Buddy & Jim - The duo of “Buddy & Jim” combines the talents of Jim Lauderdale and Buddy Miller, two of Nashville’s most accomplished and best-loved musicians. With three decades of music and friendship behind them - and a shared love of “brother acts” like the Louvins, the Everlys, the Delmores - the two joined forces to put their spin on some of their favorite songs of the genre. The result, the aptly-named “Friendship,” was produced by acclaimed singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Grammy winner Miller, now one of the most sought-after producers in the business. His credits include releases by Solomon Burke, Patty Griffin, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and music from the hit television show “Nashville.” Meanwhile, Lauderdale, a two-time Grammy winner, helped pioneer the Americana movement and has had his songs recorded by George Strait, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill, Mark Chesnutt, Kathy Mattea, and George Jones. His releases include collaborations with artists as diverse as Ralph Stanley, Robert Hunter and Donna the Buffalo. Lauderdale is the founder and host of Nashville’s popular Music City Roots show and, with Miller, co-hosts a radio show on Sirius XM Outlaw Radio.
Corb Lund - Born into a family of longtime ranchers, Corb Lund grew up on his family's cattle ranch in the small town of Taber in Alberta’s southern foothills. Now a Juno-winning songwriter and musician, Lund writes story songs that range from rockabilly and Western swing to cowboy ballads, country-rock and yodeling. Recording in Nashville with producer Harry Stinson, Lund’s releases have garnered praise at home (where they have been certified “gold”) and in the U.S. None other than Miranda Lambert recently Tweeted that she's a "total fan" of Lund and asked him to open a show for her and country singer (and “Mountain Stage” alum) Dierks Bentley. His 2012 release, “Cabin Fever,” was included on “best-of” lists by The Oregonian and No Depression. Lund recently toured with Hayes Carll who guested on “Cabin Fever’s” “Bible on the Dash.” Nine of Lund’s songs form the basis of an exhibition at Calgary’s Glenbow Museum titled "No Roads Here: Corb Lund’s Alberta" that explores the unique history of Alberta from gambling and Mormonism to early prohibition and the early days of oil drilling.
The Chapin Sisters - Raised in Brooklyn, Abigail and Lily Chapin were born into a family of great musicians who passed on their love and respect for American roots music. Influenced by their father, three-time Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Tom Chapin; their grandfather jazz drummer Jim Chapin; and their singer/songwriter uncle, Harry Chapin, the Chapin Sisters’ music revels in close sibling harmonies. Growing up in Brooklyn, the sisters joined forces with their musical relatives to take part in the World Hunger Year and Long Island Cares benefit concerts inaugurated by Harry Chapin in the ‘60s. Those benefits continue to this day. The group began to attract attention in 2004 when its acoustic take on Britney Spears “Toxic” began airing on Los Angeles radio stations. The sisters have recorded on albums by Vetiver, Gary Louris (Jahawks), Will Oldham and WV native Ann Magnuson. Their full-length debut, “Lake Bottom,” was a collaboration with their other sister, Jessica, who has since left the group to be a mother. On their upcoming release, “A Date With the Everly Brothers,” Abigail and Lily put their harmonies to good use, revisiting their favorite Everly Brothers’ songs.
Blue Yonder - From Charleston, Blue Yonder features the songs of songwriter John Lilly backed by guitarist extraordinaire Robert Shafer and stand-up bassist Will Carter. Lilly took first place in both the 2005 “Ghost Writers in the Sky” song contest and the 2010 "Next Great Road Song" contest (sponsored by Spin and Midas). He has also served as editor of West Virginia's Goldenseal magazine since 1997. A two-time winner of the prestigious Walnut Valley National Flat Picking Championship, guitarist Robert Shafer has released seven recordings, solo and with other champion pickers including Robin Kessinger, Steve Kaufman, and Johnny Staats. Bassist Will Carter has played with numerous bluegrass and old time bands over the years whose members have included fiddler Bobby Taylor and Nashville banjoist/producer Alison Brown. He founded the Appalachian String Band Music Festival and the Charleston Jazz Series. Ardent fans of roots country, Lilly - who once worked as a guide in Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum - Shafer and Carter conjure up authentic country and honky-tonk grooves.
Sturgill Simpson – Born in Kentucky and based out of
Nashville, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Sturgill Simpson first made a name
for himself among fans of independent country music as the frontman of the high-energy
band Sunday Valley. Looking to revitalize the neo-traditional sounds that
fellow Kentuckians Ricky Skaggs and Keith Whitley pioneered in the 80’s, Simpson went solo, and by the end of the year
was opening for Dwight Yoakam in front of a sold-out audience in Mission, TX. Simpson
is now primed to issue his first proper solo release, Life Ain’t Fair and the World is Mean, which features
contributions from Country Music Hall of Fame member Hargus “Pig” Robbins,
among others. Said Simpson of the project, “I am attempting to make what I
believe to be the purest, most uncompromising Hard Country album anyone has
heard in 30 years.”
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