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.
It's that time again for the 5th Annual Sola Hot Mini 5K!!
This year we are excited to work with Hope For The Warriors.
Hope For The Warriors® has received a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for the 6th year in a row, an honor earned by only 4.55% of rated charities.
Walk, run/walk, or run with neighbors and friends in support of disabled Vets of NC. Race starts at 8:30am Saturday, March 10th.
If you are unable to actually run or walk we would still love for you to particapate by volunteering! For more information and registration go to:
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.
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.
Call it Bluegrass, Newgrass, Americana or folk, Triangle Area NC based trio Fabius Page blends wood, steel and voice to make forgotten traditional tunes sound new and original songs sound hauntingly familiar. Fabius Page takes its name from the erstwhile proprietor of a mule cemetery near Durham, NC, now hidden by overgrowth and encroaching apartment complexes. Like the cemetery, the trio's music is obscure yet relatable, at the frontier of practical and reverential, evoking the kinship between humans and nature.
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
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.
On his latest album, “The Big Fix,” Raleigh, N.C.-based singer-songwriter Steve Hartsoe taps the Americana and British Invasion wellspring that nourished his formative musical years in the San Francisco Bay Area. The former AP journalist delivers a diverse mix of rootsy songs about love, loss and languor, propelled by gritty guitars, strained vocals and groove-tight rhythms.
A deluxe remixed/remastered edition of the album with five bonus tracks -- two of them new songs -- is planned for release in fall 2017.
From the opening rocker “Salt and Wine” to the closing Dawes-flavored modern folk of “SLO (California),” the songs fit together because the writer has been around a while and experienced the crucible of life -- lost jobs, death, wayward family members and birth.
Those experiences translate into a refreshing honesty throughout the album. Or, as one writer sees it: "It’s been too long since we’ve heard Americana this genuine. Inspired by Tom Petty and Ryan Adams, Steve Hartsoe is full of melodic spirit and gruff guitar lines. Like a firm handshake and a warm smile, this song (‘Salt and Wine’) makes a great first impression” (Milk Crater).
Hartsoe honed his musical skills fronting an alternative rock band in the San Francisco area in the 1980s and ‘90s while sharing the bill with such notable artists as Chris Isaak, Mudhoney and the Young Fresh Fellows.
San Jose-based London Down (later, The Raging Marys) released two critically acclaimed albums, charted in France and toured from Portland to Santa Barbara. After the band's demise, Hartsoe began playing as a solo artist at clubs, cafes and churches around central and northern California, opening for artists includingTodd Rundgren, The Smithereens and Dan Vickrey (now of Counting Crows).
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.
Wes McNeely is a multi-instrumentalist, singer/songwriter from Salisbury, NC. He moved to Raleigh a couple years ago and now lives down the street from Sola with his wife and three chickens. Wes started playing guitar in order to jam on Rolling Stones songs with his dad. He plays a variety of acoustic instruments and will play something to make you stomp your foot.
“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
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.
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.
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 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!
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.
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.
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