A self-described “late bloomer with an explorer’s heart,” Dwayne Jarrell boldly announced his entrance onto the roots music scene with the eclectic debut, West Coast Diaries. Now, the Bay Area-based artist is readying more new music and gearing up to play live. “I never give up. I am constantly seeking new perspectives on the world and my place in it. I want to be 80 years old and still learning new things,” Dwayne enthuses. He continues: “I started taking music more seriously and writing songs after a long, twisted life journey took me to Northern California, where I discovered I'd always belonged.” Dwayne’s music feels instantly comfy, like sitting in front of a fire in your favorite sweatpants. Threads of Americana, folk, country and alt-country’s storytelling traditions, along with some deep blues, are woven deep into his musical fabric. His songs recall artists such as Wilco, Uncle Tupelo, and Son Volt—he named his studio band "Truer Sound" after a lyric in Son Volt's "Windfall.”
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Amina Shareef Ali
Based in Oakland, California, Amina Shareef Ali performs songs of love and struggle, of pain and wonder, of loss and redemption. Lyrics by turns poignant and sardonic are set against a backdrop of American music both traditional and modern, from folk to punk to country to jazz to rock and roll.