Like all good flora, The Gold Magnolias draw their unique character from their roots. Growing up in Austin, TX, Hudson Mueller and Daniel Foose were exposed to the great Texas Blues tradition from an early age. Evan Felts, the son of a musician, grew up in north Louisiana, soaking up all of the blues, country and voodoo vibe of that area. Ryan Anselmi comes from Kansas City which gave birth to jump blues, swing jazz, and big band. Jeff Barton grew up in a family where he was baptized in the jammy waters of the Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead and Dave Mathews Band. These influences all inform the loose funky feel that characterizes The Gold Magnolias. Come walk the Brooklyn streets with this classy group of Southern hustlers. Then sit back and enjoy the vibe as booties begin to shake and parties commence to popping off.
Taking their name from a popular traditional song, Les Poules à Colin are a new take on a time-tested recipe – five childhood friends who still live on the same street, sharing a history of music-making and family ties. Les Poules are a dynamic and creative group that turn heads wherever they go. Exposed to Québécois and other folk music from the moment they were hatched, these offspring of trad musicians were immersed in music, whether backstage at international festivals or at lively kitchen jams in Lanaudière, arguably Québec’s most musical region.
“The dictionary defines Americana as, ‘things associated with the culture and history of America, especially the United States.’ Well if that is the case then The Appleseed Collective is real Americana. I figured out sort of a mathematical equation last night: It’s like Satch plus Django plus Joplin plus Bob Wills plus a little Bill Monroe—but the sum is actually greater than the parts.”
“HER NOT-SO-SECRET WEAPON IS THAT VOICE — PRETTY BUT NOT PRECIOUS, FULLY ABLE TO LAUNCH INTO AURAL BACKFLIPS BUT PERHAPS MORE AFFECTING WHEN INTIMATELY EXPRESSIVE.” – BOSTON GLOBE
Acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan calls Lula Wiles’s record “a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless.” The songs span from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies.
Mountain Ride was forged in the Great Valley of south-central Pennsylvania, for the simple need to play bluegrass. For these five friends, bluegrass is a necessity. Hailing from the new generation of bluegrassers, they tend to bring a unique flair to the traditional, and a progressive twist to the original.
MATT NAKOA is an internationally touring singer/songwriter, recently appearing at The White House, throughout India, and regularly with folk icon Tom Rush. Growing up on a small goat farm in rural NY State, Matt discovered music as a means of teenage escape and trained to be a concert pianist. Matt was ultimately accepted as a vocalist to Berklee College of Music where he studied alongside soon-to-be Grammy winners St. Vincent and Esperanza Spalding among others. After school, Matt landed in NYC’s vibrant piano bar scene. There he quickly became a star performer at Manhattan’s famous Brandy’s Piano Bar, with lines waiting outside the door each Saturday night.