Von strantz and the mosleys
Von Strantz, two Chicagoland sisters estranged from birth, with two different upbringings, from across the continent finally meet. They took their now known commonalities and in 2013 joined their last names Von Strantz to create music and art from life’s adversities
The Mosleys began on a quiet, dark front porch in 2014, when Rachel and Stephen Mosley stepped out the front door to relax and play some music after putting their five children to bed. With the encouragement of their neighbors, they found themselves playing - and winning - an Open Mic competition at Zac Brown's Southern Ground in Senoia, Georgia. From there, they were invited to record at Southern Ground's Crow's Nest Studio in Atlanta. Their EP, Beneath the Trees and Stars, was written and recorded in a matter of months in 2014.
THE DYNAMIC COLLECTIVE OF WILLIE SUGARCAPPS IS: GRAYSON CAPPS (vocals, acoustic guitar, harmonica, percussion), CORKY HUGHES (electric guitar, lap steel, bass), WILL KIMBROUGH (vocals, acoustic guitar, banjo, mandolin, ukelele bass), SAVANA LEE (of duo Sugarcane Jane – vocals, acoustic guitar, snare) and ANTHONY CRAWFORD (of duo Sugarcane Jane – vocals, ukelele bass, acoustic guitar, fiddle, kick drum, harmonica).
Violet Bell is Lizzy Ross and Omar Ruiz-Lopez. Based out of Durham, NC, these two artists make wild folk-soul music that sings in your bones. Lizzy Ross made a name for herself in NC and beyond with her stirring original songs and “a voice like cigarettes and the smoothest whiskey you’ve ever tasted” (Stephen Markley, Chicago RedEye). She has won Floyd Fest's On the Rise contest, been a two-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist, and been awarded the Carolina Music Award for best rock female and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council. Multi-instrumentalist Omar Ruiz-Lopez (Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, the Durham Symphony Orchestra) elevates the music with violin, guitar, cello, mandolin, and stellar vocal harmonies. Whether they’re playing an intimate acoustic tune or sprawling out in psychedelic revelry, you can feel the magic.
The space time travelers
The Space Time Travelers are an Atlanta-based trio that’s main goal is to take their listeners on a cosmic journey to places they’ve never been before. Though STT was born out of Atlanta’s strong blues scene, they are unwilling to be pinned down to a single genre or sound. It’s not unusual to hear STT jump from funk to alternative rock to improvisational jam and more in a single song without missing a beat.
Dom Flemons is a GRAMMY Award winning musician, singer-songwriter, and slam poet. Carrying on the songster tradition, Flemons strives to mix traditional music forms with a contemporary approach, to create new sounds that will appeal to wider audiences. In his recent solo album Prospect Hill (2014), Flemons drew from a wide range of styles, including ragtime, Piedmont blues, spirituals, southern traditional music, string band music, fife and drum music, and jug-band music. He began his career as a performer in the Arizona music scene, where he produced 25 albums for singer-songwriters and slam poets in Pheonix.
Sugarcane Jane, the Alabama Gulf Coast-based husband and wife duo has amassed an extremely loyal following. Anthony and Savana Lee Crawford purvey what they proudly call “Organic Music at its Finest.” Rich, homegrown, and natural, their brand of Americana draws from a deep well of roots influences, interwoven with inflections of gospel, country, jazz, and rock. Listeners can expect mostly acoustic sounds, and some of the freshest-sounding vocal harmonies they will ever hear. Both virtuosos in their own right, Anthony is a songwriter who plays acoustic guitar, fiddle, and a bass drum (which he plays while strumming his six-string) and Savana Lee deftly dances between rhythm guitar and snare drum.
Both classically-trained, the duo has made some cool Americana records, lived in Brooklyn, Nashville and Kansas, toured coast to coast, run out of money, toured Europe, run out of money again, won high-falutin' prizes for songwriting in New York, generally not argued, done benefit shows for prestigious US AAA radio stations, given away 200k+ tracks on Amazon, kept writing, built an audience, been named one of Amazon's Top 100 albums of the year, eaten copious amounts of vegetarian food, attracted 17k+ listeners a month on Spotify and FINALLY made a record, Q2 2016's "This is Life," which speaks to where they've been, who they are, what they want and where they're going. It's smart pop with an authentic Americana stamp, not the other way round. Somewhere in there they got married, but they'd rather not talk about that.
Kenny banks and joe gransden
KENNY BANKS is a composer, arranger and performer who slips effortlessly among musical styles while retaining his own distinct sound.
Trumpeter/vocalist Joe Gransden works more than any musician in Atlanta. He can be found anywhere from The Blue Note in New York, to Ritz Carlton and other venues around the SouthEast.
Originally from the UK Callaghan moved to the USA in summer 2010 to record and tour with Grammy-Nominee Shawn Mullins and has been playing live and building her audience ever since.
Playing piano and guitar she delivers a stunning vocal which earns frequent comparisons with artists like Sarah McLachlan and Emmy Lou Harris. Her songwriting chronicles the stories, experiences and emotions which are part of everyone’s lives.