February 23, 2015


Amy Ray
The Teetotallers
Della Mae
Cahalen Morrison & Eli West
Karen Staley

Press Release

 Amy Ray - As half of Grammy-winning songwriting folk-rock duo the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray has always straddled the line between country and rock ‘n’ roll. Her new solo release, “Goodnight Tender,” is a collection of pure country music that was largely recorded the “old fashioned” way - gathered around a single microphone. Ray issued “Stag,” her first solo release in 2001, which showcased her roots: southern and punk rock. The disc featured the female punk band The Butchies, and a cameo by Joan Jett. Other solo releases include “Prom,” “Didn’t It Feel Kinder and “Lung of Love.” With instrumentation including fiddle, banjo, dobro, pedal steel, guitar, mandolin, “Goodnight Tender” marks a dramatic departure from her previous work, both as a solo artist and an Indigo Girl.


 Della Mae - Formed by Kimber Ludiker, this Boston-based quintet has drawn comparisons to the likes of the Avett Brothers, Lumineers, and Punch Brothers. On the strength of powerful live shows and its 2011 debut, “I Built This Heart,” the group has become a favorite at festivals and clubs around the country. In addition to Ludiker, the group features singer Celia Woodsmith; guitarist Courtney Hartman, who studied at Berklee College of Music; Nashville bassist Shelby Means; and mandolinist Jenni Lyn Gardner, whose background is traditional bluegrass. Della Mae recently participated in the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program. Selected as cultural ambassadors, the band spent 43 days traveling in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, where they collaborated with local musicians, taught educational programs for children, and played concerts for local audiences. Della Mae’s current release is titled “This World Oft Can Be.” 


 The Teetotalers - After an impromptu performance at California’s Sebastopol Celtic Festival in 2010, three of the most praised and popular virtuosos in Irish traditional music today -- fiddler and violist Martin Hayes; flute, whistle, and bodhrán player Kevin Crawford; and singer, guitarist, bouzouki and mandola player John Doyle -– have solidified the lineup into an all-star Celtic trio. From Doyle’s tenure as a founding member of Solas, and Hayes’ collaborations with the likes of Bill Frisell and Darol Anger, to Crawford’s lineage (Moving Clouds, Foxglove, Lunasa) The Teetotallers represent a breathtaking summit of talent, skill, and imagination.  


 Cahalen Morrison & Eli West – Two of the most innovative and subtle roots musicians today, Morrison & West’smusic draws from old folk sources, but it sounds vibrantly alive. Cahalen Morrison writes songs that sound like a Cormac McCarthy novel: simple, beautifully crafted, and seemingly formed from raw natural elements. Eli West brings jagged, angular arrangements based in bluegrass and old-time, but refracted through a 21st century lens. Like Ansel Adams’ photography, their music is instantly accessible and built from the simplest materials, but at the same time seems to transcend its base fundamentals. Together, Cahalen and Eli tap the root of the old country and bluegrass duets. Cahalen Morrison & Eli West’s new album, Our Lady of the Tall Trees, has been building buzz among the top echelon of roots musicians, with Tim O’Brien, Dirk Powell, and Aoife O’Donovan actively singing their praises and spreading the gospel.


 Karen Staley - Born in Weirton, WV, and raised in Hookstown, PA, Karen Staley began writing and singing Contemporary Christian music while attending West Virginia Wesleyan College in Buckhannon. Winning a talent contest at Wheeling’s Capitol Music Hall, her prize was an opening slot on the Jamboree In The Hills Festival and a regular spot on the Wheeling Jamboree radio show. Staley relocated to Nashville where she scored her first No. 1 song, the Grammy-nominated "A Face In The Crowd" recorded by Michael Martin Murphy and Holly Dunn. She also sang with her mentor Patty Loveless, and went on the road with Reba McEntire singing backup and playing guitar. Staley has recorded for MCA and Warner Bros. labels and her songs have been recorded by Faith Hill, Reba McEntire, Dolly Parton, George Jones, Conway Twitty, Kathy Mattea, Tracy Byrd, Lee Ann Rimes and Patty Loveless. Recently her song “On A Night Like This” was a huge hit for Trick Pony.