone who understands depression from her own life-long struggle, maybe she was exactly where she and her friends needed her to be: in the thick of it, reminded of how fragile the balancing act can be for people like herself whose mental health isn’t…
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Boat to Row

Boat to Row
Following 3 EP’s and 2 Singles since forming in 2010, the highly acclaimed Boat To Row deliver their debut album ‘I Found You Here'. Boat To Row recorded the album over 2 years at Highbury Studios in Birmingham, touring in between sessions to fund the recording, rehearsing in the ground floor of a house converted from a cricket bat factory, practice naturally evolved into recording in the studio next door, capturing the comfortable, loose feel…
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Conor Coughlan

Conor Coughlan
Conor Coughlan was born in Essex but moved Canada when he was about 12. He spent a lot of time in the States touring the last couple of years too, signing to a label in the UK this past Spring and he only just come back to the UK as a result of that. Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Conor Coughlan and I'm a 19 year old singer/songwriter from…
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Jen Lane & John Antoniuk

Jen Lane & John Antoniuk
Saskatoon, SK – Think of Robert Plant and Allison Krauss or Emmylou Harris and Gram Parsons and you get a good idea of where these two Saskatoon singer-songwriters are coming from. They compliment one another beautifully as they perform each other’s music. John Antoniuk comes from the indie/roots side of life and Jen Lane has a bit more country/folk in her repertoire. Together, they create straight ahead rhythms and harmonies that complete the musical package.…
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Valley Maker

Valley Maker
Valley Maker has announced his debut album 'When I Was A Child' his distinctive finger-picking, unconventional tunings, and plaintive vocals anchor Austin Crane's music. Throughout this record, longtime collaborator Amy Godwin intertwines her voice intuitively with his; the end result sounds less like two individuals harmonizing than one who sings with astonishing depth and dimension. Crane grew up in Florence, South Carolina, where I-95 intersects I-20, an hour west of Myrtle Beach. The oldest of…
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The Warden

The Warden
The Warden's self-titled debut album is a honky tonk memoir looking back over the last 15 years of livin' in East Dallas featuring 12 original songs that tell tales of lifelong friendships, falling in and out of love, and the wild ass adventures that happened along the way. Produced by Robert Jason Vandygriff and recorded at The Echo Lab in Argyle, TX by Dave Willingham, The Warden's debut features a blistering "honky tonk orchestra" starring…
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Danni Nicholls

Danni Nicholls
Danni Nicholls recently returned to her Bedford, UK home, having recorded her second album in Nashville. Due for release in October, Mockingbird Lane features many members of the stellar cast from her critically acclaimed 2013 debut album A Little Redemption. Danni met producer Chris Donohue (The Civil Wars, Elvis Costello, Robert Plant) in London in 2011 through a mutual friend, whilst Chris was in the UK playing bass with Emmylou Harris as one of her…
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Boreas

Boreas
Boreas began as a collaboration between Lori Watson from the Scottish Borders and Britt Pernille Frøholm from Hornindal in Sogn og Fjordane. Joined by award winning accordionist Irene Tillung from Voss and Rachel Newton from Edinburgh. Together, Boreas have a passion for new and experimental forms of traditional music creating a unique expression based on Norwegian and Scottish folk music. Boreas seek to emphasize old traditions and shared musical aspects, while exploring the spaces between…
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The Holcombe Family String Band

The Holcombe Family String Band
The Holcombe Family String Band are a Leeds based band influenced by the ragtime, hot jazz, hokum and western swing of the 1920's and 30's. Following prestigious supports opening for the likes of CW Stoneking, Sheesham & Lotus & Son, Simone Felice, The Dad Horse Experience and The Stray Birds, numerous festival appearances and plays on BBC Radio 6 Music and BBC Introducing, The Holcombe Family String Band have won over fans of traditional and…
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Freddie Stevenson

Freddie Stevenson
Freddie Stevenson, a genealogical descendant of 13th century Scottish poet Thomas The Rhymer, and his mother, Jocelyn, was for many years one of Jim Henson's team. As a teenager he studied to be an actor at RADA and once, while dressed as pantomime character Buttons, shook hands with the Queen. A decade ago he embarked on the life of a troubadour and moved to New York City in 2009. Along the way he crafted three…
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Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers

Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers
Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers are a six-piece band from Oxford, UK, playing a mixture of bluegrass, Americana and roots music. They blend acoustic guitar, fiddle, banjo and cornet with five-part vocal harmonies to produce their raw, energetic sound. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Francis Pugh and the Whisky Singers are a six piece from Oxford playing bluegrass, roots and Americana music. We blend banjo and fiddle with rich five part…
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Lewis & Leigh

Lewis & Leigh
Lewis & Leigh release of their third EP Hidden Truths. They’ve teamed up once again with Matt Ingram & Dan Cox at Urchin Studios - the team behind Laura Marling’s latest album ‘Short Movie’. The roots of Lewis & Leigh stretch from the Deep South (Alva Leigh was born in Tenessee) all the way over to the Welsh coast (Al Lewis was born in North Wales). This year they’ve been busy, appearing at renowned festivals…
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The Grahams

The Grahams
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Alyssa and Doug Graham have spent nearly their entire lives exploring music together. Friends since she was 7 and he was 9, they became a couple in their teens, then husband and wife. Somewhere along the way, they also became The Grahams, a dynamic Americana duo who've married their love of adventure with a desire to build on foundations laid by their musical predecessors. Tell us about yourselves and what you do?…
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Mo Kenney

Mo Kenney
Mo Kenney is a 25-year-old singer songwriter from Nova Scotia, the iconic Canadian musician Joel Plasket, has produced an album of grace, power and insight. More than just another “girl with a guitar”, the elfin and androgynous Kenney combines aching vulnerability with world-weary cynicism. In My Dreams is a stunningly accomplished and exciting follow-up to Mo Kenney’s 2012 much-decorated and universally-acclaimed self-titled debut. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? I am a singer/songwriter/musician…
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Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas

Susie Blue and the Lonesome Fellas
Solitaire Miles has always loved singing Swing tunes. Her grandmother, a singer with a big band in the late 1930s, exposed her to the music as a child. Several members of her family were musicians and she grew up hearing Swing and Retro Country at Sunday afternoon family concerts. For her first Western Swing recording, Solitaire used most of the musicians from her regular band. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Susie Blue…
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Martin Harley

Martin Harley
Martin Harley is the talented guitarist, singer and songwriter he fronts the UK-based acoustic trio; The Martin Harley Band. Martin is a deeply important and respected voice in the evolution of popular blues and folk oriented guitar and vocals. A life long devotee of acoustic guitar music, especially the ageless blues/roots sounds, Martin has travelled the globe absorbing a plethora of diverse influences and honing his craft into the classic song-writing style he possesses today.…
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Rebecca Jed

Rebecca Jed
A Singer Songwriter from Texas, now residing in Nashville! She grew up riding horses and listening to country music, her family has a dude ranch in the Ozark Mountains in Arkansas. Barrel racing in the Houston Texas Rodeo was the first time she saw Willy Nelson sing "Mamma's Don't Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys." She says I knew from that moment that I wanted to be a singing Cowgirl! I wanted to…
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Steve Lewis

Steve Lewis
New album Creepers & Vines finds Nashville-based musician Steve Lewis bringing his trademark gravitas and style to twelve fetching new songs, with psychedelic undertones, gritty guitars and fearsome backbeats. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I play dirty rock – garage/psychedelic stuff with a good strong beat. My lyrics have a sci fi/ apocalyptic slant along with roots-rock sensibilities. How did you start out? I played music from a very young age, starting…
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The Fireflys

The Fireflys
The Fireflys are a 5-piece UK-Americana/Alternative band from north west England, their new single Branches features Adele Halsall on co-vocals and is re-released this autumn following the news that the single has been added to the Manchester United FC’s Old Trafford stadium playlist. Based on the songwriting of Singer/Guitarist Lee Wylding, The band comprises of Bassist Stephen Roberts, Guitarist David Packer, Piano player Chris Tann and Drummer Andie Packer. Fireworks Magazine has labelled them "The…
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Simi Stone

Simi Stone
From Woodstock NY comes the beautiful, free spirited soulful sound of Simi Stone (formerly of The Duke & The King). A debut album of thirteen highly personal songs, each with an incredibly catchy, pop hook. After building up a strong following in the New York area with her magnetic live shows in many of the city’s leading clubs and theatres, Simi then recorded the self-titled album with co-writer and producer David Baron. Simi is no…
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Stephen Caulfield

Stephen Caulfield
Parkview is the debut full length album by Stephen Caulfield. Written, performed and produced entirely by Stephen, Parkview was recorded over a number of years in a self-built studio that looks out over the local park. Parkview is an album of 11 songs that showcases Stephen’s ability as a singer-songwriter on piano and guitar, whilst also demonstrating his love of fusing strict electronic music with organic natural sounds using many weird and wonderful instruments and…
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The Cains

The Cains
The two sisters and brother from Hartselle, Alabama have shared a lot over the years, but their passion for music is what has brought them together as The Cains, a country band with unique harmonies and a variety of influences. Taylor, Madison and Logan Cain are not only singers and songwriters, who play guitar, piano, bass, harmonica, mandolin, drums and more. Their original music features compelling, edgy lyrics that evoke emotion and is inspired by…
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CJ Hooper

CJ Hooper
CJ Hooper's 'By My Side' is the first official independent release from the acoustic based Sydney solo artist who plays multiple instruments and delivers distinctive vocal harmonies and falsetto. 'By My Side' was recorded in Sydney at Stereo Missile Recordings with the help of well renowned producer and engineer Steve Peach. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? CJ Hooper – multi instrumentalist, singer-songwriter based on the northern beaches of Sydney, Australia. Currently writing…
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Danny Schmidt

Danny Schmidt
Named to the Chicago Tribune's 50 Most Significant Songwriters in the Last 50 Years, Austin, TX-based singer/songwriter Danny Schmidt has amassed a cult following for his stunningly poetic, poignant imagery. With lyrical depth drawing comparisons to Leonard Cohen and Townes Van Zandt, Schmidt is considered a preeminent writer, an artist whose earthy poetry manages to somehow conjure magic from the mundane,his album Owls, out now, is nothing short of terrific. Tell us about yourselves and…
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Honey Ryder

Honey Ryder
Having established themselves in Nashville, UK band Honey Ryder return to a British country crossover invasion with their 3rd studio album, ‘Born In A Bottle’. Featuring co-writes with Tom Douglas [Lady Antebellum ‘I Run To You’], Rivers Rutherford [Tim McGraw, Faith Hill, Brad Paisley] and Blair Daly [Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban], the trio headed back to Ocean Way Nashville for the bulk of the recording, and were mentored by legendary producer Paul Worley [Lady Antebellum,…
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The David Motel

The David Motel
The David Motel is the latest project from singer/songwriter David Brooks. People, Places, Things offers tales of weariness originating from too many nights spent in hotel rooms, too much heartbreak, the inevitable passage of time, and the unceasing struggle to keep up. Chronicling the transition from collegiate life in Baton Rouge to urban professional life in Nashville, the album thematically doubles as a geographic passport for Brooks and his life experiences over the past decade.…
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Rayland Baxter

Rayland Baxter
Baxter’s anticipated new full-length album, Imaginary Man, which will be released August 14 on ATO Records. Recorded in Nashville, the 11-track album was produced by Adam Landry (Deer Tick, Diamond Rugs) and Eric Masse (Andrew Combs, Robert Ellis) and features Bucky Baxter on pedal steel as well as Jessie Baylin, Isaaca Byrd (MYZICA), Mikky Ekko, Jordan Lehning (Caitlin Rose, Steelism) and Matt Vazquez (Delta Sprit) on background vocals. Tell us about yourself and what you…
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Fly Golden Eagle

Fly Golden Eagle
Psych rockers Fly Golden Eagle, who release their new album Quartz Bijou through ATO Records on 31st July, have confirmed a string of UK shows in September. The band recorded the majority of Quartz Bijou with Andrija Tokic in The Bomb Shelter, Nashville, and also played on some of the most significant albums representing the new Nashville sound, including Benjamin Booker, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Majestico and Alabama Shakes. Tell us about yourselves and…
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SHEL

SHEL
Raised in Fort Collins, Colorado, SHEL has spent the last couple years touring to support their critically acclaimed debut release. SHEL is an acronym for their names; Sarah on violin, Hannah on keyboard, Eva on mandolin, Liza on drums, djembe and beatboxing. The sisters also receive rave reviews for their quirky style and creating all their music videos with Sarah as the videographer and editor. In addition, SHEL’s songs have been featured in numerous television…
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Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers
With Loved Wild Lost, p Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers fully affirm a current place in the long winding continuum of the California Sound, born of folk, rock, country, psychedelia, blues, and pop, as ageless, adventurous, and ever-adaptive as the Golden State itself. The new record – which follows their much lauded self-titled 2013 debut – sees Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers teaming with producer Brian Deck (Iron & Wine, Josh Ritter), their first time…
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Mason Ashley

Mason Ashley
Writing well beyond her years, Mason Ashley craft lyrics that tell a timeless story, designs a melody that captures raw emotion, and then sings with an enchanting voice that lulls the listener to another time and place. At just sixteen years old, she is at the start of a blossoming career with a maturity of sound and emotion well beyond her years. Tell us about yourself and what you do. I am an almost seventeen…
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JustMillie

JustMillie
Imagine this - a beautiful young girl embarks on a busking tour of America. She plays wherever she stays and earns enough to move from town to town. She collects feathers, precious stones and dream catchers on her travels, stopping at festivals, sets out her stall making fine jewellery from these things and playing her music. The jewellery starts to sell; it’s popular; so is her music … this is Just Millie. Her new AA…
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Bethan and the Morgans

Bethan and the Morgans
Bethan originally started Bethan and the Morgans with fellow musician David Ross. They began by playing small open mic nights and performing covers as a duo. Eventually they started writing music and decided that they needed to add more musicians into the mix. This was the birth of Bethan and the Morgans. The band is made up of Bethan Edwards on lead vocals and guitar, David Ross on backing vocals and lead guitar, Lauren Bennett…
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Backyard Burners

Backyard Burners
Backyard Burners are a band from Leeds, UK, their sound is bluegrass inspired, but also draws on rock 'n roll, country and punk. The band is comprised of Mark Pugh (banjo) and his son, Lewis (guitar and harmonica) and Sarah Birkett (double bass.) All three sing. Formed in 2012, the band honed their craft singing country, bluegrass and skiffle songs on various street corners around the north of England. They have since entertained huge crowds…
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Terry Earl Taylor, the Hillbilly Houndog

Terry Earl Taylor, the Hillbilly Houndog
Back porch, back roads, pawnshop blues and ballads, rockabilly rhythms, midnight musings from an empty cabin ...in Crewe Tell us about yourself and what you do? Well, I play 5-string banjo and harmonica and sing, what I call backroads, backporch, pawnshop blues and ballads, and although I've been playing this music for some time, I've only really gotten into it in the last few years and come closer to defining, discovering what, for me, is…
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Pete Gardiner

Pete Gardiner
Pete is a singer songwriter from Newtownards in Northern Ireland. He has had a passion for music since the age of 6 when he first heard Slash play, signed by entrepreneur Neil Utley’s label NUA Entertainment, which is chaired by Grammy winner Paul Hardcastle. Pete has just finished recording his debut album with award winning Irish producer Tommy McLaughlin (The Villagers) and has moved to London so that he can perform nightly on the London…
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Hungrytown

Hungrytown
After more than a decade of world-wide touring and three album releases, Rebecca Hall and Ken Anderson - otherwise known as the folk duo Hungrytown - have earned a reputation for the quality and authenticity of their songwriting. In the winter of 2003, the duo quit their boring desk jobs, moved to the green hills of Vermont, and decided to pursue a full-time career as touring musicians. They released their first CD, Hungrytown, in 2008;…
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David Celia

David Celia
David Celia is one of Toronto’s most experienced and versatile independent artists and busiest working musicians. He has an audience across Canada and also in Europe and the UK, where he has developed a devoted fan-base. He recently appeared at Glastonbury Festival in England for the second time. David is an astonishing guitar player and gifted multi-instrumentalist with an alt/folk style that's been described as "Beatlesque" in that it crosses many musical genres. Known for…
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Wallflower

Wallflower
Following the critical acclaim of their breakthrough single 'Ambien', Canberra band Wallflower return to the public eye with the feel good indie banger of the year “Fabricated”, the first single off their debut EP . Formed late in 2013, Wallflower have gone on to become a marquee act of the Canberra music industry and a hidden secret of the capitals leafy streets. Having spent months between the iconic Studios 301 in Sydney, Abbey Road in…
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Josh Flowers & The Wild

Josh Flowers & The Wild
Josh Flowers & The Wild are a London based four-piece who blend crunching blues with rock and folk influences, all underpinned by engaging, honest song writing. Lead by front-man Josh Flowers, with Squiff on cello, Dave on bass and Reuben on drums, they charm their audiences with impressive musicianship, country inspired harmonies and high-energy shows. The band are currently gigging regularly around the UK and writing and recording with Grammy and Brit Award winning producer…
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HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL

HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL
Florida’s HAVE GUN, WILL TRAVEL have a natural instinct for combining folk, pop, rock and classic country influences to create a sound all their own. HGWT’s music has been featured in a national Chevy TV commercial, as well as the PBS series Roadtrip Nation, and CBS’s The Good Wife. Their live performances have been described as rousing, rollicking, energetic and dynamic. Accompanied by the sweeping lap steel of guitarist Scott Anderson, singer-songwriter Matt Burke enthusiastically…
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Lexie Hayden

Lexie Hayden
Lexie Hayden is a pop/country singer on track to move to Nashville and hit the ground running this summer. As a former intern of the renowned Bobby Bones show (Nashville, TN) and client of both Austin Bellow (Forever the Sickest Kids) and Sam Sumser (credited writer/producer for both Jason Derulo and the Plain White T's) Lexie has all of the connections and drive to do big things in the Music City. Tell us about yourself…
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Simon Murphy

Simon Murphy
Describing himself as an infant songwriter Simon Murphy only really began writing in earnest 3 years ago, he's contributed a track called 'Evergreen' on the Over the hill collective's debut album 'Velvet Revolution' and shared the stage with Grammy award winner Don Henry at the Belfast Nashville Songwriters festival. Working a 9 to 5 gig as a psychiatric nurse he uses music as an intervention to help patients who have suffered severe trauma and neglect.…
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The Hellfire Club

The Hellfire Club
The Hellfire Club are an Americana band from Glasgow, Scotland (not to be confused with the Electric/New/London or any other Hellfire Club). They are a seven piece and have released their new album 'Songs for Fallen Stars". They also have contributed a song to a new album, The People's Voice: Celebrating the Janey Buchan Political Song Collection, they are Robert Anderson - Drums, Robert Armour - Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals, Helen Brown - Vocals, Willie Brown…
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SURIS

SURIS
Suris create distinctive and timeless sound, rich vocals that combine unusual stories with atmospheric and soulful orchestration. Our music has been compared to Kate Bush, Nina Simone and Fleetwood Mac; Suris are Lindsey and David Mackie… Tell us about yourselves and what you do? SURIS are Lindsey and Dave Mackie. We write, play, record and produce all our songs. On the forthcoming album we also have great contributions on a couple of tracks from bass…
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Steve Logan

Steve Logan
Steve Logan is a Welsh singer-songwriter and rock musician, working on and across the borderline of acoustic folk and high-octane rock. Steve’s new album, Deliverance is recorded with a full band. Steve plays acoustic and electric guitars and harmonica, Rhys Wilson plays acoustic and electric guitars; bass is played by Kimberley Rew’s wife, Lee Cave-Berry and drums by Paul Richards. There are some overdubs but all the vocals are single takes. The songs range from…
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Sarah MacDougall

Sarah MacDougall
Since the release of award-winning The Greatest Ones Alive in 2011, Sarah has been touring Canada and Europe endlessly, taking time to work on songs and record between tours. Last winter, she hunkered down under the Northern Lights in Whitehorse and put the final touches on the album which was to become Grand Canyon. The album, co-produced by Sarah and Caleb Stull (Field Study, Dominique Fricot, Language Arts), which was recorded in Toronto and Vancouver,…
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Mulholland

Mulholland
Mulholland brand themselves as "A fresh take on alt-country/folk fusing the ‘sounds of the city’ and the ‘spirits of the backwoods’. Think Neil Young meets early Bob Dylan via Lucinda Williams", lofty goals indeed. With their influence reaching back to the heyday of singer/songwriters in the 60/70s, York-based Mulholland offer their own take on acoustic Americana with their close harmonies, self-penned country/rootsy material. Originally Mulholland came together in 2012 as a five-piece and now play…
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Hip Hatchet

Hip Hatchet
A musical jack-of-all-trades, Hip Hatchet pulls from his variety of musical experiences, including jazz piano, bluegrass, country, chamber music, and the American singer-songwriter tradition, to create a dynamic, original, and candid sound. Hip Hatchet layers on harmony in a way that builds on the carefully crafted sound to reveal the beauty in our messy, complicated lives. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? I’m a songwriter & multi instrumentalist who lives in Portland, OR.…
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Provincials

Provincials
The group’s sound is pooled from the backgrounds of three very different individuals, vocalist Polly Perry has spent the last few years touring the country fronting Polly and the Billets Doux to great acclaim. Guitarist Seb Hunter is perhaps better known as an author, particularly of cult bestseller Hell Bent for Leather: Confessions of a Heavy Metal Addict, published by HarperCollins. Finally, completing the trio is pianist Steve Gibson, who for the past decade has…
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Fred Abbott

Fred Abbott
Fred Abbott is a London-based musician best known as lead guitarist and keyboard player in Noah And The Whale. Over the last year Fred has recorded his solo album SERIOUS POKE, backed by members of Noah And The Whale and other friends, that will be out later this year. The album was co-produced by Fred and Martin Hollis and recorded at the legendary British Grove Studios in London. Fred can currently be seen playing lead…
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The Slocan Ramblers

The Slocan Ramblers
The Slocan Ramblers are Canada’s young bluegrass band to watch. Rooted in the tradition, fearlessly creative, and possessing a bold, dynamic sound, The Slocan Ramblers have quickly become a leading light of Canada’s roots music scene, built on their reputation for energetic live shows and impeccable musicianship. With their debut album “Shaking Down the Acorns” receiving wide acclaim this fearless four piece is sure to keep garnering attention far beyond the traditional bluegrass fan-base. Tell…
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Ed Dupas

Ed Dupas
Ed Dupas is a singer songwriter based in Ann Arbor, Michigan. A self-described searcher and thinker, Ed writes songs that examine life, love, and loss, while also exploring societal themes through the voice of the everyman. His music is a blend of folk, country, and Americana –you’ll find Ed most at ease playing solo with just an acoustic guitar. Often compared to Steve Earle, Ed’s musical influences include Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Townes Van Zandt,…
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FY5 –Finnders & Youngberg

FY5 –Finnders & Youngberg
For decades now, Colorado has been a wellspring for American roots music, combining the traditional Appalachian old-time and honky-tonk strains of the East with the spirit of adventure and openness of the West. Colorado has served as a magnet for musicians looking to find themselves, and it’s become a place for musical kindred spirits to commune and create. FY5 –Finnders & Youngberg– represent this pioneering spirit, and with their latest effort, Eat the Moon Tell…
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Dark Green Tree

Dark Green Tree
Dark Green Tree are Jay Brown, Ross Cockburn, and Cera Impala. Starting out of a chance meeting in August 2010 between Jay Brown and Ross Cockburn when both were playing sets at St Brides Church in Edinburgh for the Festival – Ross and Jay briefly discuss writing some songs together in the future. One Fine Day produced by Boo Hewerdine and is release the album on his own Haven Label. Tell us about yourselves and…
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The Alan Tyler Show

The Alan Tyler Show
As the world awaits the next album from the reformed Rockingbirds, singer and songwriter Alan Tyler kicks back with a new acoustic trio aimed at taking his songs – and some well-chosen country covers – to the bars and folk clubs of the land. Rounded out by longtime cohort Fiddlin’ Jim Morrison plus Rockingbirds new boy Patrick Ralla on harmonies, guitar and banjo, The Alan Tyler Show sets out their stall with neat renditions of…
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Cat Canteri

Cat Canteri
The UK release of When We Were Young, the debut album by Cat Canteri of acclaimed Australian trio The Stillsons, was one of my favourite records I've ever reviewed in the time I've been writing for AUK. The album is a rare combination of emotional vulnerability and musical accomplishment. Canteri’s warm, charismatic vocal tones deliver her highly personal stories (e.g. anorexia, post-war friendship in an Australian timber town) with an easy, pop sensibility. Canteri plays…
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The Honey Ants

The Honey Ants
The Honey Ants are John Grimsey and Rebecca Hamer. The London duo formed back in the spring of 2013 and have since built a reputation on the London live circuit for their knock-out shows. Their unique sound, built around exquisite bittersweet harmonies, has developed from its folk roots into something much more complex and dark – elements of Southern gospel and country blend with London attitude. 2014 was a pivotal year for the band, from…
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The Ravines

The Ravines
Chris Corney is a Producer / Songwriter & Musician from Bedfordshire, UK. He has been writing, recording and performing music for over 20 years, and has performed throughout the UK and Europe as a member of bands such as 'The Quireboys', UK folk band 'ahab' & Powerpop band 'The Contrast'. In 2005 Chris' band 'The Ravines' recorded their debut (and only) album "Manifesto of a Broken Heart", the strength of this album earned Chris a…
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Sean Taylor

Sean Taylor
Being an artist is about making connections. Sometimes the connections are straight forward like writing a love song when you’re in love or a song about being heartbroken when she’s gone. On his latest album ‘The Only Good Addiction Is Love’ Sean Taylor searched for more abstract and demanding references. The album’s title is a quote from the former President of Uruguay Jose ‘Pepe’ Mujica who gave 90% of his salary to charity and refused…
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Daniel Meade

Daniel Meade
Daniel was invited to Nashville by Morgan Jahnig of Old Crow Medicine Show, after he heard “As Good As Bad Can Be” his first album and viewed his BBC Introducing Session online, Jahnig was so impressed, he offered to engineer and produce the new album…putting a killer band together comprising some of Meade’s favourite musicians, including Cory Younts, Chance McCoy, Joshua Hedley, Chris Scruggs, and Morgan himself. Guest spots were filled by Diana Jones, Shelly…
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Zak Ford

Zak Ford
Soul infused melodic folk has been used to describe Zak's sound with his honest whole hearted vocals and harmonious chords. With vast musical influences ranging from Soul to Americana and comparisons been drawn to Glen Hansard, Dallas Green & Ben Howard, Zak's sound is unique and brings a fresh twist to the table. Tell us about yourself and what you do? Zak Ford, Singer/Songwriter based in York, UK. I write songs and sing them to…
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Lucy May

Lucy May
Born in Sidcup, Kent, Lucy-May grew up listening to music from the 60s, in particular Motown and The Beatles, in an environment where all her family share a love for music. “My dad listens to music nonstop, my Nan loved performing cockney songs, like ‘Doin’ the Lambeth Walk’ and ‘Burlington Bertie’ at family get-togethers”. Lucy-May has been holding down two jobs plus live work where she has managed to get enough money together to fund…
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Diftong

Diftong
Diftong's songwriting blends folk, country and rock. Mix equal parts of Neil Young and The Gourds, stir in some Jim Croce, 16 Horsepower and a touch of Bob Dylan and you might come up with the Diftong sound. Diftong's 4th album The Rocket Swing was released in February 2015 on Come Undone Records. It was recorded in Nova Scotia, Canada. Several great musicians contributed, among them Dale Murray and Christina Martin. Tell us about yourself…
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Abandon Delta

Abandon Delta
Abandon Delta sent me an email no PR, no manifesto, just a picture and a link and some damm fine tunes. The band wanted to put out a document of songs with no names or production credits attached because "Music is oft-times clouded in politics, over-branding and marketing manifestos that present stories other than the ones the songs tell. Who cares who wrote and performed on it or what label it's on? If it connects…
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Anna Laube

Anna Laube
Anna Laube is an award-winning multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and producer. Born in Iowa City, IA, and raised in Madison, WI, Anna Laube (pronounced "Lau" like "now" and "be" like "to be or not to be") played piano, saxophone, and violin during her formative years and later studied oboe at the Académie de Musique Grétry in Liège, Belgium, on a Rotary scholarship. She picked up guitar along the way. In 2013, Anna released a new song entitled…
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Jess and the Bandits

Jess and the Bandits
With a debut album, an Autumn tour of the UK, Jess and the Bandits are a band going places, there powerful brand of country is proving to be 'hot'. Jess who's a spokeswomen for clothing retailer Evans, is giving away a chance to appear in their next video, has a voice that will rock you to your socks. Destined to be huge, catch them will you can..... Tell us about yourselves and what you do?…
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Don Gallardo

Don Gallardo
Nashville-based Americana/Folk singer-songwriter, Don Gallardo, hails from a small town in Northern California and spent years cultivating his career on the west coast before relocating to Nashville, Tennessee in 2007. He has called Nashville home for 8 years and does not see himself leaving any time soon. Walking the line between classic 70's singer-songwriters and more contemporary flavors of folk and Americana, Gallardo is a diverse and multi-faceted performer with a lyrical depth and a…
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Michael Hinckley

Michael Hinckley
Michael Hinckley writes songs that sit at the intersection of roots rock and intensely personal poetry. Michael currently lives and writes in Nashville, TN. In 2015 he will release his first solo effort, “Hang a Black Cloth,” a personal collection of folk poetry and character-driven tunes. A native of Omaha, NE, Michael played guitar and fronted groups in the local music scene before he traded the openness of the plains for the majesty of the…
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The Resonant Rogues

The Resonant Rogues
The Resonant Rogues have ears for the past and eyes toward the future.Partners Sparrow and Keith J. Smith write songs that transcend genres, blending Gypsy jazz and Balkan music with American folk traditions like old-time and blues. Their infectious melodies and eloquent lyrics bring a nouveau pop sensibility to their old fashioned style. After years of travelling, collecting stories, tunes, and heartaches, the Resonant Rogues have come home again to capture their original songs for…
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Charlie Tophill

Charlie Tophill
So I went to a gig,nothing unusual in that, except the opening act was Charlie Tophill, first gig, borrowed guitar, and I stood open mouthed, she was and is amazing. Dirty Dozen are about the new, the unknown and going "wow they're great". That my friends is Charlie Tophill............ Tell us about yourself and what you do? Well, I’m a singer/songwriter or just a singer, depending on which day you catch me. I’ve sung in…
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Michelle Lewis

Michelle Lewis
Michelle Lewis picked up her father’s acoustic guitar at the age of 14 and quickly abandoned interest in everything else. She honed her songwriting at Berklee College of Music in her hometown of Boston, and went on to tour the United States behind her first album, This Time Around (2004). She has been a long time collaborator with producer Anthony J. Resta, working together on the EPs Broken (2009) and Paris (2011), and in 2014…
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Grant Langston

Grant Langston
With one foot in the deep country music traditions of North Alabama and another in the telecaster twang of California roots and Americana, Grant Langston is an artist that defies the typical toe tag of modern music.Born the textile town of Gadsden, AL Grant was raised singing and playing in the church. After a move to Los Angeles he began writing and playing the roots music that Nashville didn’t want — honky tonk and full…
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Black River Bell

Black River Bell
Fairlight, Sydney is home to Tim Bray, otherwise known as Black River Bell, who's first single is out now. Normally we'd want more here at AUK, but Black River Bell debut single ‘The Blackbirds’, a haunting ballad which blurs the lines between folk and dream pop, is just so damm good we jumped straight in. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I'm a singer-songwriter from Fairlight, Sydney who writes dark folk songs under…
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Sarah McQuaid

Sarah McQuaid
In the digital era we live in, “listening to a record” has become a near-nonexistent phenomenon; even CD purchases tend to go straight onto an iPod from which tracks will pop up at random. UK-based singer/songwriter Sarah McQuaid was keen to ensure that her fourth solo album Walking Into White got at least a few full-length listens before being subsumed into playlists – so she’s performing the whole thing live, track by track, as the…
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Barna Howard

Barna Howard
Barna Howard was born and raised in a quintessential Midwest town. His youth in Eureka, Missouri was pure Americana – the sort of childhood that inspired E.T.-era Spielberg – baseball cards in his bicycle spokes, flying freely down Main Street and through neighbors’ backyards. However, much of Barna’s story is not unique to his hometown, and, like most of small town America, Eureka has lost some of that charm over time. Main Street has changed,…
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Firewoodisland

Firewoodisland
During the sleepy autumn months of 2010 Viking descendant, Stian Vedøy set sail in his longship to embark on the shores of Cardiff, South Wales. New lands and legends soon inspired him to begin his journey in a solo project, Firewoodisland, translated from his family name (more on this below). In the following 3 years he was joined by local folk and travelers, who together, found a magical sound, its folk, its country, its alt…
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The Bloom

The Bloom
Perth in West Australia is known for being one of the most remote capital cities in the world and, for having some of the best surfing beaches anywhere around. A combination that has inspired some of Australia’s most successful bands to produce inspiring and introspective music that audiences around the world love. Hoping to follow in the tradition of reaching out to the world with music that audiences want to hear again and again is…
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The Honey Dewdrops

The Honey Dewdrops
In the summer of 2014, after a long stretch of living on the road, performing and writing across the U.S., Americana songwriters and Virginia natives Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish, collectively known as The Honey Drewdrops, decided to settle down in Baltimore, MD. And so the couple took their experiences on the road, and dug in to write and record their fourth album, Tangled Country, in their new home. It’s a beautiful and engaging take…
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Jeremy Pinnell

Jeremy Pinnell
Jeremy Pinnell, Northern Kentucky's son from across the river, is a soft-spoken man, born to an area that is equal parts Southern hospitality, Northern attitude and Midwestern charm. Raised from humble beginnings of singing in church and learning the guitar from his father, his craft quickly made heads turn and rooms fall silent. But with his departure from home at 18 to venture into the unknown with only his music, this young man soon found…
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Young Benjamins

Young Benjamins
Young Benjamins hail from central Canada. The band is comprised of Neusha Mofazzali, Veronique Poulin and Brynn Krysa. Young Benjamins combine contemporary folk and rock with a subtle dose of pop, creating a sound that is infectious and refreshing. Young Benjamins released a three song EP titled "Bones" in 2011 that made a strong impact in their home province. Their debut LP, "Less Argue", was released on May 21st, 2013 under Dollartone Records. Tell us…
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Bryan McPherson

Bryan McPherson
Los-Angeles based, Boston-bred folk-punk troubadour Bryan McPherson is set to release his third album, the dynamic Wedgewood via O.F.D. Records on June 10th. Melding Americana, folk, alternative, and punk into one incendiary, incisive sound, Bryan pays homage to influences such as Bob Dylan, The Sex Pistols, The Violent Femmes, Bruce Springsteen and Ani DiFranco. The record boasts unforgettable hooks, soaring melodies and powerful stories. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I'm Bryan McPherson.…
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Josh Chandler Morris and Carly Slade

Josh Chandler Morris and Carly Slade
Josh Chandler Morris and Carly Slade are a duo from Milton Keynes, UK whose distinctly British take on acoustic Americana. Having both toured independently through their early twenties, the two were to meet in a London bar back in 2010, where Carly was barmaid and Josh was playing. Crossing paths again several years later, the two quickly became intertwined and with the demise of their bands and a new musical project envisioned, the obvious choice…
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DAVE HANSON BAND

DAVE HANSON BAND
Building on a successful career as guitarist and songwriter with The Dunwells, Dave Hanson launches a new band inspired by his love of JJ Cale, Dire Straits and The Black Keys. Working with producer Tim Palmer (U2, Pearl Jam, Blue October) Dave Hanson has succeeded in making an album of material that sounds warm and familiar but with a modern production value. With an EP set for release early Summer 2015, and a full album…
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Dannie Marie

Dannie Marie
Dannie Marie is a Cali girl with a country soul. Influenced by artists and bands such as Taylor Swift, Carrie Underwood, and Florida Georgia Line, Dannie Marie’s music can be described as “bro country with a dose of estrogen.” The pop country singer/songwriter recently recorded a CD of her original music in Nashville, which will be released in 2015 on her own label, Highway 8 Records. The first single, Anything I Wanna Be, is available…
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Hurricane Love

Hurricane Love
Originating from the south of Sweden, the six members of Hurricane Love fused their musical and songwriting energies together in the beginning of 2012. Their single “Only Human”, whose acoustic forerunner has over 100 000 views on Youtube, was released in the early spring of 2013 and earning them a coveted spot on Billboard.com’s “Next big Sound” in March of 2013. With diverse influences ranging from acts like Coldplay, Foo Fighters, Muse and Sigur Rós…
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Follow the Lion

Follow the Lion
Follow the Lion are a Leeds based alternative rock band who formed in 2013, quickly gaining a strong following thanks to their energetic and infectious live sets. With influences ranging from Pixies, Massive Attack and Nirvana to The Beatles, Tricky, UNKLE and King Crimson, their debut EP 'The Candy and Gravity Motel' is one of this year's must hear records. The EP, recorded at Chairworks Studio in Castleford, was produced by Steve Whitfield who has…
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Jessica Ridley

Jessica Ridley
A few months back I wrote...."...she is straight down the line big hat and pick up truck country, often avoided on this site, shamefully, but I love it." I meant it then and having lived with her last record, Fit to be Tied, a reference to weddings, for a few months I actually meant it more. She's cute and clever and when I met her recently, she proved that there is more "going on under…
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Jep & Dep

Jep & Dep
Australia folk noir duo, Jep & Dep, are Jessica Cassar and Darren Cross, currently trekking across Europe they are bringing their uniquely dark and worrisome brand of dark places set to music to an appreciative audience. If you like those recesses of the human condition not often explored, let alone crafted in to song or just want to compare who's the most haunted (Ed - we hope for your sake you lose), then the cheerfully…
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Shane Tutmarc

Shane Tutmarc
Shane Tutmarc is an American musician, No Depression magazine described Tutmarc's music as " a sound where all the rules of alt. country (or anything usually tagged "Americana") are grinded down in a kaleidoscope of inventive, stylistic detours, with hints of surrealism." Wanda Jackson called Tutmarc "one of my new favorite voices in rock and roll!”Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes said, "Shane is someone I'm very proud to have played music with when we were…
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Dan Webster

Dan Webster
Dan Webster is a seasoned English singer-songwriter, his music is influenced by sounds and story telling traditions of American and British Folk music (in it’s broadest sense), Americana and Rock and Roll. Americana UK described him as ‘A Hybrid of Damien Rice, Seth Lakeman and Tom McRae’. Webster just writes what he feels, in his words “it’s just about the music, there’s no plan when I’m writing, there doesn’t need to be, writing is about…
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James Edwyn and the Borrowed Band

James Edwyn and the Borrowed Band
Introducing to the fold of top notch Americana from this side of the pond, hailing from Glasgow's deepest and darkest west end streets, singer-songwriter and guitarist James Edwyn and his Borrowed Band. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We are a 6 piece alt country Americana folk rock band from Glasgow Scotland formed around the song writer James Edwyn we have our own studio in Glasgow where we wrote arranged and (partially) recorded…
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Roxanne de Bastion

Roxanne de Bastion
Roxanne de Bastion is a Singer / Songwriter, born and raised in Berlin, where she grew up listening to the Beatles, learning guitar and attempting to write and perform her own songs. Once she finished school she packed a bag, picked up guitar and flew to London with a one-way ticket in 2007. Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Roxanne de Bastion and I’m a singer songwriter from London. I…
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Kris Gruen

Kris Gruen
Kris Gruen, a native New Yorker now firmly rooted in Vermont writes songs about grown up life infused with a mystic wonder, softening the world’s sharp edges like a glass of exceptionally fine bourbon. Kris grew up steeped in classic records. His Americana influenced new folk is grounded in the tradition of great narrative songwriters. Of him Americana UK has written "There is the sense of theatre that artists such as Sufjan Stevens achieve, and…
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Rich McMahon

Rich McMahon
Born in Coventry UK, raised in Wicklow, Ireland, Rich was into his thirties when he decided to embark on a full-time music career. His songs address themes of identity and borders, the personal and the political, which he performs with great warmth and charm, along with traditional material and songs from his own eclectic record collection. His latest album, Songs of Exile, Love & Dissent, is produced by award winning producer Gerry Diver, whose credits…
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Inti Rowland

Inti Rowland
Folkers this is for you, fans of Laura Marlling etc Inti Rowland is a 20 year-old singer-songwriter, currently writing and gigging in London. "His lofty voice floats above gentle melodies, making one feel as though they should be residing on a cloud somewhere sunny." Tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m Inti Rowland, I’m a songwriter and musician based in London. I’ve been playing here for a few years now and have released…
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Pokey LaFarge

Pokey LaFarge
“It really feels like I’m taking a big step forward on this one,” Pokey LaFarge says of Something in the Water, his seventh album and his Rounder debut. “While we were recording it, I kept thinking, ‘Hey, we’re really onto something here.’” Indeed, the dozen-song set marks a new landmark in a career that’s already filled with musical highlights. The St. Louis-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist draws from a deep well of American musical traditions…
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Michael Feuerstack

Michael Feuerstack
Singer and songwriter, gentleman and liar, gadfly and firefly and fall guy, indispensable [So he tells us], Michael Feuerstack is a man who lives and makes music in Montreal. Long one of the Canadian scene’s most revered songwriters, across almost 25 years, working under his own name and the past alias Snailhouse, Feuerstack has built an underground canon of crooked and beautiful songs. Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Michael…
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Darren Cross

Darren Cross
From playing in 90's indie/pop band Gerling, and in duo Jep & Dep Australia's Darren Cross has always come across as the real deal. Now writing and recording under his own name and trading in authentic, alt-country that draws on Townes van Zandt and Steve Earle. Honesty, stark and raw emotiveness are the ingredients that populate the songs. Darren is a regular reader of the site it appears, as he proves below..... Tell us about…
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Sam Lee

Sam Lee
How many traditional English folk singers do you know who come from North London, studied at Chelsea School of Art, worked as a forager and wilderness expert while moonlighting as a burlesque dancer – until a chance encounter led to the door of the great Scottish Traveller singer Stanley Robertson, and an extraordinary four-year apprenticeship into the arcane, living world of traditional song that few outside the Traveller and Gypsy communities have ever experienced? Since…
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Charlie Cunningham

Charlie Cunningham
Oxford based singer- songwriter Charlie Cunningham is a fresh talent, proving to be more than just a man with a guitar and a voice; his first EP 'Outside Things' and his latest 'Breather' combines beautiful, yet honest song-writing with such percussive guitar playing that shows there is much more to come. Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Charlie Cunningham. I am from the South-Eastern..ish part of Merry old England. I'm…
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Kip Moore

Singer-songwriter Kip Moore explored his own experiences of growing up in a small Georgia town and working diligently for years to achieve his musical dreams to create his MCA Nashville debut album, Up All Night. The album captures those unforgettable coming-of-age moments, especially for those longing for a life beyond a small town's borders, as well as the roller coaster of love and heartbreak at any age. How did you start out? Very broad question…
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Sonia Leigh

Sonia Leigh
Leigh brings a fresh, progressive sound to the table. Her relentless spirit is felt in every inflection of her unmistakable drawl. This musical pioneer has blended her many influences into a refreshing, compelling sound all her own. Once you’ve heard Sonia Leigh, she’s impossible to forget. Sonia Leigh’s music is a melting pot of indie, pop, and country rock. Though her universally appealing style defies simple genre categorization, it is familiar enough to pull you…
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