With recruitments from both NBC's 'The Voice' and 'America's Got Talent' in the last two years as well as placing in a national song competition for two tracks from her first studio release, independent artist Michelle Moonshine has honed her craft in producing her own blend of Country driven Americana.
With upbeat tempos, catchy vocal lines and heartfelt lyrics; it's still her unique voice that truly engages a listener at a performance. Her timbre can be described as incredibly sweet and whimsical, yet saturated with feeling that draws you in to listening for every word. Since enlisting a group of talented musicians to serve as her backing band in 2015, they've developed a dynamic together which is both a treat to listen to and watch.
Tylor & The Train Robbers debut album "Gravel" is a perfect blend of gritty americana and outlaw honky tonk. This album has been described as honest, inviting and quintessentially western (Micheal Deeds - Idaho Statesman). Released in May of 2017, "Gravel" is a compilation of 10 original songs written by lead singer Tylor Ketchum.
Tylor describes this album as a snapshot of the band just as you’d hear them at a live show. Currently, the Train Robbers are on the road touring throughout the US and are working on recording their second studio album, due out in the summer of 2018.
Sugar and the Mint have become a professional and dynamic young musical group. They play a blend of new old-time, contemporary bluegrass and indie-folk music.
In 2014, they won FIRST PLACE at the Payson Fiddle-in-Band competition and FIRST PLACE at The Old-time Country Band competition at the Wickenburg Fiddle championships. In 2015, they took THIRD PLACE at Pickin’ in the Pines Bluegrass Festival and were honored to play in the second round on the main stage. In 2016, Sugar and the Mint took FIRST PLACE at the 2016 Pickin' in the Pines Music Festival in Flagstaff, and FIRST PLACE at the 2016 Wickenburg Bluegrass Festival Gospel Band Competition, in Wickenburg, Arizona.
This June, at the internationally acclaimed 44th Annual Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Prescott's own Sugar and the Mint swept First Place in the Festival's 2017 Band Contest.
Colorado’s FY5 proudly swim in the deep currents of American music—classic bluegrass, tried-and-true honky tonk, country swing and skillfully spun folk tales. While their sound evokes timelessness, it is a decidedly contemporary, well-traveled 21st century sensibility that informs their songwriting. Their tunes draw on the bumps, bruises and laugh lines earned when we find ourselves in the “bogs” of backroads, dive bars, and long, lonesome nights.
In this stream, a vibrant cast of characters populates their latest album FY5—brave Rocky Mountain snowplow drivers, hard living musicians, housewives, lovers, drifters, drinkers and dreamers. The album was enthusiastically embraced in their home state, coming in as the #1 bluegrass CD on Colorado radio for 2011, with the 2nd most “spins” overall for the year.
Balsam Range’s assent to the top of the Bluegrass world has left a well marked trail of success since the band's inception in 2007. One of the genre’s most award winning artists in recent years garnering ten International Bluegrass Music Association Awards to date with five critically acclaimed albums, Balsam Range has put on live performances across the nation, including multiple Grand Old Opry appearances that have left audiences spellbound.
Nominated for three International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards (Entertainer, Vocal Group, and Vocalist of the Year) for 2016, Balsam Range is offering something that is sure to continue to mesmerize fans of Bluegrass and beyond with their new release Mountain Voodoo, due out November 11 on Mountain Home.
Mandolin Orange is an Americana/folk duo based out of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.The group was formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina and consists of the group's songwriter Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz.
Mandolin Orange has produced five albums of Marlin's original works bearing the stamp of folk, country, bluegrass, gospel and pop, all mingled in a unique melange perhaps best described simply as modern American roots music.
The members of Lake Street Dive—named after an avenue of seedy bars in Michael "McDuck" Olson's native Minneapolis—met in 2004 as students at Boston's New England Conservatory of Music. Powerhouse singer Rachael Price fronted the quartet and drummer Michael Calabrese filled out the rhythm section.
Though they were all studying jazz, their work together took an altogether different shape, informed by their love of classic pop, particularly from the '60s, when pop could mean the Beatles, the Supremes, Dusty Springfield, or the Beach Boys. They recognized the virtuosity—and timelessness—in the efforts of studio musicians like Muscle Shoals' legendary Swampers and L.A.'s Wrecking Crew. Similarly, their original repertoire combined musical sophistication with an easy going groove.
Isaac Horn, Lincoln Mick, and Sarah Wood connected through the choral program at Lipscomb University. Exploring a vulnerability and purity of experience achieved through the use of acoustic instruments, The Arcadian Wild layers thoughtful texts expressed in rich three-part harmony overtop arrangements of guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and banjo.
Tashi (15) and Kaj (12) Litch are brothers living on Orcas Island Washington. Their musical lives began with the local weekly Irish session along with Suzuki violin from the age of 5. Tashi was given his first mandolin at the age of 9 and began busking with it 10 minutes later with Kaj playing fiddle. They were spotted by Brandi Carlile and invited to play with her at Benaroya Hall to a standing ovation. Kaj added the guitar at the age of 9 and quickly fell in love with it. They have been lucky enough to study and play with many of their heroes, Liz Caroll, Chris Eldridge, David Grisman to name a few. They discovered Bluegrass through the music of Skaggs and Rice and this journey began.
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition.