The Moon Shells
The Moon Shells—Maggie Shar, Brian Slattery, Laura Murawski, Molly Merrett, and Charlie Shaw—draw from the traditional music of Appalachia, Louisiana, West Africa and elsewhere to try to make something new. Whether performing as an acoustic stringband, a stripped-down trio, or a five-piece making modern sounds on traditional instruments at clubs and festivals, the Moon Shells move hearts and feet.
Jessye DeSilva (they/them) beams when they sing out a secret. The Boston-based artist weaves tapestries of witch pop and folk rock with their empathetic moral fiber, strengthened by the radical honesty that grounds their buoyant melodies. Rich with resilience and compassion, DeSilva centers their craft around community, reaching out from behind the piano to share their uplifting spirit with listeners. Their newest LP Landscapes (due out April 12, 2022) forges a path through the triumphant and trembling moments of their life, sun-soaked and vivid like the 70s folk rock that soundtracked their childhood. And even when themes of religious trauma and mental health peek through, DeSilva’s smile remains unshakable. As American Songwriter explains in 2021’s “10 LQBTQ+ Artists You Should Know,” “Pain hangs off their lips, fueling them to greater, more soaring heights.”
Kaysha Louvain is a Singer/Songwriter from Wales, UK. A passionate and soulful performer who's inspired by the amazing storytelling of country music's greats, her Welsh roots, and her parents 80's record collection.
Fog Holler is a fast-growing sensation in the world of bluegrass and acoustic music, born from an intense love of early country and traditional American music shared by Casey Holmberg, Tommy Schulz, and Noa. Discovered playing on the streets by Grammy award-winning artist Laurie Lewis, their innovative sound and energetic punk rock spirit has enthralled audiences across the world. The group’s original music synthesizes sincere, poignant writing with the austere, spiritual vocal stylings and harmonies of brother duos like the Stanley Brothers and the Blue Sky Boys. Fog Holler has toured in the U.S, Germany, Belgium, Netherlands, and Switzerland and has shared stages with acts like Laurie Lewis & The Right Hands, Jerry Douglas & The Earls of Leicester, The Po’ Ramblin Boys, The Watkins Family Hour, and The Del McCoury Band.
Sadie Gustafson-Zook is a versatile singer, intricate guitar player, and contagious songwriter. Her pure voice and hummable melodies balance with witty lyrics to create charmingly honest and relatable music. Oregon-born, Indiana-grown and Boston-nurtured, Sadie has brought her lovable stories and songs to audiences across the country, in homes, churches, and renowned folk venues and festivals across the country, including Club Passim, The Purple Fiddle, Radio Bean, Walnut Valley Festival, Red Wing Roots, and more. Sadie is a Kerrville New Folk finalist, has been featured on the Folk Alley and the Basic Folk podcast, and holds a master’s degree in Jazz and Contemporary Music from Longy School of Music in Cambridge, MA. In spring of 2022, Sadie will be releasing her second full-length original album, “Sin of Certainty.”
The Coaltown Daisies
“Wow!” - Iain Anderson (BBC) “I love this music!” - Baylen Leonard (Country Hits Radio) "Brilliant!” - Glenn Tilbrook (Squeeze) “Great songs!” – Boo Hewerdine (The Bible) The Coaltown Daisies are a duo of singer songwriters who write and perform dynamic folk, soul and americana music and who have a wealth of experience as performers, recording artists and event managers. They are renowned for their highly engaging live performances and steady professionalism which has resulted in them performing at sought after venues and festivals all over the country. The records they have released under their own Ragged Boot Records label feature a lineup of highly established musicians and have been exceptionally well received by listeners the world over; one of their compositions was chosen as the original theme for World Whisky Day and won them the coveted CalMac Culture Music prize. Their acclaimed album, Listen, explores the wide spectrum of americana; the tracks have been intentionally arranged to draw attention to the album's core theme of mental health. Each song is packed full of incredibly well-thought-out vocals and deliberate instrumentation as well as featuring an absolutely stellar line-up of some of Scotland's most revered musicians. Invoking the likes of Steve Earle, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Bruce Springsteen, Shawn Colvin, Montgomery Gentry and the Indigo Girls, this is an album that definitely should not be missed.
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Doubling down on grit and authenticity, Mariel Buckley has planted her flag firmly as a songwriter who’s in it for the long haul. The polished glow of mainstream music holds no appeal for this emerging Americana songwriter, and as one of Canada’s busiest touring acts, she makes no apologies for her wry perspective that has been charming listeners across North America.
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A South Carolina native, Hayden Joseph is no stranger to the Country Music scene. His love for the genre started as soon as he could talk and has continued to blossom throughout his adult life. Hayden blends the sounds of Modern Country and Mainstream Pop music, drawing inspiration from the genre-bending melodies of Taylor Swift, Garth Brooks, and Shania Twain. His unique sound, heartfelt lyrics, and Southern Charm have captivated audiences across the country. As an openly gay male pursuing a Country Music career, he prides himself in the inclusive nature of his lyrics. “The songs I write are rooted in personal experiences, but I challenge myself to write lyrics that are applicable to many walks of life.” Hayden strives to continue breaking industry barriers, both in terms of the music he makes, and the places from which he finds inspiration. His debut single, “Different,” was released in October 2019, with an album of the same name following in 2021.
Carly Thomas is an award winning singer songwriter, a hopeless romantic, and an artist on a never ending journey of discovery and inspiration. With no set roots (Thomas grew up in places such as Thailand, Argentina, France, and Canada), she writes with a unique perspective and pulls from a diverse well of musical inspiration. From her indie rock roots to her sweet Americana inspired ballads, Thomas' new record Behind The Ficus is both a confession and encouragement to listeners to face and reveal their own truth.
Brian Michael Henry
Brian Michael Henry is a proudly gay singer/songwriter/pianist living in New York City, by way of Central Pennsylvania. His debut album, REMOTE WORK is a concept album of 9 songs, all inspired by the subjects of various documentaries he watched in quarantine during the Fall of 2020.