DC area singer/songwriter Rachel Joy Pletts, originally from Jamestown New York is all about the lyrics. This soulful folk rock mash up delivers the gamut from Dylan like story songs to Adeles’ heart-rending power ballads. Names of the like, Adele, Norah Jones, Janis Joplin, and Sia are often thrown out in comparing her emotive smoky sound and style. As stated, the words and delivery are paramount, so accompanying music is purposefully kept simple and sweet allowing the focus and gaze of the audience to be swept up into the story. From intimate living room shows to grand theaters Rachel has a God given ability to draw the audience near and share wonderfully sweet moments together with her audience.
Rachel can currently be found playing in and around Annapolis, Balt/DC Metro area, and New York City. Her travels have carried her around the US with several solo tours and throughout Spain and Ghana, sharing her music and life changing stories. She released her first EP, Up in Smoke, June 2011.
The Fly Birds are a trio made up of Elizabeth Baker and Mary Dunlap of Winchester VA on Banjo and Bass and Sarah Twigg of Barton MD on the guitar. Their unique vocals as well as original style of folk music is topped off with tasteful songwriting skills and a charming presence on stage and record. The band was formed in April 2016 and plan to release their first record in 2017.
“Well, all I can say is.... If you were fortunate enough to take in a performance by Casey Kelly and Leslie Ellis this weekend you know that you were treated to a musical presentation that surpasses most others. I don't know if I have ever experienced two people who were so "in tune" with each other as these two are. I could have stayed there another three hours. So incredibly enjoyable!!! If you ever get the chance to see them, please do yourself a favor and go. They raised my own musical awareness a few notches tonight. I sure do hope they come back to Cape May someday. I'll be there if they do!” Rick Ferrante, WCFA 101.5 FM, Cape May, NJ
"A beauty of an album with Country Roots and americana music with a beautiful rendition of Andrew Lloyd Webber – Memory.. a pleasant surprise from this duo." - Fotosbluesrock.nl
Bonner Black began her life on stage as a classical ballerina as a senior member of the Academy of Classic Arts in Huntsville Alabama. She won scholarships to dance with the Eglevsky Ballet in New York City along with several prestigious professional companies, but in 2012 she decided to move to Nashville and pursue her dream of being a songwriter. She began writing and performing at places like The Blue Bird Café, The Listening Room, and 12th Porter in the first year living in Nashville. In 2014 she started a southern rock girl band that performed all over the southeast region opening for The Band Perry, Big Smo, Shooter Jennings, and The Bellamy Brothers. In 2016 Bonner restarted her solo career released her first EP, “Reason or Rhyme” in June, and was asked to perform at The Time Center in New York City by the Oxford Center of Entreprenuers where she was awared the 2016 Artist Entreprenuer award. Her writing, mostly solo, has raw southern roots, strong classic rock&roll melodies, with simple poetic lyrics that never detour from the truth.
Farewell Friend is a band based in Greensboro, North Carolina led by frontman Thomas Troyer. It is a folk and indie collaboration intent on adapting original music in clear and beautiful ways. We hope to discover something new while maintaining simplicity and integrity.
Thomas Troyer - A multi-instrumentalist who has worked in NC for more than 5 years. He teaches middle school English as a second language (ESL) full time and runs a small home studio in Greensboro, NC. He is also very active with a group of local NC singer songwriters completing a 52-week song writing challenge.
Michael Kuehn - A classically trained piano player who writes and sings original music in the triad. He teaches music K-8 while running a home studio and giving bass guitar lessons in High Point, NC.
Virginia Grey - A graduate of UNC-Greensboro's music school studying violin performance. She brings expertise and skill to an otherwise ragamuffin band of self-taught musicians.
Andrew Kasab is an American guitarist, harp guitarist and singer-songwriter. He is known for combining traditional and contemporary techniques, energetic performances, arrangements of modern works for the guitar and harp guitar and occasionally plays harmonica and ukulele. He has been performing for over 30 years at music halls, events, festivals, restaurants and other venues, self released 11 albums of solo material, and plays multiple styles including folk, blues, country, bluegrass, jazz, American fingerstyle, American primitive and contemporary acoustic styles. Andrew Kasab endorsed by Tonedevil Harp Guitars
With over 400,000 miles and 600 shows logged the last 10 years, Nate Currin is a troubadour in every sense of the word. Originally from Georgia, Nate has enough of the south in his voice and writing that it shines through, but not without the influence of various experiences and places that only come from living the life of a rambling man. Having traveled to over 20 countries, performed with notable acts like Blues Traveler, Butch Walker, Jars of Clay and Neon Trees, and been featured on MTV he retains his enigmatic drive to fly under the radar from time to time.
Currin is chasing after the genuine human connection, one fan and one song at a time. After being nominated for an Independent Music Award and 4 International Music Awards for his third studio album You and I are Ghosts in 2014, which made it as high as #16 on the iTunes charts, Nate took home 3 of those Music Awards, including Songwriter of the Year. Most recently Nate was nominated for a Georgia Music Award for Americana Artist of the Year while finishing up his newest album The Madman and The Poet, which comes out April 15, 2016.
The String Peddlers is an acoustic band out of Raleigh, NC. We play a wide variety of Country-Blues, Folk-Rock, and Americana cover songs on a variety of instruments. Without missing a beat it could go from Gillian Welch and Johnny Cash, to Jimmy Reed or the Melodians. From Hank Williams to Pink Floyd, it all comes together in a lively style which will keep you smiling all day.
Americana, folk, country, a little ragtime, some acoustic blues and a touch of jazz, Allen Hayes plays mostly original tunes written from a “slice of life” perspective. Listeners have said, “each and every song was very different…truly impressive!” Also, “You play like no one else, you write so well, your melodies are lovely. You touch me every time, in some way, with every song.”
Bring your outdoor chairs!!!
Take four music pros from Raleigh, put 'em in a garage with guitars and drums. Toss in a generous sampling of rock, folk, indie, blues and Americana. Turn on the amps and mix well for a couple of hours. You've got RGB. From Van Morrison and the Beatles, through Tom Petty, Dave Matthews and Bare Naked Ladies—plus a few originals—if we like it, we play it.
Join us for some of your favorite tunes, old and new!
At the young age of 22, Michigan native singer/songwriter Olivia Millerschin is already a seasoned performing artist. With a celestial voice and lyrics only an old soul can write, Olivia’s blend of vintage folk and modern pop is reaping rewards across many genres. A current winner of the Great American Song Contest, she’s also won a John Lennon Songwriting Award, was a quarter-finalist on America’s Got Talent, is featured alongside musical greats Ingrid Michaelson and Tony Bennett on the Republic Records companion album to Mitch Albom’s book, The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto, and has feature songs in national and indie movies and tv shows. Her achievements extend nationally as she was selected to perform at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, and has been a finalist in both the LA Music Critics Awards and The Detroit Music Awards.
Olivia played more than 250 shows in 2016 spanning from Los Angeles to London. A talented multi-instrumentalist, she plays the ukulele, piano and guitar in addition to singing and songwriting. Self-described as “top end of mediocre, low end of fabulous,” Olivia’s fun and vibrant personality makes her audience feel right at home. Whether performing at a local coffee shop or at Radio City Music Hall, Olivia Millerschin warms hearts and touches souls.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Cindy was trained at the acclaimed USC School of Drama but realized quickly that there was enough “drama” in real life and the best part she could play... was herself. So, she wrote what is now 8 cd’s (and added to numerous compilations and soundtracks) worth of her life, which she has performed all across the United States, Japan, Germany, Ireland, and islands as far as Barbados and Guantanamo Bay. Music has always been the key to her adventure, and she soaks up the stories of those she meets, the cultures, the geography, the spirit and the down and dirty details of the road she travels. As a seasoned writer and performer, she has tackled numerous subjects - not only the classic singer/songwriter confessional fare of dysfunctional relationships, marriage, and motherhood, but also her personal discovery and recovery from breast cancer, the perils of the entertainment business, classic literature, sexuality, spirituality, history and the human condition. There is no topic which is out of bounds - she tells The Truth.
Sorelle is a whimsical indie band comprised of two sisters Toney-Paite and Skylar Phillips. Toney-Paite and Skylar have been playing guitar, singing and writing songs since they were 8 and 9. The sisters went away to school last year, and after some time of being apart realized that music is what they wanted to persue. They have been writing and recording all new music, and are in the Raleigh/Durham area performing once again!
Old State Travelers is a band based out of the Triangle area of North Carolina. The band combines a soulful blend of Americana, roots, country, blues, bluegrass and gospel.
Shannon McLaughlin and Kevin Michael Thompson had initially formed the group with the intent of being an old-time string band. However, when they began playing together as a four-piece it was quickly apparent that the music wanted to go in another direction. Each member of Old State Travelers bring a unique background and musical outlook to the table.
Vocalist and guitarist Kevin Michael Thompson brings a blues and soul sound to the band. Kevin is a prolific songwriter. His music has been featured on television shows American Pickers, What Not to Wear and many more. He writes many of the band's original songs.
Shannon McLaughlin grew up listening to traditional country music and singing in the church choir. His clean vocal style is reminiscent of country artists from the forties and fifties. He also plays a Nashville (high strung tuning) guitar that adds depth and fullness to the band's sound.
Bassist and vocalist Jeff Severt grew up in a home that lived and breathed bluegrass music. In fact, family reunions often centered around jam sessions. When Jeff was a teenager he discovered rock music and has been playing both ever since.
Violinist and vocalist Jecelyn Van Vliet is thoroughly steeped in classical music. She has sung for the North Carolina Symphony and is equally adept on piano, choral music, violin and her newest obsession electric violin/viola.
The band is currently writing songs and preparing to record their first album.
The members of Tea Cup Gin share a passion for crafting original indie-jazz cocktails under the influence of an eclectic blend of early 20th century musical genres (like deco era vocal jazz, tin pan classics, ragtime & delta blues, torch, chanson, cabaret, bossa, tango, & show tunes). The band stirs together unique melodies and lyrics, served up on two blazing acoustic guitars, with impassioned vocals, dynamic upright bass & percussion, and occasional guests on trombone, trumpet, violin, sax, & more.
Janelle True has released over twenty original songs in her albums Swept Away and Painted Pianos. Her style alludes to the mellow sound of the singer/songerwriter genre complete with soulful undertones that resemble artists such as Norah Jones, Sara Bareilles, and Ingrid Michaelson.
Simone Finally is a Durham based singer-songwriter, exploring the relationship between foot-stomping, harmonica wailing, and melodic guitar tunes. Her songs are lyrically-driven and backed by claw-hammer styled picking. Simone incorporates sounds of her favorite artists, Woody Guthrie, Gillian Welch, and the Laura Stevenson to create an honest sound for any nearby listener.
Indie/Soul Singer-Songwriter, Kylie Odetta, is lighting a fire within the underground music scene. With music that is powerful, dreamy, and full of passion she uses the piano & raspy vocals to draw you in. By incorporating elements of studio magic yet keeping the instruments organic, her music will take you on a mellow but all-inspiring journey. Kylie has been called an old soul and penned over 200 songs. Her southern roots make for a unique twist in her vocal character as she emits an iconic sound that is both refreshing and original and emotional.
Retro Candy is a band formed in Raleigh NC. All three members -Jade, Chris, & Brennan- performed in talent shows and restaurants throughout high school to gain recognition locally. In 2016 Jade met the 'Dojo Boys' and they formed a band. Retro Candy continues to write music and perform locally in Raleigh-Durham area.
Nixon, Blevins & Gage continue to entertain audiences with their presentation of the emerging genre of the acoustic trio popularized by groups such as the Kruger Brothers and Blue Country. Loosely based in bluegrass, they bring to the audience the finger-picking, early country music popularized by Doc Watson and Merle Travis. This music combines folk, traditional, religious and country in an audience orientated presentation. A recent review in Raleigh, NC termed their style as “folkgrass”. To date they have released six CD’s which have been critically acclaimed and have received national airplay.
WEBSITE AND LINKS: www.nixonblevinsandgage.com
The Retrovales are a touring duo from Huntsville, AL. Their music is a blend of folk and pop with an emphasis on acoustic roots, strong lyrics, and mesmerizing harmonies. In early 2016, SarahJayne Balash and Corey Travis Bean began performing together in dive bars and breweries across the southeast, quickly picking up a fan base. After signing to BassLine, the two released their debut self-titled album, The Retrovales, on February 18, 2017. It is available on iTunes, Spotify, and Amazon.
SOLA IS CLOSING AT 3PM ON SATURDAY DUE TO A CELEBRATION OF JOHN'S MOM'S LIFE AS SHE WENT HOME TO BE WITH JESUS THIS PAST WEEKEND.
Featuring Sola favs Russ Corvey and Bo Lankenau, La'Coustic plays a unique mixture of jazz, pop, Latin and folk classics. Joined by bassist Al Kee, La'Coustic plays songs you know and love in a way you've never heard before.
For more information visitwww.facebook.com/LacousticUSA
The Adventures of Annabelle Lyn is a trio of female folk artists that brings together heartbreaking original songs, tight and sweet vocal harmonies, powerful instrumental solos, and crowd-pleasing acoustic covers. Based out of Tallahassee, FL, these women bring the sounds of euphoric acoustic music across the Southeast, performing everywhere from rowdy dance stages to intimate home shows.
Featured on acoustic guitar, ukulele, and soaring vocals, Suncoast Regional Emmy-award-winning musician Kathryn Belle Long crafts songs of hope and passion, inspired by her Tallahassee upbringing and background in musical theater and dance. Tampa native, upright bassist and guitarist Elizabeth Fravel brings a background of funky bluegrass and deep southern soul to her music, singing and writing songs about every heartbreak from the Florida palms to the Arizona deserts. North Carolina fiddler Holly Riley brings with her the screaming solos of Carolina bluegrass, a diverse background in jazz, country, swing, and rock, and and sings a set of lonesome songs over clawhammer banjo.
Growing up in Raleigh, NC, Brian has used his life experiences to mold and define his music, which is soulful and tells a story we can all relate to. He combines the serene sounds of acoustic guitar with a tender melodic charm in his vocals and lyrics. His debut solo album "Stages" takes us on a musical journey through the different levels of emotion that come with falling in and out of love, and we look forward to the release of his second album soon. Performing all over North Carolina, and in various other states on the East Coast, Brian puts on a show to be desired and enjoyed by all ages.
Taylor Leonhardt (lynn-heart) is a singer/songwriter from Raleigh, North Carolina. She was raised in a small Texas town, where she learned her first guitar chord and a healthy respect for the mothers and fathers of country music. It’s that respect which now informs her own work - a blend of folk, Americana, and pop that tips its hat to the great writers of the past while still living very much in the present. Taylor released her debut EP in October 2015 titled Truest Things. Her infectious melodies and poignant lyrics wrestle with relationships, suffering, and faith.
Italian folk/bluegrass/swing band performed over 300 shows in the last 4 years throughout Europe and in the US, have been featured on European and American radio, have been featured on the 2016 Big Ears Festival, had the honor of playing at Music City Roots for 3 years in a row and have another performance scheduled there in April, as well as a performance on Bluegrass Underground in April. We even have an award-winning documentary out about us called "Flat Tire". In July we also performed a series of concerts in Italy with our friend Jim Lauderdale.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xkvYFtBAZ1Y (Live at Music City Roots)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne3kBUYL6nA (Live with Jim Lauderdale)
Dossey is the moniker for artist/songwriter Sarah Dossey, an Austin-based member of folk outfits, The Reliques and Indian & The Jones. As Dossey, Sarah is breaking through the boundaries of traditional Christian music - bringing an electronic sound to a commonly pristine pop world.
In early 2014, Sarah partnered with producers Kevin McCollough and Jacob Hildebrand to turn what were once strictly folk songs into ambient electronic movements. Out of this grand exploration of what these folks songs could truly be - cinematic, thematic soundscapes and strong pop melodies - Dossey was born. Since then, Dossey has been featured as a New & Notable artist on Noisetrade, an artist of the month on Altarwork, and has performed with Gungor, Beautiful Eulogy, Jeremy Camp, Blanca, and Levi the Poet.
The Lang Sisters are based in the Raleigh, NC area. The award-winning duet has immersed themselves in Appalachian, bluegrass and folk music. The young sisters released their first CD, Coming Home in 2016 and have performed throughout the southeast, sharing the stage with seasoned professionals who continue to inspire and mentor them.
Jessica, age 15 is a talent singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist whose passion for music excellence is undeniable. She has won multiple guitar, vocal and ensemble performance awards at competitions throughout NC and Virginia. She also plays mandolin and is a member of the elite IBMA Kids on Bluegrass program, performing at various IBMA stages throughout the annual festival in Raleigh. Jessie also sings and plays lead guitar for the Carolina PineCones, plays jazz guitar with her high school band, and also plays contemporary Christian music.
Chloe, age 19 is a strong rhythm player and vocalist for the duet. Fascinated by the history of traditional music with a special interest in arts education, she served as a summer camp counselor and teacher at JAM summer music camps and Pinecone music camps. She is currently attending Meredith College. Chloe also plays piano, percussion, and is a member of Meredith’s Chorale, the College's premiere vocal performing ensemble.
Joining the sisters for this performance isSam Stage, 14, an accomplished fiddler and vocalist from Raleigh who also performs with the Carolina PineCones. He is a charter member of the PineCone Youth Council and enjoys collaborating with other musicians from around the Triangle.
This young trio met through their involvement with PineCone (Piedmont Council of Traditional Music) and Youth Council activities and summer music camps. They will be headlining a Pinecone Music of the Carolina concert on June 11 at the NC Museum of History, and will also be featured on the PBS televised series Song of the Mountains, to be filmed in Marion, Va on July 8.
The Crown Buffalo and Daniel Nickels Music will be showcasing all of his watercolor paintings at Sola Coffee in Raleigh, NC. Along with this display of art, Daniel and Jason Cecil will be playing original music from his new solo album "The Answer." Don't miss this special event!
Here is my EPK if you need anymore information: http://www.danielnickelsmusic.com/epk-1/
Celebrated traditional singer, Colleen Raney returns to Sola Coffee Cafe for a night of songs and stories on Tuesday, May 9 at 7:00 pm.
Raney, who recently finished up a tour with Irish-American supergroup Solas, returns to North Carolina with an intimate performance, showcasing her open-hearted singing and story-telling that has led her to be regarded as “among the best in her genre” (Irish Music Magazine) and “one of America’s best Traditional singers” (Tradconnect). Her albums Linnet (2008), Lark (2011), Cuan (2011), and Here This is Home (2013) are an unparalleled collection of traditional songs and contemporary pieces that treat new and old songs alike with enchanting reverence, innovation, and love.
Born into a family where Irish music and dance were part of the fabric of everyday life, learning songs from her older siblings was very much a part of Raney’s formative years. Colleen began her musical career with her oldest brother Mark, who studied with legendary singer and song collector Joe Heaney. Colleen brings that sense of familiarity, fun, and closeness to her performances, wrapping the audience in moments of warmth and meaning. She breathes new life into the old songs, finding facets in the music that haven’t been heard before and performing in the company of gifted friends who illustrate both the most delicate and upbeat aspects of her winning style. It’s earned her a following both among longtime adherents of Celtic music and younger fans who are new to the genre.
Raney is joined for this tour by John Weed and Stuart Mason.
John Weed, fiddler for Molly's Revenge, Story Road, One Lane Bridge, and Little Black Train, has spent the last 20 years immersed in various fiddle styles. John lived in Ireland 2000 and taught fiddle workshops at the Flowing Tide International Music School in Doonbeg, County Clare. Having an affinity for American fiddle styles, bluegrass and old time, John explores the deep connection between Irish, Scottish, and old time fiddle. When not touring, John teaches a full time roster of fiddle students, and teaches at summer fiddle camps from Santa Cruz through the Pacific Northwest.
Veteran artist Stuart Mason is known for his authentic vocals and nimble skills on guitar, mandola, and banjo. He has won awards for traditional singing (Goleta Old-Time Fiddler’s Convention), mandola (Topanga Banjo and Fiddle Contest), and songwriting (West Coast Songwriter’s Association). He is a member of the Celtic band Molly's Revenge, and has performed at festivals in China, Scotland, Ireland, and many of the United States. He also tours with old time bluegrass band Little Black Train, and in a duo with fiddler John Weed. When not gigging, he teaches, writes, and builds websites. His music blog Fiddlefreak is nine years old.
“Rarely is an artist as deeply entrenched in a musical niche as Colleen Raney able to present centuries-old music with an eye toward current and future listeners outside of the genre. By adapting and developing her voice, however, and by surrounding herself with a constantly-evolving ensemble of the best musicians the Northwest has to offer (Celtic-centric or otherwise), she manages to both credit her training and history, and stake claim as a serious presence in contemporary folk music.” Katie Presley, Bitch Magazine, January 2011
“Singing with a deep love for the tradition, and for the dark poetry of Celtic song, Colleen has been drawing new life from the old ballads and renewing our love for Celtic music.” Devon Leger, Hearth Music
“Raney brings a rich, heart, and inviting voice – unmistakably American and without affectation or pretense – to her music.” Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter, May 2012
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Recordings and information about Colleen Raney can be found at colleenraney.com