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Charley Crockett

Charley Crockett

“I love this music. It’s the blues and it feels good to sing. A lot of folks are drawn to this sound even if they don’t know why. It’s the American struggle. It’s got the kind of soul that’s hard to find nowadays and all I know is you gotta get a lot of mud on you before you can make folks believe you when you sing these songs. There just ain’t no fakin’ it. I’ve lived these songs. I want to walk alongside and pay my respects to the artists and songwriters who went through so much to give us this music.” ~ Charley Crockett

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Sean Watkins

Sean Watkins

Singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Sean Watkins has long been known for his work as one-third of the Grammy Award-winning Nickel Creek and, more recently, for helming, with sister Sara, the itinerant, genre-hopping Watkins Family Hour ensemble. But in the last year he has more assertively – and impressively – taken on the role of solo artist. What To Fear is a follow-up to 2014’s acclaimed All I Do Is Lie, which had been Watkins’ first solo effort in nearly a decade, ten years that had been jammed with collaborative projects and a herculean amount of touring. On his own, Watkins displays tremendous warmth and soulfulness as a singer, a refreshing candor and humor as a lyricist, and prodigious skill as an arranger. And he doesn’t merely stick with the familiar: On What To Fear, he bolsters an acoustic lineup with a rock rhythm section, bringing drama and drive to these new tracks while keeping intact the emotional intimacy of all the stories he is telling.

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Bee Eaters

Bee Eaters

Listening to the Bee Eaters is like eavesdropping on a spirited, private conversation. As wonderful as their recorded music is, watching The Bee Eaters in live performance is an exercise in safe danger. They parry and thrust, challenging each other at every moment. Their focus on their music and on each other is tight and complete. Their melodic lines and rhythmic phrases dance (and sometimes roil) over, under and around each other. There is sometimes dissonance but always an ultimate harmony. Grand National Fiddle Champion Tashina Clarridge has toured with Mark O’Connor, Tony Trischka and Laurie Lewis and has performed at Carnegie Hall as a part of MacArthur Fellow/Grammy-winning bassist Edgar Meyer’s Young Artists program. Multi-instrumentalist brother Tristan is a 5-time Grand National Fiddle Champion and a pioneering cellist, synthesizing traditional folk influences with rhythmic vocabulary from jazz, rock and pop music, and leading a revolution among adventurous young cellists throughout the country. He has toured the world with bluegrass/nu-folk sensation Crooked Still and Darol Anger’s Republic of Strings, as well as Mike Marshall, Bruce Molsky and Cape Breton fiddle phenomenon Natalie MacMaster. Hammer dulcimer virtuoso Simon Chrisman brings a whole new approach to an instrument that has previously been thought to have limited range and technique. His inventive virtuosic touch and sophisticated rhythmic sensibilities are redefining the instrument and earning the attention of musicians from all over the world.

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Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams

Halden Wofford and the Hi*Beams

Halden Wofford & the Hi*Beams ride out from the cutting edge cowtown of Denver, Colorado. Rootsy and real, neither revivalist nor retro, the Hi-Beams’ brand of country music is as boundless and electrifying as America itself.

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Miss Lonely Hearts

Miss Lonely Hearts

Miss Lonely Hearts plays weddings, funerals and divorce parties.

It’s a misnomer to say that the boys in Miss Lonely Hearts (from Santa Cruz, CA) have a finger on the pulse of the Nor Cal country music scene, rather, they’ve been its lifeblood since the release of their sophomore effort, “Crying Bottle Blues” in 2012.

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Pat Reedy (feat. the Jimmy Pinwheel Band)

Pat Reedy (feat. the Jimmy Pinwheel Band)

Pat Reedy makes honest honky-tonk music for the modern world, mixing twang, blue-collar songwriting, working-class pride, and an unconventional backstory into albums like 2018’s That’s All There Is. That’s All There Is was written during breaks in Reedy’s construction job, with lyrics scribbled down on scraps of paper and discarded pieces of wood. Maybe that’s why these songs — with their warm, rough-around-the-edges charm — sound different than the contemporary country-pop hits recorded in Reedy’s adopted hometown of Nashville. In a city full of Hollywood cowboys and wannabe outlaws, Reedy is the real deal, more influenced by the artists whose filled the airwaves during his childhood years — including Dwight Yoakam, Mark Chesnutt, and George Jones — than anything in today’s mainstream.

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Rainy & The Rattlesnakes

Rainy & The Rattlesnakes

Sisters Rainy and Lela Miatke have been singing at bluegrass jams in southern Oregon and northern California for many years. Each of them started playing a stringed instrument at the age of 8, and soon after that they started a band, with their dad Ray backing them up on guitar.

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The Jimmy Pinwheel Band

The Jimmy Pinwheel Band

Jef Fretwell, a Georgia native, boasts a sound that draws from traditional folk and American roots music. The songs have a vintage quality, as if they might have been written yesterday or 70 years ago. Grounded in honeyed harmonies and spirited pickin’, it lies in a nowhere land between distinct styles: It’s not quite bluegrass or blues or country. Still, there are elements of all those in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights of passing a jug of moonshine around.

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Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

Ben Hunter and Joe Seamons

Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons are songster revivalists who perform acoustic blues, field hollers, fiddle & banjo breakdowns, and early jazz that delights audiences in concerts and workshops nationwide. For seven years, their tours have extended their work as teachers and community organizers in their home of Seattle, Washington. With their unique integration of performance, education and modern-day folklore, this duo redefines the role of a songster in the 21st century. In 2016, they earned 1st place in the International Blues Challenge’s solo/duo category. In July, they released a new album with harmonica master Phil Wiggins entitled “Black & Tan Ball.”

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Jesse Daniel

Jesse Daniel

With the blood, sweat and tears of past and present, Daniel cut and co-produced his debut self-titled album, playing many of the instruments himself, including all drums, percussion and guitar. The record holds true to Daniel’s character, taking you for a ride through the singer’s life, gritty realism and tongue-in-cheek anecdotes. The album is set to release May of 2018, and he and his band will be touring extensively to support it. “To me this album embodies my journey. I’m grateful to be here, and I’m trulyproud of this record. If my story can help anyone going through a struggle of their own, I’ve done my job and paid it forward. Now the real work starts.”

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The New Autonomous Folksingers

The New Autonomous Folksingers

The New Autonomous Folksingers are Sage Meadows, Jef Fretwell and David Hampton.

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Zach Bryson and the Meat Rack

Zach Bryson and the Meat Rack

“The One and Lonely” Zach Bryson is a Country Songwriter/Performer From Portland, OR who plays original Country music with his backing band The Meat Rack!

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The Bow Ties

The Bow Ties

The Bow Ties are a group of voracious bluegrass pickers dedicated to precision playing of the masters’ classics, they are happy to bring traditional bluegrass into the hearts of audiences far and wide. Band members include Northern California Bluegrass Association’s five-time Guitarist of the Year, Yoseff Tucker. Billy Moore is a self-taught banjo picker with the accuracy, and more importantly, the fine understanding of improvisation. Classically trained Jan Purat plays a fiddle that can either break your heart or pull your legs out from under you, sometimes both. Stoic and relaxed, Andrew March picks a mandolin likes its nobody’s business. And backing it all up with fierce rhythm is Zach Sharpe on upright bass. The combination of these talented musicians offer a refreshing, exciting and meticulous bluegrass experience.

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The Waysiders

The Waysiders

Classic and Original country music from Portland, Oregon, featuring the songwriting of Gabrielle Macrae. Sisters Joanna and Gabrielle Macrae front the band with close vocal harmonies of the kind that only happen between siblings while the band bring a distinctively vintage sound to the new and old music they play. Drawing on the traditions of Swing, Rock and Roll, Old Time and Rhythm and Blues, the Waysiders deliver a new brand of classic country all their own. Gabrielle Macrae- guitar, vocals. Joanna Macrae- vocals. Barry Southern- guitar. Jamie Herrmann- Bass. Don Lawry- drums.

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