Margo Price - First impressions matter. Especially on
a debut album. Time and attention-strapped listeners size up an artist within a
song or two, then move on or delve in further. Fortunately, it only takes Margo
Price about twenty-eight seconds to convince you that you're hearing the
arrival of a singular new talent. "Hands of Time," the opener on
'Midwest Farmer's Daughter' (coming Spring 2016, Third Man Records), is an
invitation, a mission statement and a starkly poetic summary of the 32-year old
singer's life, all in one knockout, self-penned punch. Easing in over a groove
of sidestick, bass and atmospheric guitar, Price sings, "When I rolled out
of town on the unpaved road, I was fifty-seven dollars from bein' broke . .
." It has the feel of the first line of a great novel or opening scene in
a classic film. There's an expectancy, a brewing excitement. And as the song
builds, strings rising around her, Price recalls hardships and heartaches --
the loss of her family's farm, the death of her child, problems with men and
the bottle. There is no self-pity or over-emoting. Her voice has that alluring
mix of vulnerability and resilience that was once the province of Loretta and
Dolly. It is a tour-de-force performance that is vivid, deeply moving and all
true. As Price looks ahead to a busy 2016, full of touring and
promoting 'Midwest Farmer's Daughter,' she reflects on her hopes for what
listeners might get from these songs. "I hope that the record helps people
get through hard times or depression. That's ultimately what music did for me
in my childhood, and especially in my early adult years. It's about being able
to connect personally with a song, and hopefully, it makes you feel not so
Solas - 2016 marks the 20th Anniversary of the quintessential Irish-American band, Solas. Formed in 1996, in a manner befitting their name (Gaelic for "light”), Solas burst onto the Irish music scene and instantly became a beacon – an incandescent ensemble that found contemporary relevance in timeless traditions. 11 albums later, with numerous awards to their credit, and more miles traveled touring the world to count, Solas will mark this milestone with a exciting new recording project and tour, ALL THESE YEARS. It is a celebration of a band that, from its inception, captured the musical world’s attention and went on to become one of the most influential groups in the history of Irish music. ALL THESE YEARS sees Solas reuniting with all the members of the band, past and present, to record new material and embark on a year long world tour. Anchored by founding members Seamus Egan (flute, tenor banjo, mandolin, whistles, guitars, bodhran) and Winifred Horan (violins, vocals), who form the backbone of the uniquely definable Solas sound, long time members Eamon McElholm (guitars, keyboards, vocals), and Mick McAuley (button accordion, vocals) and newest member, the dynamic Moira Smiley (vocals, banjo), Solas is musically at the top of their game and continues to be the standard bearer not only for great Irish music, but great music in any genre.
Dead Man Winter - Dave Simonett sings, plays guitar and writes songs for the acoustic band
Trampled by Turtles. Dead Man Winter is his electric rock & roll
band featuring a cast of talented musicians that happen to be dear
The Company Stores - The Company Stores is a modern Appalachian rock band from Charleston, WV. The band blends many styles of classic and modern music, mixing Appalachian folk with modern rock and electronic dance, all tied together by vocalist Casey Litz's powerful voice. The band just finished recording their second album, Little Lights, at Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville, NC, and are set to release it during the Spring 2017. The majority of the band's Mountain Stage set will be from the new album, giving fans a taste of what's to come and the evolution of their sound.
Jonny Fritz - Born in Montana and raised in Esmont, Virginia Jonny has passed weeks in nearly every city in the United States, and plenty others overseas, cramming ten lives into one. Despite the vitalism and exploits he’s gained a name for, most of his music comes from the smaller moments. He takes a little piece of life, unnoticed by most, then steeps it in song until it’s ready for vinyl. In contrast to the heartsick Dad Country, the songs of Sweet Creep are, if not always brimming, at least fully accepting of his fortunes. Jonny is a torchbearer in that celebrated country music tradition of giant-sized personalities overflowing into song. John Hartford, Roger Miller, Billy Joe Shaver – fans look to these country musicians for more than just music. They look for life, for outrageous legend, for a showmanship on and off stage that Jonny Fritz will never fail to deliver. He might not have shot anybody, or spent any considerable time in prison, but on Sweet Creep, he reminds himself and his fans, that sometimes great lives can also be pretty good ones.