Faith Evans Ruch | Memphis, TN, USA

Faith Evans Ruch is an Americana/folk singer-songwriter from Memphis, Tennessee, whose critically acclaimed debut 1835 Madison was released just two years after the full-time nurse started teaching herself to play guitar. In 2014, she followed the barroom style of that initial full-length with a stripped-down acoustic EP called After It’s Said & Done, released on limited edition vinyl and funded entirely by her burgeoning fan base. In 2015 she toured the U.S. and the UK in support of the record and made her first showcasing appearance at the Folk Alliance International conference and festival. Next up: Faith is back in the studio this month with plans to release a double-sided single (“Thank You” b/w “Sugar”) in February 2016, followed by her second full-length album next fall.

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Scott Cook | Alberta, Canada

Alberta, Canada's prairie balladeer, Scott Cook, is a tirelessly traveling songwriter with heart forever on sleeve.  Road-worn, painfully honest, and deeply human, these are songs to live alongside.


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Jack Carty | Bellingen, NSW, Australia

Jack Carty writes his songs with an honesty and mindfulness learned through the sheltered valleys and close-knit communities of a rural childhood. It’s a rare thing that has allowed the poetic Brisbane-based traveler to take his quiet truths to audiences across Australia, Europe, North America and New Zealand in the five years since his first release. Those years have been busy ones, yielding: three full-length albums and two E.P’s, tours with the likes of Ingrid Michaelson, Joshua Radin and Brett Dennen, songs on soundtracks, a MusicOz award, international festivals and the kind of critical acclaim that only honesty in art affords.


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The Hollow Ends | Saint Louis, MO, USA

The Hollow Ends is a Saint Louis, Missouri folk-rock project created by songwriter Zachary Schwartz. The primary drive of the music comes from fleeting tempos, pounding drums and a distorted hollow-body guitar, focusing the energy and function of punk and rock through the lens of roots/Americana. Schwartz's songwriting draws on the socially conscious spirit of anthemic choruses more common among punk rock bands like Bad Religion and Penny Wise, but with a pared down, minimalist ambiance and tone of folk acts like Brown Bird, Shakey Graves or Avett Brothers.


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McHalo | Indianapolis, IN, USA

McHalo is an Indianapolis, IN based band that is rooted in acoustic instruments, but not limited to a sole genre. They incorporate elements of folk, blues, reggae, rap, rock, pop, country & jam. Local visual artist & music promoter legend Wayne Bertsch calls them “nerdgrasscore.”

The results were fantastic. Kayla & Grant’s voices stand on their own solo, and blend together wonderfully as well. Brian’s multi-instrument ability has grown too, leading to unique arrangements for songs. Everyone’s role in the band has grown, making it truly a team effort; from songwriting, to singing, to arranging, & business planning.

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Delta Duo | Indianapolis, IN, USA

Pre-WWII Mississippi Delta blues with an Eastern European flair, Irina Povarova and JJ Stenzoski are Delta Duo. This Indianapolis-based band marries the raw tone of a resonator slide guitar to the sweet purity of the classical Russian violin. 

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Fleeting Suns | Chicago, IL, USA

Fleeting Suns are a Chicago based Indie Americana band. The band’s well-crafted songs tell stories that are at once uplifting, heartbreaking, mysterious and universal, set to three part folk harmonies with driving country-rock rhythms. They have been playing together for just under three years, and in that time have put out an EP, Blue Holes, a full length album, Sojourner, and played over 60 shows in nine states.

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Steven Dunn | Indianapolis, IN, USA

With "Intimate and intricate..." music, Steven Dunn solidified himself as a "Fixture around Indiana University's indie rock scene" early on in his career. He has been featured in Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, Nashville, Knoxville, and all over his home state of Indiana. With "soulful lyrics", “raw, haunting vocals” the "melodious and mellifluous.." tunes range from blues to ambient garage rock. Simply put, "Steven's music is a worthy listen!" - Glen Furr - WGRE


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Luke Mahler | Central Coast, NSW, Australia

Luke Mahler is a singer/songwriter based on the Central Coast, NSW, Australia. He combines elements of folk, country and roots together with story telling and past experiences to create his songs.

He released his debut EP 'Other Than The Grey' mid-last year and has big plans for the future. In fact, new music is currently in the making, along with small tours, and shows in venues around Sydney and Melbourne areas.


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Achilles Tenderloin | Richmond, IN, USA

Achilles Tenderloin is Joe Augustin -- a college librarian by day, travels the tri-state area by night as an original folk blues artist from Indiana. His music is heavily influenced by pre-war blues artists, especially Skip James and Son House, but also reflects a passion for the more lyrically focused songwriting of the American folk movement and beyond.

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Rachel Levitin | Washington, DC, USA

Rachel Levitin started writing songs at the age of 12, after a few years of being enrolled in middle school chorus, playing trumpet in the school band, and learning guitar. “It’s been a full-steam-ahead musical lifestyle ever since,” says Levitin.

The ‘Nearly Broken’ EP (due out Fall 2015) is a deeply personal collection of songs that symbolize this progression in her life, from darkness to light. It’s about learning how to navigate the great unknown, embracing that journey, and finding oneself on the other side – a little bruised and nearly broken, but living life --head held high.


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Kolas | Montréal, QC, Canada

Kolas is a singer/songwriter from Montréal, QC, Canada. In November 2013, Kolas trio  won the first round of the Emergenza contest, O Patro Vys, and in December 2014, MusicInform.com selected Kolas as a "To be Discovered Artist."

With his distinctive vocals and instrumental artistry inspired by southern souls, Kolas released his debut EP "Presence" in May 2014. Since then, he's been going from radios to youtube's worldwide channel BalconyTv to promote his music.


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Mosno Al-Moseeki | Baltimore, MD, USA

Mosno Al-Moseeki is a Sudanese singer/songwriter. His song “No Kingdom” is in the award winning short film “Faisal Goes West”. 

He has shared the stage with many acclaimed artists, such as Grammy Nominated artist Mathew Santos, Rusted Root, International Jordanian artist Farah Siraj, and International Sudanese artist Waleed Abdulhameed.



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Anja McCloskey | Hamburg, Germany

Anja McCloskey is a German-American accordionist and singer-songwriter based in Brighton and signed to indie-label Sotones Records. She has so far released two albums to critical acclaim and has also worked with other bands, including The Irrepressibles, Haunted Stereo and Moulettes. “Sultry folk, like a Romany-Gypsy Cabaret.” (Q Music)

After tours in the US and in Canada in 2013 and 2014, she has released her second album “Quincy Who Waits” on Sotones Records in July 2014.

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Mighty Brother | Bloomington, IN, USA

Mighty Brother is a songwriting duo honoring the folk tradition through of lyrical storytelling while embracing the eclectic instrumentation of the indie folk genre. “Like if you heard Fleet Foxes through the walls at the Neutral Milk Hotel and mistook it for The Avett Brothers.”

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Matthew Morgan | Chicago, IL, USA

Matthew Morgan’s upcoming 'Empathy for Inanimate Objects' EP calls to mind the happier moments of Elliott Smith or the open-ended ponderings of Tom Brosseau.

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Mystery Loves Company | Houston, TX, USA

Mystery Loves Company is Carlos A. Machado and Madeline Herdeman. The folk group is a result of an informal collaboration session following an open mic in Houston, Texas. Mystery Loves Company tours regularly in Texas, yearly around the Midwest, and continues to grow their touring route locations.

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Suzette Weakley | Bloomington, IN, USA

'Stella' Suzette Weakley a Bloomington IN native - with music in her DNA. Her music can be described as conversational. Her songs have won accolades, including 1st place in the 'Masterpiece in a Day’, a weekend with well-known promoters, producers and songwriters in Austin TX, a top 50 placement in the NSAI Song of the Year, and most recently - a Sept. 2015 spot on Jason Wilber's PBS show-'In Search of a Song'...

 

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Optimus Rex | Saint Louis, MO, USA

With sounds ranging from folk rock to electronic and everything in between, it is difficult to categorize Optimus Rex (an energetic group 

of multi-instrumentalists) into a specific genre. After months of writing and testing out new songs at live shows, this energetic group plans to release 'Embers', their latest 7 song album August 11, 2015. 

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Submission Guidelines

May 14th, 2015, I launched the #FridayFeature, to help fellow artists get seen, heard, and shared by a receptive audience.

The blog reads like a press kit, including a bio, video, social media links, and a hi-resolution image. There are a few thing that makes this blog special:
1) It is not limited to any region. It is an international blog. 
2) It includes an interview between myself and the artist.
3) Featured Artist is promoted on these outlets: 


Interested in submitting your music to the #FridayFeature? Submissions Guidelines

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