Rosanne Cash - Winning over both country and pop audiences, Grammy winning singer/songwriter Rosanne Cash has issued 14 records and charted 21 Top 40 country singles - including 11 that hit No. 1 - over the last 25 years. Touring with her father Johnny Cash after graduating from high school, her breakthrough came when her 1981 release, “Seven Year Ache” - produced by then-husband and performing partner Rodney Crowell - yielded three No. 1 singles. “Rhythm And Romance,” released in 1985, yielded two more No. 1's while 1987's “King's Record Shop” generated four successive No. 1 hits. In 1996, Cash published her first book, a short-story collection titled “Bodies of Water” and issued “10 Song Demo,” an 11-cut collection of stark home recordings. Her latest project, “The River and the Thread,” marks the third release in a trilogy that began with 2006's “Black Cadillac” and continued with 2009's “The List,” which celebrated her family's rich musical legacy. Both were nominated for Grammy Awards. “The List” was also named “Album of the Year” by the Americana Music Association. In addition, her best-selling 2010 memoir, “Composed,” was described by The Chicago Tribune as "one of the best accounts of an American life you will likely ever read." “The River and the Thread” features a long list of guests — from The Civil Wars’ John Paul White and Derek Trucks to legends like John Prine and Tony Joe White. Said one reviewer, “The River and the Thread” is a kaleidoscopic examination of the geographic, emotional, and historic landscape of the American South.
Hurray For The Riff Raff - Alynda Lee Segarra, the singer/songwriter behind Hurray For The Riff Raff, came to international attention in 2012 with her release, “Look Out Mama,” which earned raves from NPR, “The New York Times” and Mojo - and a slot at the coveted Newport Folk Festival. Of Puerto Rican decent, Segarra grew up in the Bronx where she developed an early appreciation for doo-wop and Motown. But it was her weekly trips to the Lower East side for punk matinees at ABC No Rio that set her on her musical course. After hitchhiking across country, she settled in New Orleans where she fell in with a group of itinerant folk-roots musicians. Her time in the city was the inspiration for many of the songs on her release, “Small Town Heroes.”
Chuck Mead & the Grassy Knoll Boys - After moving to Nashville from his hometown of Lawrence, KS, in the ‘90s, Chuck Mead co-founded the groundbreaking alt country group BR549. The group’s seven albums earned three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for “Best Overseas Touring Act.” Meade then formed The Hillbilly All-Stars which featured members of The Mavericks, co-produced tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2009, he released his solo debut, “Journeyman’s Wager” and toured with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys. As Music Director for the Broadway smash “Million Dollar Quartet,” Meade arranged and supervised the musical performances for its 2008 Chicago opening, created new music material for the show’s Tony Award-winning Broadway run, produced the original cast album, and oversaw the music for its smash 2011 premiere at London’s Noël Coward Theatre. In 2013, MDQ broke the Chicago record for longest running musical. In 2014, he released “Free State Serenade,” by Chuck Mead & His Grassy Knoll Boys.
Willie Watson - As one of the founders of Old Crow Medicine Show, Willie Watson had a hand in the recent jug-band revival. Since leaving the band in 2011, he remains both a champion and innovator of traditional folk music. While Old Crow focused on uptempo dance tunes - which easily whipped the crowd into a frenzy - Watson has now gravitated to the quieter - and often darker - storytelling side. His solo debut, “Folk Singer Vol. 1,” recalls the tremendously influential 1952 compilation, “Anthology of American Folk Music,” which helped kick-start the ‘60s folk revival and was captured in the Coen brothers’ film “Inside Llewyn Davis.” The CD was produced by David Rawlings at Nashville’s Woodland Sound Studios, the studio he co-owns with Gillian Welch. Says Rawlings, “Willie is the only one of his generation who can make me forget these songs were ever sung before.”