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Featured Artists of the Hootenanny Cafe

These are just some of the many fine artists featured on the hootenanny cafe that airs every Sunday at 9:00PM (Eastern). The show can be heard locally on 93.5FM or world wide at www.wtbq.com

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Paul Mills Paul Mills — June 26, 2017

Paul Mills is a graduate engineer, musician, musical arranger, graphic designer, and record producer/engineer. This unique combination of skills has resulted in a varied career. He joined CBC Radio in 1972 as a music producer and later moved over to the Radio Drama department as producer and executive producer. As a music producer for CBC Radio in the Seventies, he conceived and produced a national folk music program called “Touch The Earth” which was hosted by Sylvia Tyson. As a drama producer, he helped develop the award-winning series, “The Scales of Justice” which was later adapted for CBC Television. Later, he was put in charge of planning the radio facilities in the new CBC building in Downtown Toronto and eventually became a senior manager for CBC Radio. In addition to his work at CBC, Paul Mills has been part of the Canadian folk music scene and recording industry for over forty years. He has produced close to 200 albums working with artists such as the late Stan Rogers (all but one of Rogers’ albums were produced by Mills), Sharon, Lois and Bram, Ron Hynes and John Allan Cameron. He is one of the founding partners of the folk music record label called the “Borealis Recording Company”. He operates his own recording studio called “The Millstream” which is kept busy with several of his own record production projects.

Albums produced or engineered by Paul have earned four gold records (sales over 50,000), two platinum records (sales over 100,000), 5 Juno nominations – Canada’s equivalent of the Grammies, and 5 East Coast Music Awards. Natalie MacMaster’s record, “My Roots are Showing”, which Paul engineered, won the 1999 Juno award for best instrumental album. Sharon Lois & Bram’s recording “Skinnamarink TV”, co-produced by Paul won the 2000 Juno for “Best Children’s Album”. Ron Hynes’ CD “Get Back Change”, received the East Coast Music Awards nod for Best Album and Best Country Album of the year in 2004.

As a performer, Paul has extensive experience in both ensemble and solo settings. His primary instrument is guitar but he is also accomplished on mandolin, banjo, bass and ukulele. He has played small clubs, concert halls and folk festivals all over Canada. In 2006, Paul released a solo album, “The Other Side of the Glass” to wide critical praise. Paul is also one-half of the duo Crabtree & Mills which has released three critically acclaimed albums.

In addition to his work as a producer and performer, Paul has served on various Boards: he is a Past President of the Ontario Council of Folk Festivals (Now Folk Music Ontario) and has served on the Boards of Folk Music Canada and the Canadian Folk Music Awards. He is currently on the Board of the Home County Music and Art Festival in London, Ontario. In 2011, Paul was recognized for his contributions to the folk music community by being given the Estelle Klein Award by Folk Music Ontario.

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KJ Denhert, Hope Machine KJ Denhert, Hope Machine — June 11, 2017

Award winning singer-songwriter KJ Denhert is home in NY writing songs for an 11th album. Her voice is powerful, her lyrics full of intelligent insight and her musicianship impeccable.

KJ is a powerful performer, who has toured the world. She will be performing at this year's Clearwater festival at Croton Point Park on June 17 and 18.

Joining KJ on The Hootenanny Cafe to help pay homage to the return of the Greater Hudson Revival, is Hope Machine (Fred Gillen Jr and Steve Kirkman). This is going to be a great show. You will also hear the music of some of the other outstanding artists performing at this year's festival, such as Tom Chaping, Guy Davis, Tom Paxton Arlo Guthrie, Holly Near and so many others.

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Rembering Stan Rogers, with Paul Mills Rembering Stan Rogers, with Paul Mills — June 4, 2017

Stan Rogers was a Canadian singer and songwriter who is well-known for his narrative style of song writing chronicling Canada's history and people. He died tragically at the young age of 33 in a fire aboard an Air Canada flight while returning from a performance at the Kerrville Folk Festival in Texas. Paul Mills is the Canadian record producer who produced all but one of Rogers' albums. He met Stan in 1970 in London, Ontario and they became close friends. Stan's first album, Fogarty's Cove was financed by Mitch Podolak, the founder of the Winnipeg Folk Festival and it was produced by Mills in 1975. Paul and Stan went on to collaborate on 4 more albums before Stan's tragic death in 1983. After Stan died, Paul worked closely with his widow, Ariel Rogers to keep Stan's music alive. Four more albums were released including a concert recording, a collection of previously unreleased material and a "Best of" collection. In 2012, Paul remastered the 5 albums Stan had recorded during his life. Paul was also one of the founders of Borealis Records, the label that currently distributes Stan Rogers' recordings.

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Fred Gillen Jr Fred Gillen Jr — May 29, 2017

Fred Gillen Jr is a singer/ songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from New York's artistically rich Hudson Valley. In his songwriting and in performance he has never been afraid to take on controversial or politically-charged topics, and he seamlessly incorporates folk, punk, rock, spoken word, country, and Americana styles into his music. 2017 brings the release of his 10th full-length, independent album, "What She Said." It comes out on a milestone date, the 20th anniversary of his 1997 debut "Intentions As Big As the Sky." The twelve songs on the album poetically express his views about the world, while also showcasing his unique acoustic and electric guitar style and heart-felt singing. Gillen began his music career in the late 1980's as a bass guitarist with New York metro area bands including, most notably, the "CMJ Jackpot Pick" Rain Deputies and progressive rock band Modern Mass, performing at legendary NYC venues such as CBGB, Mercury Lounge, Irving Plaza, and the Lonestar Roadhouse. In 1996 he shifted his focus to being a singer/ songwriter and recording engineer and producer. An extremely prolific songwriter, Gillen's material covers a wide range of topics, but tends to lean towards social commentary. His nine previous solo albums and two albums with Hope Machine have received radio play and glowing reviews all over the world. His songs have also been featured on ABC-TV's "All My Children," MSG Network's "NYC Soundtracks," NPR's "Car Talk," the CMJ "Music Marathon" album, and Folk Alliance's "War and Politics" album. In 2012 his version of Woody Guthrie's "I Ain't Got No Home" was featured on Pete Seeger's "Pete Remembers Woody," an album of Pete Seeger's spoken stories about Woody Guthrie, interspersed with various artists performing the songs. His songs have been recorded by several other Hudson Valley artists, and the band Solar Punch has performed their version of his song "Sing Sing Sing" all over India and Nepal. As a performer Gillen has played solo shows all over the U.S. and Europe. His first European Tour was supported by a NYFA (New York State Foundation for the Arts) grant. He has opened for a wide variety of artists including Merle Haggard, David Bromberg Big Band, Todd Rundgren, and Fred Eaglesmith, and he has performed on stage with Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, Tom Chapin, John Hall and other great folk and rock artists. He is equally at home on a big festival or theatre stage as he is at a house concert, farmers' market, or in the NYC subways as part of the Music Under New York program. He has built a substantial following with his spontaneity, soaring voice, storytelling, and ability to connect in many different venues and contexts. Besides his solo shows, he regularly performs with Hope Machine, Gillen & Turk, Hot Rod Pacer, and Guthrie's Ghost. Most recently a project producing a song co-written by Grammy-winning songwriter and fiddler Lisa Gutkin and Woody Guthrie has led to he and Gutkin playing some shows as a duo. Gillen also plays as a sideman playing guitar, bass, and percussion with various NY metro and Hudson valley artists. Gillen is a busy recording engineer and producer, primarily working out of his own studio "Woody's House" in Croton on Hudson, NY. He often co-writes with various members of his Hudson Valley music community, and has served as President of Tribes Hill, a non-profit HV music organization. Gillen's community work also informs his songwriting. His social justice activism makes its way into the songs he writes and the stories he tells at his shows, as does all of the traveling he has done over the years.

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Tinya Seeger Tinya Seeger — May 7, 2017

Join me for a special Hootenanny Cafe as we remember and reflect on the life and music of Pete Seeger, through the eyes, and in the words of his daughter, Tinya Seeger. For so many of us, Pete Seeger was a true hero, in every sense of the word. Not only was he a champion of folk music around the world, but also a champion of human, and civil, rights. On May 3, 1919 this incredible human being was brought into the world. And so, every year around this time (May 3) we should take pause to remember and celebrate the life and the legacy that Pete Seeger shared with all of us. And so, I am honored to have Tinya Seeger in the studio to share her stories and her memories of her dad, PETE SEEGER. And with the return of the Great Clearwater Festival that Pete and his wife, Toshi, inspired some 40 years ago, we should considered ourselves blessed! Don't miss this incredible show!

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Dan Weber Dan Weber — April 30, 2017

Award Winning songwriter Dan Weber has been described as “The Classic Mid-Life Overnight Sensation” after bursting onto the festival scene in 2010 to a standing ovation at the Sisters Folk Festival for his engaging set in the Dave Carter songwriting contest. Since then he’s toured extensively across the country becoming a rare 3 time finalist in the legendary Kerrville ‘New Folk’ competition, had 2 top finishes in the Woody Guthrie songwriting contest and in 2015 won the prestigious Winfield, Kansas ‘NewSong’ contest for Oh Woody, his anthemic tribute to Woody Guthrie, that rose to #2 on the Folk charts in 2015.

An ex-Park Ranger, Eagle Scout, Altar boy and lifelong ‘Deadhead’, he left his hometown of Rochester, NY in 1989 in a beat-up primer grey ‘78 Pontiac Trans-Am with ‘a guy named Joe’ he’d met in a bar the night before, and never looked back. Living first in Seattle during the ‘grunge era’, then off the grid in a sheepherder’s trailer in Utah’s remote Canyonlands National Park, Weber eventually moved back north to Portland, OR, and settled in a 1948 Kaiser shipyard worker’s house in Vancouver, VA. Along the way he picked up stories and hitchhikers and eventually, picked up a guitar and began writing songs.

Weber began performing later in life at age 40 but being a gifted storyteller, he quickly won over audiences with his natural charisma, upbeat performances, authentic songwriting, and off-the-cuff hilarious stories from the many roads he’s traveled. None other than legendary Folk troubadour Ramblin’ Jack Elliott said “I love Dan’s songs and he tells really good stories.”

His songs have been described as “Guthrie-esque and reminiscent of early John Prine” and “A rare combination of wit, emotion and Harry Chapin-esque imagery” and the UK’s Maverick Magazine said: “4 Stars: The touch of a true Master Craftsman songwriter.” There’s also been recognition from DJ’s: “Hank and Jesus is easily the best folk song I heard last year” and The Victory Review wrote “Weber's writing is as strong as any in the Contemporary Folk community. Goodbye to Dad is one of the best original tunes that I have heard in a long time.”

After the success of 2015’s release of What I’m Lookin’ For, a 14 song CD of classic Folk and Americana that climbed to #6 on the charts and included Oh Woody as well as the breakout hit (I Deal with) Crazy ALL Day, an everyman’s anthem and crowd sing-a-long favorite, Weber is currently working on his first live recording and new material for an upcoming CD. If his phenomenal growth in such a short period of time is any indication, it promises to be his best work yet.

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Judy Kass Judy Kass — April 23, 2017

New York based singer-songwriter, Judy Kass, quickly draws in her audience with soulful vocals, no-nonsense lyrical storytelling and genre-bending exploration of guitar and piano. Her original music blends generous amounts of folk, jazz and blues with songs that cover the full gamut of mood and experience — ranging from whimsical musings of relationship challenges to her own personal journey of healing from post 9/11 trauma and the loss of numerous colleagues to the terror attacks.

Judy’s 2014 debut album, Better Things, received notable airplay, topping Folk and Roots radio charts for months after its release. It was also included on both the Roots Music Report’s and the Folk DJ Listerv’s 2014 year-end top albums charts.

As in her first album, Judy’s new release, Beyond the Ash and Steel (2016) highlights her abilities as a multi-instrumentalist, singer, writer, and arranger showcasing her transporting voice and command of her instruments. Co-produced with Mark Dann, Beyond the Ash and Steel features a variety of talents including the legendary John Sebastian. It had a Top 20 debut and was included on Folk DJ's List of Top Albums and Songs Charts for 2016 with its title track charting at #39 on the top songs list for the year.

Judy was a featured performer on WFUV’s On Your Radar showcase hosted by John Platt at Rockwood Music Hall on 7/12/16. She was selected to perform in the NERFA 2016 Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase. Judy can be heard in a variety of regional venues as well as on the airwaves as both albums continue to gain international attention in the folk music arena.

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Nora Guthrie Nora Guthrie — April 16, 2017

Nora Guthrie, Woody Guthrie's daughter, is the President of Woody Guthrie Publications, Inc. and from 1994 – 2012 the Director of the Woody Guthrie Archives. One of Nora’s particular focuses involves creating projects which bring Woody Guthrie's vast cultural and creative legacy to the public. She was Executive Producer of Billy Bragg &Wilco’s Grammy nominated recordings Mermaid Avenue - Vol’s 1,II, III and the Klezmatics’ Grammy award winning Wonder Wheel and Happy Joyous Hanuka which both created new music for previously unknown Guthrie lyrics. Other recording projects include the Grammy award winning historical project The Live Wire; Woody Guthrie in Performance 1949. Working with artists as diverse as Rob Wasserman, Lou Reed, Madeleine Peyroux, Jackson Browne, Janis Ian, Jay Farrar and Jim James, Jorma Kaukonen, Lucinda Williams, John Mellencamp, and Dropkick Murphys, artists in all genres of music have found a new camaraderie with Woody Guthrie, culminating in hundreds of new songs with contemporary artists. Her newest CD, Del and Woody with bluegrass master Del McCoury, was released April 15th, 2016. In 1996, Nora co-produced the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Tribute to Woody Guthrie with performers Bruce Springsteen among others, and curated the first major exhibition on Guthrie This Land Is Your Land for the Smithsonian Institution, which toured major museums throughout the country from 2001 – 2003. Working with the Grammy Museum in 2012, to celebrate Woody’s centennial year, she co-produced national and international concerts, exhibits, public educational programs, and seminars, including the gala tribute Woody Guthrie at 100! Live at the Kennedy Center. In 2014, Nora worked with Douglas Brinkley and Johnny Depp to publish Woody’s unpublished novel, House of Earth. Nora worked with the George Kaiser Family Foundation and the Grammy Museum Foundation to create the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma, an educational museum and new home of the Woody Guthrie Archives.

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Martin Swinger Martin Swinger — April 9, 2017

“Martin Swinger is one of those rare singer-songwriters who excels at everything: singing, songwriting, guitar-playing, and being so present with his humor, tenderness, and wild mind that his performances are also deep conversations, soul to soul and heart to heart, about the quirks, surprises, and love that brings us most alive. His songs, ranging from the little plastic parts that hold the world together, to what enlightenment comes from Buddha and Betty Boop falling in love, are whimsically and wisely original and enduring.” ​ Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg, Kansas Poet Laureate Emeritus

Martin is a multi-award-winning performer/songwriter and seasoned arts educator sharing songwriting skills with kindergarten through adult learners, leading improvisational singing workshops, vocal coaching and mentoring other artists. He is currently recording his 6th CD of original songs and is busy writing a musical called ‘Hungry Pond’ based on the life cycles of a freshwater pond.

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Efrat with Banjo Nickarou Efrat with Banjo Nickarou — March 26, 2017

"…Efrat is the consummate musician. A classically- trained violinist, she's comfortable in multiple genres, from jazz to Americana.” John Platt - WFUV Bronx, NY

“Efrat is so much more than a singer-songwriter. Her possibilities are endless! Jazz, Classical, Pop, Bluegrass, Avante-Gard. This lady is a true talent!” Joe Pszonek – WMSC Montclair, NJ EFRAT is a professional violinist, violist, singer, arranger and composer with performance experience in many styles and situations. Efrat took up the violin at age 7 and was immediately drawn to the beauty within the variation of so many musical styles. Three years later, she became the youngest person to play solo with the Oak Ridge Symphony, and at age 11 was the youngest person ever admitted into the Knoxville Youth Orchestra. She learned klezmer and Israeli music from her father, dabbled in folk and rock with a cellist-singing buddy who lived down the street, and took every opportunity to learn and play any other genre with which she came into contact. Accepted into and offered full scholarships by the top classical violin schools in the country, Efrat settled on Indiana University. While pursuing her BA there, she also was a member of the Shira Festival Orchestra in Israel, conducted by Zubin Mehta under the direction of Lorin Maazel. After a forced break from music due to injury, she resumed her studies at the University of Tennessee, from which she received a Master’s degree in Music Performance.

After graduation, Efrat, who grew up in the South and is featured in the book Cumberland Avenue Revisited, an anthology about four decades of music in Knoxville, Tennessee, moved to NYC to continue her career in music. After a stint as concertmaster for Olivia Newton John Orchestras, she re-established the Jade Quartet that has recorded for such notables as Ashanti and Bobbie Eakes (All My Children, One Life to Live soap operas). Efrat also pursued her love of singing and jazz with No Strings Attached, her debut CD. She began recording it in 2007 but then toured 47 states and Canada as an onstage violinist in the Broadway touring company of Oliver, for which she received rave reviews. Meanwhile, the title track for No Strings Attached was included in the movie soundtrack for How To Seduce Difficult women and featured in its trailer that garnered more than eight million views worldwide.

At this point, Efrat became a new mother, took a break from being a bandleader, and then was recruited into the alt-roots ensemble Spuyten Duyvil for a few years. She still works and records for other bands but is now back focusing on her own creative musical pursuits and feeling rejuvenated after finding the silver lining in life.

The songs on Efrat’s sophomore release, The Silver Lining, are a blend of many styles – including folk, jazz, pop, klezmer, swing, and blues. Their lyrics and structure are a testament to finding strength during the trials of life and leaning on those around you for help.

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Tom Chapin Tom Chapin — March 19, 2017

In a career that spans 5 decades, 24 albums & 3 Grammy awards, the multi-talented singer-songwriter-guitarist Tom Chapin has covered an incredible amount of creative ground. In addition to his work as a recording artist & concert performer, Chapin has acted on Broadway, as well as working extensively in television, radio & film.

As a music-maker, Chapin has maintained two long & productive parallel careers, both as a respected contemporary folk artist & as a pioneer in the field of children's music. Chapin has established a reputation for insightful, heartfelt songcraft & effortlessly charismatic live performances. His witty, life-affirming original songs convey positive messages about family, good food & the green earth.

Chapin is a tireless advocate on behalf of a variety of charitable organizations. In addition to his ongoing work with WhyHunger, he remains active in a variety of environmental causes, as well as efforts on behalf of music & the arts in our public schools.

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Steve Addabbo Steve Addabbo — March 5, 2017

Steve Addabbo is best known as a Grammy nominated producer, musician, writer, recording engineer and owner of Shelter Island Sound Recording studio in NYC.

After completing an engineering degree and most of his music degree at Stony Brook University, his college band was signed to Musicor Records and recorded an album at Media Sound. After 5 years as a touring musician, Steve began working his way up the New York studio scene. He became chief engineer at The Hit Factory (1977), Celestial Sounds and then Sterling Sound (1979) before he formed his production company in 1984.

Steve’s production and engineering work on Suzanne Vega’s first two albums set a new standard for the singer songwriter genre and helped pave the way for artists like Shawn Colvin, Tracy Chapman, and many others. Suzanne’s second album, Solitude Standing, with the worldwide hits “Luka” and “Tom’s Diner” went multiplatinum. Steve also co-produced Shawn Colvin’s Grammy Award winning debut album, “Steady On.”

Recent projects include mixing Bob Dylan’s Bootleg X, “Another Self Portrait”, unreleased recordings from 1970, recording Bobby McFerrin’s “SpiritYouAll”, Jeff Buckley’s “You and I”, mixing all 400 + tracks from the Grammy (2017) nominated Bob Dylan Bootleg 12, “The Cutting Edge”, Richard Barone’s newly released “Sorrows and Promises” and Steve’s own debut album, “Out of Nothing”. Other very recent sessions include diverse artists as Rosanne Cash, Nona Hendryx, Will Ackerman, Jason Miles and the Ravi Shankar Foundation.

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Tish Hinojosa Tish Hinojosa — February 26, 2017

Tish Hinojosa is a singer-songwriter from Austin, Texas. Hinojosa’s blend of folk, country, Latino, and pop has an undeniable far reaching appeal, garnering her accolades such as a White House concert at the invitation of President and Mrs. Clinton and teaming up with artists such as Joan Baez, Booker T. Jones, Flaco Jimenez, Pete Seeger, and Dwight Yoakam.

She has recorded as an independent artist as well as for A&M, Warner Bros, and Rounder Records and has been a featured artist on Austin City Limits, A Prairie Home Companion and other NPR programs.

With sixteen CDs to her name, Tish’s distinct sound has gained her much critical acclaim. Her latest CD After The Fair, released in 2013, was recorded in Germany and is reflective of her 9 years spent in the Beatles old stomping grounds in Hamburg. Tish has toured extensively throughout the U.S. and Europe and continues to draw a loyal and growing audience.

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Joan and Joni Joan and Joni — February 19, 2017

Joan & Joni is a tribute to Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell performed by singer-songwriters Allison Shapira and Kipyn Martin. Kipyn Martin is an award-winning Americana singer-songwriter whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. Allison Shapira is a “recovering opera singer” who recently found her authentic voice as a folksinger and songwriter. In Joan & Joni, Allison and Kipyn bring to the stage many of Joan Baez and Joni Mitchell’s well-known songs, as well as a few of their lesser-known gems, and demonstrate the effect Joan and Joni have had on their own development as modern musicians. Allison and Kipyn met at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) conference in November 2013. Both classically trained singers and up-and-coming musicians on the DC-area folk scene, they soon realized their musical influences were similarly shaped by the folk revival music of the 60’s. Allison Shapira spent years studying classical voice at Boston University, Tanglewood, and in Italy but at home she listened to the folk revival music of Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Judy Collins. In 2011, alongside a career in diplomacy, communications, and international relations, Allison picked up a guitar for the first time and started writing her own music. Her debut CD, Coming Home was recorded in 2012 and released at the very same Club Passim (then Club 47) where Joan Baez got her start in 1958. Kipyn Martin is a West Virginia native who now resides in the Washington DC area. Recent accolades include being named New Artist of the Year by the Washington Area Music Association in 2015 and winning multiple Gold Awards (2013/2014/2016) in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Kipyn holds a Master of Music degree from the Shenandoah Conservatory and released her second solo project, Dance Across the Sky in 2017. In January 2015, Allison and Kipyn debuted Joan & Joni to a sold-out audience in Washington DC and released a Joan & Joni EP that includes the favorites Morning Morgantown, Lily of the West, A Case of You, Diamonds and Rust, and The Circle Game. They have since performed dozens of shows at venues from New England to South Florida, including the historic Caffe Lena, Rams Head On Stage in Annapolis, and the Sellersville Theater outside Philadelphia.

March 2016 - Washington Area Music Association Award Nominations Kipyn Martin - Folk Contemporary Vocalist Allison Shapira - Folk Contemporary Vocalist Kipyn Martin - Songwriter of the Year

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Rob  Carlson Rob Carlson — February 5, 2017

Rob Carlson

From the 1974 classic “Peaceable Kingdom” through his syndicated parodies and “Ramblin’ Bob” songs to his award winning work with “Modern Man”- Rob Carlson has delivered a remarkable body of work as a singer, writer, comedian and producer.

After graduating from Brown University in 1970 Rob led the band “Benefit Street” and later teamed up with singer Jon Gailmor and manager Tommy Mottola to record the critically acclaimed “Peaceable Kingdom” album, released internationally on Polydor Records in 1974.

After the breakup of the duo in ‘76, he continued to perform solo, playing concerts and clubs in the Northeast and Caribbean and co-founding recording studios in Fairfield and Norwalk, CT.

In 1986 he went to work in radio, writing and producing literally thousands of radio commercials. This led in 1990 to “The Producers”, Rob’s own production company. For the next fifteen years he created “jingles”, records, and “industrial” music, lyrics and scripts for a host of commercial clients, winning multiple awards. His song parodies and comedy bits for the American Comedy Network and the ABC Radio Networks led to a five year stint as “Ramblin’ Bob” for ACN, producing a topical/satirical song each week in the style of Bob Dylan. He also published “The Palatine Ship”, a non-fiction account of Block Island’s famous ghost ship legend.

In 1998 he joined singer/songwriters David Buskin and George Wurzbach to become “Modern Man”. Together they went on release three albums and play concerts and festivals all over the US and Canada for the next ten years. In 2008 they received the New York Nightlife Award for best comedy group in New York.

Today Rob lives in Fairfield, Ct. and continues to perform, now fronting a new incarnation of “Benefit Street” with multi-instrumentalist Vin Pasternak and keyboard wizard Paul Payton. “Modern Man was great fun and opened a lot of doors,” says Rob, “but it was almost entirely comedy. With Benefit Street we can still be funny, but there’s an outlet for my serious songs as well. It’s the band I always wanted to do.” A solo album “Pieces of Paradise” was released in January of 2010. His first album with Benefit Street was released in 2011 and his novel, “Long Kate” has just been published. A new album is in the works.

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Austin MacRae Austin MacRae — January 22, 2017

Austin MacRae is a singer/songwriter from Ithaca, NY, whose music is known for its lyrical and vocal intensity. With a sensitive finger-picking style, MacRae crafts songs rich in wordplay and story. He has showcased his music regionally at venues such as the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (Emerging Artist), Turtle Hill Folk Festival (New Voices Showcase), Ithaca Festival, Oswego Music Hall, Homer Center for the Arts, Bill Knowlton's Bluegrass Ramble Picnic and other area venues. His debut album, Bats in the Attic, won a Syracuse Area Music Award (SAMMY) for Best Folk Recording of 2015. He was recently selected to showcase his work in the Suzi Wollenberg DJ Showcase at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference in Stamford, CT. His work has also been featured on a variety of radio stations and shows, including the Sundilla Radio Hour, hosted by Kelly Walker. In 2017 MacRae will perform as a finalist in the South Florida Folk Festival's singer/songwriter competition in Ft. Lauderdale.

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Savannah King Savannah King — January 15, 2017

Savannah began her musical pursuit at an early age and discovered her gift of storytelling through songs – songs whose lyrics have been described as deep and well beyond her years. In addition to headlining her own shows, Savannah has opened for many artists such as Emmylou Harris, 10,000 Maniacs, Harpeth Rising, Field Report, and award-winning Canadian country music singer-songwriter Ryan Cook, as well as performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. By spring of 2014, Savannah had completed three successful solo tours. She began her fourth by flying to Kerrville, TX where she had the honor of performing at the Kerrville Folk Festival as a New Folk Songwriting Competition finalist. By fall of the same year, she started touring with two-time platinum selling artists 10,000 Maniacs as a harmony vocalist and rhythm guitarist. Savannah’s latest full-length studio album "Bold & Unsteady” was released in April 2015. She is currently on a 7 month tour of the US in a renovated 1987 Ford Coachman.

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Jan Krist and Jim Bizer Jan Krist and Jim Bizer — January 8, 2017

Jan Krist and Jim Bizer hail from Detroit, justly famous as Motown, but home to myriad musical influences. It was here that they met and made music together while still in their teens. After separately establishing their reputations as performers and songwriters, Jim and Jan have joined forces in a fun and formidable duo where the sum is greater than the already substantial parts.

Jan and Jim take the “duo” concept and run with it: performances mesh and interlock, lyric and melody interweave in surprising and intriguing ways. Buoyant to poignant, heartfelt to hilarious, they cut a wide stylistic swath that reflects their eclectic musical backgrounds. And yet, their sound is distinctly their own, an unmistakable musical fingerprint. No wonder Jim and Jan have been honored as winners or finalists from such entities as The Great American Song contest, Kerrville New Folk (TX), Mountain Stage NewSong (WV) and the Detroit Music Awards.

“...a writer whose gift as a songwriter equals - if not surpasses her vocal gifts. She has an uncanny way of cutting to the heart of a topic and providing the listener with food for thought.” So writes Image Journal about Jan Krist. Winner of multiple Detroit Music Awards and twice a New Folk finalist at the Kerrville Folk Festival (TX), Jan is a fearless and compassionate artist, with a sharp wit and an outlook that swings from sincere to satirical.

Jim Bizer is both on-the-money and off-the-wall. Against a musical kaleidoscope of jazz, blues, reggae and god-knows-what-else; he sings about faith, rivers, subatomic particles and a few things you’ve probably never heard before in a song. Catchy, thoughtful and quirky, Jim’s songs are both beautiful and startling. Not to mention award-winning: he’s a four-time Kerrville New Folk finalist and the Grand Prize winner of the 2002 Great American Song contest.

As impressive as they are individually, it’s the collaboration of these two remarkable artists that creates something truly special. “Jim and Jan could be the template of how it should go.... it starts with sincerity from the artist… great songs, performance skills and musicianship topped with sincerity make an everlasting impression. I listen to (their) live recordings and even from an iPod, I find myself laughing AND getting teared up. That's magic, my friend.” Craig Carrick, Carrick House Concerts

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Erika Kulnys Erika Kulnys — December 11, 2016

“By possessing the ingenious intellect and activist zeal of Ani DiFranco combined with the poetic skepticism of Leonard Cohen, Kulnys is artfully cementing her place in the history books of unsung artistic heroes of our time…Hurricane tampers with the ballad-aesthetic of early Tori Amos, as her achingly honest, yet beautifully created craftsmanship is as vast as the North Atlantic Ocean. Spin the cheekiness of Dolly Parton with the overt sexuality of Kinnie Starr, then dash the toe-tapping rhythms of Newfoundland’s Colleen Power to conjure up a sense of her multi-dimensional musical talents.” – Shannon Webb-Campbell for Filly.ca

A prolific and inspiring songwriter working across genres, Erika Kulnys writes heart-opening songs that will move you to tears and make you question the way you see yourself and the world. Her powerful voice has a striking range of timbres and emotions and her humour and honesty onstage make her music accessible to folks young and old, and across cultures. Erika’s newest album, Rise Up has garnered her international songwriting prizes from Florida to Ireland and has been played on hundreds of stations internationally, including BBC, CBC, and NPR. Her album Angel on the Road Music Nova Scotia’s 2015 Inspirational Recording of the Year award, was in the top ten on local charts and was a finalist in CBC’s Searchlight Competition for Canada’s best new artist. Erika was a finalist for Best Female Artist in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards for her song, Had to Come Home, about healing and personal transformation.

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Spook Handy Spook Handy — December 4, 2016

Spook Handy’s new CD “Pete, Woody and Me, Vol. I – Keep the Flame Alive” charted at No. 3 on the International Folk Radio Charts in both June and July 2016 with three songs charting in the top 20. The CD charted just behind Joan Baez and just ahead of Shawn Colvin and Steve Earle.

Spook performed alongside Pete Seeger at festivals and concerts more than 50 times from 2003 – 2013. In that time, he learned firsthand many of Pete’s songs and the stories behind them. Now, Spook is on a three year “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour bringing Pete’s songs, stories and message to all 50 U.S states, all 10 Canadian provinces, and many other countries. He can be heard at theaters, arts centers, libraries, universities, churches and anywhere else people gather to celebrate Pete’s life and legacy. Spook was named Best Folk Artist by Upstage Magazine, Gannett New Jersey, The Courier News, The Home News and About.com. He has written for theater and film and his original songs have charted as high as #6 on the International Folk Radio Charts. Learn more about Spook and the “Remembering Pete Seeger” World Tour at www.spookhandy.com/wp/pete.

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Paula Ryan Paula Ryan — November 20, 2016

Paula Ryan is an award-winning Singer/Songwriter hailing from Tipperary, Ireland. Paula’s music has been described as a quite unique blend of Celtic lyricism and passion with original songwriting and the funky rhythms and influences of the roots music of other cultures. Paula uses an unusual array of instruments (Marimba, Guitar, Bodhran, Bazouki) to accompany songs which are insightful and powerful as well as entertaining. Whatever the stage or the size of the audience, Paula's performances are always laced with the warmth, wit and creative energy of her Irish roots.

With the quality of the writing and performance on offer from Paula, there there is nothing that can stop her (as the title track from her new album "Let Me Fly" suggests) flying high artistically or her music flying off the virtual shelves. Paula is such "a strong talent in writing and performing...and (her) live performances are well worth seeking out - Irish Music Magazine Irish Singer/Songwriter Paula Ryan is a unique voice in the contemporary folk world..... Proving how insanely talented she is, not only did she write all the songs on her latest album "Let Me Fly", she also arranged the album as well as providing the vocals, guitars, tin whistles, saxophone and percussion amongst many other instruments. "Let Me Fly" is... an enchanting album.....and a well honed crafted record which will bring joy to all who hear it - Classic Rock Society Magazine

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Laura Zucker Laura Zucker — October 23, 2016

Singer-songwriter Laura Zucker wins audiences over with a hard-won perspective and a positive spin. The powerful imagery of her songs and stories ring so true you might think she’s read your diary – and you’ll find yourself humming her infectious melodies for days to come. Laura is a “recovering lawyer”, a New Jersey native transplanted in California; Laura returned to music after a 20-year hiatus, and now--she’s a 2 time Kerrville New Folk finalist, 5 time West Coast Songwriters Association Best Song of the Year, a 2013 Official Showcase artist at SWRFA, an Emerging Artist at the 2014 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, with an international following. With four CD releases to her credit, Laura continues to impress with incisive yet sensitive lyrics, evocative melodies and arrangements that cut straight to the heart.

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Sharon Goldman Sharon Goldman — October 16, 2016

SHARON GOLDMAN is a New Jersey-based singer-songwriter whose "intense, insightful, vivid" storytelling is a "clinic in how to paint an indelible picture with the simplest images and symbols" (Alan Young, New York Music Daily) Over several well-received albums, she has combined heartfelt portraits and memorable lyrics with unforgettable melodies and pure, precise, expressive vocals — taking a folk/pop sensibility to new artistic heights. Her latest album, KOL ISHA (A Woman's Voice), released in August 2016, takes her in a new creative direction: In a dozen original songs (and one cover of Eliza Gilkyson's "Rose of Sharon"), she offers a bold, unique song journey merging Jewish imagery, myth and memories with a modern, feminist perspective. She digs deep into memories of prayers and rituals; of roads not taken; and of voices not heard. She also mines the stories of biblical and mythical women for creative inspiration. "Sharon Goldman has truly found her voice with this beautiful album." — John Platt, WFUV "Sharon Goldman has done something quite remarkable, merging the cadences of ancient Hebrew liturgy with a contemporary feminist perspective on modern Jewish and American life. Despite its historic roots, her work is easily accessible to anyone who appreciates intelligent, poetic, musically compelling folk." -- Si Kahn

Sharon's songs have been spun on indie, college and public radio across the U.S.; and she was honored to be part of the 2011 Falcon Ridge/Grassy Hill Emerging Artists Showcase, 2011 NERFA FolkDJ Showcase and 2012 NERFA Boston One-Day Showcase. She has been honored to open for or share the stage with such top songwriters as Sloan Wainwright, Pat Wictor, and Joe Crookston. Last year, she was thrilled to appear on WFUV DJ John Platt's "Sunday Breakfast" radio show as well as his "On Your Radar" series at NYC's Rockwood Music Hall.

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John Tracy John Tracy — September 18, 2016

John Tracy has a reputation for crafting lyrics that cut right to the heart of the matter, making his music relevant to all of us on this human journey. Inspired by his folk, blues and acoustic rock influences, his songs fortify the human connection – truly REAL MUSIC for REAL LIFE.



He is a national charting. Two singles from his latest album “Happy Ever After” climbed into the top 10 on the FMQB AC chart. Both were included in the UK’s “Brit Rock Show,” syndicated to 81 UK radio stations as well as five other syndicated shows across the UK and Europe. The associated music videos have attracted attention from all over the music video programming spectrum, including video on-demand, multi-market, retail pool/content providers and internet programmers, being shown in prominent retailers, nightclubs and restaurants in the US and Canada.



Jon Stein of WTBQ – Hootenanny Café, Goshen, NY said: “There are songs and CDs that capture my attention and captivate my heart and soul. John Tracy’s songs do just that. From the moment I started listening, I was hooked. I am still captivated. John Tracy knows how to write songs and melodies that draw the listener in.”

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Robin Greenstein Robin Greenstein — September 5, 2016

Singer-Songwriter Robin Greenstein returns with her first CD of original songs in over a decade, Tears and Laughter.

Golden-voiced, skillful instrumentalist Robin Greenstein may be the best-kept secret in the acoustic singer-songwriter world. With Tears and Laughter, an album of rare emotional depth, her breakout moment is here. 
 NYC based Robin Greenstein does both original and traditional folk and blues music (and some ethnic music as well). Her wide-ranging career in music includes working with 60’s folk legend Hedy West (“500 Miles”, “Cotton Mill Girls"), a publishing deal with Bob Dylan’s company; receiving a grant to research and perform Sephardic music in NYC; working in the industry at a major record label; touring the college circuit for two decades; headlining cruise ships; performing in Europe annually and working as a clinician for Martin Guitars (traveling with CEO C.F. Martin IV in the U..S and abroad). She’s appeared at festivals such as Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, South Florida Folk Festival, etc. and at major folk clubs and venues throughout the Northeast

Robin is no stranger to folk radio. She’s received airplay across the US, Europe and Canada with her previous 5 CDs which straddle the worlds of contemporary singer-songwriters, traditional folk, blues & ethnic music. After releasing two highly regarding original music CDs (Slow Burn and Acousticness), she then explored traditional folk and blues in her Images of Women series, followed by a multicultural holiday CD Songs of the Season with Cecilia Kirtland. Her new CD is a return to her songwriting, her first love. Tears and Laughter is a diverse collection of material, a contemplation of the events and relationships that shape our lives. The songs traverse the emotions of hope, love, sadness, optimism and joy, and so do the musical styles, reflecting Robin’s love of acoustic folk, blues and pop music.

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Ron Kemp Ron Kemp — August 28, 2016

"Straight from the Jackson Browne/James Taylor/ Eagles folk rock cloth comes Ron Kemp. Considered a classic "late bloomer", Ron began playing guitar at age 32. Over the years he has written well over 100 songs, many still yet to be heard. In 1995, he completed his first song, "'Til The End of Time". Since then, he's continued to pour his heart and soul into his lyrics which has been hailed as "honest" and "organic". Drawing from a wide range of musical tastes, his melodies are accessible and "hummable". Captured on Better Late Than Never, his most recent CD, are songs from the heart: love songs. Lyrically, Ron tends to write in an autobiographical manner, sharing his joys and pains through his music."

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Katie Stump Katie Stump — August 14, 2016

Born and raised in Fullerton California, Singer/Songwriter Katie Stump grew up in a musical family, and was encouraged to pursue music at a young age. Now with over 250+ written songs, 2 full-length produced albums, an EP produced by a Grammy award winning producer, numerous songwriting awards, and ranking in ReverbNation's top 10 singer-songwriters in L.A., Katie Stump is quickly proving her worth amongst the most prolific singers and songwriters of today. Drawing from both pop and country/folk influences, her honest lyrics and vibrant melodies create a unique experience that pulls the listener into the beauty and vulnerability of the heart. A recent graduate of USC's exclusive Popular Music Program, she can be found performing her original songs in a variety of venues throughout the country, including an East Coast tour in August of 2016.

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Monica Rizzo Monica Rizzo — July 26, 2016



No stranger to the east coast music scene, Texas-bred and Cape Cod washashore, Monica Rizzio is emerging as one of the finest singer songwriters that call New England home. For over 10 years she played fiddle and sang with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, who toured up and down the east coast. In 2012, Monica left the band to rejuvenate her passion for music and began writing to help cope with the loss of the band and love. At FreshGrass, the following year, while perusing the vendors Rizzio found a 1956 Martin 0-18 guitar that would change her life and her song. She calls it the “moment I found Jesus again.” Her debut album, aptly named, Washashore Cowgirl, is completely autobiographical, often times delivered in a fictional approach, sometimes with humor, and sometimes so strikingly honest you can feel the pain in her voice. The album is a testament to the relationships she has forged with many artists over the years and features Mark Erelli, Sierra Hull, Abbie Gardner & Molly Venter of Red Molly, G. Love, Tim Chaisson, Brittany Haas, and Laney Jones. Last December, Monica shared the stage with Tom Rush and Red Molly at his annual show at Symphony Hall in Boston and has supported Dianna Krall, Slaid Cleaves, and Joan Osborne.

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Marci Geller Marci Geller — July 10, 2016

Hearing the music of Marci Geller for the first time is akin to reacquainting yourself with an old friend—one who dangles a bevy of mysterious and playful secrets that seem meant only for you through the power and majesty of her performance. There is an ease about her, almost as if you've been invited to her home—her musical home. And yet, Geller's songwriting often captures and surprises even the most casual listener. Whether it is her words, her voice, her melodies, or the way she plays either her piano or her guitar, hers is a passionate experience that stays with you long after the music's over. She is on a mission to connect, and on a trajectory that seems unstoppable. Since returning to solo status in 2012, she released the full-length CD Open Book, which reached #33 on the Folk-DJ Charts and was named one of the Top 100 Albums of 2012 on the Roots Music Report: Folk Chart. Her latest release, Square Peg, was successfully funded at a whopping 130% on Kickstarter and further bolstered when the backers started posting “selfies” of themselves with the CD. The #ImASquarePegToo campaign is approaching critical mass and has created a stir on social media, and charted at #8 for Top Albums May 2016 on the respected international Folk-DJ charts. Credentials include being named an “Editor’s Choice” in 2010 as one of the top songwriters of the last decade by Independent Songwriter Magazine. She has performed on Live! with Regis, Good Day NY and Fox Morning Show, and her music can be heard in soundtracks on MTV, VH-1, PBS, ABC Family, A&E, Discovery Channel, USA Network and others. She also toured for two years as the support act and back-up vocalist for legendary guitarist Ritchie Blackmore’s Folk-Renaissance band Blackmore’s Night, where she performed her stirring solo sets for 10,000+ people every night. Having shared the stage with luminaries Christine Lavin, James Maddock and Vance Gilbert, both Maddock and Gilbert made guest appearances on Open Book. Geller’s new album Square Peg features duets with renowned musicians Lori Lieberman and David Buskin.

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Gigi Love Gigi Love — July 3, 2016

Gigi Love’s National Parks Tour 2016 is all about her passion for our National Parks and capturing the story of our parks through song. This summer Love will be on the road visiting over a dozen parks in the U.S. and writing a song for each park. Performing, communing with nature, learning about the parks’ history and meeting the community within the parks will create the soundscape for the songs; exquisitely crafted and recorded to express the uniqueness of each park. Our National Parks have been inspiring Gigi Love for years as she’s traveled along the criss-cross quilt of America; singing songs, living life on the road, sleeping in campgrounds, listening to the stories that wove the fabric of this nation and most importantly, communing with the folks who are caretakers of these special places. Ten years ago Love had a chance encounter with a rock climber who sold her his mandolin after her performance in Yosemite National Park. She walked into El Cap meadow, mandolin in hand and the park’s spirit gifted her with the song “Yosemite Gold” and her vision for the National Parks project was born. Gigi Love’s full length CD National Parks Centennial Songs will be released December 2016 to commemorate the 100th Anniversary of the parks. This three song EP written about some of the parks she has already visited is just a taste of what’s to come on the full length album. Says Love; “The songs are dedicated to future generations, for the parks, for the kids that don’t live near wilderness but need it so desperately, and for the earth. Let’s get to know Mother Earth again and again by visiting the parks, singing her songs, and protecting the environment where these special places exist.” If the name Gigi Love sounds familiar, perhaps it’s because you were among the thousands listening to her opening for the Dave Matthews Band at the Columbia River Gorge or playing for the Salt Lake 2002 Winter Olympic Closing Ceremonies. After the Olympics, Love was picked up by Freedom Zone, the promotion agency representing Mountain Dew. She toured west of the Mississippi and Texas, gaining recognition and radio play with college and community stations across the country. 2011 saw Love touring with Duncan Phillips, son of the late great Utah Phillips in a tribute band called Bums on the Plush. Her rendition of Utah’s song “Going Away” can be heard on the Waterbug Label release, Long Gone which received significant airplay on folk programs in July of 2011. Love has opened for Jodee Messina, Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews, Howard Jones, Lyle Lovett, and John Gorka. She’s performed at festivals including the Kate Wolf festival and Arise Music Festival 2015

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Kirsten Maxwell Kirsten Maxwell — June 26, 2016

“If I could sing like her, I’d give up the violin.” Chris McKhool, Sultans of String



Based on Long Island, NY, Kirsten Maxwell is a versatile vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter. Kirsten’s Stunningly pure voice, compared to the likes of Joan Baez, Judy Collins and Joni Mitchell, is evocative of the 1960s folk scene.



After graduating with a BA in Creative Writing from SUNY Geneseo in 2014, Kirsten began pursuing a career as singer/songwriter head-on. In the past two years she has acquired a number of accolades and grown a strong hometown following. Kirsten was awarded first place in a contest sponsored by the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. (RISA) and opened for Michael Johnson in concert in November. She was selected for a coveted slot in the Suzi Wollenberg Folk DJ Showcase at the 2015 Northeast Regional Folk Alliance (NERFA) Conference. Kirsten was also named a winner of the 2016 South Florida Folk Festival Singer Songwriter Competition. She will return next year to perform on the festival's main stage.



Kirsten released her debut album, Crimson, this year. A compilation of eleven original songs on love and longing, Crimson is the kind of album you embrace when it's time to let go.

“Her exceptional vocal range, lilting melodies and heartfelt performance is the perfect match for her songs. ‘Crimson’ will take you on a journey through familiar moments in life and have you nodding your head in agreement. The best part is that this is only the beginning.”

— Artie Martello, Mostly Folk Podcast, Halcottsville, NY

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Brian Kalinec and KJ Brian Kalinec and KJ — June 12, 2016

Texan Brian Kalinec and Pennsylvanian Kj Reimensnyder-Wagner met by chance during one of Brian's shows in East Texas in 2013 when Kj happened to be in nearby Shreveport, Louisiana where she was conducting a seminar in educational songwriting. Later that year, when she came down to Texas on a trip, they had a chance to play a few songs together. Their impressive combined sound--songs, voices, and musicianship--convinced them that they should perform shows as a duo and began to do so the following year. So now "Kalinec & Kj" will tour! Brian's writing has drawn favorable comparisons to that of Woody Guthrie, John Steinbeck, Rodney Crowell, and Jim Croce, and it resonates with audiences, fellow songwriters, and music lovers alike. He has been recognized in the US and Europe for both his songwriting and musicianship, winning the Songwriter Serenade in Texas, the Big Top Chautauqua in Wisconsin, and taking second in the Woody Guthrie Songwriting Competition and in the CT Folk Festival Songwriting Competition. He has been nominated for the Texas Music Awards both as Singer/Songwriter of the Year and Musician of the Year. A finalist in the UK Songwriting Contest, Brian was also selected as an Official Showcase artist at the Southwest Regional Folk Alliance.

Brian has performed at venerable festivals and venues, the Kerrville Folk Festival, the Bugle Boy, Gruene Hall, and Uncle Calvin's Coffeehouse in Texas, as well as the Rose Garden Coffeehouse in Massachusetts, the Huntington Folk Club on Long Island, and at festivals in the UK as well. He has appeared on WFMT's legendary Folkstage broadcast live in Chicago. Brian's music has charted on radio both in the US and Europe, and his writing and guitar skills have drawn praise from well-known artists and musicians such as Steve Gillette, Tom Pacheco, Merel Bregante and Steve Weisberg.

A recipient of the “My Texan” Award at the 2012 Texas Music Awards for his support of the music and musicians of the state. He and his wife, Pam, own Berkalin Records and is a member of NARAS and NSAI.

Kj Reimensnyder-Wagner is a full-time touring Singer-Songwriter. She has performed across the United States and the UK as a solo artist and along with other artists including Steve Weisberg, Ted Vigil, and Dougie MacLean. Kj has appeared at venues including the Wheeler Opera House in Aspen Co, and well-known Pennsylvanian venues as Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe, Sellersville Theatre in Sellersville, and Bethlehem's Musikfest. She has appeared in Scotland at the Killin Music Festival and Pitlochry Music Festival as well as the notable Taybank's Real Music Bar in Dunkeld and the Glenfarg Folk Club.

She is also a recognized educator, trainer and multi-instrumentalist, providing keynotes, workshops, assemblies and residencies and has mentored hundreds of teachers and students through story, song, and songwriting. Kj has been keynote and panelist for many educational conferences in Kansas, Tennessee, Pennsylvania, and Connecticut. Her joy of teaching special-needs children has taken her across the Atlantic where she not only mentors and sings in traditional schools throughout Scotland but also for special-needs and gifted classes in the communities of Dalguise, Bannockburn, and Pitlochry, Scotland.

Kj's been awarded several distinguished honors for educational songwriting from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture, National Agriculture in the Classroom (NAITC) and The Visionary Award from Danville's Child Development Center and continues to receive accolades for her musical works.

Kalinec & Kj look forward to bringing their synergy as a duo to new audiences everywhere!

And check out Kj at kjsmile.com

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Ruth and Max Bloomquist Ruth and Max Bloomquist — May 22, 2016

Ruth and Max Bloomquist have been making music together since they met in 1975 and discovered their shared love not only for each other, but for music and songs made with acoustic instruments and featuring lyrics from the heart. Ruth and Max immersed themselves in folk, bluegrass, country, singer songwriters, and other acoustic music to create a sound and style all their own.

From the beginning, Ruth was inspired to write songs from her own heart and experience. In 1997 Ruth and Max released Ruth’s first CD, Jewel Of My Heart, a collection of original songs that were popular with their audiences. Two more “solo” CDs followed to rave reviews. Meanwhile, in 2003, Ruth was a winner of Merlefest’s Chris Austin Song Writing Competition with her joyful Gospel song, By The River. Ruth’s songs have also been recognized by the South Florida Folk Festival, the Great Lakes Songwriting Contest, the Lake Superior Big Top Chautaqua, and Mike Pinder’s Songwars. Ruth has lead songwritng workshops at the Wheatland Music Festival and the WMO Spring Traditional Arts Weekend, has showcased her songs at the IBMA World of Bluegrass, and has assisted Bluegrass Songwriter Committee head Louisa Branscomb in bluegrass songwriter song circles. Ruth's signature song, Michigan Girl, has garnered over 345,000 YouTube views. Their 2010 Release, Turn Back A Page, shot to number 5 on the Folk DJ Airplay Chart upon its release with several tracks remaining in the Top 100 that year.

Ruth was named Outstanding Vocalist of the Month for December 2006 by Singer Universe Magazine. Her resonant alto has been compared to Anne Murray, Linda Ronstadt, and Kathy Mattea. After hearing Ruth and Max perform the Scott Wiseman standard, Remember Me, Garrison Keillor told Ruth, “You have a big voice... I’d like to sing that song with you.” And the next night he did!

Ruth and Max frequently appear accompanied by guitarist John “Sky” King and fiddler Dan Seabolt. Veterans of stage and studio, both have appeared on the couple’s recordings over the years. Dan’s jazzy yet traditional fiddle and John’s unusual “b-bender” guitar style add an exciting dynamic to Ruth’s original songs and favorite classics that audiences love.

RUTH AND MAX BLOOMQUIST “…veritable folk music legends in Michigan, captivating audiences with their songs, their harmonies and their folk-infused charm.” John Sinkevics, The Grand Rapids Press

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C Daniel Boling C Daniel Boling — May 15, 2016

“Think of a subtle intertwining of Steve Goodman, John Prine and Tom Paxton.” – Fred Schmale / Real Roots Café, Dutch music magazine

A 2014 Winner of the Grassy Hill Kerrville New Folk songwriter contest, Daniel shares experiences from a life well-lived in places as far-ranging as Okinawa, Japan, and Padre Island, Texas. This balladeer/songwriter with the friendly tenor brings his well-crafted story songs to happy audiences throughout the U.S. and western Europe in over one hundred shows a year, from House Concerts and listening rooms to major festivals (Kerrville, Winfield, Woody Guthrie, and others).

Born into a traveling Air Force family, he later worked as a National Park Ranger and as a Criminal Investigator for the US Bureau of Land Management. He started touring full-time at 50, when most guys are planning their retirement.

“These Houses” is Daniel’s 7th album and was produced by Jono Manson and released in April 2016 on Berkalin Records. The album features eleven new songs of Daniel’s and two songs written decades ago by his friend and mentor Tim Henderson – legendary Texas ballad writer, and a Kerrville New Folk Winner himself in 1977.

Other well-known artists making cameo appearances on this recording include Bill Hearne, Jaime Michaels, David Berkeley and Jono Manson.

“These Houses” features sensitive, mature narrative songwriting and sparse, honest acoustic production. “I Brought the War with Me” speaks from the perspective of an Iraqi War veteran struggling with P.T.S.D. The title track honors pre-historic stone houses of the Anasazi scattered across the U.S. desert southwest – places Daniel visited as a child and worked in as a young Park Ranger. “Mama’s Radio” remembers back to a time when winning a transistor radio was a mighty big deal to a Kansas farm boy. Anyone who’s sorted through the trash and treasures collected over a parent’s lifetime will relate to “Dad’s Garage”.

“Every once in a while, a songwriter comes along whose lyrics make me perk up my ears and listen. Daniel Boling is one of those great discoveries. His lyrics, his music, his sensitivity to not only everyday life but also the ways of the world, make him an extraordinary singer-songwriter. I could listen to him for hours”. – Wanda Fischer, The Hudson River Sampler, WAMC-FM, Albany, NY

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Angela Easterling Angela Easterling — May 8, 2016

Angela Easterling lives with her partner and their two young sons on the Greer, SC farm that has been in her family since 1791. Her most recent release, 2015’s “Common Law Wife”, went all the way to number 1 on the Roots Music Report Americana Country Airplay Chart, and remained in the top 5 on that chart for nearly 2 months, closing the year out as #12 on the top 100 albums, and earning much praise in the press. Her album, “BlackTop Road”, produced by Will Kimbrough, remained on the Americana top 40 airplay chart for 7 weeks, and was chosen as a top pick in both Oxford American and Country Weekly. She was selected for an official Americana Convention Showcase, official showcases at both NERFA and SERFA (Folk Alliance) and is a three-time Kerrville New Folk Finalist (2009, 2010, 2015) a 2011 Telluride Troubadour and a two-time Wildflower Performing Songwriter Top 10 Finalist (2012 & 2015). The Boston Herald named her song “The Picture” “Best Political Country Song” in their Year’s best music picks. Angela's music was featured in commercials (Southwestern Bell) and several of her songs were used in the series "Horsepower" on Animal Planet. She was invited to appear on the WSM-hosted stage at the CMA Music Festival/Fan Fair, where her entire set was broadcast live. Angela has appeared on the nationally broadcast public radio program “Michael Feldman’s Whad’Ya Know”, the popular ETV show “Making It Grow”, Sirius XM Outlaw Country’s “Buddy and Jim Show” with Buddy Miller and Jim Lauderdale, and was also interviewed by noted NPR journalist Bob Edwards. She was invited to perform at the Smithsonian Institution’s exhibit New Harmonies: Celebrating American Root’s Music, as well as the 2015 Woody Guthrie Folk Festival.

"Angela is really great and her record is a joy." Buddy Miller, Music Producer, ABC’s “Nashville”, Award-winning Instrumentalist and Songwriter

"Angela Easterling & Brandon Turner are the shining example of what Americana music is. It is inspiring. Great songs. Great singing. Great guitar playing. Everything is so tasty. They have got it." Jim Lauderdale, Top Americana/Country Artist and Songwriter "Angela Easterling is a bright shining star on the country/folk/alt.music horizon! Her gift is so special. I loved listening to her CD! Brought me back to the time the Byrds recorded "Sweetheart of the Rodeo" - tradition meets youthful exuberance!" Roger McGuinn, The Byrds

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