The Dirty Dozen 2016

The Dirty Dozen 2016

Dirty Dozen Editor: Rudie Humphrey

The Glorious North

The Glorious North
The Glorious North invite you into a whiskey stained world of lost loves, loaded Lugers and booze-addled broken hearts. With a sound they call Slacker Country, the have created a hum that is super charged country pop. Lyrics to lead you into the beautiful darkness tell tales of small bars in the small hours and the sordid sins of lost and lonesome souls. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've…
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Ben Glover

Ben Glover
When an ocean separates the two halves of your whole, it's worthy of contemplation. For Irish-born, Nashville-based singer/songwriter Ben Glover, that consideration comes in the form of his new album, The Emigrant, which folds his two worlds into one. Co-produced by Glover and Neilson Hubbard, the album features six traditional folk songs and four original compositions (including co-writes with Gretchen Peters, Mary Gauthier, and Tony Kerr) as Glover addresses the universal theme and personal challenge…
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Yellow Castle

Yellow Castle
Yellow Castle are an up and coming indie pop/folk duo from across the pond. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years? Pete: Hello, I’m Pete. I’m from Perth, Western Australia and I’m an aspiring musician and songwriter, ½ of Yellow Castle. I’ve always really enjoyed writing music, I feel like coming up with catchy melodies is my strongest strength in life. I’m…
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Kaia Kater

Kaia Kater
The new album from young African-Canadian roots phenom Kaia Kater couldn’t come at a better time. As a new generation takes the reins, American roots music is needed more than ever to remind us of the troubled pathways of our own history. Born of African-Caribbean descent in Québec, Kaia Kater grew up between two worlds: one her family’s deep ties to Canadian folk music in her Toronto home; the other the years she spent learning…
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SERA

SERA
SERA is a bilingual singer/songwriter from the North Wales town of Caernarfon who has released a number of Welsh and English albums and EPs. Since moving from the piano as her main instrument to the guitar, SERA is developing a different sound, with her last couple of EPs walking the country/folk line. Look out for her new album in Summer 2016, which she recorded with producer Eddie Boogie, (Eddie Al-Shakarchi) that has a distinct Americana…
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Rodney Parker & 50 Pesos Reward

Rodney Parker & 50 Pesos Reward
This fall the Denton, TX-based band Rodney Parker & 50 Peso Reward will be releasing their long awaited follow-up to their last two studio EPs (The Apology: Parts 1 & 2). Entitled Bomber Heights the singer-songwriter-guitarist is also joined by original 50 Peso Reward bandmembers Brooks Kendall (bass) and Danny Skinner (guitar, banjo), as well as a number of other great collaborations of friends old and new. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're…
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Courtesy Tier

Courtesy Tier
Courtesy Tier is a three piece rock group from New York city channeling the heavy blues of the past and melding together an edgy sound of the future. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years? We are a three piece rock n roll band from NYC. Layton Weedeman (drums/vocals) Alex Picca (Bass/vocals) Omer Leibovitz (guitar/lead vocals) I (Omer) met Layton when we…
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Michael Baker

Michael Baker
Dust & Bone, the debut album from Anglo-French singer/songwriter, Michael Baker, will be released on October 7th. A regular busker, not only on the streets of London, but all over Europe including the French Alps where Michael’s mother is from, Michael is no stranger to hard graft. Living in a van, he’s been travelling the world playing his music to anyone and everyone who will listen. Meeting hundreds of people over the years, Dust &…
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Twinnie

Twinnie
Twinnie's latest single ‘Home’ and debut self-titled EP, out on TLM Records. The EP explores different themes of love and loss under the guise of her signature country pop style. Despite being relatively new to the country scene, Twinnie’s first single Cool reached number 2 in the iTunes country charts and second single Home peaked at number 3. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the…
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The Plastic Attraction

The Plastic Attraction
The Plastic Attraction aremade up of Liam Nicholls (vocals), Matt Nunes (guitar/vocals), Peter Hornsby (bass/vocals) and Chris Ricci (drums/vocals). They've all being playing music for a while,and the Perth band are releasing our debut single at the end of the month! Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years? We're from Perth, Western Australia. The last couple of years it's been a bit…
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Jigantics

Jigantics
Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We’re a UK based five-piece band. The economics of keeping that number of people on the road isn't easy, but it gives us plenty of musical options and the ability to have lots of light and shade in our live show, plus it has the bonus of making a noise we all like. The guys are multi-talented and often swop instruments, which is great visually but first…
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Sam Gleave

Sam Gleave
Born and raised in Wythe County in southwest Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Under the direction of local teacher and barber Jim Lloyd, Sam took up stringband instruments as a teenager, including the banjo, guitar, fiddle, autoharp and dulcimer. With his mentor ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams, Sam found his voice and fell in love with the mountain love songs, which he carries into his generation with pride.…
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Tom Brosseau

Tom Brosseau
Grand Forks, North Dakota native Tom Brosseau grew up with music, listening to Marty Robbins, Bob Dylan, Pablo Casals, and Lead Belly, with a bluegrass-playing grandmother who taught him the guitar and a grandfather who had a band and a large record collection. After graduating from the University of North Dakota, Brosseau enrolled in music school but dropped out after only a few weeks, feeling that music theory classes took the fun out of playing.…
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Alexander Jean

Alexander Jean
Fast-emerging indie duo, Alexander Jean, feature BC Jean and Mark Ballas, the duo, who first met in 2012 at a Los Angeles singer-songwriter showcase, are currently writing and recording new tracks for a forthcoming EP in 2016. Their recently released debut single, the power-pop ballad “Roses and Violets,” hit #1 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart and #6 on the iTunes overall chart; also charting in the Top 20 on Billboard’s Hot 100 “Bubbling Under” chart.…
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Samuel Jack

Samuel Jack
Samuel Jack. A unique, intelligent and emotive storyteller with a rugged soulful vocal that commands the room. Raised on a diet of Blues, Motown, soul and roots music, Samuel was born in London, before moving to Johannesburg at the age of 12. Now settled in Dorset, writing and recording in a caravan, Samuel is releasing his debut EP later in the year. The songs on the EP were refined on the battered piano in his…
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Uncle Lucius

Uncle Lucius
Having shared stages with Merle Haggard, Zac Brown Band, Shooter Jennings, Ryan Bingham and Hayes Carll, Uncle Lucius will already be familiar to many who consider themselves fans of country, Americana and southern rock. For a decade, the band built its fan base the hard way, through relentless touring and restless searching. When the time came to exit the Nashville ‘machine’ and find a new way to create and release the music they needed to…
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Water Pageant

Water Pageant
Water Pageant are Nick Tingay and Lizzie McBain, an Oxford-based boy/girl dream-folk duo who have recently announced themselves to the world with their debut album Outlines, released in Spring 2016. Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years? Water Pageant are Nick Tingay and Lizzie McBain, an Oxford-based boy/girl dream-folk duo who have recently announced themselves to the world with their debut album…
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Dave Arcari

Dave Arcari
SCOTTISH troubadour Dave Arcari is a full-time touring musician and songwriter whose music owes as much trash country, punk and rockabilly as it does pre-war Delta blues… Can you tell us about yourself? Where you're from and what you've been up to over the past few years? I was brought up in Glasgow…with an Italian father and Scottish mother – I oddly didn’t like football so I guess that was one of the reasons I…
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Vorsen

Vorsen
From elegantly smooth acoustic tones to powerful blues-soaked choruses, its no surprise Vorsen is turning heads across the country with their diverse yet distinguished sound. The Perth four-piece combine warm smokey vocals with organic intimate melodies to create heart-on-your-sleeve tracks to the likening of acts such as Matt Corby, Of Monsters and Men and John Butler. Despite being tucked between a variety of genres, Vorsen’s characteristic blend of blues/rock tied in with their energetic and…
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Birdtalker

Birdtalker
Birdtalker is made up of Zack and Dani Green, Andy Hubright, Brian Seligman, and Jesse Baker. Zack and Dani were married in 2012 and soon after their wedding tried writing a couple songs together. They liked it, so they wrote a couple more. Andy, a friend from college and very talented drummer, was into the songs and started beating on stuff while Zack and Dani played them. It sounded good. While these three were playing…
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Harry Pane

Harry Pane
Harry Pane is a London based folk/blues singer-songwriter. Moving to London from Northants with a soulful and emotive voice, tumbling guitar riffs, slide-guitar and a 'stomping' pulse. His songs are crafted around stories that touch close to the heart. He's just released his EP 'Changing' which he recorded in Valencia with Dani Castelar. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I am a singer/songwriter from Northamptonshire, now based in East London. I perform mainly…
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Coates

Coates
Talk Of The Town is the new single to be taken from Coates critically acclaimed EP Vol. 1, up-tempo indie pop music has strong Brit Pop influences, but still very much encapsulates the now. Lyrically and musically distancing himself from current singer-songwriter clichés, Coates instead focuses on the darker side of society. Vol. 1 explores the innate desire for authentic success in a celebrity-obsessed era, combined with the frustrations of being a young aspiring musician…
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Horse Eyed Men

Horse Eyed Men
The Horse-Eyed Men are two brothers - Noah and Dylan Harley - who play original, disgruntled Americana and country. Raised by musical humans in a former candy store outside of Providence R.I., one or both of them have played for years throughout Europe and the U.S. under various monikers: The Cowboy Killers, The Rosewater Ladies, and most recently with the neo-diluvian klezmer outfit Tik Tok Laboratories. Their music mixes spaghetti-western themes with cabaret, ragtime, and…
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Mark Lapham - Old Fire

Mark Lapham - Old Fire
The debut album from Old Fire, Songs from the Haunted South took nearly a decade to make. Born from an album concept for a 4AD project with singer Micah P. Hinson (The Late Cord), the album was originally intended to feature different singers and musicians recording songs that were both covers and originals. After parting ways with Micah, Lapham remained determined to realize his vision for the album and sought voices he considered special or…
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The Hummingbirds

The Hummingbirds
Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We’re 5 lads from Liverpool. We try our best at playing Americana or our interpretation of Americana music the best we can! How did you start out? We were already friends before we played together, a few of us had been in other bands with each other before and we ended up settling on this final lineup a few years ago now. It kind of slipped into…
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Roni Perry

Roni Perry
Roni has had a lifelong career singing in public; starting at just three years old. She has performed in bands since the age of 14 and had the opportunities to sing live across Europe and Mexico as well as all over the UK. After time out to devote to raising her children, (during which she wrote in excess of 90 songs!) Roni is now back on the stage doing what she does best; performing -…
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Los Pacaminos

Los Pacaminos
Los Pacaminos got together in London in November 1992, as an antidote to the bleak English winter. Originally formed as an opportunity to play their shared passion of the Border, Tex-Mex and Americana music that the members of the band love, they started as a practice band playing when other musical commitments allowed- top musicians just playing for fun. Word got around as word does and soon the band started playing gigs. At least one…
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Dawson Reigns

Dawson Reigns
If it's artists like Toby Keith, Jason Aldean, Chris Young, Dierks Bentley, Luke Bryan, and Cannan Smith, guys like those, who make you reach for that repeat button and get you cranking up the volume, then DAWSON REIGNS is definitely a name you'll want to remember. Like each of those country 'all-stars' mentioned above, 'Music City' based Dawson has that 'something special' about him that could certainly see him continue to reign in the hearts…
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August Wells

August Wells
With their critically acclaimed debut album ‘A Living & A Dying Game’ and a string of fine singles already under their belts 2016 is shaping up to be another busy year for August Wells as they prepare for the release of their new single. “She Was A Question” which is a psychedelic chamber-pop track with strange brass, haunting beautiful piano, and a vocal akin perhaps to something Lou Reed wrote for Sinatra to sing ,…
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George Breakfast

George Breakfast
Born in London, but cleaving to the life of a travelling musician George has been writing and performing his own songs since the late 60s. In the 70s he travelled all over Europe as a street musician, something he still does occasionally to this day. In 1982 he travelled to New York and wound up living there for 9 years, becoming an integral part of the burgeoning roots music scene of that time. He moved…
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Young Vicent

Young Vicent
An acoustic folk trio from Melbourne with a sound full of bright harmonies and good vibes. They started over three years ago under the name Corner Shop Kids which primarily focused on raising money for the local homeless and disadvantaged. Since then they have not only used their music to help people but have also brought a vibrant colour to the Melbourne music scene. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Currently, our drummer…
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Ben Abraham

Ben Abraham
Newly signed to the Secretly Canadian label (War on Drugs, Antony and The Johnsons), Ben Abraham releases his debut album, Sirens, on 17 June. The album is preceded by a single, You & Me. In contrast to its ethereal title, Sirens is deeply human. Its songs were written over the Melbourne-based artist’s developing years as a writer and the album has become a kind of musical documentary of the loss, longing and growth that carried…
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Hattie Briggs

Hattie Briggs
Award-winning musician Hattie Briggs released her second studio album ‘Young Runaway’ on July 8th 2016. This accomplished record features 11 new tracks showcasing her distinctive vocals, skilled musicianship (Hattie plays guitar, keys and ukulele) and observant, heart-warming songwriting. It has been a whirlwind couple of years for Gloucestershire-based Hattie. In January 2014 she left Oxford University, in the 2nd year of her Russian degree, to concentrate on her blossoming musical career, a move that was…
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The Marlenes

The Marlenes
The Marlenes are a 3-piece Garage/Indie/Surf-Pop band from the Mornington Peninsula formed in 2014. Drawing on influences from 60’s Soul and Rock ’n’ Roll, as well Psychedelic and Punk, they bring a fun sound that is full of catchy melodies. They have just recorded their debut album Crawl Out Your Window, it follows their 2015 release Jumpin’ Cliffs, a 5 song EP . My Blue Eyes” is the first single from the new album, recorded…
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Amelia White

Amelia White
The Road is a harsh mistress, and East Nashville's Amelia White knows that all too well. "Sleeplessness and miles pile on the soul. It can bring you down, or it can bring you 'round." she sings on "Rainbow Over the East Side", a standout track from her dark, moody new record, HOME SWEET HOTEL. Like most all singer-songwriters, Amelia Travels to scratch out a living. The endless Parade of coffee houses, bars and house concerts…
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Evering

Evering
The inheritance of an old piano sparked new Scottish act Evering’s first collaboration. From this inception, the duo of Chris Yendell and Dawn Coulshed have created a sound which is also brimming with inheritance from their varied influences, including Scottish traditional Highlands music, Elbow, Jeff Buckley and Led Zeppelin, yet have kindled something that is their own. Yendell’s vocals are raw, emotive and rich in experiences which pulls the listener into Coulshed’s intricate piano work…
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Dan Shears & The Velveteen Orkestra

Dan Shears & The Velveteen Orkestra
While weaving tales of love, heartache and fantasy with their intensely dark and ethereal style, Dan Shears & The Velveteen Orkestra are proving themselves to be one of London’s most interesting and captivating bands. Beautiful, flowing vocal melodies, with lyrics that bring to mind carnivalesque lullabies written by a much older soul, cascade over delicate and intricate guitar work, soaring vocal harmonies, a surging ocean of orchestral sound and songs so immersed in passion and…
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Melissa Menago

Melissa Menago
Philadelphia based singer and songwriter, Melissa Menago is known by many as the lead vocalist for Rock group, June Divided. On little crimes, she embarks on her first solo record. With a combination of original work, classic covers, and unique medleys, little crimes shows off her incredible songwriting and creativity to match her timeless voice. Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Melissa Menago and I play guitar, ukulele, piano and…
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Noah Wall

Noah Wall
Noah is the lead singer, fiddler, and founding member of the award winning acoustic band "The Barefoot Movement." Now based in Nashville, TN, the group continues to wrack up the miles, touring both domestically and internationally. Wall's songwriting skills can be heard in the majority of the band's original material, which has been compiled onto three full length albums. While The Barefoot Movement remains at the center of her musical focus, Noah has also recorded…
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Scott Cook & the Long Weekends

Scott Cook & the Long Weekends
Scott Cook's fifth full-length album in eight years, Go Long, sees the tirelessly travelling balladeer switching gears, from the profound and sometimes heartbreaking acoustic ruminations of 2013's One More Time Around, to a danceable collection of songs backed by his seven-piece honky-tonk band The Long Weekends. The set was recorded live off the floor over a single weekend, never going beyond three takes for each song, in hopes of keeping the fun in them; as…
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Eddy Mann

Eddy Mann
Eddy Mann's new album, The Consequence, the follow up to 2014's Dig Love, is currently wrapping up sessions at this writing. It once again touches on the theme of a peaceful and loving existence, while delving into the the consequences of our actions. Musically it continues down the path that Dig Love charted staying close to the americana, roots rock, and singer-songwriter traditions. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m a singer-songwriter from…
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The Iron Horses

The Iron Horses
The Iron Horses formed in early 2015 after numerous late night, boozy jamming sessions. With great enthusiasm for cheap bourbon and nothing but time to kill on a Friday night. After a few weeks, a group of songs began to emerge. These songs were the first footsteps towards their debut EP release ‘STOP TO START’. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? UK Rock & Roll band based in Sydney. How did you get…
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Western Centuries

Western Centuries
Round up a country band and an early R&B group with three lead vocalists, weave in a hefty amount of vocal harmony and witty turns-of-phrase, and let ‘em rock out like The Band. The sound of roots music mavericks Western Centuries sits at these crossroads, and their debut album Weight of the World introduces a band as skillful in their musicianship as they are innovative in their writing. With upbeat, barroom dance numbers, lilting, introspective…
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Slambovian Circus of Dreams

Slambovian Circus of Dreams
The Slambovians charm from the first note with thought provoking lyrics – creating intrigue and attraction for thinking audiences. Formed in Sleepy Hollow, New York over a decade ago, they pioneered the alt-folk circuit, staying on the fringes of the music industry. Winning support from indie radio and press since their inception, fans fueled their career from the ground up to an international status. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Joziah: The Slambovian…
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Star Parks

Star Parks
Star Parks is the new Austin based project of Andy Bianculli, who started the band at the height of his last project The Preservation. Following a tour with Black Joe and the Honeybears and a stint at Austin City Limits, the Preservation decided to call it quits, and Bianculli started from scratch, creating a set of bittersweet tracks that would herald the beginning of Star Parks. For the new tracks, Bianculli enlisted two of his…
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Elk + Mammoth

Elk + Mammoth
Four-piece indie rock outfit Elk + Mammoth are stoked to announce the release of their debut EP, Culprit, with the single “Shiver” (recorded and produced by James Clark). Described as like a funky Lynchian dream, Culprit combines sinister staccato vocals and guitar riffs that could have been lifted straight out of the original Twin Peaks soundtrack. The result is both playful and unsettling, but be warned, the groove is infectious and side-effects may include drinking…
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Terra Lightfoot

Terra Lightfoot
Whether you’re talking about her as a songwriter, guitarist or vocalist, one thing is indisputable: roots rocker Terra Lightfoot is a ferocious talent. Her songs tap into the raw emotion of hearts supercharged by love, lust, loneliness and temptation. Her playing melds expert finger-picking and distorted, hook-heavy melodies. And her elemental voice commands attention and awe, whether on slow-burning soul ballads or hard-charging rock numbers. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? I'm Terra…
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Cain Rising

Cain Rising
Cain Rising springs from the UK, taking influences from the folk and country music from a childhood in Glasgow and married them to a love of the music that's come from America over the last four decades - Springsteen, Petty, Dylan. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Cain Rising are Southside Jimmy Price, Jez & Jo Parry and assorted waifs and strays. We play this music that everyone tells us is Americana -…
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Josh Haden - Spain

Josh Haden - Spain
Winter is now officially over and the new Spain album will make you feel like contemplating the world on a gentle summer’s evening. After a break of two years, Josh Haden is back and caresses us again with his warm voice. Carolina is an invitation to sit at Haden’s dinner table and look back at his past. “I wanted to get back to my musical family roots of country and of my dad who passed…
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Kim Girdlestone

Kim Girdlestone
“Freedom & Enterprise” is the debut EP from Kim Girdlestone, a Sydney based singer/songwriter. Distinguished by her rich, distinct and emotive voice, Kim hits the crossroads of Soul, Blues and Folk. Her music alternates between highlights of daisy-chain yellows and lowlights of battlefield blues. After years of being told that she should record, Kim finally came to a place where she knew who she was as an artist. Tell us about yourself and what you…
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John Wort Hannam

John Wort Hannam
In 14 years of being a working musician, John has released 6 albums, capturing a Juno nomination for Best Traditional/ Roots album and a Canadian Folk Music Award for Album of the Year. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I was born in Jersey, Channel Islands and raised in Southern Alberta from the age of eight. Situated at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, I now live in a town with one hardware…
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Michael Logen

Michael Logen
New Medicine, Michael Logen's, sophomore release is an articulate, measured examination of the inner-workings of the human mind and heart on a backdrop of gorgeous, sweeping, acoustic-based, rhythmic folk/pop. Logen's raspy, charismatic vocals range from whispered to raucous, delicate to driving. "Ready Or Not," the first single from the album, starts out small before exploding into a full-on, sing-along, indie-folk/rock redemption story. Songs from 'New Medicine' have been featured on 5 television shows and "Breaking…
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Vaudeville Etiquette

Vaudeville Etiquette
Vaudeville Etiquette's dynamic sound pushes the boundaries of psych-folk with grit, passion, and come-hither wit. The Seattle quintet fills timeless melodies with modern lyrics, heady harmonies, and a potent country-meets-classic-rock chemistry. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We’re a band of best friends. We’re all completely different and we like completely different things but when we come together at Vaudeville Etiquette, it’s a non-stop, psychedelic folk rock party. We push the boundaries of…
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Sarah Shook & the Disarmers

Sarah Shook & the Disarmers
Sarah Shook & The Disarmers are a country band with a sneer, a bite, and no apologies. Shook's original songs take on the usual country spin on shitty relationships, bad decisions, and excessive alcohol consumption for damn good reasons. When Shook's first band, Sarah Shook & the Devil, broke up after a solid three year plus run, Shook and her guitarist, Eric Peterson, continued to meet, practice, and plan. In late 2013 they put together…
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John Jefferson

John Jefferson
John Jefferson is set to release his debut EP Helmsman, written on a narrow-boat while traveling through the Hertfordshire countryside last summer. He then recorded the tracks on a ship called Lightship95 at the London docklands last Christmas. The nautical theme to the production of this EP inspired Jefferson to name it Helmsman. Jefferson’s is a multi-instrumentalist with influences mostly American from the 60's/70's and artists such as: Townes Van Zandt, Bob Dylan, Blaze Foley…
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Kaity Rae

Kaity Rae
Kaity Rae is a singer-songwriter from North London set to take the UK Country scene by storm in 2016 following a two week songwriting trip to Nashville in April and winning a place in a songwriting workshop courtesy of PRS at The Americana Music Association UK awards early 2016. Tell us about yourself and what you do? Hi, I'm Kaity Rae and I'm an 18 year old British girl writing country songs! How did you…
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Paul Seeba

Paul Seeba
Paul Seeba is a singer/songwriter who lives in St. Paul (originally from Hibbing) with his wife and two daughters. He is also a student of history and a teacher of it. This background comes out in his lyrics and music. He plays live as a solo act throughout the Upper Midwest. Paul plays a variety of acoustics during the night of his solo act switching from 6 to 12 string and to di×erent tunings. In…
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Andy Ferrell

Andy Ferrell
The new album from North Carolina roots songwriter Andy Ferrell, At Home and In Nashville, is aptly named, for it points to a long lineage of artists traveling between their homes in rural Appalachia and the neon lights of country music’s capital, Nashville, Tennessee. Born in Boone, NC, Ferrell grew up in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the birthplace of Appalachian traditional music and the home of the great Doc Watson. Growing up…
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Mary Owen

Mary Owen
Mary Owens is a Memphis artist who is certainly making a name for herself. Pulling from many styles, including R&B, soul, pop, jazz, and alternative, it is hard to describe her using only one genre; she encompasses a style she has dubbed as “soul-pop. Memphis Flyer music editor Joe Boone describes her best when he said, “Mary Owens takes an impressionistic jazz approach with a voice that hovers over the chords until it strikes like…
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Jasmine Rodgers

Jasmine Rodgers
Born into an artistic family – her mother a Japanese poet, her father the legendary vocalist Paul Rodgers (Free, Bad Company, Queen) – Jasmine Rodgers knew her way around both keyboard and fretboard before she even enrolled at secondary school. But given her love for art and zoology (in which she has a degree), music was initially a passionate pastime rather than a full-time pursuit. This changed when her older brother Steve, on hearing the…
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Old Dollar Bill

Old Dollar Bill
Old Dollar Bill are flying the flag for Alt-country and Bluegrass North of the border, with a quircky twist on both. As you'll see, we didn't have to needle them too hard to extract responses to the Dirty Dozen questions. 1. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Old Dollar Bill are an Alternative Country & Bluegrass band from Edinburgh, Scotland. 2. How did you get together/start out? We first met at a traditional…
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Lucy Zirins

Lucy Zirins
London based singer-songwriter Lucy Zirins hails from the small town of Burnley, Lancashire.She picked up the guitar aged 12 after inheriting one from her late Uncle and began songwriting early on. Her first album “Chasing Clocks” debuted in 2013 to good reviews and airplay from national BBC Radio 2 and BBC Radio 6, with respected country magazine, Maverick Magazine saying: “There are not too many debut albums as promising as this” (4 stars) and R2…
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Speedbuggy USA

Speedbuggy USA
Speedbuggy arrived at their unique sound through the prism of experience, history and a love for some of the greatest music from country’s past. Their inspiration comes from the hard twanging Bakersfield sound of Buck Owens and his Buckeroos, followed by Merle Haggard. A style of country music loud and proud enough to cut through the noise of roadhouses packed with blue-collar crowds out for a good time. Tell us about yourselves and what you…
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Carrington MacDuffie

Carrington MacDuffie
Carrington MacDuffie is not your typical Americana singer/songwriter. She is an award-winning voice actor, a spoken word performer, and a widely published poet; her music embodies a passion for language and sound, shaped by her carefree spirit and the richness of her alto voice. While comparisons have been made to Americana folk singer/songwriters, such as Neko Case, Patty Griffin, and Lucinda Williams, and her live performance has been described as “alt cabaret” and compared to…
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Samuel Jack

Samuel Jack
A unique, intelligent and emotive storyteller with a rugged soulful vocal that commands the room, Samuel was raised on a diet of Blues, Motown, soul and roots music. Born in London, before moving to Johannesburg at the age of 12, he’s now settled in Dorset, writing and recording in a caravan (where he lives). The songs on the ‘Live From My Caravan’ EP were refined on the battered piano in his local pub, often in…
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The Dead South

The Dead South
The Dead South is a four-piece acoustic ensemble based in Regina, Saskatchewan. With Nate Hilts' gritty vocals and aggressive guitar strumming, Scott Pringle's soaring harmonies and mandolin chops, Colton Crawford's blazing banjo licks and steady kick drum, and Danny Kenyon's prominent cello melodies, The Dead South blends elements of folk, bluegrass, classical, and rock which results in a unique, modern, and authentic blend of boot-stompin' acoustic music. Tell us about yourselves and what you do?…
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Little Brother Eli

Little Brother Eli
Formed in early 2013 by lead vocalist Alex Grew and bass player Josh Rigal. The pair were joined by guitarist Adam Stowe and drummer Benji Page who began sharing their eclectic mix of musical influences along with lap steel specialist Tom Williams. Following two successful EP releases on The Animal Farm label, the band began finishing up recording their debut album towards the end of last year, Cold Tales is coming out this summer. Tell…
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Brian Whelan

Brian Whelan
Former Dwight Yoakam multi-instrumentalist, Brian Whelan recently released his sophomore solo album, Sugarland, on March 25, 2016. If you’ve heard his debut, Decider, from 2012 then you know all about his ‘one to watch’ status. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m Brian Whelan from Los Angeles, CA. I have been a musician all my life and a sideman for the last decade. I recently went solo. How did you get together/start out?…
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Rosie Nimmo

Rosie Nimmo
Rosie Nimmo is an Edinburgh singer/songwriter who also performs other peoples’ music in a jazz/blues band with whom she has won many fans, having been raised on a mixed diet of solo performers including Neil Young, James Taylor and Carole King. It should therefore come as no surprise that Rosie has been quietly working away on her own songs for some years now and has decided that she wants to share her thoughts and musical…
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Satin Cowboy

Satin Cowboy
The Satin Cowboy is Emmy winning film and television composer Silas Hite. The Seven Deadly Sins are his ever changing but always talented guest musicians, comprised of friends and family. he music is a celebration of the intersection of rock n' roll and roots country. "Duel" is the second full-length album from The Satin Cowboy & The Seven Deadly Sins. Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Silas Hite and I’m…
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Marjorie Fair

Marjorie Fair
Marjorie Fair's long lost, but much-acclaimed debut, Self Help Serenade, was produced by Rob Schnapf (Elliot Smith, Kurt Vile), with co-production by Jon Brion (Rufus Wainwright, Fiona Apple) and featured such studio heavyweights as Jim Keltner and Billy Preston. The album then saw the band toured Europe and the US multiple times, opening for Modest Mouse, Phoenix, The Doves, The Shout Out Louds and The Church. They performed at the 2004 Glastonbury Festival, and in…
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Fraser Anderson

Fraser Anderson
A Scottish guitarist, songwriter and singer blessed with a delicate yet warm and comforting voice, this soulful troubadour has already been treading the boards for several years yet has flown under the radar in the UK, despite releasing three progressively improving albums that have enjoyed some success at radio and seen his sensitive yet sensual voice and guitar playing style enjoy comparisons with the likes of Joni Mitchell, John Martyn and Nick Drake. Tell us…
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Darlingside

Darlingside
“Pesticide is used to kill pests. Fratricide is when you kill your brother,” explains Darlingside’s Dave Senft. “A former teacher of ours used to say ‘kill your darlings,’ which is to say, if you fall in love with something you’ve written you should cross it out. We like that idea and we thought a good name for it might be ‘darlingcide’, but we changed the ‘c’ to an ‘s’ because we’re not super into death.”…
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SHEL

SHEL
Sisters Eva, Hannah, Sarah and Liza Holbrook are, after all, twenty-something women, born in a five-year span and raised in a bohemian, art-loving family in Fort Collins, CO. Each found an instrument to master early on, studying classical music while composing and arranging unique works for their anomalous instrumentation, violin, mandolin, piano and drums. Just Crazy Enough, the second full length album from virtuoso indie-folk band SHEL.. Tell us about yourself and what you do?…
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Serious Sam Barrett

Serious Sam Barrett
Serious Sam Barrett is a solo acoustic artist drawing on a vast range of traditional idioms to create his own unique sound. His songwriting contains echoes of the great blues masters such as Bukka White and Blind Willie Mctell but also of American folk and country artists such as the Carter Family. Raised in the English folk tradition, Sam also draws heavily on English, Irish and Scottish folk music and arranges his own unique versions…
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Joana Serrat

Joana Serrat
Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name’s Joana Serrat. I’m a singer-songwriter from a small town called Vic, located in a plain, surrounded by magical mountains, near Barcelona How did you start out? I started to play when I was a child. As an adult, my first album was “The Relief Sessions” (self-released, 2012). My second one is called Dear Great Canyon (El Segell, 2014). What is your current release/future release? May…
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Shook Twins

Shook Twins
Born and raised in Sandpoint Idaho, Shook Twins are an Indie folk-pop band now hailing from coniferous-forested Portland, Oregon. Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, along with fellow band mates Niko Daoussis (guitar, vox, mandolin) and Josh Simon (bass) will be heading to the UK in May. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We are full time touring indie folk band from Portland, Oregon, USA. There are 5-6 members depending on the tour…
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Willow Robinson

Willow Robinson
Willow Robinson. Born in Los Angeles to British parents, now residing in Hay-on-Wye and recently signed to Alan McGee’s Creation Management (after playing his first ever gig). Willow releases his debut single ‘Stones’ next month via ADA / Warner Chapel. Tell us about yourself and what you do? Hi im willow, I’m a singer and lead guitarist! I play a blend of Folk, Blues, Rock, and Soul. I was born in Los Angeles to British…
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Richie Syrett

Richie Syrett
Hailing from England’s North West, Richie Syrett is a Singer/Songwriter with his own distinctive and thoughtful blend of melodic Americanaflecked Folk/Rock. His style makes a grateful bow to a wide number of influences on both sides of the Atlantic so perhaps 'Anglicana' is a more fitting way to describe his sound. His new single Silhouettes and Outlines is released via Too Die For Records. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I'm a songwriter…
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Hannah Trigwell

Hannah Trigwell
Hannah Trigwell the self-taught singer-songwriter from Leeds first found fame across the globe through uploading videos of her performances to YouTube, and now boasts more subscribers than Cheryl and Paloma Faith. Having garnered 70 million views, numerous top ten international singles, including two Number One singles in Laos and Vietnam and more than 500,000 total followers online, Hannah Trigwell’s journey is a unique one, demonstrating the birth of a truly contemporary star. Tell us about…
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Wilder Lee

Wilder Lee
Hailing from the vibrant city of Manila and moving to Australian shores at the tender age of two, Wilder is no stranger to music. Growing up listening to The Temptations, Joni Mitchell and Johnny Cash to name a few artists, he fell in love with word painting and simplistic yet emotionally driven melodies. With haunting vocals and emotional lyrics, Wilder’s songs are indicative of an old soul trapped in a 28 year old musician. In…
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Luke & Mel

Luke & Mel
Luke & Mel formed in 2012, having met through performing in the UK's top touring theatre show, Country Legends, the pair combine haunting harmonies and fine musicianship creating a sound that is both unique and authentic. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We’re Luke & Mel, a Country Duo from Manchester. We write songs and play up and down the UK. How did you get together/start out? We met in 2012 when we…
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Keegan McInroe

Keegan McInroe
Keegan McInroe is a Texas-based singer-songwriter. Weaving threads from old country, old blues and folk together with his own unique voice and perspective, McInroe creates an original tapestry of American roots music, earthy and lyric driven. Uncouth Pilgrims, which takes its title from a phrase in Mark Twain’s travelogue The Innocents Abroad, is Keegan McInroe's fourth solo studio album. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I am a songwriter, more or less based…
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Rod Melancon

Rod Melancon
It is the mark of great artists to build on past work rather than cover old ground. This is true of Rod Melancon. In the same way Johnny Cash captured the Arkansas of his childhood and Springsteen brought Asbury Park alive for millions, Rod Melancon has brought the sound and feeling of South Louisiana’s storied towns to life, filled with conflicted characters. The sound is driven with a raucous blues that would make Lead Belly…
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Treven O'Neil

Treven O'Neil
Treven O'Neil is an Alternative Country singer-songwriter based in Hull. Treven's highly original work consists of songs with contemporary themes set in a musical framework drawn from vintage country and blues. His influences include Guy Clark, James McMurtrey, Sam Baker and Bruce Springsteen. With a smoky, gravelly voice as distinctive as his stylistic mix of country and blues and his lyrics about life as it is lived, Treven's music is there to be enjoyed. Tell…
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Nick Drummond

Nick Drummond
Nick Drummond has been a performing songwriter for over 10 years, he has toured across the US and Canada with his former band Impossible Bird and his work with The Senate has been hailed by A Prairie Home Companion’s Garrison Keillor as “Brilliant Dionysian music.” Tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m a singer/songwriter from Seattle, WA and I play guitar and six-string banjo with a band of fantastic gentlemen. Together we play…
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Richard Lynch

Richard Lynch
Based in Waynesville Ohio, Richard Lynch is an American Country music artist, who has released a long list of chart topping hits in the world of traditional country music. Lynch's style is reminiscent of the greats. The passion & purity that fueled the likes of Conway Twitty, Waylon Jennings, George Jones & Hank Williams, can be heard through the vocals & exquisite musicianship of the Richard Lynch band. Lynch's love of Country music spans 3…
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Tom Blackwell

Tom Blackwell
Tom Blackwell is a prolific singer songwriter and performer based in the North of England. His work is influenced by country, soul, blues, gospel & American folk music. Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Tom Blackwell, I'm a singer songwriter based in Liverpool. I've been playing shows, writing and recording songs full time since 2012. How did you start out? I picked up the guitar when I was 21, proceeded…
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Sunny Ozell

Sunny Ozell
New York singer and songwriter Sunny Ozell learned music’s time-honored traditions inside and out by not only receiving classical voice training as a young child, but also simultaneously pawing through her dad’s extensive vinyl collection—which included everything from Janis Joplin and The Moody Blues to Fleetwood Mac and Buffy Sainte-Marie. Now, she’s showcasing a big bold voice and singular style through her full-length debut album, Take It With Me. Tell us about yourself and what…
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The Westies

The Westies
Stories not for the faint of heart, The Westies will take you on a journey of an America in desperate times - one that few people see, yet everyone knows exists. Helmed by husband/wife duo Michael McDermott and Heather Horton, Chicago’s folk/rock/Americana standouts The Westies' new album Six On The Out is the chilling second chapter from this unflinching group - bold and broad in scope. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? M:"Part…
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Maz O'Connor

Maz O'Connor
Maz O’Connor is one of the most exciting young voices in British folk, and is quickly establishing herself as a bold and compelling songwriter. Her new album The Longing Kind explores the tensions and conflicts of a young woman living in London, yearning for an undefined elsewhere. Her songs turn intimate and true tales into poignant examinations of our relationship to others, to home and the notion of identity. Tell us about yourself and what…
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Curse of Lono

Curse of Lono
Taking their name, The Curse of Lono from a book by Hunter S. Thompson describing his experiences in Hawaii in 1980, the band make a deep dark, gothic, Americana. Based in London, they might just be the best new thing this year. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? My name is Felix and I front a band called Curse Of Lono. We play rocking, cinematic, gothic Americana. How did you get together/start out?…
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King Harvest & the Weight

King Harvest & the Weight
King Harvest And The Weight are: Ben Adey (Vocals/Bass), Justin Edley (Drums) and Oliver Smith (Guitar/Vocals). With sensibilities hailing from a pre-punk era where songwriting reigned supreme, KH&TW take seemingly disparate elements of ’60s pop and ’70s rock and neatly package them into concise, brawny morsels of garage-rock fire. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Well, hello. King Harvest & The Weight started life as a solo project back in June 2015, which…
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Murder Murder

Murder Murder
Murder Murder is a “Bloodgrass" band (Bluegrass + Outlaw Country + exclusively Murder Ballads), hailing from the frozen forests of the Ontario Northland. Their tales of death are filled with life by the kick of the suitcase, the saw of the fiddle, and the roll of the banjo. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We’re a six-piece bluegrass/outlaw country band from Northern Ontario who happen to have an almost perverse interest in traditional…
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Steve Young

Steve Young
Steve began his musical career with a London based rock band, which took him around the UK through several national tours. From there his string craft saw him play with the likes of Lionel Richie, Peter Andre, Gareth Gates, Delta Goodrem. In 2007, Steve was invited to become the touring guitarist for Darren Hayes, the former Savage Garden front man; a job that took him from The Royal Albert Hall and Wembley Arena to Sydney…
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Cave States

Cave States
Cave States is a band from St. Louis, MO and is a collaboration between songwriters, Chris Grabau, Danny Kathriner and Todd Schnitzer. The band's name is inspired largely by a nickname given to the state of Missouri and Plato’s Allegory of the Cave. For over 20 years, the members of Cave States have led or supported a number of well known St. Louis bands including Magnolia Summer, Half Knots, Nadine, Colonel Ford, Wagon and Waterloo;…
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Sera

Sera
SERA is a bilingual singer/songwriter from the North Wales town of Caernarfon who has released a number of Welsh and English albums and EPs. Since moving from the piano as her main instrument to the guitar. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I'm a singer-songwriter based in North Wales. I write songs in Welsh and English, on piano and guitar. I perform solo as well as with a few other musicians, most of…
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Luke Elliot

Luke Elliot
With origins as a New Jersey rock and roller, Luke Elliot has steadily proven that he is a force to be reckoned with in an international musical landscape. His packed live performances, alluring voice, and evocative writing suggest that his presence is permanent. Just over one year ago, Elliot was writing and playing his music live while working a sales job outside Princeton, New Jersey. In one year’s time, Luke’s life and musical career has…
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Breadfoot

Breadfoot
The music of Breadfoot is as at home on the porch as it is in the parlour. Breadfoot has shared the stage state side with The Avett Brothers, Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, and Langhorne Slim and in the UK with such acts as The Decemberists, Richard Buckner, and the Larry Love Show Band (the acoustic branch of Alabama 3). He has written and recorded albums with both Anti-folk legend and Ramseur Records recording artist, Paleface…
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Joey Kneiser

Joey Kneiser
Joey Kneiser was a boy formed in the red-clay mountains of East Tennessee. Skinned-kneed and too blind to drive a car, he constantly searched for a place to locate his restlessness– playing in punk bands with instruments he taught himself to play, skateboarding with a pack of Oak Ridge ruffians, and writing his own songs amongst the humid Southern air. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? My name is Joey Kneiser. I’m a…
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Ben Kunder

Ben Kunder
Part-time carpenter and sometime actor, Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Kunder has spent years honing his craft to become a full time musician, venturing closer to making this a reality with the release of his debut solo LP Golden. With his powerful voice at its heart, Ben imbues his nine stunning original songs with indelible melodies, delivering an album of lush expansive Canadiana. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I'm an adventurer. I build things…
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Emma King

Emma King
Emma King’s blossoming music career has already taken her from Northern England to Tennessee, touring Europe and receiving 5-star reviews along the way. After being awarded a music scholarship by Carleen Anderson (Brand New Heavies, god-daughter of James Brown), Emma’s live performances in England and Germany gained her fans in America’s roots music scene and, after a number of return trips, she moved to Nashville, TN. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? My…
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Alejandra Ribera

Alejandra Ribera
Alejandra Ribera is a Canadian singer-songwriter. Her sound is an enveloping and exotic hybrid of folk, indie, jazz and world music that weaves together a sophisticated range of instrumentation (piano, strings, brass, percussion and guitars) and Ribera’s intoxicating, feverish vocal. Her influences are sited as Tom Waits, Chavala Vargas, Bjork, Lhasa de Sela and Patsy Cline and comparisons could be made also to the rich, distinctive vocal and unconventional song structures of fellow Canadian songstress…
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Miranda Lee Richards

Miranda Lee Richards
Miranda Lee Richards is a gifted Los Angeles-based singer songwriter. Born in San Francisco after the summer of love and before the dawn of disco, she grew up in an artistic and bohemian environment that has informed her adult life and work. Her parents are well-known underground comic book artists Ted Richards (Forty Year Old Hippy and Dopin' Dan) and Terre Richards (Suzi Skates and Wimmen's Comix) Tell us about yourself and what you do?…
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Kacey and Clayton

Kacey and Clayton
Kacy Anderson on vocals, violin, and Clayton Linthicum on guitar, melodeon, and vocals. The duo interprets and composes music inspired by forms of traditional music from Southern Appalachia and the British Isles. Educated by their Grandfather/Great-Uncle respectively, Kacy & Clayton possess an admiration for music and stories of days past. Kacy’s vocals, virtuous and pure, weave seamlessly with Clayton’s finger-style guitar accompaniment. Although the pair are young in age, they’ve been playing music together for…
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Rackhouse Pilfer

Rackhouse Pilfer
Rackhouse Pilfer are a Stomping, Fiery & Exciting Irish-Americana Band from the North West of Ireland. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Hi Americana UK. We're Rackhouse Pilfer from Sligo, Ireland. We set up like a bluegrass string band with Acoustic Guitar, Mandolin, Fiddle, Banjo and Double Bass. But we've got drums thrown into the mix, so it's got a Rock n Roll edge to the sound, and couple that with the raw…
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Darla & the Blonde

Darla & the Blonde
Formed in East London by chief songwriter Nina Lovelace (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), the band are completed by Jen Demaris (lead vocals), Rob McCabe (lead guitar), Craig Page (bass) and Tom Loffman (drums). While Darla And The Blonde’s sound is influenced by the likes of Nick Cave, Patti Smith and PJ Harvey, and their live performances take cues from musical theatre, Lovelace’s lyrics are primarily inspired by the concerns and experiences of inspirational women,…
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American Young

American Young
American Young, artists, songsmiths, producers, and entertainers, Jon Stone and Kristy Osmunson, they already claim songwriting credits for hit makers Kenny Chesney, Lee Brice, Rascal Flatts, Blake Shelton and more. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We are a duo Jon Stone and KO. Jon is from Eugene, Oregon and I was born in Creston B.C. And I grew up in Idaho... We live in Nashville and make music together. How did you…
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Nive Nielsen

Nive Nielsen
If you got a team of the greatest children’s book writers in the world together, they couldn’t invent Greenlandic folk pop singer Nive Nielsen. In her case at least, band bios are simply stranger than fiction. A few facts about her: The first concert she ever played was for the queen of Denmark on national television; she acted in the Hollywood movie The New World starring Colin Farrell; and she actually is Inuit — well,…
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Shuyler Jansen

Shuyler Jansen
Shuyler Jansen - You won't be able to produce his name but you'll love his music! Tell us about yourself and what you do? I am married to an exquisite lady and we have 4 kids, 2 turtles and 3 cats. I love to cook. I play guitar, bass, sing, various keyboardy things, I write songs, produce/mix albums, run a small label (Big White Cloud Recs), manage Kacy & Clayton. How did you get together/start…
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Treetop Flyers

Treetop Flyers
Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We are a London based band called Treetop Flyers who play a mix of everything from Country/Soul to psychedelic Jams. With influences ranging from Van Morrison to Black Sabbath to Pink Floyd and contemporary artist such, Jonathan Wilson, King Gizzard and The Lizzard Wizzard and to Portishead and beyond. We already have one album under our belts called the Mountain Moves. The band consists of Reid Morrison,…
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Balsamo & Deighton

Balsamo & Deighton
Steve Balsamo and Rosalie Deighton met over 10 years ago at Grammy award winning producer Martin Terefe's London recording studio where he was working on their respective major label debut albums. Bonding over a love of 70's singer/songwriters, country music and cake, they vowed one day to record together as they felt their voices would blend and give what Emmylou Harris calls 'the rub'. Several times around the world in various musical guises and Balsamo…
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Velvet & Stone

Velvet & Stone
The Storm is the debut release from Devon-based alt. folk trio Velvet & Stone. Lyrically drawing on a rich palette of life stories, life events, the natural world and melancholy West Country tales, The Storm is exquisitely delivered in six haunting compositions, topped by distinctive vocals, crisp guitars and soaring violin. Formed by “fates colliding” at a Devon pub in February 2014, Velvet & Stone comprises Lara Snowdon (lead vocals, acoustic guitar), Holly Jo Gilbert-West…
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Jonny Avery

Jonny Avery
Jonny Avery is a singer/songwriter from New Zealand who mixes soulful melodies with delicate guitar work. After moving to Wellington to complete his Masters in Music at the New Zealand School of Music, Jonny released his debut solo EP ‘Atonement for Eden’. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I’m a Singer-Songwriter from Wellington, New Zealand. I grew up in a region of New Zealand called Hawkes Bay, which is famous for its white…
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Southern Companion

Southern Companion
Although The Southern Companion is a new name to most people, the band's collective CV is long and varied. Their sound carries with it the weight of extensive touring and studio experience gained through years as session players for a wide range of other artists such as Rumer, Lana Del Ray, James Morrison, Lulu, Pete Townsend (The Who) and Jon Allen. When asked about the bands sound Darren describes it as "a big old blending…
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Rocky Votolato

Rocky Votolato
Rocky Votolato had a proper Texas origin where he grew up with a love for the greats of Folk & Outlaw Country, before moving to Seattle where he discovered the DIY/hardcore scene and formed cult punk band Waxwing. A stalwart of the now legendary Seattle music scene, Rocky’s solo albums have featured many of Seattle’s finest musicians, including members of Death Cab For Cutie, Pedro The Lion and Sub Pop solo artist Rosie Thomas, and…
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Lost Hollow

Lost Hollow
You may have never heard of Lost Hollow. But if you listen to the radio, you certainly have heard Tommy Harden. If you've heard "Hard to Love," (Lee Brice), "Cowboys and Angels," (Dustin Lynch), 'If heaven weren't so far away' (Justin Moore), or 'Girl, I just got started loving you' (James Otto) you've listened to him play drums. In Nashville, Tommy is a top call studio drummer, playing on many of today's biggest hits, while…
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Old Dominion

Old Dominion
The five songwriters that make up Old Dominion include lead singer Matthew Ramsey, multi-instrumentalist Trevor Rosen, drummer Whit Sellers, bassist Geoff Sprung and lead guitarist Brad Tursi. Combined, members of Old Dominion have written hits for artists including Dierks Bentley, Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, Luke Bryan, The Band Perry, Tyler Farr and Sam Hunt; four of which reached No. 1 at US country radio. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We're…
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Palehound

Palehound
Ellen Kempner, the 21-year-old guitarist and songwriter behind Boston based project, Palehound on the heels of the critically acclaimed Bent Nail EP and tour with Speedy Ortiz, Palehound's highly anticipated UK release of her debut full-length album, Dry Food, is out now on Heavenly Recordings. Tell us about yourself and what you do? My name is Ellen and I’m 21-years old living in Boston! I spend the majority of my time working on music by…
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19 Twenty

19 Twenty
The 19-Twenty lads have been performing, they have toured seven times around Oz and performed gigs throughout Europe including Belgium, The Netherlands, France, and a suite of gigs in London. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? 19-Twenty are: Kane Dennelly - Vox and guitars Syd Green - Award winning producer and percussionist - Drums, Dobro John Gwilliam - Double bass and BV's 19-Twenty have been whipping up a frenzy on the festival scene.…
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Linda Em

Linda Em
Linda Em is a London based roots singer-songwriter who hasn’t forgotten her southern ireland roots with shades of Celtic running throughout her music. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I'm an Irish roots singer song-writer living in London How did you start out? I started gigging around with Blues musicians who introduced me to the scene. What is your current release/future release? I released my album Shadow Lands on Talking Elephant Records in…
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The Rising

The Rising
The Rising are a Pop/Rock, Country Rock band from Belfast, Northern Ireland. The band have just released their debut album Coming Home on Renegade Maverick Records. Since releasing their debut single the band have gained massive support from BBC Radio 2 with the likes of Graham Norton and Alex Lester championing their first single. It has also gained extensive airplay in UK, Ireland, Europe (Germany, Netherlands) and the USA/Canada. The music video for their debut…
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Niall Kelly

Niall Kelly
For his second album ‘Not Sleeping’, Niall Kelly has created a recording that continues the legacy of those great ‘live in the studio’ albums such as ‘Ragged Glory’, ‘Nighthawks at the Diner’ and ‘King of America’. In order to catch lightning in a bottle, Niall surrounded himself with some of the finest musicians on London’s blues and roots scene, and restricted them to two or three takes on each song. The resulting album ‘Not Sleeping’…
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Paul Handyside

Paul Handyside
Paul Handyside was singer and songwriter with eighties indie darlings Hurrah! with album releases on Kitchenware and Arista Records. In the nineties he toured and recorded with friend and Kitchenware label-mate Martin Stephenson and in 2001 formed alt. country group Bronze, releasing two albums. His first solo album was Future's Dream released in 2007, followed up with Wayward Son in 2013. Now with his third solo album Tide, Timber and Grain, Handyside’s songwriting beguilingly blends…
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Tinted Sun

Tinted Sun
Toowoomba five piece indie rock band, Tinted Sun are comprised of Lara Hallaran (singer and lyricist), Jamie Sutherland (lead guitar), Callum Oliver (rhythm guitar), Jack Boag (bass guitar), and Joseph Morgan (drums). The band, all 17 years of age and younger, have been performing together in South East Queensland for the last 6 years. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We are an alternative musical group who are mostly still in high school…
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Ally McErlaine – Red Sky July

Ally McErlaine – Red Sky July
Red Sky July are husband and wife duo Ally McErlaine (guitarist in Texas) and Shelly Poole (one half of Alisha’s Attic) along with former model Charity Hair (The Alice Band).Red Sky July’s sound is a hazy blend of Alt-Country and Americana. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We are a London based three piece group with English, American and Scottish members who are influenced by many different styles including Alt Country, Folk, Pop…
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Ryan Culwell

Ryan Culwell
Ryan Culwell grew up in a forgotten place. His songs were forged in the great void that is the panhandle of Texas—The Great In-Between, a land so desolate that few even thought to settle there until oil was discovered beneath the emptiness. And the solitude of the plains comes pouring out of him when he opens his mouth to sing. Like an approaching dust storm, Culwell’s songs whisper and howl and embed the dirt of…
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Ben Caplan

Ben Caplan
A charismatic charmer and a smasher of pianos. A madman and an earnest poet. A strummer of delicate chords and a lover of bent and broken melodies. Ben Caplan is not any one thing. Caplan is simply unforgettable; with his huge beard and unruly mane, he is as visually striking as he is aurally compelling. His rough and textured tones cut through crowded halls; an enormous voice, roaring louder than raucous crowds. Tell us about…
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David Ramirez

David Ramirez
Texas singer-songwriter David Ramirez new album ‘Fables’ via Thirty Tigers (Jason Isbell, Trampled By Turtles). The video for ‘Rock And A Hard Place’, a track lifted from the new LP, is available now and stars actor Keir O’Donnell (Fargo, American Sniper).‘Fables’, Ramirez’s third LP which came out in the States in August, has been a major breakthrough, debuting in the Top 10 of Billboard's "Heatseekers” and receiving high praise and support across the likes of…
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Twin Ages

Twin Ages
Formed in Melbourne’s inner South East, from the ashes of original angry, young band Junk and Jill, that featured various musicians and produced a couple of independent releases, Twin Ages has come a long way conquering everything you could throw at a band, from a broken hand in a broken down van to dating every Yoko in Melbourne. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? I guess you could say we're a band but…
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Midwest Soul Xchange

Midwest Soul Xchange
Imagine a duo that combines its Americana, folk/prog rock and pop influences with a passion for the sounds of acts that range from Kula Shaker, Pink Floyd and Tenacious D to The Beatles, The Decemberists, Queen and Michael Jackson. Eclectic, perhaps? That's the robust template established by Midwest Soul Xchange, comprising Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin-based troubadours Nate Cherrier and Ryan Summers. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Ryan Summers: Well, we're an Americana/Folk Rock…
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Poppa's Kitchen

Poppa's Kitchen
Poppa’s Kitchen is Steve Feldman & Bob Romanus. Bob was born and raised in Hartford Connecticut. He grew up in a home filled with music. “We listened to everything, show tunes, pop songs, opera, Country & Western.” The first song that rocked Bob’s world was Double Shot Of My Baby’s Love by the Swingin Medallions. Steve is originally from Chicago. The first song he heard that captured his imagination was Walk Right In by the…
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Oh White Mare

Oh White Mare
After spending their formative days writing songs and honing their skills in an old attic owned by Aussie music legend Snowy Fleet, Perth-based garage rockers Oh White Mare are now green light for go - check them out! Tell us about yourselves and what you do? Oh White Mare is a three piece band from the most isolated city on the planet Perth, Western Australia. We’re primarily a beat based garage style in style, but…
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Reid Jamieson

Reid Jamieson
Vancouver Canada's Reid Jamieson winner of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (folk), he has recorded with Cowboy Junkies, Samantha Parton (Be Good Tanyas), Sarah Harmer and various members of Blue Rodeo. Reid can often be found performing as an entertaining duo with his saucy wife and songwriting partner Carolyn Mill. Along with the Lennon win, this creative couple wrote their way into the Vancouver Folk Music Festival by winning 1st prize in the Pickin' a…
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Em George

Em George
Tell us about yourself and what you do? I am a singer-songwriter from Sydney, Australia. How did you start out? I’ve always been a singer but started to think seriously about it when I was seventeen. I sang in professional recording studios as often as I could and took every opportunity that came my way. I used to write poetry but only really got into song writing after becoming obsessed with Carole King and The…
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Old Sea Brigade

Old Sea Brigade
Tell us about yourself and what you do? My names Ben Cramer. I'm the singer/guitarist/writer for Old Sea Brigade. I currently live in Atlanta. I have a dog named Gap. How did you get together/start out? Old Sea Brigade pretty much started during the summer of 2015. I had recently moved back to Atlanta the previous spring and started working on and finishing a bunch of songs I'd collected over the years. I went down…
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Flightress

Flightress
Flightress combines songwriter Minky G’s mellifluous melodies with duo buddy Rosco’s seriously awesome guitar licks, the pair create a unique sound that makes them one of Perth’s most prolific live acts. There latest offering explores the idea of homelessness, and one version of how it could feel to be put in that place personally. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? We are Minky G and Rosco, aka Flightress, an acoustic duo from the…
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Radio Birds

Radio Birds
To see and hear them now, you might never believe that a few short years ago Radio Birds had a completely different lineup, look, and sound. In early 2013, rising united from their earlier musical experiences, these four young men decided to take a risk and start completely over with a new name and sound. That sound is simple: Plain-Old Rock and Roll Music with a distinctly hairy touch. Meaning, it is not clean, it…
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The Delta Jacks

The Delta Jacks
The marshy hinterlands of South Essex have proved a fine breeding ground for bands over the past few decades. A wilderness where scores of musicians can practice their craft in isolation, giving them a distinct edge unlike their urban counterparts; from Dr Feelgood, Kursaal Flyers and Eddie & The Hot Rods to The Horrors, These New Puritans and The Lucky Strikes. Delta Jacks are: Dominic Bauers – drums and backing vocals; Greg Beager – bass,…
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Barry Ollman

Barry Ollman with Graham Nash recording the vocals for one of his songs “Imogen’s Lament”
Well, one day I'll have to tell you how I met Barry Ollman - it involves a wet winter night, a Wizz Jones gig, a few beers, and a bit of real good fortune. Barry, as you'll see, admits to a fair bit of good fortune himself in his answers to our usual twelve questions. Luck, fate, synchronicity - call it what you will - his musical journey sounds pretty fun. 1. Tell us about…
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Foxtails Brigade

Foxtails Brigade
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King Mud

King Mud
King Mud is Van Campbell from the Black Diamond Heavies and Freddy J IV from Left Lane Cruiser. They joined forces in Los Angeles for a marathon session that gave birth to an album of hard blues, blue-eyed soul, heavy rock and feedback - Victory Motel Sessions. They’re also joined by Radio Moscow’s guitar extraordinaire Parker Griggs on a couple of indelible rockers. Tell us about yourselves and what you do? My name is Van…
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Feral Conservatives

Feral Conservatives
Fuzz-leaning, folk auteurs Feral Conservatives combine the intimacy of backwoods mountain folk with the subdued lyrics of genre-bending 90s college rockers like Velocity Girl, the Cranberries, and Cocteau Twins. The trio, made up of multi-instrumentalists Rashie Rosenfarb, Matt Francis, and Dan Avant perfectly balance pop-leaning songwriting with lush orchestration from Rosenfarb’s mandolin, sparse strings arrangements, vocal harmonies, and powerful distortion. After a series of self-released EPs and the purchase of a $15 distortion pedal, Ferals…
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Carly Dow

Carly Dow
Carly Dow’s wildcrafted soul-folk blends inspiration from wordsmiths Gillian Welch and Amelia Curran, with an edge reminiscent of Neko Case. Ingrained is Dow’s first solo studio recording and was co-produced herself along with Darwin Baker and Jesse Matas (Crooked Brothers) at Private Ear Recording in Winnipeg, MB and the historical log-built Visitor’s Centre in Riding Mountain National Park. Tell us about yourself and what you do? I'm Carly Dow - I'm a Canadian songwriter, singer,…
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Donica Knight

Donica Knight
Donica Knight is a singer, songwriter hailing from Montgomery, Alabama. Donica’s unique blend of Southern rock, country, blues and old East Memphis music has led to a rigorous touring schedule in the Southeast, performing more than 350 dates, opening for both country and rock superstars, as diverse as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Styx, Hank Williams Jr., Kid Rock, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, Kenny Rogers, Scotty McCreery, Jamey Johnson, Little River Band, Skid Row, Kellie Pickler, Blackberry Smoke,…
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Charlie Hole

Charlie Hole
A few years ago in a British radio interview, none other than Rod Stewart hailed a new emerging musical talent who had written a “beautiful song” and intimated he was destined for great things. Around the same time, Andy Hill, three-time Ivor Novello award winning song-writer proclaimed his astonishment at the sheer quality and maturity in the young man’s songs. Amazing accolades from no less than 2 global music legends. Yet Bournemouth born singer-songwriter Charlie…
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Jas Patrick

Jas Patrick
When you think of the ethos of an independent musician, Jas Patrick is the type of artist one might imagine. When he set out to create his third release, Inky Ovine, Jas was clear that this time it would be different. He didn’t want to watch the clock as his studio minutes disappeared. He despised being bound by a schedule. He only wanted to work, write and create-- no matter what that may entail-- his…
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