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).
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.
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.
Nathan evan fox
Nathan Evans Fox is an Americana songwriter and musician from Glen Alpine, NC. Growing up immersed in country, rock, bluegrass, and hymns, Fox synthesizes his musical roots to produce a sound all his own. He has been writing music, playing fiddle and guitar, and collaborating with other musicians for over ten years. Recently his song-crafting prowess has been recognized by the Songwriter Serenade and Wildflower! songwriting competitions.
Fox’s lyrics confront the difficulties of his cultural and religious heritage with quiet grief, incisive anger, and an unexpected wit. Above all, he is a storyteller whose narrative landscapes are at once familiar and strange. He has written, produced, and performed two full-length albums: Home (2017) and most recently Texas Dust, which was released in April 2018.
Heather Styka dances where others fear to tread, gleefully cutting to the truth with gutsy vulnerability. She combines the lyrical intricacy of folk with a catchy melodic pop sensibility and the grit of classic country in songs that are smart and disarming. Call it folk, call it Americana, call it alt-country, but Styka’s heartfelt croon draws as much inspiration from classic warblers such as Billie Holiday and Ella Fitzgerald as it does from Shawn Colvin and Eva Cassidy. Live, Heather Styka comes off as something like Leonard Cohen crossed with Patsy Cline. Armed with a guileless, unvarnished delivery, she's equal parts wordsmith and entertainer
Writer-song singer Heather Maloney releases her 2018 EP Just Enough Sun on the celebrated indie record label, Signature Sounds. Co-produced by her bandmate, Ryan Hommel, the 6-song EP was recorded in live, single-take performances that showcase Maloney and Hommel's dynamic live duo show, which is as electric (a la Shovels & Rope, The Civil Wars) as it is heart-breakingly vulnerable ( la Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Milk Carton Kids). Upon her 2015 release Making Me Break - featuring an all-star backing band including members of Band of Horses, the Wallflowers and My Morning Jacket - Maloney landed on SPIN Magazine's "Artist To Watch" list. The last song on the album, "Nightstand Drawer", became her first major network song placement on CBS's "Elementary". Maloney's 2014 collaboration with rising Boston quartet, Darlingside, featured their version of "Woodstock" (written by Joni Mitchell, covered by Crosby Stills Nash & Young), which received praise by the New York Times, and even Graham Nash himself. Maloney has toured nationally as a headliner and also in support of acts like Lake Street Dive, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Gary Clark Jr., Colin Hay, Mary Chapin Carpenter, and many more. Her upcoming full length LP is slated for a Fall 2018 release.
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."
laura trey duo
Over the past decade, guitarist Trey Wright and vocalist Laura Coyle have established themselves as first-call musicians on the Atlanta jazz scene. They joined forces in 2017 to form the Laura Coyle and Trey Wright Duo. United by their love of classic jazz pairings including Joe Pass and Ella Fitzgerald and Tuck and Patti, the duo performs a unique repertoire of jazz standards, Brazilian music and contemporary songs by their favorite songwriters. On any given night, the duo plays an entertaining and eclectic mix of music by Cole Porter, Antonio Carlos Jobim, Hoagy Carmichael, Dolly Parton and Joni Mitchell. The duo has performed at the Athens Jazz Festival, the Roswell Arts Festival, Morgan Hall at Kennesaw State University, and Agnes Scott College.
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.
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.