Sonny Landreth - Louisiana guitarist Sonny Landreth has become one of the most respected and in-demand slide players in the business. Landreth served as a sideman with Clifton Chenier, John Mayall, Kenny Loggins and John Hiatt. On his solo releases, Landreth has shown that he’s also an expert songwriter, using a blazing technique and a variety of tunings to spice up songs that combine Cajun, swamp-rock and country. None other than Eric Clapton said Landreth is "probably the most underestimated musician on the planet and also probably one of the most advanced." In 2007, Landreth and his band opened Eric Clapton’s second “Crossroads Guitar Festival.” The following year, Landreth released “From the Reach,” a CD of his collaborations that feature guest appearances by Eric Clapton, Mark Knopfler, Vince Gill, Eric Johnson, Robben Ford, Dr. John and Jimmy Buffett. His current release, “Elemental Journey,” is an all-instrumental collection that features string arrangements played by members of Lafayette’s Acadiana Symphony Orchestra, and cameos by top-shelf guitarists including Joe Satriani and Eric Johnson.
Garland Jeffreys - An enigmatic singer/songwriter/rocker whose storied career has involved collaborations with artists ranging from John Cale to Dr. John, Garland Jeffreys has a loyal following both in the U.S. and in Europe. His music has included elements of rock, reggae and R&B while his songs have taken on political, social and racial issues. He has recorded for the Atlantic, A&M, Epic and RCA labels and, in 1977, was named Rolling Stone magazine’s “Best New Artist of the Year.” “Escape Artist,” released in 1981, featured backing from members of Graham Parker's Rumour and Bruce Springsteen's E-Street Band, as well as guest appearances by Lou Reed, David Johansen, and Linton Kwesi Johnson. His current release, “The King Of In Between,” is his first album of original material in 16 years and includes contributions by Duncan Sheik and old friend Lou Reed.
Lucius - This Brooklyn-based quintet is centered around the duo of Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. The New York Times described the band as having “luscious, luminous, lilting lullabies” and its song “Don't Just Sit There” has been featured on NPR's “All Songs Considered.” Their self-titled debut EP was recorded and produced in the Victorian house where the band was formed. Their full-length album is due for release in Autumn 2013.
Johnnyswim - Based in Nashville via Los Angeles, the husband-and-wife duo of Amanda Sudano and Abner Ramirez began writing and singing together in 2005. Ramirez studied music at Douglas Anderson School of the Arts in Jacksonville, FL, while Sudano spent her summers touring the world as a backing singer for her mother, singer Donna Summer. Inspired by a trip to India with VisitingOrphans.org, they wrote the song “Hallelujah” and donated 100 percent of the profits to the non-profit. In 2012, the duo released, “Home, Vol. 1.” An amalgam of soul, folk, pop and blues, they have been described as "a mix of Lauryn Hill and John Mayer.
James Maddock - After fronting the band Wood, whose Columbia Records debut “Songs From Stamford Hill,” was featured on TV shows such as “Dawson's Creek,” James Maddock relocated to New York City from England. His solo debut, 2009's “Sunrise On Avenue C,” won a New York Music Award for “Best Americana Album,” while the follow-up “Wake Up And Dream,” ranked among the top albums of 2011 in a WFUV Listener Poll. Maddock has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows), sang on an album with Susan McKeown, and is a resident artist at Rockwood Music Hall. According to radio legend Vin Scelsa, Maddock's "heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely crafted" music "touches the soul." His new release, “Another Life,” finds common ground between songwriters like Jesse Harris and Norah Jones and the quirkier sensibility of Loudon Wainwright.
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