Josh Ritter & Royal City Band - Since the release of his critically-acclaimed album “Golden Age of Radio,” Idaho-born Josh Ritter has been splitting his time between the US and Ireland. He’s been selling out clubs and theaters on both sides of the Atlantic, and earning raves from publications ranging from “The Washington Post” to “The Irish Times.” He was recently included in Paste Magazine’s “100 greatest living songwriters” alongside Dylan, Springsteen, and Neil Young and folk-icon Joan Baez has covered one of his songs. Stephen King named “The Animal Years” as his Number One album of 2006 and “Entertainment Weekly” named Ritter among its “The 10 Most Exciting Artists Now.” Ritter and band have performed with the New York and Boston Pops and the Minnesota Orchestra. His new release is titled “So Runs the World Away.”
Judy Collins - Inspired by trailblazers like Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger, and the traditional songs of the ‘50s folk revival, Judy Collins embarked on a career that has lasted more than four decades. During that time, the chanteuse has spanned several genres of music with hits like “Both Sides Now” (now in the Grammy’s Hall of Fame), “Someday Soon” and “Send in the Clowns,” which earned her a Grammy for “Song of the Year” in 1975. In 2003, she authored a book titled “Sanity and Grace, A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength,” a memoir that focused on the death of her only son and the subsequent healing process. In 2008, she oversaw an album featuring artists ranging from Dolly Parton and Joan Baez to Rufus Wainwright and Chrissie Hynde covering her compositions; she also released a collection of Beatles covers and received an honorary doctorate from Pratt Institute. Her current CD is titled “Paradise” and features songs penned by Joan Baez, Tom Paxton and Jimmy Webb.
Mary Gauthier - Alt-country singer/songwriter Mary Gauthier ("Go-Shay") exploded onto the scene in 1999 - at age 35 - following the release of “Drag Queens in Limousines” which earned four stars in “Rolling Stone.” Gauthier writes what she knows: She was put up for adoption by her birth mother and, at 15, she stole a car from her adopted parents and hit the road, eventually spending her 18th birthday in a Kansas jail. After attending culinary school, Gauthier opened the successful Dixie Kitchen restaurant in Boston's Back Bay. Her current release, the autobiographical “The Foundling,” chronicles her search for her birth family through song. It was produced by the Cowboy Junkies’ Michael Timmins and features his sister Margo on vocals.
Megan McCormick - At 23, Nashville-based Megan McCormick is already turning heads as the proverbial triple threat: she has garnered praise for her exceptional songwriting, beautiful vocal style and virtuoso guitar playing. Born in Idaho and raised in Alaska, McCormick moved to Nashville at age 16 after receiving the coveted Public Performance Scholarship at East Tennessee State University. She quickly became an integral part of the city’s vibrant singer/songwriter community. McCormick’s debut, “Honest Words,” has been described as “raw, heavy, beautiful rock ‘n’ roll” and was produced by Grammy Award-winner Dave O'Donnell (John Mayer, Joss Stone, James Taylor).
Serena Ryder - Armed with a riveting stage presence, a powerful three-octave range and intensely passionate songs, Canadian singer/songwriter Serena Ryder has been wowing audiences throughout the world. Now signed to Atlantic Records, her current tour includes dates on the revived Lilith Fair Tour. Ryder was recently named “Artist of the Week” by Paste, and her full-length debut, “is it o.k.,” premiered at No. 1 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers Albums” chart, making it the week’s top-selling album by a new or developing artist. The disc has already been certified “gold” in Canada and received a 2009 Juno Award for “Adult Alternative Album of the Year.”
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