The Jayhawks- Based on the brilliant harmony and expert songwriting of Gary Louris and Mark Olson, The Jayhawks emerged out of their Minneapolis scene into the forefront of the alt-country boom of the 1990s. Their breakthrough album, 1991’s Hollywood Town Hall and its follow-up Tomorrow the Green Grass, were recently re-mastered and reissued in celebration of the 20th Anniversary of their release. After enjoying success as solo artists, Louris and Olson have reconvened with the original Jayhawks line-up and plan to release Mockingbird Time, their first album of new material in 15 years, on September 20.
Hot Tuna- Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame member Jorma Kaukonen formed Hot Tuna with Jack Casady in the 1960s as a side project of San Francisco’s Jefferson Airplane. The group’s first studio album in 20 years, Steady as She Goes, was recorded at Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, New York, with producer Larry Campbell and released in April 2011. The album captures the energy of Hot Tuna’s live performances with Barry Mitterhoff on mandolin, Skoota Warner on drums as well as Campbell joining them on guitar, fiddle, organ and vocals.
Karan Casey & John Doyle- Two of the founding members of the Irish Folk group Solas, Casey & Doyle teamed up for Exiles Return in 2010. The album features Casey’s enchanting voice and Doyle’s accomplished and tasteful instrumental skills on charming renditions of traditional Irish songs, exceeding the already high expectations of their previous works.
Ha Ha Tonka – Formed in Springfield, MO. This indie-rock quartet signed to Bloodshot Records in 2007 after a string of successful, self-released albums under the name
Amsterband. Their latest release Death of a Decade was referred to by AllMusic as being “Smart, ambitious, literate and fun at the same time.” The group was recently featured on an Ozark episode of the Travel Channel’s “Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations.” Singer Brian Roberts recently described the group’s sound to CMT.com as “Alabama meets Arcade Fire.”
Southeast Engine- Mixing Appalachian heritage and indie-rock sensibility, Southeast Engine’s fifth CD Canary tells a fictional story of a mountain-region family amidst the Great Depression. Founded in 1999 by OU students Adam Remnant and Leo DeLuca, the group signed to North Carolina based Misra Records in 2007 and found its broadest audience yet with their 2009 effort From the Forest to the Sea. Recently featured on NPR’s “World Café: Next” series, the group sets out on a month-long tour of the East Coast and Canada with DC based group These United States in September.
Plus a special cameo appearance by Todd Burge.
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