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.”
Weightless is the highly anticipated follow-up to Longley's 2015 self-titled release, which garnered praise from American Songwriter, Huffington Post, and CMT Edge, to name a few. The new 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.
Her 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.
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 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.
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).