Amos Lee - Influenced by classic '70s soul and folk artists, Amos Lee has an easy-going soulful style that's touches the edges of both rock, soul and pop. A South Carolina native now living in Philadelphia, Lee has a nimble, lilting voice that recalls the smooth soul of Bill Withers. Eventually landing a high-profile opening slot for Norah Jones, Lee released his self-titled debut on Blue Note Records in 2005. His appeal crossed genres and generations thanks to gorgeous acoustic-based soul ballads, simmering Al Green-styled funk and songs that sound (and feel) like instant classics. His new release is titled "Last Days at the Lodge." This fall, Lee will be opening shows for Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello.
SteelDrivers - A supergroup of seasoned, alt-country Nashville veterans who have blended their love of bluegrass with a fresh, soulful spirit. With a new release on Rounder Records and fans like Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris and Buddy Miller, the band has quickly made a name for itself. The lineup features singer/songwriter/guitarist Chris Stapleton, fiddler/singer Tammy Rogers, banjo player Richard Bailey, mandolinist Mike Henderson and bassist Mike Fleming.
Sharon Little - In less than five months, Philadelphia-based singer/songwriter Sharon Little went from working as a waitress to opening 34 shows for Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Her sultry, jazz-blues delivery has won her instant following. Joining forces with songwriter Scot Sax encouraged her growth as both a writer and performer. She was signed to CBS Records on the strength of one performance. Her CBS Records debut, "Perfect Time For A Breakdown," is receiving rave reviews while her song "Spaceship" was featured in an episode of the CBS show "Numb3rs."
Peter Bradley Adams - A native of Birmingham, AL, Peter Bradley Adams was one-half of the duo "eastmountainsouth" (along with Kat Bode) that Robbie Robertson signed to Dreamworks Records in 2001. The duo opened shows for Lucinda Williams, Traci Chapman and Lyle Lovett. After earning a Master's degree in composition and studying piano in Germany, Adams moved to Los Angeles where he studied film scoring and began writing music for TV and films. He has issued one solo release and is set to release his second, "leavetaking."
Don Dixon - Don Dixon has devoted his entire life to the popular song. Whether working as a singer, songwriter, musician or producer, he has always tried to capture the essence of his life in the moment. He began playing and recording in his mid-teens, co-founding ARROGANCE, a band that helped forge the North Carolina scene which brought the world Let's Active and The dBs, along with dozens of other bands that followed in their wake. Dixon went solo in 1983 and has released nine cds. His current CD is a new recording with his long-time touring band, Jamie Hoover and Jim Brock. After twenty years, Jamie has named the group "Don Dixon & the Jump Rabbits". The new platter is called "The Nu-Look," released in May 2008.