Appalachian singer - multi-instrumentalist - songwriter Sam Gleaves was born and raised in Wytheville, Virginia where he began playing music as a teenager with the help of local mentor Jim Lloyd, a multi-instrumentalist, storyteller and barber. Lloyd introduced Gleaves to nationally recognized ballad singer Sheila Kay Adams who shared with Gleaves the old “love songs” of her community tradition. Rooted in Appalachian sounds, Gleaves’ songwriting sings of contemporary rural life and social issues.
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Justin Hiltner is an IBMA award-nominated banjo player and music writer based in Nashville, TN who was recently featured on the Peabody Award-winning podcast, 'Dolly Parton’s America.' His debut record, 'Watch It Burn,' made with longtime co-writer and collaborator Jon Weisberger, was released in August 2018; his debut solo album will be released in 2021. Hiltner is also Associate Editor and Digital Brand Director for The Bluegrass Situation, the world’s largest online community for roots music – where he co-founded and produces Shout & Shine, a showcase and editorial series celebrating representation in bluegrass and roots music – and currently serves as Chair of the Board of Directors for Bluegrass Pride.