Laura cortese & the dance cards
Laura Cortese 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.
Jazz in the country with JOE ALTERMAN TRIO
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Jazz Piano Performance. In addition to performances with Houston Person, Les McCann and his own trio, among others, Alterman has performed at many world renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis
Violet Bell’s original Americana is woven from threads of folk, soul, bluegrass, psychedelic, and classical music. On stage and in the studio, the energy between Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Based out of Durham, the pair have played shows from Montreal to Miami since forming in 2016, resulting in a strong onstage chemistry that’s evident in person and in videos of these live performances.
MARY GAUTHIER with special guest 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)