Michelle Lewis | Los Angeles, CA | USA

Michelle Lewis is a Boston-bred, LA-based singer/songwriter currently supporting her latest album, The Parts Of Us That Still Remain. The album's first single, "Run Run Run," found huge popularity among runners and was featured on the national broadcast of the Boston Marathon on the Universal Sports Network. The music video received over 100,000 views in its first month and has more than 280,000 to date. Michelle completed successful tours in both the US and Europe to support the release of the album. Her music is rich with melody, and her lyrics seek beauty in the face of sadness. As a storyteller, she writes intensely visual songs that explore the emotional remainders in burgeoning and breaking relationships.



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Keith Rea | Longview, TX | USA


Keith Rea
brings a wealth of experience to the stage as well as a variety of styles and genres. From love songs to train songs, Keith’s lyrics conjure stories of people, places, and situations that feel both familiar and yet somehow fresh. His instrumental stylings cover the landscape from finger picked ballads to raucous twelve bar blues.



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John Batdorf | Redmond, OR | USA


John Batdorf
is a singer-songwriter solo artist and one half of Las Vegas Rock and Roll Hall Of Famers folk-rock duo Batdorf & Rodney. He’s also a successful film and TV composer, session vocalist, and inspirational musician in the substance recovery community.


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Donna Lynn Caskey | Ventura, CA, USA


Donna Lynn Caskey is an innovative clawhammer “Banjo Gal,” as she is known, and so much more. A strong songwriter, her work simultaneously acknowledges life’s difficulties and offers a genuine message of hope. Her sound retains a timeless quality that hearkens back to traditional old-time mountain music and bluegrass while artfully exploring contemporary subject matter. Audiences appreciate Donna Lynn’s heartfelt, playful, and engaging stage presence and the opportunity to sing along during performances.


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John Muirhead | Ontario, Canada


John Muirhead
is a solo folk-rock storyteller. Inspired by the songwriting greats (Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen, John K Samson), John tells tales of love, loss, and coming of age over a vibrant acoustic backdrop. John is currently working on his debut EP


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Matt Wheeler | Mount Joy, PA, USA


Matt Wheeler’s
 
songwriting has gained a reputation for its crisp, taut lyricism & poetic, honest approach, & for its ability to paint vivid pictures with words. Called a “Lancaster treasure” by PennLive, Matt Wheeler & Vintage Heart has been spreading its words & music from its central Pennsylvania home to listening rooms, churches, bars, house concerts, & festivals throughout the Northeast. The band's sound draws influences from the storytelling singer-songwriter tradition of James Taylor, Josh Ritter, Glen Hansard, and Denison Witmer.

 

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Elephant Revival | Nederland, CO, USA


Elephant Revival
draws on Americana, folk and Celtic sounds to craft an entirely original art form that in moments can evoke the modern classical ensemble.

A haunting sound, at once evocative and mysterious, ushers in the band’s fourth album. Petals embodies a deepening, as the quintet dives into themes of loss and rebirth, time and memory, love unbound by body or farewell. All the earthy rhythms and eclectic influences that Elephant Revival fans cherish are here. So, too, the rich instrumental brew.

But eclecticism, though a key feature of their sound, has never been the point. For these multi-instrumentalists, these singers and writers, sound and song serve one another: the play between instrumentation, composition, emotion and restraint is an organic unfolding.

The five souls in Elephant Revival are Bonnie Paine (vocals, cello, musical saw, washboard, stompbox); Daniel Rodriguez (vocals, guitar); Bridget Law (fiddle); Dango Rose (upright bass, mandolin); and Charlie Rose (banjo, pedal steel, guitar).

 

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Sarah Clanton | Nashville, TN, USA

Sarah Clanton. This hair tossin, cello playin' vocalist based out of Nashville, Tennessee, may have been classically trained from kindergarten, but her heart belongs to rock n roll. Along with her quirky vocals and long hair flying in musical abandon, the rhythmic yet melodic voice of the cello provides a unique storytelling experience. A gorgeous collection of full band Americana-tinged songs that touch on pop,  jazz, rock, and folk influences that many draw similarities to the stylings of artists such as Rickie Lee Jones, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, Frank Zappa and Lady Gaga. 


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Robert Nash | Sydney, Australia

Robert Nash is a soulful independent singer-songwriter who currently lives and creates music in Sydney, Australia. Drawing inspiration from artists such as Elliott Smith and Bob Dylan, Nash’s songs are confessional and autobiographical in nature. Striving to be a truly independent artist, Nash began learning about home recording and music production, setting up a small home studio and producing his debut album The Ghost of Your Old Love.


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Crys Matthews | Herndon, VA, USA

In the September 2012 issue of Curve magazine, Rachel Shatto wrote: "[Crys Matthews] sounds like how a glass of iced tea tastes: familiar, comfortable and refreshing...Fans of Tracy Chapman and Ani DiFranco will find plenty to love with this album, as Matthews shares their gifts of telling simultaneously intimate and relatable stories, all while continuing to refine her own unique brand of R&B folk."


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Mandy Rowden | Austin, TX, USA

Mandy Rowden is Austin, TX-based Americana Singer/Songwriter and Multi-Instrumentalist who's debut album 'These Bad Habits' placed #2 in the Austin Music Awards' 'Album of the Year' category. Mandy currently tours, teaches, writes, and performs all over the U.S.


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Miss Lauren Pratt | Nashville, TN, USA

Miss Lauren Pratt is a budding Americana Folk singer- songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. Easily recognized by her poetic storytelling and powerfully emotive and versatile voice, Pratt mixes classical voice training with the celtic traditions of her heritage, employing finger-style guitar and lulling vocal melodies as the vehicle for her music. Her debut album Days Like Tonight was released independently August 2015. She is currently in the studio creating another project for release later in 2016.


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Von Strantz | Mishawaka, IN, USA

Von Strantz writes music, as Jess will say, “created for real depth and real community . . . what’s important is that we be humans and love each other.” Von Strantz released their first self-titled EP in early 2013, and has also released “Narratives Chapter I: Troubled Souls” March of 2014 & “Narratives Chapter II: The Line” August of 2014. The band has traveled extensively, booking more than 400 shows since January 2014, including Electric Forest, Hard Rock Cafe, Schuba’s, Paper City Music Fest, Audiofeed, Starry Night 2013 & 2014 ,Steel Bridge Music Fest 2013 & 2014, and has shared the stage with some of their favorite artists, My Brightest Diamond, Over The Rhine, Howie Day & A Silent Film. Von Strantz’s new EP “Narratives Chapter III: Eighteen Eighteen” is out now!


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Shook Twins | Sandpoint, ID, USA


Shook Twins
are well on their way to gaining national attention for their haunting indie-folk sound, with appearances alongside Carolina Chocolate Drops and Laura Veirs. They’ve even hosted The Lumineers (prior to their mega-hit, "Ho-Hey") at their singular house concerts in Portland, OR. Wesley Schultz, co-founder of The Lumineers, says, "The Shook Twins helped us out when we were coming up, letting us crash on couches and organizing house shows. Shook Twins have that DIY spirit…" Identical twins, Katelyn and Laurie Shook, certainly are a DIY success story; they've raised $26,734 via Kickstarter to record What We Do with Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Elephant Revival, Milo Greene) at Bear Creek Studios (Seattle, WA).

Shook Twins have garnered strong local endorsements, with the Willamette Weekly (Portland, OR) exclaiming, "Shook Twins are the most exciting local folk act I've heard in ages. Strike that word 'local' and the sentiment still stands." And, the sisters' contagious quirky vibe and impassioned songwriting reaches far beyond just the indie music scene, to stalwarts in the literary world and cult craft beer companies. New York Times best-selling author and husband of Amanda Palmer, Neil Gaiman notes, "I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition, without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods."

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Kendra Swanson | Freeport, IL, USA

Kendra Swanson is a charismatic troubadour and songwriter from Illinois, wielding a banjo, fiddle, and guitar, along with a contingency of stories and puns. Her wild and inviting regional roots music has been heard around the country, her clear voice and message piercing the loudest of bars and the hardest of hearts. She has shared bills with the likes of Charlie Parr, Ralph Stanley, Eric Lambert, The Howlin' Brothers, The Jakob's Ferry Stragglers, and The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band.

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Jami Lynn | Spearfish, SD, USA

Hailing from Corona, South Dakota, folk and Americana singer/songwriter Jami Lynn began performing country jamborees at the age of thirteen. It took little coaxing from her grandfather to make the transition from the audience to the stage, where old-time country, polka, and regional folk music reigned supreme. A few years later while studying classical voice at The University of South Dakota, Jami recorded her first album, Dreamer.

Her undergraduate thesis, “Early American Folk Music of the Upper Midwest.” began as a typical slap-it-together-and-call-it–good paper turned into an intensive year of research resulting in academic presentations in museums, libraries, and historical societies, and most importantly, the recording of Sodbusters, her second full length album.

Inspired by stories of her ancestors trek from the East coast to the Dakota Territory, the title track of Sodbusters offers the perspective of Jami Lynn’s great-great grandmother, Lydia Huff.  Sodbusters was not only featured in The Smithsonian’s Shared Harmonies Project, but also caught the attention of international critics in France and the Netherlands.

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Grace Minnick | Bloomington, IN, USA

Though Grace Minnick is only 19 years old, she has been performing for over a decade. She started singing in the Fort Wayne Children’s Choir where she became well-versed in music theory and was exposed to many musical genres and travel experiences. She has been writing songs since the age of eleven and plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, and electric bass. She is currently a freshman at Indiana University and has played at a variety of venues in the Bloomington area, as well as in Fort Wayne, Indiana.


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Martin Rubashov | Sverige, Sweden

With inspiration from the Spanish mountains and a hot climate, a mix of Swedish northern landscape tunes, Martin Rubashov and his producer Daniel Lindblom started to shape the album. Later on, they flew back to Sweden and finished their album, Among Silver. Being fond of Middle Eastern music, Rubashov and Lindblom voice the songs with instruments such as sitar, saz, and darbuk. Through forests and mountains, through darkness and the brightest light...it might take the listeners a few spins, but its totally among the finest of silver. 

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Piper Hayes | Toronto, ON, CAN

Toronto soul-folk singer, songwriter and performer Piper Hayes has captivated audiences with her truly authentic live performances; she is a one woman party and her evocative yet powerful voice will take you to other dimensions. She released a full-length live album in 2013 called ‘Live In NYC’, and now her latest, a four-song EP and debut studio recording, ‘Ain’t Nothin’ Like...’ (September 18, 2014), is her most personal effort to date.

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Emily Donohue | Seattle, WA, USA

Emily Donohue is a Seattle-based singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who creates indie pop with a jazz influence. Her “swoon-worthy” (The Wild) debut EP, I Don’t Know How to Love You, Darling, released in June 2015, has been lauded as “folksy, charming, and eloquent.” (The Permanent Rain Press) Frequently drawing comparisons to Adele and Norah Jones, Donohue writes deeply personal songs about love and lack thereof.

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Donohue hails from Bainbridge Island, Washington. She started singing...

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Jordan Prince | New Orleans, LA, USA

Jordan Prince is an Indie Singer-Songwriter based out of New Orleans, LA who has been writing and playing music since childhood and has self-released 3 full-length albums along with several singles over the last decade including "Fresh Ground," "Only Room for One," and "This is Me."

On Dec. 12th. Prince released his new EP called "The Parade" with his Jordan Prince Band. The EP is 6 tracks, all acoustic, Folk/Indie/Country. It is available on his website and at his concerts. His next event is Dec. 18th at Feierwerk in Munich with Young Chinese Dogs.

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The Parade EP is a fresh take on Indie/Country/Folk songwriting. Containing an air of youthful curiosity, picturesque nostalgia, and poetic darkness, Jordan's lyrics and melodies help shift the mindset of what the Country genre can be. The old standard sound of guitar and banjo are accompanied by a finely tuned sense of awareness seldom found in today's Indie music. The songs are comfortable, but carry a purpose not to be taken for granted. 

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