MARY GAUTHIER

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DECEMBER 7 | 7:30PM

Oak Room at Serenbe Inn
10950 Hutcheson Ferry Road

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MARY GAUTHiER

WITH JAiMEE HARRIS

Mary Gauthier Wins “International Artist Of The Year” And “Album Of The Year” For Her Acclaimed Album “Rifles & Rosary Beads”

Rifles & Rosary Beads, the latest album from singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier has continued to gather accolades from the press and beyond since its January 26th (2018) release via Thirty Tigers. Gauthier was recently awarded the Americana Music Association’s UK “International Artist Of The Year” Award and followed that by winning “Album Of The Year” at the International Folk Music Awards (Folk Alliance). The album garnered a GRAMMY nomination in the “Best Folk Album” category and was nominated for “Album Of The Year” by the Americana Music Association. The LA Times also named Rifles & Rosary Beads their 2018 Singer/Songwriter Album Of The Year, and supported with an in-depth feature. (Read HERE)

 “…Rifles & Rosary Beads, is not only one of the most arresting American
singer-songwriter records in recent years, but one of the most vital pieces
of art to come out of those two wars.”
 – Rolling Stone Country

“…nothing short of a folk music mission statement . . . by using her platform she achieves what so many who tout themselves and musicians and activists strive to do: She hands over the reins to those who need them most, in a way that prioritizes their longevity.” – Noisey

JAMIEE HARRIS

Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. Her soon-to-be released debut album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Lucinda Williams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable.

“She’s quick to pay homage to her musical heroes, but Jaimee Harris is her own person, with her own voice. She’s got a natural songwriter’s instinct for the hard truth, and a voice that brings them home with a visceral punch. Pay attention.” - Gretchen Peters

LAURA CORTESE & THE DANCE CARDS

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september 21 | 8:00PM

Art Farm at Serenbe
10455 Atlanta Newnan Rd.

LAURA CORTES & THE DANCE CARDS

Laura Cortese & The Dance Cards wears many hats: fiddler, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, bandleader, community builder, and creativity instigator. Her band Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards is a quartet of singing string players whose original music draws from diverse traditions and experiences to create a broad-minded yet clear-eyed sonic vision. It’s based in the lyrical rituals of folk music while exploring new territories, moving seamlessly from gauzy, ethereal vocal harmonies to rowdy indie-rock percussion to propulsive fiddle melodies directly from Appalachia or Scotland. On the band’s Compass Records debut album, CALIFORNIA CALLING, the band’s indie sensibility comes to the fore with the support of producer Sam Kassirer (Lake Street Dive and Joy Kills Sorrow). Their lyrics deftly explore themes of heartbreak, independence, and the restless search for a home in the world. It’s a new kind of pop music: born from the folk tradition, traveling the roads of 70s California, and delivered with power and heart. Laura Cortese & the Dance Cards have toured and performed at premier festivals throughout the United States, Canada, the UK, Europe, and Scandinavia.

Barefoot Movement

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AUGUST 31 | 8:00PM

Private home/public concert 9015 Selborne Lane-Serenbe

BAREFOOT MOVEMENT

Heartfelt, energetic, and down home. Heralded by CMT Edge as "one of the most promising bands on the bluegrass scene," the music of the Nashville based group The Barefoot Movement is as down to earth as their intention for members of their audience: sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while. All the worries and frustrations of the world melt away as this charming, acoustic band takes listeners back to a simpler place and time.

 “The Barefoot Movement delivers powerful, heart-rending, butt-kickin’ inoculation against lifelessness in any of its forms. I would travel a thousand miles to hear them again and I urge music lovers of all stripes to join me.”

— Chuck Plotkin, producer (Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan)

The Bones of JR Jones

JUNE 15 | 8:00PM

Private Home | Public Concert

837 Middleton Way Serenbe

THE BONES OF J.R. JONES

What has continued to define The Bones of J.R. Jones is the musician’s hypnotic live show. He operates as a one-man band — playing guitar, drums, and singing in unison, creating the feeling of a raucous blues band with more immediacy. “Anytime I think about my live show I try to view it from one of my audience member’s perspective,” conclude Jonathon Linaberry, the artist who performs as The Bones of J.R. Jones. “I do a lot up there. I cover a lot of ground sonically.  I’m trying to give myself room to grow.” 

The Bones of J.R. Jones’ latest album, Ones to Keep Close, is a crisp, expertly produced collection of stomp-along songs that evoke a vivid spectrum of feeling: pain, fear, excitement, regret, joy, longing. 

Brian Dunne

JUNE 8 | 8:00PM

Art Farm at Serenbe
10455 Atlanta Newnan Road

BRIAN DUNNE

Hailing from the Red Roof Inn, the driver's seat of a Honda Fit, the floor of the airport, the guest bedroom at your Aunt's and Uncle's house, the back seat of a 15-passenger van, and New York City, Brian Dunne is the companion you never knew you wanted. Equipped with a Telecaster, a Gibson Hummingbird and 17 dollars, he is coming to your town to play his guts out and then stand by the merch table. 

"Bug Fixes & Performance Improvements" was produced by Brian and released in May of 2017 independently. It garnered a great deal of attention based on the quality of the songwriting and musicality, landing Brian on NPR's Mountain Stage and 2017's Cayamo Cruise, and tours with The Secret Sisters, Will Hoge, Rosanne Cash, Robert Earl Keen, Joan Osborne, Delbert McClinton, and a myriad of other songwriting heavyweights. The first two singles were picked up by SiriusXM radio, and if you visited a shopping mall during the spring of 2017, you probably heard the lead single "Don't Give Up On Me" being interrupted by an announcement that someone had lost their kid at the food court. 

Brian followed the release of "Bug Fixes" with a live EP of stripped-down versions of previously released songs entitled “The Timber House Sessions”. Brian has now returned to the studio to begin his next LP with producer Andrew Sarlo (Big Thief, Nick Hakim, Local Natives), which is slated for release in early 2019 and expected to be "totally the most amazing thing you've ever heard," according to Brian's mom. 

MIKE FARRIS

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AUGUST 24 | 8PM

Private Home/Public Concert
837 Middleton Way-Serenbe

MIKE FARRIS

“Mike Farris is one of the greatest entertainers on the planet. We are fortunate to have him back in Serenbe for an encore performance.” Ron Simblist - Chatt Hills Music 

Coming off of an incredible GRAMMY win for 2015’s SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE (Best Roots Gospel album), Nashville rocker Mike Farris keeps it earthy and personal on SILVER & STONE, out September 7 on Compass Records. The title refers to his wife Julie's wedding ring, and the album is a celebration of their 23 years of marriage and her steadfastness in sticking by him through his years struggling with addiction and alcoholism. Now sober for 7 years, Farris has the energy and conviction of a man saved, a stack of anecdotes and life experiences that would make most people’s heads spin, and a soulful vocal delivery reminiscent of Sam Cooke or Otis ReddingSILVER & STONE isn’t a “gospel” album by any means, but Farris still takes us to church on these 12 engaging tracks, including a cover of Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll be Happier.” 

 "With a supersized voice filled with the electricity of Saturday night and the godly grace of Sunday mornings ."  — Rolling Stone Country

 "Modern soul at its most potent and nostalgia-free"  The Nashville Scene

"Farris can turn his powerhouse vocals and stunning range to country, blues, gospel and heart-wrenching soul, and on 'Silver & Stone,' he certainly mixes it up."  — RnR Magazine

 “Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.”  — Buddy Miller

 "Country and gospel music is in dire need of some pure heartfelt soul right now.  He's like a secret weapon — he's loaded with soul."  — Marty Stuart (Rolling Stone Country) 

THE MULLIGAN BROTHERS BAND

APRIL 27 | 8:00PM

Deer Hollow at Serenbe
8455 Atlanta Newnan Road

THE MULLIGAN BROTHERS BAND

The Mulligan Brothers released their third studio album, Songs for the Living and Otherwise this past summer. The album brings joy and pleasure from dark songs about life, loneliness, death and spirituality. Lead singer/songwriter Ross Newell's warm, sincere voice brings out every emotion between pleasure and pain and makes you want to feel them over and over again.

Recording this album was the best time they have had in the studio, but getting started writing the songs was tough on Newell. Life on the road leaves little time for writing songs and they stopped touring for several months to give Newell the time and space he needed. 

"There is a lot of pressure on the songwriter in a band," says Newell. "It was a relief when the songs started coming and a bigger relief when I knew we had enough songs."

"Recording and producing this album ourselves gave us the luxury of seeing the vision all the way through to the end without outside influences making us second guess ourselves," says Newell. "There is a new confidence in this album and we are thankful for the great people who support us and gave us the courage to try something new. It is freeing to let go and create an album that we will enjoy playing on the road every night."

The Mulligan Brothers started playing together five years ago in bars on Dauphin Street in Mobile and now play around the world. They have played on the Cayamo music cruise and 30A Music Festival ,NPR's Mountain Stage and made their fourth appearance at Jazz Fest in New Orleans.  

Songs for the Living and Otherwise was mixed by Grammy-winning producer Trina Shoemaker at Dauphin Street Sound in Mobile and is the follow up to Via Portland and their debut album, The Mulligan Brothers.

 

Heather Maloney

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MARCH 30 | 8:00PM

Private Home | Public Show
9015 SELBORNE LANE

HEATHER MALONEY

As a Signature Sounds artist, Maloney has toured nationally as a headliner as well as in support of acts like Lake Street Dive, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gary Clark Jr., Colin Hay, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and many more. In 2014 she collaborated with the rising Boston quartet Darlingside on the Woodstock EP, a tribute to the Joni Mitchell-written / Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young-covered 60’s anthem. The cover was featured on the New York Times and garnered attention from Graham Nash himself, who called the performance, “Delicious, really excellent.”

Raised on a record player instead of a TV, Maloney dug deep into per parents’ record collections for entertainment, obsessing over the Beatles Joni Mitchell, Fleetwood Mac, C.S.N.Y., Bob Dylan, and more. So it’s no surprise that the folk, pop, and rock greats of the 60’s and 70’s found their way into her own music. With those influences as a foundation, and a strong dose of 90’s radio hits (from women like Fiona Apple, Alanis Morisette, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and of course, Mariah Carey), Maloney was forming her sound long before she even wrote a single lyric.  

KEVIN BALES TRIO

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FEBRUARY 9, 8:00PM

Private Home | Public Concert
Address revealed after purchase.

KEVIN BALES TRIO

Kevin Bales latest cd “Beyond the Neighborhood” The songs of Fred Rogers has been nominated for a Grammy! He and vocalist Keri Johnsrud have illustrated the versatility and depth of Jazz in this album

Kevin has amassed a long list of awards that include being the Winner of the Jazz Piano Association pianist of the year. He toured and recorded for 10 years with Grammy Nominee Rene Marie and continues to be the first call pianist for the likes of Marcus Printup, Gordon Vernick, Joe Gransden Big Band and many others. He is widely recognized as one of the finest jazz pianists on the planet.

  • KEYBOARD: Kevin Bales

  • BASS: Kevin Smith

  • DRUMS: Marlon Patton

  • SPECIAL GUEST (VOCALS): Devon Gates

PHIL MADEIRA TRIO

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January 26 | 8:00PM

Cohen’s 9016 Selborne Lane

PHIL MADEIRA TRIO

Most people who know Phil Madeira know him as one of the most seasoned players in Nashville.  Since his arrival in 1983, Madeira has seen success in a plethora of different ways.   As an instrumentalist, playing electric guitar, lap steel, accordion, dobro, or a Hammond B-3 with icons like Emmylou Harris, Buddy Miller, Sixpence Pence None the Richer, Mavis Staples and Garth Brooks – to name a few.  As a producer, producing tracks for Keb’ Mo’, Emmylou, The Civil Wars, Humming People, The Band Perry, and the 2012 release of Americana Paul McCartney covers, Let Us In: Americana.  As a songwriter, with a cut list that includes Alison Krauss, Amy Grant, Toby Keith, and The Civil Wars’ 2014 Grammy-winning single, “From This Valley.”   In June 2013, Jericho Books released his first piece, “God on the Rocks:  Distilling Religion, Savoring Faith.”  He’s quietly released five solo critically-acclaimed records and has shared the stage with Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Leon Russell, and Jack White.  If you can think of it, Phil Madeira has probably lived it, but that’s what most people don’t know about Phil Madeira – his own story – and he’s finally ready to tell it.

Jared & Amber/Adam Whipple


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NOVEMBER 10 | 8PM

OAK ROOM AT SERENBE INN
10955 Hutchesons Ferry Road
Chattahoochee Hills

JARED & AMBER

Jared and Amber are in love with each other and with music, so naturally, they started making music together. Both went to school for music and quickly decided music was great and school was not. In 2006, they were married and moved to the lovely city of Decatur in 2011 to pursue music together full-time. Since then they have had the pleasure of playing TEDx Atlanta, writing for other artists, winning Eddie's Attic 2012 Songwriter Shootout, and being named one of the top 7 bands in Atlanta by AXS.  They play their own brand of theatrical folk rock, and stand out from other rootsy duos with their soaring harmonies and intricate arrangements. Along for the ride are Audrey & Autumn (the twins!), their dog Ramona, a lot of coffee, and some fantastic family and friends.

ADAM WHIPPLE

Adam Whipple has spent years on the road, honing and polishing his stage presence and songcraft, but he cut his teeth as a writer at the famed New City Café, Knoxville's one-time home for creative musical expression that became a proving ground for artists like Andrew Peterson, David Wilcox, Derek Webb, Sandra McCracken, Among Savages (Peter Barbee), Ed Cash, and Jennifer Daniels. Fast forward fifteen years, and you’ll find Adam as a skilled multi-instrumentalist, arranger, and composer laboring to support numerous other artists in addition to doing his own personal work. His new full-length project, The Broken Seasons, is the product of a successful crowdfunding campaign and has already garnered critical acclaim.

 Adam is also the leading editor of the arts journal Foundling House, based in Knoxville and publishing poetic, prosaic, review, and essay content from around the country. Adam’s work has been published in Curator Magazine, on Analogue, and in Molehill by Rabbit Room Press, along with his own independently published chapbook A Channel to the Sea.

 

 

AJ GHENT


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DECEMBER 8 | 7:30PM

NEW LOCATION: The Oak Room at The Inn at Serenbe

10950 Hutchesons Ferry Road

Chattahoochee Hills

AJ GHENT

AJ Ghent [ j-ent ] fuses the sounds of rock, blues, funk and pop into what he likes to call Neo Blues. The musical art produced has been classified as witty, energetic, soulful and funky, with messages of positivity, love and overcoming hardships. He has had a colorful career thus far playing and opening for such legendary acts like Zac Brown, The Allman Brothers Band, Derek Trucks, Robert Cray, Colonel Bruce Hampton and Gov’t Mule. He can be heard on various recordings with Zac Brown, Luther Dickinson, and featured on Zac Brown’s 2013 Grohl Sessions Vol. 1 alongside Dave Grohl (Foo Fighters).

The energy and passion which resonates from AJ’s music, from the strum of the guitar and the conviction of the vocals, the pounding rhythm of the drums, to the thought provoking lyrics, is sure to be felt by any crowd.  AJ aims to create an unforgettable experience for music lovers, with the hopes of taking them to a musical paradise.  A little hip-shaking, finger snapping, head nodding is all you need for this tuneful travel excursion. AJ calls James Brown, Prince, and his family heritage as influences. He can be heard picking, sliding and strumming all over those strings, whether it’s one of his custom built 8-string lap steel hybrids or his acoustic resonator.  

What is different from most lap steel players is AJ performs standing upright like a guitar player, using his over handed technique to play slide, so that he can dance, and have more mobility during his live shows.  AJ was born to fly! AJ Ghent [J-ent] knows where his talent comes from and isn’t afraid to explore other sounds. His new album (released March 16, 2018) titled The Neo Blues Project is something different: A musical fusion form that takes art and skill to master, something that AJ Ghent [J-ent] has spent his whole life perfecting. The album debuted #7 on the Billboard Blues Charts on its release week.

 

MICHELLE LEWIS


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NOVEMBER 3 | 8:00PM

ART FARM at Serenbe
10455 Atlanta Newnan Road
Chattahoochee Hills

MICHELLE LEWIS

ALL THAT’S LEFT

Listen to Michelle Lewis sing the songs from her new album at Art Farm at Serenbe on November 3rd. “All That’s Left” is already receiving rave reviews.

Michelle Lewis' music is rich with melody, and her lyrics seek beauty in the face of sadness. Too refined to call folk and too personal to call pop, as a singer/songwriter, Michelle's music is uniquely intimate and surprisingly polished. As a storyteller, she writes intensely visual songs that explore the emotional remainders in burgeoning and breaking relationships.

“ALL THAT’S LEFT DAZZLES”

NEW ALBUM OUT NOW!

LIZ LONGLEY


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October 27 | 8:00PM

Grange Hall at Serenbe
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

LIZ LONGLEY

Liz Longley will be bringing lots of new music for this special night!

Liz connects with her audiences through her timeless lyrics about love, gratitude, and friendships.

Praised by American Songwriter, Huffington Post, and CMT Edge, to name a few. Liz Longley’s latest album delivers bold, thick, pop with rock-and-roll edges. The starkly personal lyrics explore complexities and even dysfunction of relationships. Her award-winning songwriting is stronger than ever, and producer Bill Reynolds, the bassist of Band of Horses (also produced The Avett Brothers, Lissie) helps embrace a lush, pop-rock approach which marks a musical evolution for Longley.

For painters, the joy and challenge of creation begins with a blank canvas. For Liz Longley, it started in an empty room. 

While Longley's songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith-all artists she's supported live-her latest effort spotlights a style and confidence that's all her own. You can hear it in the subtle-yet-soaring vocals on "Memphis," the dagger directness of "Skin and Bones," the bittersweet farewell that drives "This Is Not the End" (featured in the 2012 season finale of Lifetime's Army Wives). They're all cuts that dare you to hold back the goosebumps.

She says she'll continue to open her soul in the service of her art because that's what matters most to her. "Every time I get into these songs they resonate with me, lock with me, because they're based on something I went through," she says of the new collection. "I hope they connect with people and that they'll help with whatever they've gone through. That's what music does for me, and I hope I can do that for someone else."

After all, what better way to fill an empty room than with fully realized music?

Nora Jane Struthers


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OCTOBER 13 | 7:30PM

GREEN AT PADDOCK FOXHALL RESORT
8000 Capps Ferry Road
Douglasville, Georgia

NORA JANE STRUTHERS

Nora Jane Struthers is "remarkable,” says Ann Powers of NPR Music, and writes music that is “as powerful as anything Jason Isbell released this year.” The songs that last decades and weave themselves into the fabric of listeners' lives are usually the ones in which an artist lays her soul bare for the world to hear. Struthers' new album Champion, released at the close of 2017, is built on these kinds of songs. Struthers wrote and recorded the album with her longtime road band the Party Line, and the chemistry between her and the other players is palpable. Champion is the follow-up to 2015's Wake, and earned Struthers acclaim from major outlets like NPR’s Fresh Air, Rolling Stone, and Vice/Noisey, who raved that “Nora Jane Struthers and her band sound ready to take over Americana completely … bringing a fuller, harder sound to the table.”

There’s an honesty and energy to Nora Jane’s stage presence; a vulnerability that is part and parcel of great artistry. In one moment, she joyfully leads the audience in a dance party … in the next, she lays her soul bare for the world to hear. A performance by Nora Jane and her band is full to the brim with stellar musicianship, unexpected arrangements that blur the lines between folk, roots, and rock, and an audible sense that everyone in the room is having a damn good time.

Sofia Talvik


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SEPTEMBER 8 | 8PM

Grange Hall at Serenbe
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

SOFIA TALVIK

Unmistakably Nordic in flavor, Sofia Talvik somehow still conforms to American interpretations of her own original music, a North Sea siren blending sparkle and melancholy. A veteran performer with 6 full length albums as well as numerous EPs, singles and tours behind her.

Growing up in Sweden her music has always had a special tint of her Scandinavian heritage, making her a favorite among music lovers, but her 16 month, and 37 state long tour, through the USA (in an RV) has moved her music closer to the Americana tradition. The adventure on the road spurred a lot of emotions, both those of triumph and joy, but also those of self doubt and defeat – all of which found their way into the songs of her 2015 album ”Big Sky Country”. 

Living like a musical nomad, moving from place to place, slowly but steadily building her audience through her heartfelt and personal performances she got to experience the USA in a way few people do. The people she met opened their homes and hearts to her and some of them even made it into her songs. But the new album is not a diary from her tour, it’s more of a storybook of emotions, new and old in which everyone can find their own place. 

Will Kimbrough

 
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AUGUST 4 | 8PM

GRANGE HALL at Serenbe
10640 Serenbe Lane
Chattahoochee Hills

WILL KIMBROUGH

Will Kimbrough is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer whose credits include the 2003 Americana Music Association Instrumentalist of the Year Award, 12 songs on four recent Jimmy Buffett albums, current touring and recording with Emmylou Harris and her Red Dirt Boys, producing two of Todd Snider's most acclaimed collections.

Will was a member of guitar pop legends Will and the Bushmen and The Bis-Quits. He is a member of Willie Sugarcapps with Grayson Capps, Sugarcane Jane and Corky Hughes; with their first album receiving Independent Music's 2013 Best Americana Album Will released Mockingbird Soul in 2017 with Brigitte DeMeyer as co-write, Will is also a member of DADDY, a collaboration with Tommy Womack and friends, with a new and already treasured rock and roll record release, "Let's Do This!"

This is a special, rare, and intimate solo appearance. Saturday, August 4th is a must-see.

ELIOT BRONSON


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July 21 | 8PM

Art Farm at Serenbe
10455 Newnan Rd.
Chattahoochee Hills

ELIOT BRONSON

Award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson's most recent album, James, was released on August 25, 2017 via Rock Ridge Music (with distribution via ADA).  James was produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Dave Cobb (Sturgill Simpson, Jason Isbell, Chris Stapleton), who also produced Bronson’s most recent, self-titled album. “It was a pleasure working with Eliot,” says Cobb. “He is a brilliant lyricist and poet.”  James offers songs that are more like pictures than movies, capturing moments and digging deeply into their meanings.

Embraced for his 2014 self-titled album by the likes of CMT Edge, Country Weekly, Guitar World, Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country, Acoustic Guitar Magazine and more, Paste Magazine called Bronson and his music “an Americana gem” and “a poetic blend of urban coffee house and outskirts-of-town saloon.”  Bop n Jazz upped that ante by heralding him as “maybe the best singer/songwriter since Dylan.”  Bronson has released three critically acclaimed solo albums and, prior to his solo career, was a member of The Brilliant Inventions. He has won esteemed songwriting awards as first place at Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest and Eddie Owen Presents “Songwriter Shootout,” and he’s been a finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest, and New Song Contest Lincoln Center NYC.