That a quintet could sound so consistent over time, while adding new repertoire and even new lead singers, is a testament to a classically Nashville way of thinking. “I always say we just happen to use traditional instruments, but we’re really a singer-songwriter band,” Rogers says. One regularly hears the edict to “serve the song” among top tier players in Music City. But because this is bluegrass, and this is the Steeldrivers, the truth is that often, serving the song means you gotta play like hell.
Laney Lou and the Bird Dogs released their debut studio album, Sweet Little Lies, in May 2019. The Bird Dogs recorded at well-known studio Prairie Sun Records in Cotati, CA. They worked with mixing engineer and producer Brad Dollar, and mastering engineer David Glasser of Airshow Mastering.
With roots in alternative rock and country music, Matt Strachan has been a part of music scenes around the country for the last 15 years. His current project, Matt Strachan and the Hoot Owls, brings him back to his hometown of Helena, MT, where he has become well known for his high-energy country-rock performances.
Lucas Copeland and Jeff Hobbs of Austin’s music group “Sun Valley Station” are long time friends who share an appreciation for soulful roots music, Authentic artists and the pursuit of embarking on a new project which just recently came to fruition. The two fellow musicians met in Fort Worth, Texas in the early 2000's and have since traveled many roads together as a band and apart while still remaining friends.
Drawing on the energy of a rock band and the Laurel Canyon songwriting of the ‘70s, The Lil Smokies are reimagining their approach to roots music on Tornillo, named for the remote Texas town where the album was recorded. Produced by Bill Reynolds (The Avett Brothers, Band of Horses), Tornillo is the band’s third studio album. Formed in Missoula, Montana, The Lil Smokies have built a national following through constant touring, they have performed at Red Rocks, LOCKN’, High Sierra, Telluride, Bourbon & Beyond and more.
From the storied music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting edge Front Porch Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented collective of songwriters from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Old Time String-Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless. Drawing influence from their salt of the earth Midwest ethos the band’s songs are roots in the characteristic that has made that region the heartbeat of America.
The story of Midnight River Choir is proof that sometimes great bands just happen. One night, four strangers ended up on a late night float trip down the Guadalupe River. As they made their way down the river singing songs, the beautiful harmonies floated into the heads of sleeping campers. The next morning, the boys overheard a man telling a friend that he was “awakened by a midnight river choir.” That was all it took.
Since 2015 and the release of their first record Eastern Skies, the Judson Cole Band have devoted their lives to sharing their own experiences through music. From the titular track to the deep cuts of the album, they unabashedly pull back the curtain in an effort to share their own stories of heartbreak and personal growth. The bands’ follow up EP The First Three, and their radio single Battles continue to carry them nationwide, cementing their title of “road worthy”. The Judson Cole Band have poured everything they have into their craft, staking their claim as a stand-out in the vast vein of Texas music.
"The Change" is the debut solo album from singer/songwriter and longtime Uncle Lucius frontman Kevin Galloway. "It's a love letter, and a promise to my newly formed family", says Galloway. "My wife and I have two children under the age of 3 now. After touring almost incessantly with a band for over a decade, I've decided to take a different approach. This album is a sincere reflection of my mindset while reorganizing priorities."
For most people, the image of an “acoustic duo” conjures images of two soft spoken musicians singing folk songs around a campfire. This is not the case with El Wencho. Two original members of The Clintons, John & Josh joke that, “We’re half the band, twice the party.”