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The Revivalists

The Revivalists

Comprised of acclaimed musicians David Shaw [lead vocals/guitar], Zack Feinberg [guitar], Andrew Campanelli [drums], George Gekas [bass], Ed Williams [pedal steel guitar], Rob Ingraham [saxophone], Michael Girardot [keyboard & trumpet], The Revivalists are recognized as an extraordinary live band. The New Orleans-based septet scored a game-changing hit with “Wish I Knew You,” a wistful song from their third album, Men Amongst Mountains. Guided by dynamic percussion and punchy horns, the single features a contagious hook and a feel-good chorus that has resonated with fans across all different genres.

Sam Roberts Band

Sam Roberts Band

In March of 2016, Sam Roberts Band holed themselves up at the Bathouse, The Tragically Hip's studio near Kingston, Ontario to record their sixth full-length album, TerraForm. They went in with the lake still covered by ice and emerged 4 weeks later, in the first days of spring, bearing with them new music.

Says Roberts, "Terraforming is the idea of going to another planet and making it viable for humans. For this record, I saw it as planting the seeds for that same sort of renewal in your own life – that regardless of how much you have broken the parts of your life along the way, there is always a chance to start over…for yourself and the people you care about."

Dr. Dog

Dr. Dog

"I feel like I’m in a totally new band right now," says Dr. Dog guitarist/singer Scott McMicken. It’s a bold declaration considering he’s been co-fronting the beloved indie outfit for a decade-and-a-half, but it cuts straight to the heart of the intense and transformative experience behind the group’s brilliant new album, Critical Equation. The most infectious and adventurous collection Dr. Dog has laid to tape yet, the record was born from a journey of doubt and discovery, a heavy, sometimes painful reckoning that ultimately brought the band closer together with more strength and clarity than ever before.

John Oates & The Good Road Band

John Oates & The Good Road Band

John Oates has teamed up with an amazing group of rising and accomplished stars in The Good Road Band, shining a light on popular songs from America’s past long before the birth of rock ‘n’ roll. The impressive lineup consists of an all-star ensemble of Nashville musicians, including artists like Don Henley, Pretenders, Blake Shelton, Dan Auerbach, Kacey Musgraves, Sam Bush, The Wallflowers, Dolly Parton, Bela Fleck, Florence + the Machine, Dierks Bentley, Garth Brooks, Florida Georgia Line, Alison Krauss, Jerry Douglas, Vince Gill, Jennifer Nettles, and Sarah Jarosz. Combine that ensemble with Oates’ warm and personal storytelling and you have a one-of-a-kind experience that is authentic and unforgettable.

Oteil & Friends

Oteil & Friends

Two-time Grammy winning bassist Oteil Burbridge has been in the music business touring and recording for over three decades. His first step into the national spotlight came in 1991 when he became a founding member of the Aquarium Rescue Unit featuring Col. Bruce Hampton, a cult classic that has stood the test of time. That led to his membership in the classic rock group the Allman Brothers Band.

Over the years, Oteil has also recorded and shared the stage with jazz and jazz-rock fusion legends Herbie Hancock, Roy Haynes, Randy Brecker, John Scofield, Jerry Goodman, Bob Moses, Lenny White, Steve Smith, Bela Fleck, Jimmy Herring, Howard Levi, Victor Wooten and Branford Marsalis.

Margo Price

Margo Price

Far from overnight, Price’s recent meteoric rise is the product of more than a decade of hard work and sacrifice. While she’d long been one of East Nashville’s best-kept-secrets, she burst onto the international scene with the 2016 release of her first solo album, Midwest Farmer’s Daughter. The record debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard’s Country Albums chart and graced Best-Of lists everywhere from Entertainment Weekly to NPR Music, who called it, "the hard-won arrival of an artist who feels like she's always been here." Vulture described Price as "one of the most compelling country talents to come out of Nashville in recent memory," while Pitchfork hailed the album as "a potential classic," and Rolling Stone praised its "amazingly vivid songcraft."

The Infamous Stringdusters

The Infamous Stringdusters

Forward motion belies creativity and evolution. A staunch and unwavering commitment to progression is how an unassuming group of five friends can collectively become a GRAMMY® Award-winning force of nature. That’s exactly how it happened for The Infamous Stringdusters. Within thirteen years since their 2005 formation, the band—Travis Book [bass, vocals], Andy Falco [guitar, vocals], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle, vocals], Andy Hall [dobro, vocals], and Chris Pandolfi [banjo, vocals]— have consistently forged ahead, relentlessly exploring the musical possibilities of a "bluegrass ensemble" and breaking down boundaries in the process.

Sam Bush Band

Sam Bush Band

Raised on a farm just outside of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Bush grew up plowing tobacco fields in the Southern summer heat alongside his family. He started playing mandolin when he was 11 years old.

"I believe growing up on a farm probably helped me channel my energy into learning music and being so interested in it," Bush says. "Me and my sisters, we all loved it. I’ve often wondered if that’s because growing up on a farm, you couldn’t go ride your bike all over town and horse around like the other kids."

For Bush, a lifetime of channeling his energy has led to stylistic innovations that have changed the course of bluegrass and roots music alike.

The Barr Brothers

The Barr Brothers

Over the last several years, The Barr Brothers have become one of the western world’s most distinguished purveyors of eclectic modern-Americana. They are fronted by the poly-rhythmic, jocular drumming of Andrew Barr, the songs and guitar playing of brother Brad Barr, and the innovative harp wizardry of Sarah Pagé – who has single-handedly redefined the instrument and its context. The Barr Brothers continue to embrace and enchant audiences with their methodical-yet-whimsical approach to music making, spinning these otherwise bedroom-folk songs into an intricate, open terrain. The link they maintain to the past fuses wonderfully with poetic insight into the conditions of the present, while incorporating everything from Malian rhythms to the Elmore James-esque slide guitar.

Fruition

Fruition

On their fifth full-length record, Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition transforms pain and heartache into something truly glorious. With their songwriting sharper and more nuanced than ever before – and their sonic palette more daringly expansive – the Portland, Oregon-based band’s full-hearted intensity ultimately gives the album a transcendent power. From song to song, Fruition displays the dynamic musicality they’ve shown since making their debut with 2008’s Hawthorne Hoedown LP. Through the years, the band has evolved from a rootsy, string-centric outfit to a full-fledged rock act, eventually taking the stage at such major festivals as Bonnaroo and Telluride Bluegrass (a set that inspired Rolling Stone to praise their "raucous originals filled with heartfelt lyrics and stadium-worthy energy").

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds

Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds

For nearly two decades, the Catskill Mountains hid rock ‘n’ roll’s best-kept-secret. Then one day, singer and songwriter Arleigh Kincheloe said goodbye to her hometown hideaway and moved to New York City to start the hard soul collective, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds.

"They may be from Brooklyn, but the fiery brass- and gospel-infused funk emanating from Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is rooted in Memphis soul," writes the LA Times. "Their rhythmic wheelhouse combines big-city grit and down-home sweetness with a little bit of Americana twang."

Priscilla Renea

Priscilla Renea

In some ways, the country-soul sound of Priscilla Renea’s game-changing new album, Coloured, finds the singer and chart-topping songwriter coming full circle. A child of the Navy who bounced around the South growing up, Renea was living in Jacksonville, Florida when she wrote her first song at eight years old.

"Pretty much every song I've ever written is a country song in some way," Renea says, "So it’s funny that I’m now being myself and writing songs about my childhood and they naturally have this dark, swampy, country-western feel. I didn't do that on purpose. That's just in me from growing up in the South."

Upstate Rubdown

Upstate Rubdown

Upstate Rubdown is an acoustic septet drawing inspiration from every corner (and decade) of America's musical heritage. Based in New York's Hudson Valley region, the band features Harry D'Agostino on upright bass, Ryan Chappell on mandolin, Dean Mahoney on cajón, and Christian Joao on flute and alto/baritone saxophone. The dynamic rhythm section supports a three part vocal harmony powerhouse of founding members Mary Kenney and Melanie Glenn with recent Nashville-transplant Allison Olender. Otis Mountain Get Down captures the heart of the matter: "Pulling from the greatest corners of American music, this group has the power to get feet moving with or without amplification...the result is nothing short of a homegrown hurricane of sound."

Folkfaces

Folkfaces

Folkfaces is a quartet out of Buffalo, New York that plays a rowdy blend of rootsy Folk, Jazz, and Blues - fusing classic forms with contemporary feelings and irresistibly danceable energy. Their inspiration comes from the mountains of Appalachia to the deltas of Mississippi, the swamps of Louisiana to the Concrete Jungle of the Rustbelt. Specializing in merriment and sticking it to the system, Folkfaces make the crowd dance and the hierarchy shatter. "Yeah, "folk" is in the name, but Buffalo's Folkfaces draws from every original American genre and adds a healthy dose of acoustic punk to seal in the cracks."

PA Line Band

PA Line Band

Inspired by grassroots, infused with soul, born from the indie scene. The sound of PA Line proves that in the current musical world of repetition and catchy leads, music can still hit you in the heart. By combining dedication and raw talent, Trever Stribing [Lead vocal/Guitar/Percussion], Lucas Honig [Vocal/Bass] Ryan Howze [Vocal/Special Percussion/Instrumentation], and Casey Bloom [Mandolin/Vocal], have made a unique brand of alternative-folk music. Hailing from Buffalo, New York, PA Line brings a unique, harmony-packed, funky, Folk-Rock, world sound, that has been described as Mumford & Sons meets Rusted Root. You never know what will happen at a PA Line show. Get your dancing shoes on, it will surely be a night not to forget.

Leroy Townes Band

Leroy Townes Band

Leroy Townes is an original roots rock band originally hailing from the hills of Allegany County. After three albums and lots of whiskey under the bridge, the band’s lineup now consists of Rob Mazurkiewicz on bass, Rob Mayhle on guitar, Harmony Griffin on guitar, Jeff Schaller on drums, and Ashley and Beave Sorensen on lead vocals. The band marries the influences of folk and country with rock and roll and has been building up a following over the past decade in Buffalo, New York – it’s like hearing the needle drop on your favorite vinyl record.

The Observers

The Observers

The Observers take you on a journey of human experience. Their music allows you to travel through a myriad of emotions from tear in your beer ballads, remain in your brain melodies, and even down home, foot stompin' hootenannies. They have established a sound that transcends their given genre. Says Mathew Polowitz of Buffalo Blog, "Refined songwriting skills are matched with clever acoustic interplay, pointed vocal harmonies...all culminating in a sound that is rooted in folk but with a leash full of slack."

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