Alan Rhody

$10

" He has earned a level of respect and recognition that places him in the vanguard of pioneers of the contemporary roots music movement." --Toronto Star

With "Boxcars Of Memories" (Ashwood Recordings/CD), his eighth and newest album release, Alan Rhody gives us an intimate tour, a wide-ranging emotional chart of one of today's standout solo acoustic artists in that great expanse known as the singer-songwriter.

Shotgun Party

$10

The original Shotgun Party trio met in a little Texas dive bar in 2006. They got their start performing weekly at Austin's own Continental Club. Sparks flew and now Shotgun Party, the Austin based trio, really knows how to fire up a crowd! Their original songs are beautiful and timeless drawing influences from early blues, country, bluegrass and depression era swing. Katy Rose Cox's fearles fiddling is simply virtuosic. Miss Jenny Parrott's gorgeous vocals and addictive songs will bring you to your knees. ...and introducing Shotgun Party's newest member, Andrew Austin-Petersen (formerly of the Shake 'Em Ups) on show stopping upright bass!

Bearfoot

$15

Call it "new-timey," call it "post-bluegrass," call it "string band music for the 21st century"—whatever the name, there's a revolution under way where string band traditions meet youthful creativity; look right to its center, and that's where you'll find Bearfoot: Angela Oudean (fiddle/vocals), Jason Norris (mandolin/vocals), Odessa Jorgensen (fiddle/lead vocals), Sam Grisman (bass), and Jake Stargel (guitar). The quintet, originally formed in Alaska, have already made a mark with four strong releases, including their 2009 Compass Records debut, Doors And Windows.

Call it "new-timey," call it "post-bluegrass," call it "string band music for the 21st century"—whatever the name, there's a revolution under way where string band traditions meet youthful creativity; look right to its center, and that's where you'll find Bearfoot: Angela Oudean (fiddle/vocals), Jason Norris (mandolin/vocals), Odessa Jorgensen (fiddle/lead vocals), Sam Grisman (bass), and Jake Stargel (guitar). The quintet, originally formed in Alaska, have already made a mark with four strong releases, including their 2009 Compass Records debut, Doors And Windows.

"Amy Speace is the perfect torchbearer for the unconscious cool of true Americana" - The Houston Press

“I kind of spilled blood all over this project,” Amy Speace says of her new album The Killer In Me, which marks a quantum creative leap from the artist’s 2006 breakthrough effort Songs For Bright Street. While that release won her widespread critical acclaim and a loyal international fan base, The Killer In Me finds the New York-based singer/songwriter forging into deeper, darker lyrical and musical terrain, borne largely out of relationships gone wrong, then right and wrong again. “This is the record that I needed to make,” Speace states. “In many ways, it was the hardest thing I’ve ever done. And in some ways, it was the easiest. Writing the songs was emotionally difficult, deep and intense–it was kind of an exorcism. But in the end, the songs flowed pretty quickly. You write the things that you’re afraid to say out loud.”

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