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May 31, 2016

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Martin Sexton
Milk Carton Kids
Feufollet
Alison Brown Quartet
Amy Speace

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Amy Speace

Better Than This

Three Days

That Kind of Girl

Feufollet

Hole in My Heart

 

Two Universes

 

Red Light

Si T’as Fini Avec Moi

 Baby’s On Fire

Alison Brown Quartet

The Song of the Banjo

A Long Way Gone

 

Under the (Five) Wire

The Milk Carton Kids

 Secrets of the Stars

 Asheville Skies

 

 City of our Lady

 Michigan

Martin Sexton

 Do it Daily

 Virginia

Freedom from the Road

Set in Stone

 Glory Bound

 

Larry Groce & Co.

Cecilia

Press Release

Martin Sexton - A native of Syracuse, NY, Sexton relocated to Boston where he began making his mark in the city’s vibrant coffee house and club scene. A self-produced CD landed him a deal with Atlantic Records where he released a pair of critically acclaimed discs, one of which featured bassist Tony Levin and keyboardist David Sancious. Sexton’s songs, which tap the American musical landscape - soul, gospel, R&B and country - inspired a Billboard Magazine writer to call Sexton "the finest new male singer-songwriter of recent memory." In 1994, Sexton won the National Academy of Songwriters' Artist of the Year Award. By 1996, he was opening shows for Art Garfunkel, Jackson Browne and John Hiatt. In 2005, he released the Christmas disc CampHoliday while 2007's Seeds debuted at No. 6 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart. Following up 2010's Sugarcoating, Sexton issued an EP titled Fall Like Rain, None other than John Mayer described Sexton as "the best live performer I've ever seen." Martin Sexton’s new album Mixtape of the Open Road has been described as a musical cross-country trip, blazing through all territories of style, cruising through time and place.

The Milk Carton Kids – A refreshing alternativeto the foot-stomping grandeur of the so-called folk revival, an understated virtuosity defines The Milk Carton Kids and their new album. The two years since the release of their last album, The Ash & Clay, have been significant ones for the group. In addition to a Grammy nomination for Best Folk Album, The Milk Carton Kids won Duo/Group of the Year at the Americana Music Awards in 2014. Their featured performances and interviews in T Bone Burnett & the Coen Brothers' concert documentary, "Another Day/Another Time,” brought the band its widest audience and their 55-city North American tour last year sold out months in advance. Cultural purveyors from Garrison Keillor to T Bone Burnett to Billy Bragg have hailed the duo’s importance among a group of new folk bands, both expanding and contradicting the rich tradition that precedes them. Yet while some of the band’s many accolades reference a specific genre, the duo quickly transcends those tags with clear inflections of jazz, classical, even the dark lyricism of modern alternative. This past year, The Milk Carton Kids were asked to pay tribute to Johnny Cash and Emmylou on the Joe Henry-produced remake of “Bitter Tears,” and Harris with their standing ovation performance at the tribute concert The Life & Songs of Emmylou Harris, among luminaries including Kris Kristofferson, Mavis Staples, Alison Kraus, Iron & Wine, and Harris herself. If Cash and Harris taught us that American music is meant to be taken at its expansive word, without confines or borders, The Milk Carton Kids appear to have taken the lesson to heart.

Feufollet – Once described as “The Cajun Fleetwood Mac,” this young and vibrant Southwest Louisiana band takes Cajun, honky-tonk, and string-band music as their starting point, and keeps an open mind about where their song craft will lead them. On Two Universes, their first studio album in over five years, Feufollet proves their Cajun roots don’t define them as much as propel them forward; whispers of the swamp and its time-honored waltzes trigger a modern and broad musical imagination, one that finds equal expression in blues, old-time, country ballads, rock’n’roll, whatever, all for the sake of the song.

Alison Brown has taken an unlikely path in establishing herself as one of the most critically acclaimed banjoists in the world.  A former investment banker (she has a bachelor's degree in History and Literature from Harvard and an MBA from UCLA), she toured with Alison Krauss and Union Station and Michelle Shocked before forming her own group, The Alison Brown Quartet.  She has recorded 10 critically-acclaimed solo albums, received 4 Grammy nominations, a Grammy award and the Banjo Player of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Alison is also co-founder of the internationally recognized Compass Records Group which oversees more than 600 roots music releases from the Compass Records, Green Linnet and Mulligan Records catalogs and which has been called by Billboard Magazine “one of the greatest independent labels of the last decade.”

Amy Speace - What Amy Speace says – what she sings – she says with a confluence of poetry and honesty, of emotional specificity,” writes The New York Times. Speace is one of the most heralded singers and songwriters of her generation, working for the past 10 years under the radar of the mainstream music industry.  She began her creative life in NYC in theater, mostly in Shakespeare, mostly in fringe and experimental companies.  A lifelong musician, it was a chance meeting with legend Judy Collins that changed the direction of her life when Collins invited her to join her on tour and subsequently recorded her song “The Weight of the World”, calling it “one of the best political folk songs I’ve ever heard”.   In 2013, her album How To Sleep In A Stormy Boat and its companion EP Same Old Storm brought her the best press of her career. Her latest, That Kind of Girl was released in March of this year.