Tift Merritt - After
years of touring work with regional groups Two Dollar Pistols and the Carbines,
this Texas-born, North Carolina-raised singer-songwriter burst on the
alt-country scene in 2002 with her solo debut Bramble Rose. With an assist from fellow North Carolinian Ryan
Adams, Merritt signed to Lost Highway Records, and her 2004 release, Tambourine was nominated for a Grammy.
After a Grammy nomination, and Top 10s in The New Yorker and Time Magazine,
Merritt moved to Paris where she wrote the material for 2008's Another Country. Her current CD, See You on the Moon, was recorded in North Carolina with some of her former bandmates. Tucker Martine, known
for his work with Bill Frisell and The Decemberists, signed on as producer and
guests included pedal steel ace Greg Leisz and My Morning Jacket’s Jim
David Lindley - An
eclectic, multi-instrumentalist of the highest order, David Lindley performs
music that mixes and matches a dizzying array of influences. Known for his many
years as the featured accompanist with Jackson Browne, and leader of his own El
Rayo-X, Lindley has long championed the concept of world music. Using an array
of instruments including lap steel, the Turkish saz and Middle Eastern oud,
Lindley’s shows effortlessly combine American folk, blues and bluegrass
traditions with African, Arabic, Asian, Celtic, Malagasy, and Turkish musical
sources. Lindley’s resume includes collaborating on Ry Cooder’s Bop Till you Drop LP and the soundtrack
from The Long Riders, and six-years
touring the world with Jordanian born percussionist Hani Naser. The list of
Lindley’s sessions is as diverse as his musical influences. He’s recorded with
a long list of artists including Little Feat, Rod Stewart, Dolly Parton, Linda
Ronstadt, Carlene Carter, the Bangles, Emmylou Harris, Holly Cole and the Blind
Boys of Alabama. His 2010 release with Jackson Browne, Love Is Strange: En Vivo Con Tino, is a stunning document of the
duo’s tour in Spain, accompanied by top shelf Spanish players.
Bearfoot - Winners of
the fiercely competitive Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition in 2001,
Bearfoot came to Nasvhille by way of its native Alaska. Following the success of Bearfoot's 2009 debut, Doors And Windows which debuted at No. 1
on Billboard Magazine’s Bluegrass chart, the band had an abrupt changing of the guard.
Original members Angela Oudean and Jason Norris recruited Todd Grebe, another
Alaskan transplant, and singer-songwriter Nora Jane Struthers and bassist P.J.
George - both former members of the band Bootleggers which took bluegrass
honors at Telluride in 2011. Bearfoot’s new release, American Story, adds percussion, electric bass and accordion to the
mix to weave together styles ranging from string band and hardcore bluegrass to
Fitzgerald & Ford
- Collectively and separately an integral part of the Alaskan music scene for
more than two decades, Pat Fitzgerald and Robin Dale Ford are part of their
state’s unique musical landscape where rock and acoustic music can find common
ground. Pat was a drummer for the seminal Alaskan rock band The Glass Bead Game
while Robin, playing banjo, was part of the old-time and bluegrass revival.
After she picked up the electric bass, the two collaborated in a number of
bands including Stir Crazy, The Flyers, The Firewalkers and their current
group, DANG! At the same time the couple maintained solo acoustic careers and,
in the late ‘90s, began touring the U.S., Canada as an acoustic duo.
Steve Brown & the
Bailers - Led by singer-songwriter Steve Brown, this popular Alaska
band features acoustic guitars, mandolin, upright bass, and percussion. The
band recently had appeared on Michael Fieldman’s “Whad’ya Know?” and is a
staple at fairs and festivals.
Susan Grace - Originally from Alaska, folk-singer and songwriter Susan Grace draws inspiration from the natural beauty, spirit and community found in the 49th state. Often referred to as Alaska's Joan Baez, Grace performed as a special guest when Mountain Stage traveled to Fairbanks in August, 2012