Red Cedar Review
An acoustic band based in Charleston, SC. They perform their blend of folk, country-blues, and bluegrass all over the southeastern US. In July of 2018, Red Cedar Review released their debut album, "The Highway". A mix of traditional bluegrass standards alongside guitarist/vocalist Brad Edwardson's original songs. Recording the bulk of the album in one live session, they create an energy that invites the listener into the stories Edwardson weaves into his songwriting. “Storytelling is one of the most important facets of ‘The Highway’, finding humor in its outlaw songs and adventure in its traveling songs. — Charleston City Paper
Dallas Baker and Friends
"Heart Felt Beachy Low Country Roots Grass". Anything from traditional Bluegrass, Grateful Dead, The Band, Shagging music, Beach music, Country, Reggae, Funk, and maybe even some R. Kelly. Dallas Baker is a native of the greater Charleston, South Carolina area. He now resides on James Island with his lovely wife, three children, two rescue dogs, two beta fish, a guinea pig, and a mini-rex bunny. Dallas is a naturalist at Coastal Expeditions by day and music man by night. His passions are his family, playing music, yoga, good food, healthy habits, staying active, surfing, and kayaking. Dallas first started his music career playing heavy metal as a teenager at local music venues. Later on he found his niche in the Bluegrass/Folk/Americana genre. His love for Bluegrass music grew as a member in the band, Steel Rollers. Steel Rollers was known around town for being a rowdy bluegrass band. They brought in a lively and fun crowd to the Charleston Pour House as well as other local music venues in Charleston. After parting ways with Steel Rollers Dallas started up his own band, Dallas Baker & Friends. Dallas describes his music as “Roots Grass”. Dallas Baker & Friends have recorded a 9 track EP with Plowground Productions on Johns Island by Jim Donnelly. You can request to get a copy of this album at any of their shows. Eventually DB&F became a side project for Dallas after he and a friend started up the band, Big John Belly.
As a member in Big John Belly, Dallas played bass, harmonica, and vocals. Dallas is proud of his accomplishment as a BJB member winning '2014 Up and Coming Act' by Charleston City Paper Music Awards. As much as Dallas enjoyed being a member in BJB he wanted to pursue his love for bluegrass music. In December of 2014 Dallas resigned from BJB and DB&F became his primary focus. Now winners of the 2016 Charleston City Paper's "Bluegrass Band of the year" award Dallas Baker and Friends have found their place in the local music community. After many shows at prestige local music venues, weddings, private events, festivals, restaurants, and bars they have found their niche for being a "Heart Felt Beachy Low Country Bluegrass Band". Dallas Baker and Friends plan to release their second album "Albemarle Blues" in January of 2017 and will continue to play in and around the Holy City following the release.
Red Cedar Review
By and By
Boston-based group The By & By offers a fresh approach to American Roots music. The trio summons electrifying stage performances that infuse the raw energy of gospel and blues and the plaintive cry of country music with a modern edge. Drawing on improvisational skills honed at New England Conservatory, where Leah Hennessy (vocals), Jacob Means. (mandolin) and Brad Barrett (bass), met and formed The By & By in 2014, the group explores contemporary interpretations of traditional music ranging from Methodist hymnals, the Carter Family, Muddy Waters, and Blind Willie Johnson, among others. The By & By’s music dances skillfully across time signatures while maintaining an allegiance to the groove, with Hennessy’s bluesy and jazz-inflected vocals anchoring the intricate counterpoint between Means' mandolin and Barrett's bass. The resulting sound, inventive and yet familiar, forges new territory for the American String Band tradition.
Sally and George
In the town where country music was born--where two states come together on one street--a spark lit and a duo was ignited. At the 2012 Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, on the way to take the stage with his band, Sol Driven Train, guitarist/singer Joel Timmons found himself sidetracked by Della Mae, an all-female, GRAMMY-nominated bluegrass band. It was that group's bass player, Shelby Means, who most captivated his attention. After a conversation at the merchandise table about their shared love of travel and music, two-years passed before Means and Timmons would reconnect. A bold love song led the way, and eventually a growing romance turned into the Nashville-based duo Sally & George and their debut album tip my heart. With tip my heart, Sally & George have made an engaging, eclectic debut album. It’s a thoughtful meditation on Means’ and Timmons’ courtship and love (the duo got engaged in July 2016 on a mountain in North Carolina after work on tip my heart was completed). The album deftly moves from rollicking, electrified rockers to stripped down, gauzy reflections on love and faith, to walking bass-led country-indebted duets. All of it is done tastefully, with an earnestness that does not shy away from humor or the occasional cuss word. A longtime surfer in Charleston, Timmons’ love for Means meant uprooting himself and moving to Nashville. “Nashville Beach” is Timmons’ attempt to assuage his ocean heart by imagining life in Nashville as a different kind of wave. “Hey Wow” was Sally & George’s first appointment co-write. The duo scheduled a time and met in their living room, channeling the sometimes bawdy duets of John Prine and Iris Dement and the back and forth conversational style of Johnny and June Carter Cash.
Prior to forming Sally & George, Means and Timmons spent time in Della Mae and Sol Driven Train, respectively. Means was nominated for a GRAMMY for Della Mae’s this world oft can be, and the band won IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year. They performed at Bonnaroo, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, Merlefest, Pickathon and twice at the Grand Ole Opry and were U.S. cultural ambassadors, performing in 20 countries around the world including Brazil, Saudi Arabia, U.A.E., Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan. Friends since childhood, the members of Sol Driven Train toured the U.S. for a decade, building a dedicated grassroots following. They independently released 10 albums, including two albums for children.
Singer Songwriter. Stopped sleeping and woke into Music. After 2 yrs. of beating out some pieces I stepped out onto Home Team BBQ's stage and started running...never too old...Americana
Born and raised in Charleston, SC, Jordan Igoe is a singer-songwriter, whose songs are as Southern and soulful as she is. The multi-instrumentalist has been playing professionally for over ten years as a solo performer, and with a rotating lineup of stellar backup musicians around Charleston and regionally in the Southeast. Having grown up in a musical family, Igoe taught herself how to play the piano at age 10 and picked up the guitar a few years later, and writes catchy, heartfelt songs with both instruments. It is her raw, soulful voice, however, that immediately grabs the listener and holds on. On February 14th, 2014, Igoe released her debut album entitled, "How to Love."
True connection can only come about through pure, honest expression. It comes from knowing how to find a truth within and having the courage to unabashedly share it. As an artist-poet, Danielle Howle is a natural storyteller through song, and she makes the biggest impact by sharing simple truths. Her music comes from a place of self-awareness and is on a perpetual journey of self-discovery. She balances powerful style with conversational lyrics, sharing her honest experience of life. Known for captivating audiences with her stunning vocal ability, contagious energy, and incredible songwriting skills, Danielle’s music ranges from country swamp blues to jazz to Americana. The South-Carolinian song belle has been compared to Flannery O'Connor, Patsy Cline, and Nina Simone. Reviewed 7 times in The New York Times, calling her “an extraordinary mind, a southern storyteller with a gorgeous sense of melody that should be pouring out of stereos everywhere.”
Danielle has opened for legendary musicians such as Bob Dylan, Bonnie Raitt, Sam Bush, The Avett Brothers, and Fugazi. She’s headlined countless shows and festivals, twice played at the New York City Music Hall, opening for the Indigo Girls, and has sold out rooms across the country, followed always by her ardent fan base. Well acquainted with being on the road, Danielle has toured in the US and abroad. She’s played at Sarah McLachlan's Lilith Fair, and has toured with Elliott Smith and Ani DiFranco, with Ani having described her as “a melodically nimble being.” Danielle has rolled into 2017 with guns blazing, having most recently been on tour across the country with the Indigo Girls, supporting her new album recorded with her five-piece band. Four of Danielle’s numerous albums have been released on Amy Ray of the Indigo Girls’ indie label Daemon Records, with other releases on Simple Machines, Kill Rock Stars, and Valley Entertainment. Danielle’s latest EP, Pot of Water, is a collection of sonic experiments, pairing a number of different producers, studios, and techniques, including a track mixed by Grammy award-winning producer Malcolm Burn.
Considered by many to be South Carolina's best kept musical secret, Danielle Howle is a punk rock girl with the voice of a honky-tonk angel. Opening for such diverse acts as Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco, Fugazi, and Indigo Girls, she has garnered worldwide acclaim while somehow remaining under the radar of mainstream America. Now is the time for South Carolina to share it's secret with the rest of America.
Has been writing music from the time he can remember. But shortly after experiencing early musical success playing under the moniker, The Fire Apes, John suffered a life-changing and debilitating onset of acute Panic-Anxiety Disorder. Agoraphobia became a part of his life. Confined in an illusory prison not of his own making, John continued to write music and lyrics. Most of these lyrics are written metaphorically. A mathematics teacher and literature enthusiast, Seymour’s inspirations and underlying meanings are usually a cathartic existential expression within the construct of the indie/rock/dream-pop genre. Perhaps best succinctly described by music critic, Jeremy Morse, “[John Seymour] understands what the British pop invasion was about and yet transcends the past and merges it beautifully with the future.”
With his troubles currently behind him, John is unshaken, possessing of a quiet gentle strength, and exudes a constant optimism that defies the challenges of a previous life. The new indie/rock/dream-pop/brit-pop project is comprised of Aron Robinson: drums/backing vocals, Bryan Swain: bass/backing vocals, and Carlin Fields: keyboards/backing vocals.
His music has been used previously on shows like “The Hills,” “Parental Control,” and USA Network’s “Necessary Roughness.” The new EP, “… with & squalor” was produced by Steve Lunt, former VP of A&R at Atlantic Records and Jive and multi-Grammy award winning and RIAA Platinum and Gold records mixing and mastering engineer Dave Darlington at Bass Hit Studios, NY, New York. Former MTV VJ and Podcaster, Adam Curry said: “I never played the same song twice in one episode. Here’s the exception. [Playing under the moniker, “The Fire Apes”], John Seymour’s “Let Me Know” would be a number one hit in Europe if Westlife were to record this one!” In reference to the yet-to-be-released album, Eric Beall, author of the bestseller “Making Money Making Music”, said; “Love what you’re doing …I’m a real fan!”
Huey Lewis: “I’m a big fan! Can’t wait to hear the new material. I’d love to play harmonica on one of the new tracks.”
Singer-songwriter hails from the South and writes about the human condition from that perspective. His use of visual words is haunting, daunting and precise. Born in Savannah, GA raised and still resides in Charleston, SC John learned early on how to put words with music in his grandparents’ home. His parents were diplomats with China, and he admired his grandfather who was well-versed and read in poetry and philosophy. In the early 1980s, after a brief stay in New York City, he moved to Los Angeles wheedled by Joe Walsh, of The Eagles. Soon after, he got a record deal, from Apache Records, an imprint of Capitol Records and released, Mystery Street found its way into the Top 20, and MTV put the single, “Desolation Angel” in rotation. John hit pay dirt, and he began to become a voice to be reckoned with. By 1993, in the wake of the success of Mystery Street, Brannen was signed by the recently renamed Mercury Nashville Records. His eponymous debut, John Brannen, contained the single “Moonlight and Magnolias,” which became a Top 10 hit on VH1. To launch Brannen’s career, the label chose him for one of three slots on the Triple Play Tour. Shania Twain and Toby Keith filled the remaining two slots.
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Enchants listeners with his smooth voice and unique sound. There is something rustic and classic about his voice that lets him fit right into classic country, but brings his own twist to it. Forging his way through South Georgia honky-tonks, Gulf Coast juke joints, Nashville nightclubs and Los Angeles songwriter circles, Boo Ray has been able to hone his skills as a writer and musician. His most recent album, “Sea of Lights,” is a distillation of all these road-born experiences. Boo Ray says, “I’m not writing to impress the aficionados or experts. It’s a trucker album. It’s a party album. And I hope it’s a good album to play cards to and a good road trip album."
The Red Clay Strays
An amazing band from Mobile Alabama that you need to get to know. Think Johnny Cash meets Elvis Presley with good soulful rock and roll as a side dish.
The young acoustic string band, The Wildmans come from the hills of Floyd, Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian mountain music tradition. From campsite jamming at festivals and fiddler's conventions and classical music education comes the foundation for musical exploration that sets this group apart, taking the audience on a musical journey that reflects the growth and passion of these talented young musicians. Featuring siblings Eli and Aila Wildman, winners of the 2018 Galax Old Fiddler's 1st in Mandolin and 1st in Old Time Fiddle and Best All Around Performer awards respectively, along with award winning (1st in Galax 2015&16) young clawhammer banjo player Victor Furtado, the group is backed up by mom Deb Wildman on bass. Highly skilled instrumentals and soulful vocals applied to traditional tunes with a smattering of old time, bluegrass, blues, and jazz combine to create a fresh new sound - old tunes fueled by young spirit. Their set combines fiddle tunes, ballads and folk songs of the Appalachian tradition with twentieth century classics, as well as original instrumental compositions by band members Eli and Victor. The group has appeared on stages large and small, performing in festivals such as Red Wing Roots, Chantilly Farm's Bluegrass and BBQ festival, RoosterWalk, Floyd Fest, and The Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival. They also regularly represent young talent along the Crooked Road in regional fiddler’s conventions. Having shared the stage with talents such as Danny Knicely, Sammy Shelor, Sierra Hull, Billy Strings, Darol Anger and Joe K. Walsh, these young musicians are making their way in the American stringband scene. The Wildmans have gained attention and support from Virginia’s Blue Ridge Music Festival, who is providing scholarships for some of the top music camps in the country. Eli and Aila are also participating in an apprenticeship with Master Artist Nate Leath that is sponsored by The Virginia Folklife Program and is supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Cites a wide range of influences – from Debussy to Neil Young, D’angelo to Lou Reed, their unique sound blends folk, soul, bluegrass, blues, and classical. On stage, the energy between Ross and Ruiz-Lopez is fiery, intimate and intuitive. Since forming in March 2016, Violet Bell has played over 230 shows, earning fans from FL to VT with long stretches on the road.
Live performance is the heart of Violet Bell’s work in the studio. On their 2017 debut Dream the Wheel Ross sings and plays guitar, as Ruiz-Lopez adds violin, viola, cello, keys, guitar and vocal harmonies. The result is alchemical; emotionally evocative music that at times “sounds like a beautiful dream turned sudden nightmare.” (IndyWeekly). The album’s title track, “Dream the Wheel,” speaks to a fearlessly inclusive view of life’s cyclical polarities. “Sing, sing, everything/ Comes and goes and comes again/ Let it out and let it in/ Let it be your medicine.” The album cover, a medicine wheel that Ruiz-Lopez and Ross crafted from local NC flora, speaks to the origins of the music. Violet Bell is rooted in the natural world and the community from which they’ve grown. Violet Bell’s outreach efforts include teaching workshops to to community and youth orchestras in NC and beyond, and collaborating with youth and community musicians whenever possible. The September 15, 2017 release show for Dream the Wheel featured three students of the Durham nonprofit Kidznotes All-Star string ensemble, whom Ruiz-Lopez has helped to teach since 2011. Violet Bell is currently recording their full-length debut, Honey in my Heart, with percussionist Austin McCall (Kaira Ba) and co-producer Jason Richmond. Honey in my Heart is shaping up to be a colorful expansion of Violet Bell's widening palette of rhythm, melody and emotion. Prior to forming Violet Bell, Ruiz-Lopez toured with Jonathan Byrd, Crystal Bright, Steph Stewart, and Chocolate Suede, and composed several original pieces for the Durham Symphony Orchestra. Ross has been a two-time Kerrville New Folk finalist and won Floydfest’s On the Rise contest, a Carolina Music Award, and an Emerging Artist Grant from the Durham Arts Council.
The Pluff Mud String Band
A hard-driving old-time and bluegrass band based in Charleston, SC.
West King String Band
Made up of mandolinist AJ Fox, bassist Jesse Harman, and guitarist Jack Studer. After playing music together for years they formed in 2014 in Saint Augustine Florida.
For a few years, they wrote songs and produced demos until releasing Achin’ in 2016. Inspired by a large array of music transcending genres, such as Old and in the Way and Del McCoury, to the Rolling Stones and Grateful Dead, to Black Sabbath. They incorporate their influences to diversify sounds of bluegrass, folk, country, and blues creating their own unique and original style. In the last several years they have spent the vast majority of their days touring, and have shown a lot of growth between their debut, which was recorded in the boys’ living room, and the newly released Staring at the Sun in 2017. This newest body of work features the accompaniment of fiddle, subtle percussion and ominous lap steel to give the listener a much fuller experience. Always open to expanding and growing their sound, they have been traveling relentlessly and occasionally adding members to create a fuller live experience. The “Spooky” Fiddler as he is known and percussionist Kevin Ladd are currently jumping in on the tour. Stay tuned for a tour in your city and their relocation to Western NC in 2018.
Logan and the Kidders
A southern soul band based in Charleston, SC. Known for their tight harmonies, fun-filled grooves, and inviting stage presence they look to hit the local Charleston music scene with force.
Having evolved from the former project "Kidd Aggie" Logan took a brief hiatus to song write to grow musically and refine his art. Finding members Cecilia Mcguinn and Cory Schwartz after their split from "Pinkerton and the Brinks" they looked to continue their musical journeys and by happenstance ran into Logan. Chad has been with Logan since backing him during their former summer residency at Freehouse Brewery, after coming to a close in the Winter of 2017 they continued to play and start to learn the original tunes that Logan had written. Composed of members, Logan Aggeles (lead guitar/vocals) Cecilia McGuinn (violin/vocals) Cory Schwartz (bass), Chad Solomon (drums), formed less than a year ago, they look to bring their southern Americana sound into the Lowcountry. Getting set to start recording their debut EP at Charleston Sound Studios, they offer an eclectic variety of up-tempo, moderate soulful tunes, with meaningful lyrics. Keep up to date with their shows and events on their social media pages listed above
Beginning in Austin, TX, in the heart of their middle school days, David Kapsner (lead vocals/guitar/piano), Michael Jekot (lead guitar/vocals), and Tyler Rush (bass/vocals) came together to transcend the barrier of blues-rock into funky psych-soul through their various music ventures. Bringing the audacious and wonderfully talented Tim Durand (drums/vocals) into the picture has recently solidified the band with a roaring sound and strength to complement their vibe. Dedication to their music has evolved The Mammoths from garage rock to sophisticated blues-funk, and constant experimentation has allowed each member of the group to always stay true to their roots. Jekot, self-described as playing in the “grunge-endrix” style, notes that Kapsner’s soul-vocals, Durand’s pure metal, and Tyler’s deep, groovy funk stand out in the realm of rock, drawing influence from all over to create a sound that is entirely new, yet curiously familiar. "The Mammoths are an up-and-coming Austin band to watch fueled by their fiery unapologetic live shows reminiscent of a young Led Zeppelin. In meeting with these guys at AMF on their future plans, this band is clearly driven on playing hard and using the old school work ethic of making fans one sweaty show at a time.” - Alex Vallejo (Vallejo Music Group/Austin Music Foundation). "Crisp and catchy songwriting and performances make The Mammoths new recordings jump through the speakers." - Kevin Wommack (Playing in Traffic Records)
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Psychedelic flannel rock based out of Charleston, SC. Since OD's formation in 2014 by childhood friends Ian Russell, Michael Ewens, and Jackson Inabinett, it has evolved into an almost surreal entity known for combining guitar driven rock reminiscent of late 90's alternative with field recordings, odd time signatures, haunting synths, and brass in their live set. Singles from their upcoming album, "Slap Happy" showcase their developments in combining psychedelic rock with marching band-esque works. Find their new singles on SoundCloud and their most recent record, "Mush" on Spotify, iTunes, and Bandcamp.
A four piece Pop Rock band with 80’s influence from Charleston, South Carolina. Drawing influence from The 1975, The Killers and David Bowie, M.E writes catchy licks and lyrics over a funk based rhythm section while reminiscing about romance and mischief. The EP “Beds are for Sleeping” was written and recorded mainly by lead singer and rhythm guitarist Joshua Davenport before drummer Logan Crank and lead guitaristWilliam Mahoney brought their influences to the sound. Later bassist Brennan Clark joined M.E to complete the sound. With the EP being solely recorded from a single bedroom, M.E plans to take their songs and some new tracks to the studio to be released in 2018
A former College of Charleston jazz musician, but since starting his own solo project, he's crossed over into the realm of pop-rock. And for his most recent EP, he headed to Nashville to record with former Charleston-based musician and producer Josh Kaler of Slow Runner and bassist Owen Biddle, who used to play with The Roots.Kaler has produced albums for artists such as Butch Walker, William Fitzsimmons and Matthew Perryman Jones.
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Mike Farris has enough heart, soul, and power to light up a city. He mixes up the elements and turns them into something new, beautiful, and uniquely his own.” – Buddy Miller
“Country and gospel music is in dire need of some pure heartfelt soul right now. He’s like a secret weapon – he’s loaded with soul.” – Marty Stuart (Rolling Stone Country)
It’s in the quiet moments sprinkled deftly throughout his new album, SILVER AND STONE, that Mike Farris reveals a previously hidden side of his singular instrument. His voice, widely known for its power and range, becomes a vessel for something more subtle but infinitely more rare and challenging to capture—the pure, authentic nature of returning to your roots. Musically, the album delves deep into Farris' background with a wide range of influences, drawing as much from Stevie Wonder and Bill Withers as from Bon Scott and Steve Marriott. Farris’ larger-than-life vocals, straight out of the South, sharpened in the clubs of New York City, honed over a lifetime of collaboration and stage time with the likes of Patty Griffin, Patti Austin, Double Trouble, and his own Roseland Rhythm Revue, deliver not only the funky danceable blues-rock that draws audiences to his live shows but also a deeper insight into Farris’ hard-earned understanding of the complexities of the human condition.
On SILVER AND STONE, Farris returns to his rock, soul and even country roots, making a break from the roots gospel he has been recognized for. (Farris' previous album SHINE FOR ALL THE PEOPLE won a GRAMMY for Best Roots Gospel Record in 2015.) Though there are definite spiritual tones, the new album is more a celebration of the people who most intimately surround him. SILVER AND STONE shows several different sides to Farris’ prodigious talent. On “Snap Your Fingers” and “Are you Lonely For Me,” he shows his sense of fun and whimsy, while on Bill Withers’ “Hope She’ll Be Happier” he digs deep and delivers a performance rich in emotion and passion. On “Golden Wings,” one of several Farris originals on the album and the lead single, he explores the universal challenge of overcoming life’s obstacles and reaching beyond ourselves to find a place of compassion even in the midst of difficult circumstances. The album was produced by Compass Records co-founder Garry West and supported by a cast of top-flight musicians from across the Americana and soul spectrums including legendary drummer and ‘Memphis Boy’ Gene Chrisman, B3 master Reese Wynans (Double Trouble) and guitarists Doug Lancio (Patty Griffin, John Hiatt) and Joe Bonamassa.