MIKE FARRIS WITH THE BONES FOR J.R.JONES
Mike Farris is a musical renaissance man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and following the demise of blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble. In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015 Grammy® award for Best Roots Gospel Album.
Rolling Stone says “Potenza is to the blues what Adele is to pop: a colossal-voiced singer who merges her old-school influences with a modernistic sound.”
After years of touring with her band Sarah & The Tall Boys, Sarah Potenza was chosen over 50,000 candidates to appear on The Voice. Judge Pharrell Williams’ reaction to Potenza’s on-air audition gives you a pretty good idea of the level of talent of this incredible singer. Williams’ immediately exclaimed, “You’re giving this generation something they've never seen before". Potenza left the show as a top 20 finalist then headed to Nashville, where she quickly integrated into the local music scene, becoming a staple at the world renowned Bluebird Café and the globally broadcast Music City Roots program. She continues to earn raves for her big voice, which seamlessly blends roots, rock and soul.
Jenn Cornell, Cellist Performance Artist, delivers a progressive groove oriented experience! When joined onstage by percussionist Emrah Kotan they emote a true Joy for Life where rhythm and movement become a dance of instrument and body.
The show features multiple layers of cello looped with itself accompanied by percussion, drums, and piano. Jenn plays both acoustic cello and 6-string electric cello.
TErreon GULLY & MARC CARY "sticks & tones" with special guests
Terreon Gully is one of the most influential artists of his generation. Widely recognized for his creativity, versatility and authenticity,His innovative and distinct sound has inspired artists such as Dianne Reeves, Christian McBride as well as Stefon Harris to make him a member of their bands. He is also part of John Beasley’s acclaimed group MONKESTRA.Terreon has mastered a variety of musical genres. TERREON tours with jazz legends and modern masters to the hottest hip hop icons and has worked with the best: Kurt Elling, David Sanborn, Nicholas Payton, Kenny Barron, the Stones Project, Sting, the Benny Green Trio, Queen Latifa, Yerba Buena, Charlie Hunter, Abbey Lincoln, Marc Cary, Russell Gunn, Lizz Wright, Jacky Terrasson, Eldar, Me’ Shell NdegeOcello, Lauryn Hill and Common as well as a host of other artists. In addition to live performances,
While Caroline Spence may not look like one of the road-hardened troubadours of America's past, with the release of Spades & Roses, the young songwriter from Charlottesville Virginia proves she is every bit as serious. Having won numerous songwriting awards from industry mainstays like the Kerrville Folk Festival and American Songwriter Magazine, and garnered nods and admiration from both Miranda Lambert and her fellow writers in the Nashville underground, Caroline has delivered a record to meet the expectation: Quite simply, 11 songs of gorgeous Americana that remind us of why we fell in love with the genre in the first place.
Robby Hecht, based in Nashville, is a classic singer-songwriter in the vein of James Taylor and David Wilcox. In many ways his music is an antidote to the hectic, thoughtless, sometimes crass and careless world we all confront today. Robby is thoughtful, deliberate, insightful and compassionate. If there is a melancholy thread in his lyrics and music, it is one justified by the feelings and circumstances he elucidates and it is impossible not to share his emotions with him.
Atlanta-based award-winning Americana singer-songwriter Eliot Bronson is set to release his next album, James, 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
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.
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.
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.”