- Influenced by singer/songwriters like John Prine and Cat Stevens, as well as
classic rock bands like the Eagles and The Band, Massachuset native Stephen
Kellogg crosses many stylistic boundaries. He issued solo releases in 2000 and
2002 but it was 2004's “Bulletproof Heart” that landed him a deal with
Universal Records. “Glassjaw Boxer,” his 2007 release with his longtime band
The Sixers, made it into “USA Today’s” “Top Five of the year.” Kellogg has
shared stages with Train, Sugarland, OAR, and Josh Ritter, while his songs have
appeared in numerous films and TV shows including “One Tree Hill,” “Men of a
Certain Age,” and “Mercy.” His current release is titled “South, West, North,
East” and, as the name implies, was recorded in different regions of the U.S.
The 20 songs range from Southern rock (recorded in Nashville and Atlanta) and a
cowboy motif (recorded on a farm in Boulder, CO) to an indie rock feel
(recorded in a cabin in Woodstock, NY) and a singer/songwriter format (recorded
in Washington DC).
Peter Case -
After founding L.A.’s rocking Plimsouls, Peter Case began his solo career in
1986 and helped launch the “unplugged” movement - and, in the process, quickly
became a favorite of artists including Bruce Springsteen. With a few Plimsouls
reunions in between, Case continued issuing a string of acclaimed solo albums.
His 1986 solo Geffen Record debut earned him his first Grammy nomination for
the song "Old Blue Car" as well as the No. 1 spot on The New York
Time's 1986 “Best CDs” list. In 2000, he compiled a tribute to Mississippi John
Hurt featuring contributions from Lucinda Williams, Dave Alvin, and John
Sebastian. Four years later, Case celebrated 20 years as a solo artist with the
release of the compilation “Who's Gonna Go Your Crooked Mile?” “Let Us Now
Praise Sleepy John,” issued in 2007, earned him his third Grammy nomination.
“The Case Files,” a collection of demos, outtakes, live tracks and other odds
and ends draw n from Case's solo career between 1985 and 2010, appeared in 2011.
In 2015, Case returned with a new studio album, “HWY 62,” which features guitar
work by Ben Harper.
- Classically trained on violin and voice, Miranda Mulholland is a member of
the group Great Lake Swimmers, and has become an in-demand fiddler and singer
who can cover a wide range of styles. She is also a member of Belle Starr and
Harrow Fair, a duo with Andrew Penner of Sunparlour Players. Mulholland has
sung and played fiddle with Jim Cuddy, Steven Page, Calexico, Joel Plaskett,
Rose Cousins, and Alan Doyle, and has toured with the celtic rock bands The
Mahones and The Peelers, The Paperboys, The Glengarry Bhoys and the alt-country
band Luther Wright and the Wrongs. She studied Opera Performance at The
University of Western Ontario and McGill University and has appeared in various
theater presentations. Her debut full length solo album, “Whipping Boy,” was
released in 2014 on her own Roaring Girl label, which has quickly gained a
reputation as a home for diverse artists.
has been through the wringer. Since launching his career in the late '90s, the
Nashville singer-songwriter has grinded it out on the road, touring through the
dead of winter in an RV with no heat; released albums that, while critically
acclaimed, didn't result in the kind of commercial success many predicted; and
even stared down an early death, surviving a wicked traffic accident in 2008,
an experience that framed his poignant 2009 album The Wreckage. Yet Hoge has
persevered. And that live experience is woven throughout his latest project,
Small Town Dreams, a collection of songs ranging from Stones-y rock 'n' roll to
Kristofferson country, that reflects an artist taking stock of where he is as a
father, a husband, a man.
Kinky Friedman A Texas original; author, activist and
musician Kinky Friedman has reinvented himself yet again, this time with his
first all new studio album in nearly forty years. Just signed to Avenue A
Records/Thirty Tigers, Kinky, with the help of producer Brian Molnar and guitarist
Joe Cirotti, presents an "all new Kinky," with his cd, 'The Loneliest
Man I Ever Met.' Filled with never-heard-before Kinky originals and beautifully
rendered covers of such artists as Tom Waits, Warren Zevon and Willie Nelson,
the new cd is all about Kinky's ultimate ability to deliver much more than just
a funny line or humorous tune. The spare, yet lush arrangements all point up
Kinky's unique talent as both a songwriter and interpreter of great material.
Guest performers Nelson, Little Jewford and Mickey Raphael support but never
override the simplicity and grace of the tunes and the artist.