Blog Archives

Ben Sollee: 
Learn To Listen

Ben Sollee wants you to experience all the beauty and banality that life has to offer. It’s a serious request, and his enthusiasm is genuine. Armed with a cello, Sollee is canvassing the country, sometimes by bicycle, imploring folks to rediscover the connections between music, art, film, dance, their community, and personal relationships.

Della Mae: 
The Most

In a relatively short period of time, Della Mae has become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create music that’s unmistakably fresh and contemporary. 

The Lone Bellow: 
Cold As It Is

Playing what they call “Brooklyn country music,” the Lone Bellow (lead singer and songwriter Zach Williams, singer and mandolin player Kanene Dohehey Pipkin, and singer/guitarist Brian Elmquist) are a group of transplanted Southerners who deliver a passionate, soulful, acoustic-based alternative rock Americana.

Caleb Klauder: 
Again in Your Arms

The Caleb Klauder Country Band represents the best of the Northwest music scene. Caleb has been touring nationally and internationally for over 15 years, first with acclaimed folk-rock band Calobo, a luminary in the Northwest’s burgeoning music scene, and then with the widely celebrated Foghorn Stringband.

Yellowbirds: 
Vanished Frontier

Following the 2009 dissolution of his longtime band Apollo Sunshine, guitarist/vocalist/songwriter Sam Cohen began recording on his own in a bedroom studio, expanding on the same indie psych sound with understated country touches that he’d worked with in his previous band.
Cohen chose the moniker Yellowbirds for the project, enlisting some friends to help him flesh out the songs, and eventually released a few singles and in early 2011 a debut album, The Color.

The Cactus Blossoms: 
Change Your Ways or Die

The Stanley Brothers, the Monroe Brothers, the Delmore Brothers, the Blue Sky Boys, the Maddox Brothers & Rose. Country music has a long-held appreciation for sibling bands, and it seems there’s no sweeter sound than two brothers harmonizing over a sad country tune. Brothers Page Burkum and Jack Torrey have capitalized on this tried-and-true formula with their band The Cactus Blossoms, most recently pulling together a backup band of music veterans: Mike “Razz” Russell on fiddle, Nadine Landry (from the Foghorn String band) on upright bass, and Randy Broughten on pedal steel guitar and dobro.

I Draw Slow: 
Honeymoon

Dublin roots band I Draw Slow have been drumming up enthusiastic reviews in Ireland since the release of their top 10 selling second album, Redhills. Irish national broadcaster RTE made Redhills album of the week and Redhills has been welcomed to the playlists of stations across the country. However, their impact abroad is redrawing the map for these Irish/Americana songwriters.

Shakey Graves: 
Where A Boy Once Stood

As a musician, Alejandro Rose-Garcia goes by the name Shakey Graves. Shakey Graves came about in 2005 the year Alejandro says he caught a ghost of his very own. “I kept him in a cage and he sang songs for me when I fed him cigarettes and certain key substances.” He and his ghost have lived in New York, lurked around as part of the Antifolk scene out there, traveled across the united states on trains, recorded in the desert, froze in Chicago, played songs on the TV, wore a mustache.

Leo Rondeau: 
Dont You Know Me By Now

Originally from the Turtle Mountains in North Dakota, Leo Rondeau now calls Austin, TX his home. His songs describe interesting characters in both mundane and extraordinary circumstances. This storytelling, enhanced by catchy melodies, earned him a Songwriter of the Year nomination from the Academy of Texas Music for his previous record, “Down at the End of the Bar.”

Leo Rondeau: 
Blackjack Davey Revisited

Originally from the Turtle Mountains in North Dakota, Leo Rondeau now calls Austin, TX his home. His songs describe interesting characters in both mundane and extraordinary circumstances. This storytelling, enhanced by catchy melodies, earned him a Songwriter of the Year nomination from the Academy of Texas Music for his previous record, “Down at the End of the Bar.”