Nashville TN | Singer-Songwriter
Marshall Chapman is an American singer-songwriter. To date she has released twelve critically acclaimed albums and her songs have been recorded by everyone from Emmylou Harris and Joe Cocker to Irma Thomas and Jimmy Buffett.
2010 was a banner year for Chapman. In January, she landed her first movie role, playing Gwyneth Paltrow's road manager in COUNTRY STRONG. In February, her musical GOOD Ol' GIRLS (adapted from the fiction of Lee Smith and Jill McCorkle, featuring songs by Matraca Berg and Marshall) opened Off-Broadway. Later that fall, Chapman simultaneously released a new book (THEY CAME TO NASHVILLE) and a new CD, BIG LONESOME.
IN a few years the name G2 will be synonymous with European bluegrass. The five band members, best friends since they met while jamming at a festival in their native Sweden four years ago, have formed the most exciting bluegrass band ever to come out of Europe. With one album under their belts, another in the works, and plans to tour extensively in the United States, G2 is poised to make a mark on the bluegrass world.
The name G2 stands for generation two. Each member of the band has a father or uncle who plays bluegrass and country music, making them the second generation of Swedish bluegrass musicians. When they played together for the first time Christoffer Olsson, Jens Koch, Erik Igelström, Tobias Strömberg, and Jimmy Sunnebrandt realized almost instantly that they had something special. They clicked musically and personally and their collaboration has quickly borne fruit.
The band’s first CD, Where the Tall Grass Grows, was widely acclaimed by critics and fans alike. Bluegrass Unlimited praises the band for playing bluegrass that, “still retain[s] its original flavor without coming off as ironic or retro.” The Bluegrass Blog lauds the album for capturing the band’s “technical prowess.” With their second release, Untapped Routes, G2 continues to develop their own unique sound with more original material written by Christoffer and honed by the group.
G2 won the #1 European Bluegrass Band title in 2007. The have already toured in America, playing festivals such as Bean Blossom, ROMP, and the IBMA Fan Fest. They have appeared on Swedish television’s national morning show Nyhetsmorgon and opened up for Kris Kristofferson at the gorgeous Dalhalla amphitheater.
The next couple of years are shaping up to be big for the band. In 2009 they will again appear at IBMA and 2010 will see an extended U.S. tour. They win new fans with every appearance. Crowds, especially younger folks, are drawn to G2’s contagious enthusiasm, prodigious talent, and overwhelming joy for playing the music. They are breaking new ground as a European band in America and the world is watching.
Christoffer is G2’s prolific songwriter and lead singer. Since the age of seven he has written songs in English because, he says, “you can’t rhyme in Swedish!” His compositions capture the essence of modern bluegrass and his guitar playing drives the band’s rhythm.
Erik grew up playing folk and country on the guitar, taking after his dad. The movie O Brother Where Art Thou sparked his interest in bluegrass and the mandolin. When he finally got the instrument in his hands, it felt like it was always meant to be there.
Jens got his first banjo from his uncle for Christmas at age twelve. Although it was difficult getting started on the banjo in Sweden, he listened a lot and made a couple of trips to the U.S. while learning. His playing is straight-ahead traditional Scruggs-style and just from listening one might guess he’d been born in North Carolina.
Tobias grew up hearing his banjo-playing dad sing “Sunny Side of the Mountain” while they herded sheep, but he played mostly punk rock until about ten years ago when he almost accidentally slipped into bluegrass from the rockabilly he and his friends were playing. He heard the dobro for the first time at a festival in Sweden and he was hooked.
Jimmy has played the fiddle since he was little. He played bass in a bluegrass band with his dad and studied and played everything from classical to jazz to hard rock while in school. His solid bass playing establishes the foundation of the band’s rhythm and his harmony vocals form a tight seamless blend.
Old Man Luedecke
Nova Scotia Canada | Singer-Songwriter
Old Man Luedecke, is one of Canada’s best loved and most intriguing roots singer-songwriters. “An original, he is a musical singularity to be savoured and shared”, says the Vancouver Folk Festival. His memorable melodies, poetic sense and easy charisma appeal to anyone searching for new growth from old roots.
Old Man Luedecke was born in Toronto but has made his home for years in the music rich maritime province of Nova Scotia, on the east coast of Canada. There his music has been wholeheartedly adopted and is becoming representative for its traditional storytelling folk elements. It speaks to a new generation of people craving such meaning in their music.
Songs of the Fall
Nashville TN | Americana
Stetson And Cia are NOW KNOWN AS - Songs of the Fall
In the digital age we live in, music is still the one thing that can grip and infect us with raw energy and emotional passion that we can't easily find in our modern, static society. Songs of the Fall, comprised of Stetson Adkisson and Cia Cherryholmes, is a Nashville based Americana duo with a love of music and communicating it to people on a very personal, relatable level.
"Whether touring as just an acoustic duo or with a full band, we love playing and singing our songs for people. We try to write about the things that move us and hope the realness of the songs carries across to the audience. The greatest compliment we can receive is someone telling us a song touched them or made them weep or that it was their story. Life is rough, and we all want that one song we can rock out or cry along to". -Cia
"People have asked, why the name 'Songs of the Fall'? The way we see it, the story of mankind is all about falling--From the original fall of man, the tottering steps we take as a child, to growing up and falling in love, into temptations, and in and out of luck. Life is about the fall and how we keep learning and growing, and those are the things worth singing about".
-Stetson Songs of the Fall is kicking off 2013 as the opening act for David Crowder's It'll Cure What Ails Ya americana music tour. They also released their self-titled debut album, produced by Paul Ebersold.
Singer songwriters Stetson Adkisson and Cia Cherryholmes have teamed up to create a project focusing on voice and music in a pure form, uncluttered with electronics or over production. With guitar and banjo as the instrument mainstays, they have created a unique sound that blends raw and soulful with poignant and sincere.
Stetson Adkisson started his musical career in 2003. As a singer, songwriter, and guitarist he has played many venues in the Western United States and released a self-titled album in 2006. The honesty in his voice paired with his real-to-life writing style captivate audiences and have made him a fan favorite. As well as being a touring musician, Stetson is a professional hunting and fly fishing guide. In his time off the road, he can be found fly fishing and hunting often.
Cia Cherryholmes began playing music at the age of 15 with the internationally acclaimed band Cherryholmes. As their lead singer, banjoist, and prominant songwriter, she garnered 5 Grammy nominations over the band's 12 year career and can be heard as a back up artist on many industry projects. Now as a solo artist, she has teamed up with Adkisson, and they are currently working on a new EP scheduled for release this winter. They are accepting booking for 2012.
The Amigos Band
New York NY |
The Amigos Band (formerly The Tres Amigos) are a quintessential American folk band with a sound and style all their own. They have appeared in recent performances with Pete Seeger, New Orleans' Preservation Hall Jazz Band, bluegrass legends Tony Rice and the Del McCoury band, and Grammy-award winning Americana singer/songwriter Jim Lauderdale. They recently gave a sold-out performance at New York City's Lincoln Center and completed a successful residency at the famed Lower East Side club, The Living Room. The Amigos have been chosen to appear in the premier showcase at the 2012 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference and are featured on the first American Folk Art Museum album.
Careening back and forth between three-part harmony-singing and bursts of instrumental improvisation, The Amigos deliver daring takes on American standards and original songs that already sound like classics—all tightly arranged to suit the group's unique mix of alto saxophone, accordion, acoustic guitar, and hollerin' voices.
Avid students of American culture, The Amigos travel the country in search of unique sounds and collaborations. They relish in the genre-crossing, messy history of American music and believe in the importance of keeping these stories and songs alive and accessible to all people.
Nashville TN | Country
Jim Lauderdale is a Grammy® Award winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Bluegrass, Country and Americana music communities today. He is considered one of Nashville's "A" list of songwriters with songs recorded by artists such as Patty Loveless, Shelby Lynne, Solomon Burke, The Dixie Chicks and George Strait, who has had numerous hits with Jim’s songs. Jim’s music has been featured recently on the ABC hit show “Nashville” and he had several tracks on the soundtrack of the successful film “Pure Country.” Jim is also in high demand as a player, touring with the likes of Lucinda Williams, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and Elvis Costello.
Jim, who frequently collaborates with legends like Ralph Stanley and Elvis Costello, is also a critically acclaimed solo artist with dozens of studio releases, including his latest Carolina Moonrise, written with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter and Buddy and Jim the critically acclaimed new duets album recorded with long time friend Buddy Miller of which Mojo states: “Miller and Lauderdale's duets has both the easy familiarity of old friends and the musicianship of old pros.”
In addition to making music together, Buddy and Jim also co-host “The Buddy & Jim Show,” recently described as “…highly entertaining…” by NPR’s Fresh Air. Each week Buddy and Jim invite artists to Buddy’s home studio in Nashville, where they tape performances and in depth interviews with a wide variety of artists and friends. Jim also hosts the popular Music City Roots each week from the Loveless Barn in Nashville and since winning "Artist of the Year" and "Song of the Year" at the first "Honors and Awards Show" held by the Americana Music Association in 2002, he has subsequently hosted the show each year.
Jim is the subject of a new documentary, directed by Australian filmmaker Jeremy Dylan called “The King Of Broken Hearts.” The feature length documentary tells Jim’s unconventional and prolific story from his North Carolina roots, being immersed in the country music scenes in both New York City and Los Angeles, to breaking through in Nashville as a songwriter.
Jim's musical influences, including the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones, can be heard in his songs with his unique sense of melody and lyrical expertise. He won his first Grammy Award in 2002 with Dr. Ralph Stanley for Lost in the Lonesome Pines (Dualtone) and then for The Bluegrass Diaries (Yep Roc) in 2007. In addition to previously mentioned releases, as a performer Jim is credited with production, writing and collaborating on over two dozen albums including Wait ’Til Spring (SkyCrunch/Dualtone 2003) with Donna the Buffalo and Headed for the Hills (Dualtone 2004) his first total project with Robert Hunter, Planet of Love (Reprise 1991,) Pretty Close to the Truth (Atlantic 1994,) Every Second Counts (Atlantic 1995,) Persimmons (Upstart 1998,) Whisper (BNA 1998,) Onward Through It All (RCA 1999,) The Other Sessions (Dualtone 2001,) The Hummingbirds (Dualtone 2002,) Bluegrass (Yep Roc 2006,) Country Super Hits, Volume 1 (Yep Roc 2006,) Honey Songs (Yep Roc 2008), Could We Get Any Closer? (SkyCrunch 2009,) Patchwork River (Thirty Tigers 2010) and Reason and Rhyme (Sugar Hill Records 2011.)
Jim's musical influences include the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and George Jones. These influences and his unique sense of melody and lyric help forge a sound that is truly his own. As a performer his credits include production, writing and collaborating on albums such as, "Wait 'Til Spring" with Donna the Buffalo, "Headed for the Hills” with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter, "I Feel Like Singing Today" and the Grammy winning “Lost in the Lonesome Pines” with Ralph Stanley and The Clinch Mountain Boys.
His second solo bluegrass album, “Bluegrass Diaries” (Yep Roc 2007) won a Grammy in the “Bluegrass Album of the Year” category. His next album, “Honey Songs” was released in February 2008, and features an incredible lineup of musicians including James Burton, Garry Tallent, Al Perkins, Glen D. Hardin, Ron Tutt, Emmy Lou Harris, Patty Loveless, and many more.
Jim’s solo albums include “The Hummingbirds” (Dualtone 2002), “The Other Sessions” (Dualtone 2001), “Onward Through it All” (RCA 1999), “Whisper” (BNA 1998), “Persimmons” (Upstart 1996), “Every Second Counts” (Atlantic 1995), “Pretty Close to the Truth” (Atlantic 1994), and “Planet of Love” (Reprise 1991), as well as two releases in 2006, “Country Super Hits, Volume 1” and “Bluegrass” (Yep Roc), Grammy winner "The Bluegrass Diaries" (Yep Roc 2007), "Honey Songs" (Yep Roc 2008) "Could We Get Any Closer?" (Sky Crunch 2009) and "Patchwork River" (Thirty Tigers 2010).
"It's been a particularly great period for me," says Lauderdale. "Thanks to the records - I'm performing more and more, which I love. And I love that I can play the Opry one weekend, a jam-band festival the next and then a bluegrass festival the following week. That's really inspiring to me and I think there's a real thread there. The roots are the same for all of them and that's the music I'm interested in."