James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.” www.moorsandmccumber.com
Dodgy Mountain Men sling a home-brewed Montana stompgrass that goes down smooth but packs a bite, mixing the rhythms of bluegrass, the soul of the blues and the energy of rock ‘n’ roll with a plethora of other musical traditions to create a unique electro-acoustic experience. The group’s genre-bending experimentation and passion for American roots traditions weave together to emphasize their lyrical storytelling, creating a musical frontier rife with empty mason jars, outlaws, gypsy women and cold Montana storms. Add three distinct frontmen, a pension for sonic exploration and live performances that build to a fever pitch,and you’ve got a concoction that will make moonshiners proud and compe
To say that Robin Kessinger is one of the country's leading flatpick guitarists would be quite an understatement. Everyone knows that he won the National Flatpicking Championship, in Winfield Kansas, but few know of all the State Flatpicking Championships he has walked away with. And most of them multiple times! He holds titles in Ohio, Kentucky, Georgia, West Virginia, Best of Tri-State (OH, KY & WV) and other contests too numerous to mention. A writer for the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine wrote: "When Robin Kessinger performs, you can hear the ghosts of generations past joining in to help blend the notes from his guitar into the familiar strains of old time-tunes." He has been featured on
Charismo is the Hackensaw Boys record you’ve been waiting to hear. The 11-track album feels like the zenith release of the band’s 17 years, gathering their diverse life experiences and myriad of roots influences, and crystallizing them into a magnum opus on the Hackensaw way of being. Traditional Appalachian and Delta music lay the groundwork, but it’s injected with a heavy dose of the contemporary, good-times-roll kind of spit and vinegar the band has become known for over the years. Produced by Larry Campbell – who has lent his talents to Bob Dylan, Levon Helm, and countless others – Charismosees the band reeled in and slightly refined, though still as spirited as ever. The songs (all writ
We’re 5 best friends from AZ. We love the desert, we love our city, its people, and we love each other. We love long drives, early mornings, late nights, dive bars, carne asada Tacos at 3 am, dirty jokes, and asking each other what we think about things. We’re just as likely to get down on Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan as we are Van Halen, and Kendrick Lamar. We love dogs, we love our van, we love playing together, and we love you – it’s true. For the past few years, we’ve pretty much always been on tour, hitting the road on our own, with fellow bands, and have been lucky enough to open for a few heroes. From living rooms and basement clubs, to theaters and arenas, we just love playing sho
The Ballroom Thieves fought through a year of tribulations with their sophomore album, 2016's
Deadeye, as their shield and sword. Only through continuing to write and perform together were guitarist
Martin Earley, cellist Calin Peters, and drummer Devin Mauch able to fend off their darker days. While
the skies may not be completely clear, the path ahead is -- and the trio take their first steps forward
today. The next phase begins with their new single, "Only Lonely" a track that harnesses the Thieves'
handsome harmonies and nimble, sturdy acoustic folk. Though disarmingly warm, the lyrics expose the
terrible version of oneself that emerges when an unhealthy mental state gains control.
For the past thirteen years I have been on the move. I grew up in Chicago, attended Marquette University and after graduation, moved to Los Angeles to pursue something as a musician. While there I recorded an album entitled There and Back. A little while later I moved into my van with my dog, played all the contiguous United States at night, and then slept in parking lots and rest stops. After a year and a half of that nonsense I moved back to Milwaukee and married my college sweetheart. At that point I started a band called The Union, and we began recording my second record, Tenebrae, in Lexington, KY. We then accomplished the third, Offering, also in Lexington, KY. Finally, we finis
Tom Bennett is an authentic traveling folk blues singer. He learned the blues sitting alone in a Georgia hay field. There in the deep South he found his passion. He picked up the harmonica after being given one by an old woman. As fortune would have it he found plenty to sing about, riding the rails, hitch hiking, dealing cocaine, as well as studying religion and serving the community. His music gives listeners an authentic sound and restores the lost art of story telling through music. Each song weaves together a tapestry of adventure, love and what it means to be " constantly in awe of the great mystery which surrounds us." Tom has now spent four years touring the USA. He has performed ev
Americana covers a broad spectrum of music these days, and it’s easy to get lost in trying to define its particular parameters. If one was to determine an overreaching definition as music that reverberates with heart-felt emotion, and songs that speak to the listener with honesty, conviction and integrity, then The Two Tracks, a band based out of Sheridan Wyoming clearly fits the bill. Their album, Postcard Town (self-release, May, 2017) further affirms the promise and determination shown on their eponymous debut, which No Depression described as “creating an instant connection...in truth there’s not a single offering here that doesn’t engage the listener practically from the get go," and by