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From the album Jaime
As the Alabama Shakes frontwoman/guitarist, Brittany Howard has become one of music’s most celebrated figures and has won four Grammys. For her solo debut, Jaime, Howard boldly decided to explore new directions, with diverse instrumentation and arrangements, and intimate, revelatory lyrics.
Comprised of two gifted musicians (Maceo Vidal-Haymes and Nick Hennessey), The O’My’s channel their experiences and perspective into gritty, polished music that grabs listeners with their sound, and holds them with their content.
“Reason to Try”
From the album Reason to Try
Since leaving Little Feat, Shaun’s journey took her from Eric Clapton, Bob Seger, Bruce
Hornsby and Moody Blues on to many solo releases and a recording at Motown called Stoney & Meatloaf. Shaun Murphy is a three-time Grammy nominee, and winner of Bluesblast Music Awards for Female Blues Artist of the Year and Contemporary Blues Album of the Year. shaunmurphyband.com
“Make It Last”
From the EP Curiosity Killed the Cat
Making waves in the NorCal jamband scene, Love Mischief is known for genre-bending performances and free-wheeling improvisation. Led by Berklee grad Brian Curtin, Love Mischief embraces a deep respect for the musical wisdom of the iconic jambands and brings a modern edge to a timeless sound.
Liz Vice is a storyteller at heart—a Portland native with a Brooklyn, N.Y. life. Liz Vice’s sound is a fusion of gospel and R&B, with dynamic and soulful vocals and lyrics, deeply rooted in spirituality, that give her work a timeless feel.
Ghost Town Blues Band
“Givin’ It All Away” (Live)
From the album Backstage Pass (2017) & Shine (2019)
Ghost Town Blues Band from Memphis, Tenn., has headlined the Montreal Jazz Festival Blues Stage in Canada and the Grolsch Blues Festival in Germany, and has even performed at B.B. King’s funeral. They’ve been a direct support act for Robert Randolph, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Steve Miller Band and many more.
Kate Usher & the Sturdy Souls
“Shades of Blue”
Kate Usher & the Sturdy Souls are a soul-pop-rock band from Montauk, N.Y., led by lead singer Kate Usher and multi-instrumentalist, Kevin Angiulo. A lovable acoustic duo that leads into a high-energy full band show, the group’s performances have been compared to a mix of John Mayer and Norah Jones.
Zu Zu Ya Ya
Zu Zu Ya Ya spins a rapturous soul/funk/psychedelic sound that barrages the senses. This 14-piece band from Louisville, Ky., is the cult you secretly long to join. Their dynamic live performance will take your soul for a long walk on the beach. The 2019 debut includes the hit single “The Struggle.”
Wood and Steel
Wood and Steel is an energetic, funk-rock, five-headed booty-shaker based out of Savannah, Ga., consisting of Erica Franklin on lead vocals and guitar, Wade Holmes on lead guitar and vocals, Ben Smith on keys, Josh Harrica on bass and Drew Corontzes on drums.
Breaklite, branded the #stonerpunksfromhell, are a group of South Jersey punks who formed a band, built their own recording studio and turned it into their own music venue known as Club Germ. The chaotic energy at their live shows is contagious. Be sure to check out their latest single “Not Afraid.”
“Rain & Snow”
From the album When One Door Closes…
Imagine, if you will, Crosby, Stills… & MARY! Gathering Time channels the spirit of ‘60s folk-rock in stunning 3-part harmony, with a bit of the Byrds and a jot of Joni. Veteran live performers who appeal to folk and non-folk fans alike, GT swept the folk radio chart in March, 2016, as their original CD Keepsake took the No.1 album, No.1 song and No.1 artist slots.
“Glad It Worked Out”
From the EP Glad It Worked Out
A graduate of Berklee College of Music and a career that has brought him to the four corners of the globe, Thomas Busk has released the EP Glad It Worked Out to share his talents with a wider audience. Although versed in many styles, the selections on Glad It Worked Out focus on folk and rock styles.
Editor’s Pick: Hiss Golden Messenger
“I Need a Teacher”
From the album Terms of Surrender
Hiss Golden Messenger’s music is at once familiar, yet impossible to categorize: the steady, churning acoustic guitar and mandolin, the gospel emotion, the eerie steel guitar tracings, the bobbing and weaving organ and electric piano… There’s nothing else quite like it.