Listen to This Year's Lineup

MEET OUR SONGWRITERS FROM THE 2019 FESTIVAL

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Abbye West Pates

Abbye West Pates is a songwriter and storyteller based in Memphis, TN. Born and raised in south Mississippi, she often writes about the small town that raised her and the city that’s grown her up. Inspired by folk/Americana artists like Patty Griffin and Lori McKenna and authors like Wendell Berry, Abbye tells stories that locate you in a particular place with a particular people. She explores life’s real struggles – addiction, grief, anxiety – reminding us of grace and faith and forgiveness in the midst of it all.
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Abe Partridge

Abe Partridge is a former Baptist preacher who accepted a pastorate at 25 and then left after a near nervous breakdown at 27. He joined the US Air Force and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Now in his well-seasoned mid-30s, he has begun to share his story through his music, releasing his album “Cotton Fields and Blood for Days” in 2018 to favorable reviews worldwide including being named a Top 30 Southern Album of the year by The Bitter Southerner. He was named the Southland Music Line’s Artist of the Year in 2018. He has played listening rooms, festivals, and music venues around the US and in Europe.
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Alex Cook

Author, member of The Rakers and More Kaftans
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Ameal Cameron

Ameal Cameron Jr. is from New Orleans but after Hurricane Katrina, moved to Baton Rouge. Ameal’s music is soulful acoustic with a touch of pop and rock& roll. He writes songs based on how I feel and my experiences and writes songs to express himself, ultimately.

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Amelia Ryland

Amelia Ryland is a singer-songwriter hailing from Alexandria, Louisiana. She has been performing professionally for the past 5 years, predominately in the Central Louisiana region. Amelia began nurturing her musical interests through her church choir at a young age. She began writing songs after her father began teaching her how to play guitar. She takes inspiration from gospel, folk, and country music.

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Ashton Clark

Ashton Clark is a 22 year old singer/songwriter from Fairhope, Alabama. She received her first guitar at age ten and has been writing songs ever since. Ashton has performed at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville along with multiple songwriters festivals such as Pensacola Beach Songwriters Festival and the Frank Brown International Festival, where she received honorable mentions for her songs “Down South” and “Turn To Ash”. She was included on the Nashville Songwriters’ Association International (NSAI) E.A.R.S. “Ones To Watch”. Along with performing at festivals, she has also appeared on local TV and radio stations. Ashton just graduated from Coastal Alabama Community College after two years on a vocal scholarship, and is now attending online classes at Troy University. She plans to move to Nashville after graduation.

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Avery Landrum

Avery is a 16 year old singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist from St. Francisville. Avery started writing music when she was 8 years old on an old, out of tune piano, inspired by the crime shows she would watch with her Mimi on the ID channel. Avery is an “old soul” and this shows in original musical works. Inspired by blues and early 40s jazz music, as well as classic rock and 90s grunge, Avery considers herself an Indies artist and doesn’t like to be boxed up in one category. Avery has had the opportunity to play at 3rd Street the past two years, as well as other festivals in Louisiana and Mississippi. Avery expects to release her debut album this March and is excited to present it at this years 3rd Street Festival! It will be available on all streaming platforms.

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BARRY CHAUVIN

Barry Chauvin grew up on the banks of the Mississippi River in the small town of Edgard in St. John parish. Along with the sugarcane farming, the hunting/fishing came a deep love for music and life’s stories as told through the songs sung by friends and family who got together every Sunday under the oak tree in the front yard. Barry’s songs are based on his observations of the human spirit over the last 50 years and run along the genre lines of folk, blues and country.

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BARRY HEBERT

Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Barry began writing songs shortly after joining his first band in the early 1980’s. The Basin Brothers Band developed a strong regional following and included several of his original songs into their set list. The band, which began as a country band, shifted their musical focus to their Cajun heritage and they began performing traditional Cajun music. The band began to tour extensively playing festivals, colleges, and clubs across the U.S. and Canada, along with performing at major venues with nationally recognized acts. The band signed with Flying Fish Records and released an album of traditional and original Cajun music that was nominated for a Grammy award in the “Best Traditional Folk Recording” category. Following a move to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Barry began playing in several local bands and soon met other musicians who shared his interest in songwriting and he began to focus more on developing new original material. He released his first solo album in 2011 titled “Worn Wooden Floors” which includes ten of his original compositions. Barry continues to write and perform locally and in Texas where his music has been well received. In addition to performing, Barry has become a strong advocate for songwriters and original music in south Louisiana. He started a Regional Chapter of the Nashville Songwriters Association International, co-host an annual songwriter retreat, and coordinates a weekly songwriter showcase featuring established and up and coming songwriters.

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Bayou Bullets: Unholstered (Conner Graham and Jovin Webb)

Ascension Parish natives Conner Graham and Jovin Webb blend a wide range of influences from gospel, blues, and classic country to pop punk, funk, and swamp pop into their uniquely catchy hooks and powerful lyrics. Bayou Bullets: Upholstered provides a stripped down and intimate acoustic version of the powerful driving rock of their 5 piece outfit Bayou Bullets. Jovin Webb is also a featured vocalist in funk and jazz rock band Captain Green.
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Beaumont/Hughes

Beaumont / Hughes. Sydney Beaumont and Michael Hughes This singer songwriter duo is based out of New Orleans and perform their original music in venues across the country. They have played from Eugene Oregon to The House of Blues in New Orleans and many places in between. Their love of playing to live audiences and writing about true life events is what drives their songs. If you get a chance you need to come experience Beaumont/Hughes live and up close, see ya\’ll at Third Street!
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BEX HILL

Bex Hill is a singer songwriter from Baton Rouge Louisiana and has been writing her own music since she was 11 years old. She plays various instruments but her go to is always guitar. She hopes to spread peace and love with her music and to connect with her audience through her lyrics. Her music ranges from folk to indie and if you would like to see more information make sure to check out her Facebook page Bex Hill Music.

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BILL Grass

From the backwoods of rural Louisiana to the nightlife of New York City to the charming old villages of Belgium, I have been performing music for over 30 years. I began playing the fiddle at the age of nine in 1984, and my love for music has only intensified over the decades. The fiddle remains one of my primary instruments, along with the bass guitar. But I’ve learned to play several other instruments through the years, such as guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and the diatonic accordion (the “Cajun accordion”). I’ve dabbled a little on piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and several other instruments, but my focus remains on fiddle and bass guitar.

One of my proudest moments occurred in 1994, when I was honored to win the Louisiana State Fiddlers’ Championship in Marthaville, Louisiana.

I have extensive gigging experience, having performed across much of the United States and in three other countries. The recording studio is also no stranger to me. I’ve even performed and appeared in some documentaries and commercials.

From my Baton Rouge home base, I continue to gig regularly with three bands, and I frequently freelance with several others. I have written many instrumental songs for the fiddle, and I recently began writing songs with lyrics to perform with my various bands.

Music is in my blood and will always be a major part of my life. I will be a dedicated musician for as long as I live.

Check out ed801975 on YouTube

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BILL ROBISON

Bill Robison is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who performs and records solo, in the band Snake Hat, and in other projects. In his day job, he is Head of the Department of History and Political Science at Southeastern Louisiana University.
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BILL ROMANO

Bill Romano, fingerstyle guitarist and singer/songwriter From Prairieville, LA started playing guitar in early 1974 and started writing lyrics a few years later but discovered a passion for writing instrumentals using altered tunings. Returning to writing lyrics in 2012 he recorded a CD of all original material titled “One Man-One Guitar”. The songs on the CD are a mix of deep, meaningful love songs, Spiritual songs and comical character songs, played with a solid sincere delivery. Bill has played South by Southwest in Austin, TX 2016, the Natchitoches Folk Festival 2016 and many other festivals in South LA and Texas, and can be found regularly playing local venues in Baton Rouge including many Red Dragon Listening Room shows.

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Blake Griffith

Songwriter Blake Griffith was born and raised on the outskirts of Grand Cane, Louisiana, population 243. He grew up listening to Rod Stewart, Tom Petty, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the like while deeply influenced by the dirt road he’s lived on his whole life.

Griffith signed his first publishing deal with Jeffrey Steele’s 3 Ring Circus in Spring of 2018.

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Bob Worth

Bob Worth is an up-and-coming singer-songwriter based out of New Orleans. He writes in a variety of styles, but also mines traditional Southern music without shying away from modern sounds and sensibilities. Whether a socially conscious examination of the modern South, a sympathetic portrayal of unsympathetic characters, or lighthearted send ups of yankees and celebrations of drinking, his songs give the listener an irresistible mix of though provoking lyrics, satisfying hooks, and arrangements as diverse as loping country shuffles and bluegrass-inflected hill country stomps.
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Brittany Pool

Brittany Houston is from the small town of Grand Lake, Louisiana.  Brittany moved to Lake Charles to attended  McNeese University for a degree in Physical Education. She is currently a teacher at Westlake Middle School where she also coaches Volleyball, Basketball, and track. Growing up Brittany often found herself glued to the tv watching CMT “back when all they did was play music videos all day”. Coming from a very musical family, the love for music began at a very early age sining in local talent shows. It wasn’t until 2018 when Brittany decided to take a chance and make being a Singer/ Songwriter more than a hobby. Houston was invited to be a part of The NASH NEXT completion for the chance of a recording contract.  Brittany came up short from winning it all but it has gained her quite the fan base! Brittany has since put out two original singles to all music platforms “Outside and In” and “You’re My Favorite Song”.

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Brittany Pool

Hello, My name is Brittany Pool, and I am a singer songwriter from all over the Southern U.S. I was raised in Arkansas, but have been playing music in Louisiana, Tennessee, Alabama, and Florida to name a few. Most of my original content is jazz, rock, folk, and blues. I love music because it makes me feel alive! My drive, inspiration, and motivation comes from all the love and joy I receive from fans. Its an indescribable experience to share something so amazing with listening ears. I hope to have the chance to show you what I can do:)

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Bubba Plauche'

Bubba Plauche’ is a local artist who has been playing music for almost 30 years.  In 1997 he moved to Nashville and was able to write with such writers and artis such as Geoff Ried ( owner of The Local in Nashville), Craig Monday (Got a little Crazy- Kenny Chesney), James Otto (In Color- Jayme Johnson) and Chris Wallin (Don’t Blink- Kenny Chesney).  While living in Nashville, his oldest son was born and him and his wife moved back to Baton Rouge to raise their kids close to their families.  Since moving back in 1999, Bubba has been singing in all over the country at conferences and restaurants.  You can follow him on Facebook Bubba Plauche.
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Buck Langston

Baton Rouge, born and raised. I’ve been playing live original music in BR for almost 20 years.
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Kay Solar

Bud is a singer songwriter from Louisiana. His style is country blues . He sings his original songs which he has over 100 originals.
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Cat Ridgeway

Hailing from Orlando, Florida, Cat Ridgeway is a skilled songwriter who can write in any genre. Cat’s eclectic, soulful style shines through her ability to play guitar and harmonica, trumpet, trombone, drums, piano, and bass.

In the last year alone, Cat has established herself as a true up-and-comer. She and her band opened the main stage at Okeechobee Music and Arts Festival for Trombone Shorty, Arcade Fire, Leon Bridges, Local Natives, and Lil Dicky, and just months later went on to their debut performance at the House of Blues Orlando to an extremely responsive crowd. As a solo act, Cat also performed three sets at 30A Songwriters Festival alongside writers such as Jeffrey Steele and Patty Griffin and played the Wire and Wood Alpharetta Songwriters Festival with the likes of Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Justin Townes Earle, Dan Wilson (of Semisonic), and Glenn Phillips (of Toad the Wet Sprocket) where she quickly became a crowd favorite. A foreshadow to this year’s success, Cat won indie rock duo Tegan and Sara’s world wide cover contest in 2016.

Cat’s project “Passenger Seat” was the direct result of her overfunded Kickstarter campaign “Cat Goes to Nashville”. She had the privilege of working with the likes of Gordon Kennedy (co-writer of “Change the World” recorded by Eric Clapton) and many other seasoned Nashville players on the EP. Cat’s most recent single “Whiskey Lullabies” was recorded at Ardent Studios in Memphis, TN and features Gregg Allman’s horn section.

Although it ultimately didn’t make the final cut, Cat’s debut album “On a Windy Day” features the title track originally written for the major motion picture, “Bernie” starring Jack Black, Shirley MacLaine and Matthew McConaughey. Cat has lent her voice to many notable causes including Tunes for Tots, Make A Wish Foundation, and Hospice of the Comforter. She is also highly sought after by advertising agencies to sing radio jingles and commercials.

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Chaislyn Jane

Chaislyn Jane is a Louisiana singer/songwriter and local worship leader. Her original music is a mix of folk, Americana and pop.

Since age six, Chaislyn Jane has mainly been involved in community theatre, it was only in June of 2017 when she tried out and won Bayou Idol that her singing and song writing journey began.

Just a few months later she was invited to be a contestant for ABC’s reboot of American Idol where she got to perform in front of Lionel Richie, Katy Perry and Luke Bryan and received the “Golden Ticket” to Hollywood.  Her journey ended during the Hollywood Week competition, but it was a wonderful experience and she made some great friends.

Since American Idol, Chaislyn Jane has been performing covers as well as her original music at restaurants and venues in and around Louisiana and Mississippi.  She has released her first EP, With Love, in December of 2018.

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Chenoa Farrell and Bryan McVicker

Chenoa Farrell has been “Rocking Out and Living Clean in the Dirty South” since cutting her teeth in the Houston art scene. A classically trained violinist, Chenoa weaves passionately honest, heart-string lyrical content throughout her melody-driven folk-rock-forward guitar style, creating a dynamic set that leaves audiences thoughtful and thirsting for more.

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Chenoa Farrell and Bryan McVicker

Chenoa Farrell has been “Rocking Out and Living Clean in the Dirty South” since cutting her teeth in the Houston art scene. A classically trained violinist, Chenoa weaves passionately honest, heart-string lyrical content throughout her melody-driven folk-rock-forward guitar style, creating a dynamic set that leaves audiences thoughtful and thirsting for more.

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Chenoa Farrell and Bryan McVicker

Chenoa Farrell has been “Rocking Out and Living Clean in the Dirty South” since cutting her teeth in the Houston art scene. A classically trained violinist, Chenoa weaves passionately honest, heart-string lyrical content throughout her melody-driven folk-rock-forward guitar style, creating a dynamic set that leaves audiences thoughtful and thirsting for more.

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Chris House

Chris has been a solo acoustic performer since the early 70’s. Traveling and playing extended gigs in resort locations of Vail, Colorado and Hilton Head Island, S.C, numerous small towns throughout the south west as well as locally in Baton Rouge before taking time out to raise a family. Returning to the stage 5 years ago, to play local venues and share the soulful sounds of her original and oftentimes humerus songs.

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CJ SOLAR

CJ Solar, a native of Baton Rouge, LA, is a graduate of Belmont University and writes for Sea Gayle Music in Nashville, TN. Since signing his publishing deal, CJ has had songs of his recorded by other country artists, such as Jerrod Niemann and Justin Moore, Morgan Wallen featuring Florida Georgia, and others. He had his first #1 song as a writer this past year when “Up Down” recorded by Morgan Wallen and featuring FGL topped the billboard and media base country charts. CJ’s debut EP, “Hard One to Turn Down” was released spring 2016 on Sea Gayle Records. CJ co-wrote, co-produced and played on all 5 songs on the EP. He was named in the “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know” list by Rolling Stone magazine. His song “Tallboy” hit #1 in CMT’s fan-voted, 12-pack countdown and garnered more than 1 million Spotify listens. His followup EP, “Get Away With It” produced two top 15 singles to Music Row, “Airplane” and “American Girls”, and earned him the honor of being selected as Music Row’s “Independent Artist of the Year” at the Country Breakout Awards in February 2019. The year is off to a great start!

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CJ Ward

Some of the best songs ever written are often about loving and leaving.

Raised in Jena, LA, CJ Ward knows a bit about what it means to leave home.

After graduating college, he packed his bags and headed to Fort Worth, TX. During his time there, he came up with many ideas for songs, but he didn’t have the inspiration to follow through with any of those ideas.

Until, one day, he got a call: his estranged father was dying.

CJ spent every weekend back in Louisiana, helping out with the care of his dad. They mended fences; they were at peace with the little time they were able to spend together at the end.

Shourtly after CJ made the choice to move back to Louisiana to help care for his father, his dad passed away. It was a sign, but what kind of sign? He passed before CJ decided to move back, so just stay put in Texas? Or he used his last days to show how important home is?

CJ has no doubt it was the latter. As many of the best songs are about loving and leaving, CJ Ward’s down-home Americana strives to remind the listener that a good song can also be about coming back home.

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Claire Kellar

Claire was born and grew up in Bogalusa, Louisiana. At an early age Claire showed a love for the performing arts, especially music. Always the life of the party, Claire was ready to entertain guests at the drop of a hat, with her multifaceted talents in song, dance and acting. In 2016, she graduated from Franklinton High School and moved to Corona, California to attend the Young Americans College of the Performing Arts. While in California, she received her Associates Degree in Performing Arts. In Young Americans, she traveled the United States performing shows. She also has spent the last three summers working as a counselor to children with Believe Summer Camp Experience where kids are empowered through Performing Arts to boost self-esteem while learning to pursue their passion through performing. She auditioned and was chosen by Judy Stakee to attend the “It All Starts with a Song” retreat in Nashville which she attended in October of 2018. Claire has returned to Louisiana spending her time focusing on piano, guitar and songwriting. Claire’s musical influences include (but not limited to) Adele, Carole King, Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow, and Bruno Mars.
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Clayton Rayborn

Clayton Lee Rayborn is a singer/songwriter from Livingston, Louisiana. Has been the lead singer and one of the founding members of the band Southern Stitched for over four years and continues to write and perform all over the state.

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CLIFF ANDERS

Cliff is a a country and bluegrass performer who is influenced by Country Gold, Truegrass Bluegrass, Rock and Roll and Jazz. Born in Hungry Hollow, Pennsylvania and living south of the Mason Dixon since leaving HS until doing a brief stint in NY, attending budding BG festivals put on by the Gibson Brothers. After suffering from Bluegrass and southern withdrawal, moved to Madisonville, LA where meeting many great singer / singwriters was a great way to get started living here! Regularly attends The North Shore Song Writer\\\’s Circle with Buzz Jackson, the Troubadours Songwriters Circle with Timmy Ike Hailey, met and play with Jim Oertling, a Rockabilly Hall of Famer and teamed up with Jude Chauvin, another local song writing string player in order to play in part as The Affordable Bluegrass Act at Marsolan Feed Mill Music Series and The Abita Springs Opry along with Chris Talley. Playing locally, has been great jamming and bouncing ideas off of other great song writers such as Paul Wilson and Darrell Galatas. Continuing to dive deeper song writing and living in the Bayou South of Louisiana.

 

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Colt Weston

I’m a singer-songwriter based out of Pensacola, Florida. I enjoy playing a wide variety of music, but primarily stick to Americana with a strong southern “roots rock” influence. I play solo, duo, and also have a band for larger venues that require a bigger sound. I’m versatile. My first studio album, “All Over the Map” is due out Spring 2019 and will include nine original songs I’ve written over the last several years. The making of this album was a lifelong dream and hopefully one of many more to come. I retired from active duty military (USAF) in 2008 after spending over two decades traveling the world and meeting people from all walks of life…I have a lot of material to share and love that God has given me the gift and passion to put my thoughts and observations to music and share it with you. My shows are intimate and you can expect me to engage with the audience. I’m not afraid to pull out an electric guitar and blaze a solo with slide guitar one minute and pour out my heart accompanied by an old acoustic guitar and the truth the next. My songs are happy…and sad. They capture the reality of the world we live in to include the sometimes messy bits of it. I hope you’ll recognize a little of your own experiences in my songs, whether written by me or through chosen covers that I feel capture my unique style. I have many influences, but I credit Mark Knopfler, Eric Clapton, JJ Cale, Chris Knight, and Jason Isbell as my leading influences on guitar playing and songwriting. I look forward to 2019 and all the things to come and hope you’ll join me from time to time on my journey. (Colt)
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Dallas Remington

Dallas Remington is an 18-year-old Kentucky native, who now calls Nashville, Tennessee home. Dallas has been accepted into the Country Music Association, and she is a member of the Nashville Songwriters Association International as well as the Volunteer State Country Bluegrass Gospel Music Association. Dallas recently earned the VSCBGMA Entertainer of the Yearaward! She also won Instrumentalist of the Year and New Country Songwriter of the Year for “Never Turned Around” (co-writer, Regan Stewart) at the North American Country Music Association International. Dallas’s has been music played on Country Radio stations throughout the United States. Be listening for her on Country Radio! Visit DallasRemington.com.
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Darrell Galatas

Darrell was born and raised in South Louisiana bayou country on a steady diet of classic country and New Orleans R&B, swamp pop, and funk. His songs are thoughtful and humorous.
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Darren Camp

I am a songwriter and performing musician, currently working on my third album. I play venues in North Alabama and festivals across the Southeast U.S. When not performing live, I’m working on projects in my recording studio or video production.

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David Catoire

David Michael Catoire is based out of Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA. Formerly the lead singer and guitarist for the modern-rock group, Madstone (1998-2002), David has recently resurfaced as an all-in-one singer/songwriter recording artist — as well as founder and lead singer/guitarist for the band The Mythicals — and lists his influences as Elliot Smith, Nick Drake, Stars, Deathcab for Cutie, Fields, David Bowie, The Cult, Sufjan Stevens, The Beatles, and The Cure. Having played a number of high profile gigs over the years, including thrice appearing at the annual Anne Rice’s Vampire Lestat Fan Club Halloween Ball in New Orleans, David now records solely in his home studio just outside Baton Rouge.
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David Duprey

Guitar player, lyricist, and writer wanting to fulfill a life long dream by doing the work needed to be somebody. Played guitar for my high school chorus at Epcot Center on the American Gardens Stage, also tried to audition once to play guitar for a major artist. I’ve been a guitar teacher and I have my own you tube channel with online lessons and covers.

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David Gautreau

Baton Rouge, LA based Songwriter/Singer has recorded over 30 songs performing at multiple venues and songwriter festivals in the South. David\’s song \”Meet Me Here\” was contest selected in 2017 and played on Fort Worth, Texas radio station Krave Country. His songs are featured on Reverbnation, Spotify, iTunes, and Amazon keeping country music what it should be \”True Country Music\”.
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David Lear

David Lear is Americana Songwriter working in Country, Rock, Folk, Blues styles. Has written songs for Recording acts David Lear, The Nob Hill Billys, Faith River Worship, The Que, Brad Lewis Band, Rattletrap, Thrasher Cadillac as well as songs recently used in Movie “The Odd Way Home” starring Rumor Willis. Lear has performed United States, Mexico, France & Czech Republic, Spain He sites John Prine, John Fogarty, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash as influences.
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David Watson

I host several monthly songwriter nights and open front porch pickn style jams , I write all style’s of music. I have CDs on CD baby and reverbnration.
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Dean Ferrell

With a lyrical style compared to the Texas Folk/Country pioneers of the 70s and 80’s, Dean paints pictures taken from his experiences, traveling the world, military service, working offshore, adventure, love, loss and redemption. The songs aren’t all true, but they are all real.

“Fixin’ fence and cuttin’ hay, workin’ in the sun all day, pray to God that it won’t rain ’til the bailin’s through. That old cow with the crumpled horn, has gotten down behind the barn, go get the truck, pull her out like I asked you to.” – from “Workin’ in the Sun”

That’s how it started for Dean Ferrell, making up songs to keep his mind off the Texas heat and the dust and the bugs and the deafening rumble of the tractor. Dean’s grandfather never finished the third grade, but he was a smart man who knew all there was about cattle and working a ranch. Having not needed a formal education , he didn’t think much of it. Dean’s dad though thought differently. He sent Dean off to be the first in his family line to get a College Degree, with the advice, “Don’t tell your granddaddy that you’re studying animal science down there, he won’t understand.”

They say you should write about what you know, and that’s what Dean writes. He’s seen the good times and felt the bad. He’s met crazy people and got a little crazy too. He’s partied too hard and also just sat and watched the world. He’s seen pilot whales and icebergs on Baffin bay, joined into a neighborhood parade during Carnival in Rio, milked cows and hauled hay, spun vinyl records while tending bar and hoping he didn’t have to be the bouncer too if the drinking went too far, spent a month on a frozen mountain top not far from the DMZ, lost best friends and maybe saved some too, watched 3rd world performers go through their motions behind the protection of chicken wire while police with M-16s looked on, eaten street vendor food cooked over a coal burning hubcap, been away from land and family for way too long and tried to write it down along the way.

Its funny how life meanders along and takes you places you never thought you’d go. Dean, a fifth generation Texan, really never intended to leave the family Dairy farm and definitely not leave Texas, but with a kid on the way a man starts to think a little more about his future. Day man bartender at the Dixie Chicken Saloon was not that future and besides this was his second time to be asked to leave Texas A&M for spending more time on Northgate than in class. He joined the US Air Force to do his patriotic duty and with an assignment wish list full of Texas bases of course they sent him to Okinawa, Japan. You can’t get decent bbq or chicken fried steak over there, but he was able to live off fried rice and Kirin beer at Mickey’s Billiards just off base, usually about 2:00 am. You could say he was still living the college life despite the young family. Temporary duty in Korea, Thailand, the Philippines for months at a time didn’t help the relationship either, then again there’s three sides to every story: his side, her side and the truth. With his military commitment up, Dean headed back to school for the third time. He eventually earned his degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences, this time studying wildlife in the classroom more than the bars.

He found a job with a research drill ship and was gone again, off to Rio de Janeirio – Guam – Ecuador – Chile – Panama – Germany – Japan – Singapore – China – Austrailia… you get the point. The two month stretches at sea must have been either the breaking point or just a good opportunity for her to move on, because Dean found out the day after his return from an expedition out of Hawaii that his wife had filed for divorced days earlier. Having your world turned upside down can have a good side, firstly, heartbreak is good for songwriting and secondly, eventually you may realize the life you had wasn’t all that great anyway. Dean says,”I’m a firm believer that God has a plan and it will work out for the better in the end.” Today he has a new life, a new loving wife and life is good.

These experiences can’t help but give birth to soulful , moving songs, songs that make you think and songs that make you laugh. Dean’s songs are mostly stories about life. And there’s a little truth in all of them, but as the saying goes, he never lets the truth get in the way of a good story.

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Derek Norsworthy

Mississippi Songwriter of the Year, Derek Norsworthy has toured the US with national acts such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert, Eric Church and Alabama to name a few. In 2015, Derek celebrated his third song licensing contract, writing the official fight song for a 3-time National Champion football team featured on the Netflix Original series “Last Chance U”. Derek’s success has earned notable features on CMT, American Songwriter Magazine, solidified a USO Ambassador Representative position and endorsements with Westone Audio, Kyser Products, Framus and McPherson Guitars. Derek is the founder of Rep Your Roots Clothing, a philanthropic group that focuses on providing assistance to charity organizations and promoting music education to schools. The Mississippi native recently signed with Frasco Entertainment (21 Pilots, 3 Doors Down, The Williams Brother, R.L.U.M.R.), currently recording a new studio album and preparing for an international tour in the summer of 2019.

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Destiny Manzella

Bluzman, LLC presents Destiny Manzella a young professional singer-songwriter, guitarist, pianist and percussionist. Destiny’s blue eyed soul style takes inspiration from pop, blues, Motown, reggae, jazz and is influenced by her New Orleans roots. She recorded her first EP on Bluzman Records for promotion and was released in January 2015. Her new EP on Bluzman Records due for release in 2019. Since her childhood dance and music have been part of her life which attribute to her superior talent at such a young age. Destiny was also invited to sing at Carnegie Hall for the past four years with the Honors Performance Series of selected talented students from around the world. For five years now, since she was thirteen she has been performing professionally, singing and playing guitar and piano in selected venues, events, and many established Louisiana Festivals.

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DOROTHY LEBLANC

Dorothy began her musical journey in 2003, after a pesky run-in with breast cancer. A prolific songwriter, she writes from the perspective of a 59-year-old wife, mother, daughter and friend. Jazzy, bluesy, folky…Quirky and playful, introspective…Just a few words to describe her style. Dorothy works as a music therapy facilitator for Alzheimer’s patients and senior citizens in and around the Baton Rouge, LA area.

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Dustin Gaspard

 From Cow Island Louisiana, Dustin is a singer songwriter currently living and performing in Lafayette, LA. He’s 26 years old. He’s inspired by nature, myth, and folklore. He mostly performs with his big band, singing and playing soul music, but I know his truest talent lies in his melodic solo songwriter tunes. I feel as though he may be losing hope on being able to play that music for people. A lot of people in Lafayette just want to pass a good time and dance.. there aren’t any venues that cater to intimate songwriter shows. He’s been playing music for over 10 years. He’s playing 2019 festival international in Lafayette with his band, but his soul resides in his poetry so a big songwriter festival would be a great opportunity.
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Emily Sholes

I have been a songwriter for fifteen years, toured nationally with a folk band, Rosco Bandana for three years as a keyboardist and vocalist and have been the lead songwriter, guitarist, and keyboardist for my band, Della Memoria for six years. Songwriting is my number one passion and I think evoking empathy through music is the ultimate goal and highest achievement as a songwriter. I am working on releasing my third EP now. My freshman album, “Beautiful Dream,” was released in 2014, and sophomore album, “The Ebb,” was released in 2017. Its follow up, “The Flow” will be released in 2019. I will release my folk album shortly after.
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Everett Bonner

Everett, now 17, has been playing guitar since he was 10 years old. He starting writing his own songs at age 15. His genre is Indie-Pop. He has play at several local venues in Baton Rouge. He has also played at the Third Street Songwriter Festival and Ozone Songwriter Festival. He is current a Senior at Catholic High in Baton Rouge
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Gabe Broussard

Gabe Broussard is a high school senior. Although he is only 17, he has already had many musical successes. Gabe has been playing and singing in a band since he was 13 years old. He is currently the lead singer, keyboardist and rhythm guitar player for “Strange Theories”. He and his band play around Lafayette regularly and have opened for many great musicians including Marc Broussard, Tab Benoit, Jaryd Lane, Ray Boudreaux, Spank the Monkey, The Chee Weez & Tracy Lawrence. The band released their first EP called “Conspiracy” in 2016 and recently released their new EP called “This is For You” and a new single “No Hard Feelings.”

Gabe is more recently well known for his time on NBC’s hit television show, “The Voice,” where he was a member of Blake Shelton’s team. Gabe also worked with superstars Tim McGraw, Faith Hill and Bette Middler. At 15 years old, he made it all the way to the knockout rounds as the youngest singer in the competition. Being only 17, his musical journey has only just begun.

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Gabriel Bass

My name is Gabriel Bass. I am a 32 year old musician from Natchez, Mississippi, who spends his day time as an Occupational Therapist. I began playing live gigs approximately 3-4 years ago.

Everything that I know and love about music started with watching my grandfather play piano and sing weekly during church service. He also told me stories of playing country music in honky tonks as a young man. All of these stories/experiences inspired me to start singing and pick up the guitar at the age of 25. With a couple years of practice and lots of patience from my fantastic wife Kimberly, I learned enough songs to play local, small, acoustic gigs.

In October 2017, I published a 9 song album called Fools Paradise. It was recorded over several months at Sharp Sound Designs. The album features many local artists, including Richard Burke, Mark Richardson, Chris Kenney, Taylor Spring, Amanda Fulton, Jason Gore, Ben Lewis, Burne Sharp, Kristopher Douglas, and others.

Each week, you can find me playing songs of my own, some Sam Cooke, George Jones, Lead Belly, Dr Hook, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Chris Stapleton, Dion, and many others at various local venues, including Biscuits and Blues, BBS Grill, Bowies, Smoots, etc., with one or two of my talented friends jamming with me. I love playing music in Natchez. It is the perfect melting pot of music, history, and good times. You never know if you will be playing to a table of local friends or a table of 12, who are from Germany, touring the US to hear some music

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Grace Morrison

In a world where we are urged to limit descriptions to hashtags and sound bites it is tempting to describe Grace Morrison as simply: singer-songwriter. But she is so much more. She is pop; she is folk; she is roots; she is country. Hear her music and you’ll be hooked. See her live and you’ll be left wanting more. It has been said that her storytelling “can make you cry; it can make you sing.” With a career that began as a backup singer for rock icons like Eddie Money and Joey Molland (of the band Badfinger), Grace has become a regular on the national festival and touring circuit. She has won a number of prestigious awards including the Grand Prize of the Eventide Arts Songwriting Competition and the Big Break contest where her music video was played on the season finale of American Idol. “Her voice smacks of Jewel, and her style, cadence, song structure is every inch from the school of Joan Osborne, Lisa Loeb, Natalie Merchant. It’s uncanny. Had Morrison been born a decade earlier, she might’ve played Lilith Fair herself. — Lauren Daley, New Bedford Standard Times/Boston Globe Grace plays the national festival circuit including the New Jersey Folk Festival (NJ), New Bedford Folk Festival (MA), Black Potatoe Music Festival (NJ), Wildflower Festival (TX), Musikfest (PA), and the Big E (MA). She was also invited (but do to scheduling couldn’t attend), the Black on the Bay Festival (FL) and the 3rd Street Songwriter’s Festival (LA). Grace won a New England Music Award, the Eventide Songwriting Grand Prize, and the American Idol Big Break contest where she had a music video produced and played before the American Idol finale in New England. She is the voice of a holiday television commercial here in New England.
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Grace Russell

Hi! I am a 16 year old singer songwriter guitar and pianist from Mandeville, about 30 minutes outside of New Orleans. Last year I played at the festival
and loved the opportunity and would love to have the opportunity again. I’ve been writing music and playing since I was about seven years old and have recorded music for several years. Recently I recorded in Nashville and have had the honor of playing across Louisiana the last year and a half. I also was involved with the ozone foundation and the ozone festival this past year and would love the opportunity to get involved with another great songwriting outlet.
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Haigan Hancock

I am a Baton Rouge local attending LSU for a music degree. I live for the art of storytelling and songwriting. I’ve played several shows in the BR area and one with Bex Hill who told me all about this festival and how I need to be involved. I write songs all about Louisiana, growing up in The South, heartbreak, hard work, and the idea that every human has a valuable story to tell.
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Hannah Belle

Singing in a gospel band, with her siblings and her Daddy, since she was three years old, Hannah Belle has learned how to make a stage her own. Growing up, she had always told her parents she wanted to be a country music star, like Faith Hill. Since beginning her musical journey, she has made great strides towards making her dream come true. From her first festival in Port Gibson, MS, to the Country Music Association’s Fan Fair X in Nashville 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017. Hannah’s progress has been steady. She has polished her skills, performing at fairs and festivals in Mississippi and surrounding states, while sharing the stage with the likes of Sawyer Brown, Diamond Rio, Bucky Covington, T Graham Brown, Jo’el Sonnier, Shenandoah, Joe Diffie, and Josh Thompson, just to name a few. Hannah Belle’s music videos have also done well for her with one claiming a top 5 spot in the Independent Country Music Association awards and her others being picked up by Great American Country, CMT, and Zuus Country, now TCN. A prolific songwriter, Hannah Belle, with her compelling original songs and her seasoned Nashville musicians are a welcomed addition to any family friendly event. Hannah Belle also is somewhat of an expert in classic country music, especially the 90’s – 2000 era, having been a drive time DJ on a classic country station. Not only well versed in country music, she also has been the front person for two contemporary Christian praise bands and currently leads worship at the 2000 member, First Baptist Church, Covington, LA. Hannah Belle has a Master’s degree in Education, a BA in Communications with an emphasis in mass media and a magnetic personality that equips her for any stage or event.
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Jacye Guerin

Jacye is a singer/songwriter from bayou Plaquemine, Louisiana. Jacye travels as an acoustic duo with her fiancé Mindee, but when the bus is ready to go Jacye & Mindee team up with some of the best musicians around for the full band experience. Jacye released her first original album “That Was Then” in August of 2018 with producer Andreas Werner & Crazy Chester Records. “That Was Then”, recorded in Muscle Shoals and Nashville, tells a bitter sweet story of love and loss with truth in every breath of Jacye’s raw and rustic voice. With a timeless sound and a soul to match Jacye will leave you breathless as she adds a unique twist to your favorite songs. “That Was Then” Available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, & Cd Baby. #AlwaysBeKind #Dreambig #Music #acousticmusic #originalband #coverband Stay in tune at http://www.Jacye.com Email: [email protected] Booking info: Jaye Guerin 225-776-0774
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JAKE CONWAY

Jake Conway is a Missouri native and front man to a southern rock band. Growing up In Missouri many of his influences came from growing up playing music such as lynard skynard, Marshall tucker, Johnny cash and much more. Jake also has a southern gospel influence from growing up in church music groups. His songs tell real life stories of people and things he has been though,and will be releasing his first single “set me free” in the Coming months.
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James Fogle

Baton Rouge native musician, songwriter, producer.
7 records out on own label Softhouse Records.
Acoustic guitar music, electronic, pop, country, blues, rock, new wave, punk rock and everything in between.

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Jamie Bernstein

Jamie Bernstein is a singer-songwriter, television/movie actor and record producer from New Orleans, Louisiana. He has fronted and worked with many bands in the New Orleans including J. the Savage Band, Hill Country Hounds, Da Hounds and Crescent City Allstars. Future Cowboys is his latest musical endevor, in which, with the help of collaborators Miguel Oliveira and Emmy winning Producer Erin Cannata, Jamie has morphed his Americana songsmithing into something that can only be described as Cowboy music from the future.

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Jaryd Lane

There is a sense of honesty, integrity, richness and power that speaks true through the sounds of Jaryd Lane allowing him to reach his audience in a way that seems near effortless. He connects to ordinary working people through lyrics that make a simple testament to their dreams, aspirations and hopes. Primarily based off of southern roots, this rootsy rocker has earned and gained the respect of music lovers ranging from rock to country to blues. Hailing from the Gulf coast of south Louisiana, Lanes songs speak of high lonesome stories tapping into God, sin, love, family, hardships and highs n lows in a Skynyrd grit and Segers drift sort of way. The characters in the songs, more times than none biographical, always tend to be relatable allowing his reputation as an artist/songwriter to grow in turn giving the listener a sense of wealth. As the old saying goes: ‘You can’t fake it if you’re gonna make it, you gotta live it’. The long road to Lane as we know has been all but eventful at times. With deals gone sour Lane has proved that you could take ones innocence and attempt to leave like a kinlen for the coal, but the harder the life the sweeter the song. With a raw, rough-edged and emotional voice Lane has refused to be captured or tamed hitting the scene eager to build an even greater legion of fans. With such authenticity, Lane words are not only believable but you get a glimpse through his own eyes of his own frustrations, hopes and dreams that he has felt. Some may call that lost, but he calls it freedom. Having had the opportunity to share the stage with acts such as Bad Company, Aaron Lewis, Darius Rucker, Travis Tritt, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and Edwin McCain has helped this southerner turn more than a few heads and is sure to keep em turning. With a determination and hunger to be heard, Lane is proof that if you do something long enough people will hear. With an acoustic based rootsy rockin southern sound, Lane is coming off his 5th independent studio released album titled ’78’, featuring 13 all new original tracks. Alongside his full band shows with (The Parish), Lane is also stringing up a number of solo acoustic shows called ‘The Living Room Sessions’ featuring Lane in a no smoke, no lights, just a guitar and a pile of songs enviroment. We invite you to listen to the sounds of Jaryd Lane. Ride Easy!!

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Jason Bishop

A singer, songwriter, and performer born in the Lone Star State in a town called Sherman, Texas. Later moving to Louisiana, Jason eventually started a musical career frequently playing New Orleans’ most popular clubs of the world famous Bourbon Street. Jason’s many styles of music range from funk, R&B, Blues, Rock, Zydeco, Cajun and traditional Country, versatile in being a utility player to band leader, fronting most bands he was associated with. No matter what genre that is being performed, Jason has had the unique ability to make any song his own without compromising the integrity of the genre. A particular skill that has served him well. Fronting his own band, The Two Dollar Pistols, he has taken on the mantle of writing, performing, and preserving the musical legacy of traditional country. Introducing people unfamiliar to a wonderful style of music that is not readily available in it’s true form anywhere in the Crescent City. He delivers when it comes to presenting his talent, be it a small intimate solo performance or a full band at a festival. Jason has traveled the U.S. with his own band, Jason Bishop & The Two Dollar Pistols, and his former band, Garlick Truck. He contributed to, and toured with, many national acts such as Kim Carson & the Real Deal, Dwayne Dopsie & the Zydeco Hellraisers, and Big Al & the Heavyweights. Some of the musical hero’s that have influenced Jason throughout his career are Merle Haggard, Lefty Frizzell, The Allman Brothers, Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings, Stevie Ray Vaughn, ZZ Top, and a handful of Texas’ singer/songwriters. Notable Venues and Festivals: (Louisiana) The House Of Blues New Orleans, Tipitina’s Uptown, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, New Orleans French Quarter Festival, Les Bon Temps, Howling Wolf, Orpheum Theater, The Roux House, The Longhorn, The Ogden Museum, The Grand Opera House. (Gulf Coast, Miss, Ala, Fla) The Florabama, The Paradise Inn, Pensacola Arts Festival, The Dock, The Purple Parrot, The Wharf, Beau Rivage, Silver Slipper, Hard Rock Hotel’, IP Casino, Hollywood Casino, Hank Williams Festival Geogianna Ala. (Texas) The Continental, Shakespeares, Blanco’s, Lukenbach Tx, Hondo’s on Main, The White Elephant, Gabby’s, The Mucky Duck, Armadillo Palace, Billy Bob’s, Loose Wheels, Gruene Hall, and a host of smaller venues.

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Jay Megginson/ Barstow Revival

Jay Megginson and Drew Howard recently joined forces to form the duo, Barstow Revival, which they describe as “eclectic, soulful, psychedelic Americana…”

Drew, who recently relocated to Fairhope, AL from Austin, TX, has been a professional musician for over 20 years and has toured, written and collaborated with many world class musicians. His guitar work is unique and mesmerizing, employing a complete command of the fret board with an artistic use of tone and effects.

Jay Megginson is new to the music scene. He started writing music in 2016, and hasn’t stopped since. His lyrics are tight, thoughtful, and honest, encompassing topics such as love, religion, tractors and rednecks, with more than a little humor, and his vocals are soulful and dynamic.

Live…they never let you down -“bringing it” to every audience with intensity, honesty, and grit.

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JD Brown

Just a country boy that grew up in northwest Louisiana hunting and fishing. Started playing and writing songs a year or so ago and been loving it ever since.

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Jeffrey Hutcherson

Jeffrey is a 57 year old singer/songwriter from lucedale ms.he has written many originals and is a bmi member.his music can be heard on I hear radio, Spotify ,and ITNS radio and rocknbeats radio.he is a member of issa,and reverbnation.jeff has performed many festivals and benefits concerts.jeff participated in Mississippi songwriter festival 2018.at ocean springs Ms.

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Jeffrey Steele

A five time Grammy Nominee, Jeffrey Steele has been recognized by BMI for 65 million airplays for hits he penned for a multitude of artists including Keith Urban, Eric Church, Zac Brown Band, Jimmy Buffett, Montgomery Gentry, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Cher, .38 Special, Faith Hill, Tim McGraw, Trace Adkins, LeAnn Rimes, Rascal Flatts and Van Zant, Joe Cocker, Little Feat ft. Bob Seger, Joe Bonamassa, Cascada and more. 

Among his many accolades over the past few years, Jeffrey Steele has been named to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, honored by the Country Music Hall of Fame as a Poet and Prophet, twice awarded BMI Songwriter of the Year and thrice the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) Songwriter of the Year. CMA has twice awarded him the coveted “Triple Play Award” for three No. 1 songs in a year. His country and A/C mega-hits include a string of chart toppers including: “Raise ‘Em Up”, “Knee Deep”, “Here,” “My Wish,” “The Cowboy In Me,” “These Days”, “My Town”, “Something to be Proud of”, “Everyday” and the groundbreaking “What Hurts The Most,” nominated for Best Country Song at the Grammy Awards. 

Additionally, he has won over 35 BMI Country and Pop awards, was nominated for a Golden Globe and Critic’s Choice Award for Best Original Song “I Thought I Lost You” for the Disney/Pixar animated feature BOLT, performed by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, been named one of Billboard Magazine’s top 5 writer’s 8 years in a row, as well as Music Row Magazine’s Songwriter of the Year Award. Steele’s latest album features performances with Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Jamey Johnson, John Rich and others. 

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Jeremy Joyce

eremy Joyce is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist. Like a cook in the the kitchen, Joyce creates songs for many moods. He is equally at home in the blues as he is in rock, roots, and jazz. As a full time performer in the city of New Orleans, the city’s iconic sounds have informed his songwriting and style these past five years. He effortlessly moves between genres like a jukebox, his expert guitar playing accentuating the ear catching hooks of his highly original material. His music has been featured on local, international, and satellite radio. He is currently working on an Album with Grammy Nominated Producer and Engineer Mike Harvey (Jonathan Long, Hot 8 Brass Band, Royal Southern Brotherhood, etc) Jeremy is also an in-demand guitarist, working with blues, country, RnB, and traditional jazz bands. Her got his start as a punk, then indie-rock, then country guitarist in Philadelphia and Brooklyn in the 2000s. In the mid 2000s he switched to songwriting and launched a career in Brooklyn where he played venues such as Rockwood and the Living Room. It was there that he cut his first solo EP. Seeking a change of pace, he relocated to Saint Louis for a few years and made his first full length album with David Beeman “Sleeping With the Devil” at Native Sound studios. Soon after his mother passed away and he moved to New Orleans to be closer to his sister. In New Orleans, Jeremy joined a busking band and learned traditional jazz. Within a year he was working with several bands while also performing his original material. He cut an EP of Jazz Ballads “Standing on Saint Claude”, original material in the style of old jazz. The EP was well received and garnered international and national radio play. Jeremy has toured the country many times as a solo act and as a guitarist. Jeremy now plays regularly in the city of New Orleans in clubs and in festivals. His new record is due in April of 2019.

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Jesse Brooks

Songwriter from Tangipahoa Parish that turns stories into songs. Also a working journalist.

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Jessie Ritter

ABOUT JESSIE RITTER: Southeast Missouri native Jessie Ritter grew up on her family’s farm listening to Country radio, where her love of story and song began. The singer/songwriter’s passion for the genre brought her to Nashville after high school, where she spent years honing her craft while studying music at Belmont University. Upon graduation, Jessie was offered a job with Carnival Cruise Line® that took her across Australia, Europe and the Bahamas, performing four hours a day, six days a week for two years. Now based in Northwest Florida, Jessie hustles as her own manager, booker, publisher and promoter, traveling along the coast to share her music with fans. She has previously joined the bill with chart-topper Easton Corbin, performed at the Pensacola Beach Songwriter Festival, and will perform at the 30A Songwriters Festival in January 2019. Jessie released her first full-length album COFFEE EVERY MORNING in July, which she co-produced alongside Jim Lill and penned nine out of the ten tracks, featuring the introspective title track and upbeat “Meet Your Mother.” Her pure vocals recently earned her the reigning Champion title of the NASH Next Challenge and she will release her debut single in 2019 on Nash Next Records under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella. Visit JessieRitter.com for the latest updates and follow along on Instagram and Facebook.

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Jim McCormick

Jim McCormick is a staff songwriter at BMG Music in Nashville. McCormick has celebrated two #1 songs on the Billboard country charts: Jason Aldean‘s Take A Little Ride, which spent 3 weeks in the top position, and Brantley Gilbert‘s You Don’t Know Her Like I Do.[1] Current releases written by McCormick include Luke Bryan‘s “All My Dreaming There”, Jason Aldean‘s Lights Go Out, Harry Connick Jr.‘s “I Do Like We Do”, Jon Pardi‘s “Lucky Tonight”, and Trace Adkins‘s Jesus and Jones. His songs also have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap, Jamey Johnson, Smash Mouth and many others.[2]

He has served as a board of governors’ vice-president for the Recording Academy and on the board of the Nashville Songwriters Association International. McCormick is an adjunct faculty member in the Music Industry Studies program at Loyola University in New Orleans and has lectured on the craft and business of songwriting at Berkelee College of Music, Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Belmont University, and Tulane University, as well as at GrammyPro and NSAI events. He is a member of Nashville’s Leadership Music class of 2013 and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Georgetown University and a Master of Fine Arts degree in poetry from the University of New Orleans.

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Jim Pharis

Jim Pharis is a Louisiana based singer/songwriter and interpreter of American folk blues music.

Pharis began playing in his early teens. Influenced by the folk and blues music boom of the 1960’s,
he began taking lessons from a local classical guitar teacher. Those lessons created a strong foundation
for Jim’s dynamic fingerstyle approach to the guitar.

Jim Pharis performs in a variety of music settings in the American South. His most recent release is
2018’s critically acclaimed, High Mileage.

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Jim Standley

Jim Standley was raised in the small village of Oak Ridge, Louisiana. His mother and grandmother played piano and organ in the local church. Jim’s father, though not a musician, was a music lover, owning a large selection of classic country records. The exposure to diverse musical styles had a profound impact on Jim.
After several years of playing the trumpet and trombone, at twelve Jim picked up the guitar. After seeing the local blues duo Po’ Henry & Tookie perform, Jim became obsessed with blues music.
In 2010, Jim played local open mic events around Baton Rouge. Eventually, he began performing his own blues/Americana/country originals and recorded two all original rock albums as a member of The VOID. Presently, Jim has performed as  part of the blues/rock power trio Odd Men Out (with bassist Cletus Robinson and drummer Jay O’Neal).  He currently is the singer and guitarist for the blues band, Big Foot Liz.

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Joe Sims

Joe Sims is a songwriter from Slidell, LA. He has been described as “a songwriter in the great American tradition” by BRASH Magazine. His songs are honest and relatable; deep and emotional. He has been playing professionally in the talent-rich New Orleans area for over 20 years and pulls his influences from the musical melting pot of the region.
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Joe Sullivan

Folk singer and songwriter since 1969 and founding member of Bleecker Street.

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John West

Originally from England, John now calls Mandeville, LA home. As a songwriter and founding member of the Ozone Music Education Foundation—organizers of the Ozone Songwriter Festival—he is passionate about original music. His songs bring a range of influences from English alternative such as Radiohead and Muse to his current favorite: Marty O’Reilly and the Old Soul Orchestra. John played on the Hilton Stage at the 2018 3rd St Songwriter Festival.

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Jordan Babin

From Gonzales, LA – Jordan is making noise in the country music scene in Louisiana!  Jordan has a “mixture of new and old school country to create a style uniquely his own”.

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Joseph Garrett of Cinclare

Cinclare is an alternative/folk rock trio formed from the heart and soul of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The group is composed of three Baton Rouge natives (Joseph Garrett, Alex Kearney and Joel D’Aubin) expressing themselves through the integrity of their guitar, bass and drums. Making their national introduction onto the scene, Cinclare released their debut single “Observatory” in June of 2017. Cinclare music empathizes with the rhythm of the crowd, utilizing rich melodies and harmonies to produce a robust and angelic listening experience. The collective talent of these southern boys recalls the likeness of influential bands such as: Kings of Leon, Fleet Foxes and Coldplay. The band is currently collaborating with other creatives in Baton Rouge to produce video content, booking shows and anticipating the release of their debut album in early 2019.

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Joshua Stephen Ward

Joshua Stephen Ward was born raised in Mobile, Alabama and begin playing music at age 12. Josh was diagnosed with Obsessive Compulsive Disorder at a young age and turned to spirituality and music as a means of seeking resolution to the various issues of his inner life. Upon learning and experiencing a personal renaissance a desire was birthed to communicate the issues of his life through music.

Josh began slowly crafting his own style of artsy pop/rock blending the earthy influences of 70’s singer-songwriters with his love of nostalgic music from the 80s and 90s.His debut album entitled “Becoming” was released in April 2018. The record features 11 fully produced original compositions linked with the theme of self-discovery.

Josh has a degree in classical guitar and along with writing & performing music teaches other musicians in the Bay Area how to create music that is the most satisfying to one’s individual identity. He currently is based out of Mobile,AL and to performs regionally throughout the South East United States.

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JT Lewis (Jordan Tarajano)

JT Lewis has made quite a journey from the heart of Cajun Country in Baton Rouge LA to his new home in Nashville TN. In 2017, he played over 80 shows and gained huge exposure and loyal fans by touring with/opening for Logan Mize. In 2018, he brought his high-energy act across the country for over 100 shows, including his CMA Fest Debut. His rock solid work ethic has led him to share the stage with artists like Love & Theft, Trailer Choir, Trent Tomlinson, Charles Esten (From CMT’s “Nashville”), Chris Bandi, and others. His influences of pure country lyrics, pop melodies, and hard rock riffs, is like a Cajun gumbo recipe for an energy filled show where the fans can’t help but dance and sing along to all their favorite songs. And originals like his Music Row Charting single, “Good Times,” written by JT along with cowriters like Scott Lynch (Lee Brice, Faith Hill, Trace Adkins) keep the audience on the dance floor.

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Judson ``JB`` Smith

Georgia born songwriter living in Starkville, MS. JB Smith draws on personal experiences and observations as well reading for inspiration.  He draws most of his inspiration from water and the outdoors.

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Kd Amond

Kd Amond is originally from the small town of Livingston, Louisiana. Kd is first and foremost a storyteller. Her background is in film and television, which is what first brought her to Nashville when she produced a docu-series on songwriters. Kd currently spends her time songwriting under her first publishing deal and studying audio engineering in Nashville where she now resides. Kd was raised on Dolly Parton, Emmy Lou Harris, and John Prine, (and of course Fleetwood Mac). She’s an active member of both Nashville’s independent film and songwriting communities, and is currently writing the soundtrack for an indie film she has in development. Kd recently produced and directed the music video for Jeff Bates single “That Thing We Do,” which can be seen on video media outlets nationwide including CMT. Jeff Bates and Kd continue to write together frequently. Kd now lives with fellow songwriters in Nashville, But will always call Louisiana home.

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Keith Harelson

Writing songs since the 70’s, Keith has played in Arkansas, Oklahoma and Kansas before moving to Louisiana in ’82. Soulful, sad , and sometimes silly, Keith continues to write and play in the Baton Rouge area.

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Keith Rea

Keith brings a wealth of experience to the stage as well as a variety of styles and genres. From love songs to train songs, Keith’s lyrics conjure stories of people, places, and situations that feel both familiar and yet somehow fresh. His instrumental styling’s cover the landscape from finger picked ballads to raucous twelve bar blues.

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Kelley Dodson

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Kylie Frey

This Louisiana bred rodeo girl from Opelousas has made her home in Nashville. After a couple of #1s on the Texas Regional Radio Charts, “Rodeo Man” and a duet with Randy Rogers, “Too Bad” which also received airplay on Siris XM’s the Highway; Kylie was cast in Season 1 of Real Country on USA Network which aired this past fall where she made it to the finals on team Shania Twain. After her success and national exposure, Frey released her latest single, “Ain’t Enough Beer.” Since then, her single has been climbing the Texas Regional Radio charts and landing spots on Spotify playlists such as “Texas County Now”, “Wild Country”, and “New Boots”. She is currently on the road opening for such acts as Cody Johnson, Pam Tillis, Sammy Kershaw, Clay Walker, and others. F

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Lance Dubroc

Tucked away in St. Landry Parish, where Bayou Courtableau gives birth to Bayou Teche, sits the family home of South Louisiana singer/songwriter, Lance Dubroc. Possessing a dynamic voice which is one-part pain and one-part annointment, Lance Dubroc plays music for all the right reasons and gives credence to every song he touches. Proficient on both piano and guitar, each live performance stands on its own and is never the same as the last. Honing his musical chops on venue tours across the U.S, as a full-timer on Bourbon St. and at a multitude of college campuses and juke-joints scattered across the south, Lance focuses on music that makes you feel something. Catch a show and let him lift your spirits. You’ll be flying high for weeks on the wings of his music.
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Liv Charette (Olivia)

Three notes in and it’s obvious that Liv Charette’s voice is something special. Her voice caught the ear of producer Danick Dupelle, who encouraged Charette to make the trek to Nashville to spend time writing and recording in town. After a number of trips back and forth, she decided a move to Music City was inevitable. Charette spent her first several years in Nashville honing her craft, both in and out of the studio. She performed at writers rounds around town and played shows in both the US and Canada. She picked up her guitar and wrote when and wherever she could. A stellar writer in her own right, Charette has penned tunes with hit songwriters Tim Nichols, Tiffany Goss, Scott Stepakoff, Nathan Barlowe and Patricia Conroy, as well as a number of up and coming songwriters. “There’s just something about taking an emotion or an idea and putting it into a song that has the potential to resonate with someone else. That’s why music is so universal and so powerful,” Charette says about writing. As an artist, Charette is also getting noticed. She released her debut single “Bones” in late 2018 and followed it up with a heart-wrenching ballad called “Lips on the Bottle”. A third single is set to be released in February 2019. Tapped to play Google Fiber’s New Music Friday and the inaugural Drams and Jams event benefiting Fold of Honor, Charette is looking forward to a full schedule of live shows and writers rounds in 2019.

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Liv Waters

Multi-instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Liv Waters is a young, highly energetic, Nashville based country/pop music sensation. At 21 years old, Liv Waters has already taken country music by storm. Liv Released her debut EP, “In Time” independently in the summer of 2017 full of 5 songs written entirely by Liv herself. Liv got the opportunity to feature the first single off of the ep, in time, on a few local radio stations back in her hometown of Poughkeepsie, New York including WRWD Country and Q92 Hits. Liv released the song, When The Young Die, off of her EP as a single on December 7th, 2018. She took a non-traditional approach by releasing the single as a fundraiser in order to raise money and awareness for those affected in the thousand oaks tragedy in california this past november. Liv was in California when the shooting took place. She says “I woke up to a text from my mom at 4am asking if everything was okay, you could tell there was a bit of motherly panic in her tone. I was so confused, answered, ‘yes mom, I love you,’ went back to sleep and woke up again at 9am to the local news blowing up about the tragedy that happened only 2 hours from me the night before in Thousand Oaks. I was devastated, this one hit the heart and i knew i had to make a difference somehow” that is when Liv decided to raise money for the families affected in the shooting by releasing her song, When The Young Die, and donating any money made from the song to a charity made by families of thousand oaks. Liv says her goal is to “make a difference, one song at a time.” During the release, Liv landed on multiple news stations across the country to help chip in and raise money with her. Some stations include Sacramento California’s FOX 40 news, Burlington, Vermont’s ABC 22, and NBC 5 in Bristol Virginia. Waters is proud and humble of the individual’s lives she was able to help heal through the message of the song, as well as the money raised. With over 200 self written songs, you can expect to see more of Liv Waters this spring. In her young career, Liv Waters has already shared the stage and performed with music legends Pete Seeger and Eric Paslay, and has had the opportunity to play venues such as Poughkeepsie\’s Historic The Chance Theater and Hall & Oates venue Daryl\’s House. Liv has performed on local radio stations affiliated with iHeartRadio, as well as been on multiple news stations promoting her new single. She also won a songwriting contest with Nashville’s Silverado Records with a song titled “Ain’t Nothing Merry” that was featured on the label’s Christmas Compilation Album, “A Very Nashville Christmas” 2 years in a row. \”Music is my life–the only thing with me through the high school drama, the highs and lows of life, fights with friends, breakups, loss, the very best and the very worst days of my life. I haven\’t had anything make me feel quite like I do while I am making music. An indescribable comfort and passion that I wouldn\’t trade for the world. I want to be that support system and role model for young girls going through the hardships of growing up, bullying, and inspire them that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.\” -Liv Waters
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Logan Ashley

Mississippi born and Baton Rouge raised, Logan Ashley has been writing music for a while now. Writing her first song at about the age of 10, she found her passion in the strike of her first guitar chord. Originally trained on violin, Logan incorporates elements of both instruments as well as her voice to share stories loosely based on her personal experiences through song. Her influences cover a wide range of artists from Courtney Barnett to Nina Simone.
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Luke Fisher

Luke Fisher learned how to sing harmonies sitting around the family supper table with his parents and six siblings. He currently lives in Oxford. Luke recently gave up a career as a civil rights lawyer to be a performing songwriter. His musical experience is deep and varied. He has played in a jazz stage band. He was the junior choir director at St. Andrews Episcopal Cathedral in Jackson, Mississippi. Luke he plays music with a dementia group and makes home visits to play music with hospice patients. He plays for musicals of the Ole Miss Theater Department. He has played the Mississippi Songwriters Festival and the 2018 Ozone Songwriters Festival in Mandeville, LA. and has recently played two summer festivals. He played 85 shows last year, both solo and with three different rockabilly and red dirt country bands. Luke has one album under his belt, and is currently working on his second.

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Mark Gunter

Mark has entertained and confused audiences for forty years. Stops along the way include Innerview in San Diego, Poor David’s Pub in Dallas, Anderson Fair in Houston, Dwaze Zaken in Amsterdam and Der Weinerschnitzel in Corpus Christi. He has opened for or shared bills with The Dixie Chicks, Jewel, Merle Travis, Buzz Andrews, Trout Fishing in America and Buddy Case. Okay, The Chicks and Jewel were before they were famous, but it’s still pretty cool, right? With original songs, fingerpicking and a little shtick, Mark! brings audiences to the verge of tears before hitting them laughter, sometimes in the same song. He’s ready for another forty. Are you?

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Martin Flanagan

et another one of Hank William’s Sr. offspring has entered the music scene with the release of Martin Flanagan’s first album, “Beneath These Strings”, a ten-song collection, written and performed by Martin Flanagan, with songs that range from the outlandish and humorous “ Walter-The Walking Accident” to the serious and eerie “Open A Vein”, a story about singer/songwriter Guy Clark.

“Everyone needs a copy of this disc. This is the stuff of legends…even if they are illegitimate ones!

Chris Maxwell
Red Dragon Listening Room

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Mat Conine

Just a poor boy with the blues. Born in South Arkansas and moved to Louisiana in 2012 Matt Conine has recently begun cutting his teeth in the open mic scene of Baton Rouge. With songs that try to make people laugh or listen to lyrics intently he draws his inspiration from many songwriters including John Prine, Gram Parsons, Guy Clark, and the like.

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Matt York

The Boston Herald says of Matt York’s album Boston, Texas that ”the singer-songwriter uses basic building blocks — Buddy Holly’s chords, Hank Williams’ swagger, Steve Earle’s boozy wisdom, Paul Westerberg’s straight-up-drunk wisdom — to construct an album of beauty, optimism and heartbreak”. Matt’s new album explores a cross-section of everything from straight-up rock n roll to hints of outlaw country. His album has received radio airplay throughout the world. His album “Boston, Texas” was named Limelight Magazine’s Debut Album of the Year”. His most recent release, “Between the Bars” was listed as one of the top albums of 2017 by the Patriot Ledger, Gatehouse Media, Ryan’s Smashing Life and several other radio stations and news publications.

Matt grew up in Foxboro, Massachusetts and began playing the clubs of Boston as a teenager. Since then, he’s played on stages through New England, New York, Nashville and Toronto. His latest album “Between the Bars” was released in November, 2017. He recently performed at the Smoky Mountains Songwriter Festival and is headed to Montana to perform at the Red Lodge Sonwriter Festival this spring. Gatehouse Media’s Peter Chianca wrote of the new album “Put Boston’s Matt York in the ‘should be rich and famous department’ — his country rock with a jangly edge has instantaneous appeal, combining wry lyrics about barflies, ex-lovers and fading summers with infectious melodies and a rocker’s penchant for strumming his way through heartbreak”.

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MICHAEL Brandt

Michael Brandt, musician/singer-songwriter Baton Rouge.

Born and Raised in Louisiana, Michael has started to shine as an upcoming country artist. A self-taught musician with a rich musical family history, Michael is carrying that tradition into country music.

Michael has gained much attention with his Louisiana inspired country songs while writing radio worthy catchy hooks. He has as released a single titled “Coming off a Turnaround”, co-written by Ronnie Calhoun and produced by Matt Tortorich, which is available.

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MICHAEL RAYBURN

Michael Rayburn, local to Baton Rouge, Louisiana, is a powerful singer/songwriter with a wide variety of styles. With years of singing and performing, his voice has culminated into a combination of rock and soul. Being from the south, a touch of southern rock completes the make up of Michael’s style. At 21 years of age, this performer is sure to capture any audience with his ability to carry an amazing melody and hit high notes that many rock singers dream of. Michael has performed many big venues locally and plans to perform outside of his region. Michael is a rare find in that he is a lead singer/bassist. His voice has always been his main focus but he works to be the best at every instrument he plays. “Being a musician has always been one of the most important things in my life. I have dreamed of playing music professionally since I was a child, and now I am getting to live out that dream. I have a passion for performing, along with a passion for connecting with an audience. Whether it’s my own material or music from others that inspire me, I just truly love the art.” Michael adds, “I appreciate and understand what I have become, but I’m always looking for what I can do to better myself and achieve bigger goals in the future. I am hungry for success and will do what needs to be done to reach it.” With his band BURNHOUSE releasing their debut, all-original, self-titled album, Michael and his band mates have generated a lot of buzz. The album was written solely by Michael and his band mates. The three-piece band is planning to release a twenty-song album within the next year with all new, original material. “I plan on playing and writing music for the rest of my life. I can only keep working hard in hope that one day I will become a huge success. I believe that with the over whelming support from my band, family, friends, and fans, I can make a huge impact in the industry.”

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MICHAEL Scott Boudreaux

Eighteen year old Michael Scott Boudreaux, born and raised in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana, is an aspiring singer/songwriter and accomplished guitarist whose influences of Outlaw Country, Blues, Texas Red Dirt, Americana, and Louisiana Roots have given him a sound like no other. Michael began playing guitar at the age of three and started singing and playing for others not long after. Over the years, he began to develop an appreciation for songwriting and has studied artists such as Robert Earl Keen, Willie Nelson, Bruce Robison, and many more. Recently participating in Lafayette’s 2018 SOLO songwriter’s festival, Michael has written songs with artists such as Paul Sanchez, Kevin Montgomery, Barry Ancelet, and Stewart Mann (Statesboro Revue). He is talented beyond his years and is looking forward to releasing music in the near future.

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MIKE ATKINSON

Born in Lafayette and raised in Baton Rouge, Mike began playing guitar when he was 12. He has played in numerous cover bands over the years as a lead guitarist and vocalist. Currently he performs in the band Blu Rouge. Two of the members of Blu Rouge are singer-songwriters. Their passion for writing their own music peaked Mike’s curiosity and he began writing his own songs. Mike performed in last year’s festival is very proud to have been invited to play again this year. It is an honor and a treat to share the bill with so many talented artists.

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Mitchel Evan

​Mitchel Evan is an American songwriter from Richmond, Virginia that is dedicated to keeping authentic music and honest storytelling alive. His journey from Virginia to Colorado and back again has resulted in two EP\\\’s and a full length album with his band, Mitchel Evan & The Mangrove, as well as his first solo release, the \\\”Little Horse Tapes\\\”. Evan has recently relocated back to his hometown of Richmond and looks forward to releasing his sophomore solo album, Nostalgia – out everywhere December 28th.
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Milly Raccoon

Fiddle player and singer Milly Raccoon roams the continent, bringing her quirky, magickal music and art to unsuspecting citizens. Her original songs and musical stylings seem to have travelled out of the past, emulating classic country, traditional jazz, and old-world Celtic music.
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Nancy Broussard

From the time I learned to sing harmony with my mom as a child, music has been a major part of my life. Put it aside for too many years to get married, have kids, a decent “day job” career – now I am getting back to my first love. I’ve been influenced by everything from the classics to classic rock, punk, new age and more, so please don’t pin me down to a genre.
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NANCY ROPOLLO

Playing music all my life, I’ve been in The Delta Drifters Blues Band, the house band at The Magnolia Cafe in St. Francisville, for 14 years. I also perform regularly solo, and have recently formed a new band to play my original tunes, which lean more toward Americana/country. My EP “Homemade,” recorded on reel-to-reel, is available on CD Baby, Spotify, and most streaming services.

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NORB REDMOND

Norbert Redmond IV (Norb) has been a familiar face in the Baton Rouge music scene for the past decade, performing with acts such as After8, Borderline Cuckoo, We Landed on the Moon, He Bleeds Fireman, and Mayhaps. His debut album, “Little Things,” will be released and available on all streaming platforms in February 2019. Norbert currently teaches music lessons on multiple instruments and also does children’s music.
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Party of Two (Julie Ross & Robert Joseph)

Julie Ross and Robert Joseph are Party of Two.
A singer/songwriter duo from the Mississippi Gulf Coast. Julie and Robert have performed their originals and covers all along the Gulf Coast from Louisiana to Florida.

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Paul Hare

From Rockford, IL.

In the studio working on second studio album. First solo album US Wxodus release 2009

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Paul Wilson

Originally from New Orleans, Paul Wilson is a singer, songwriter, guitarist. He is also a business owner and inventor holding several patents in his field. Paul is a long time member of the North Shore Songwriter Circle and is also the first place winner of the Ozone songwriter festival songwriting contest 2018.
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Ralph Goodson

I have been interested in songwriting for about 8-9 years.

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RAY STUMBO

Ray is a singer songwriter by passion and a residential remolding guy by profession.
He began singing and playing guitar at an early age. Creating his own tunes and style followed naturally. His songwriting is rooted in his desire to pass along his experiences in love and life to all who would lend an ear. His soulful voice, with it’s influences of R&B, Motown, Rock and Classic Country will warm your heart and leave you wanting more !! He and his wife Meta and daughter Taylor Rae call Port Allen their home.

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Reece Sullivan

Originally from Arkansas, I now live in Lafayette, LA and play the surrounding states regularly. Over the course of the years, I’ve reinvented myself musically many times, sometimes against my will: piano to guitar, classical to art rock, art rock to folk, flat picking to finger-picking, solely songwriting to performing. My latest incarnation has me playing out often, sometimes touring, and writing and recording consistently. I have a full album titled, WORDSMITH, coming out February 18, 2018, and a single titled, Lamentations, coming out Summer or Fall. Thanks for checking me out and listening to me!

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Rhett Anthony Glindmeyer

Rhett has, also, been a part of the series since the inaugural year. He is a native of Prairieville and lived in Nashville for over 10 years. During the course of the songwriter series, Rhett signed a publishing deal with Ole Music Publishing, worked for M-Pact Music Group, and performed as the house band at Nashville’s iconic venue, Losers. Rhett now calls Louisiana his home base again, but he keeps the road hot playing in Nashville & Las Vegas at Losers, corporate events around the country for M-Pact; but now you can see him more in Louisiana either performing solo or with his new band, Sugar Shaker. 

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Rick Adams

Rick Adams is a singer/songwriter from Pineville Louisiana. He performs in Central Louisiana venues on a solo basis as well as with two local bands (Rev. Charley’s Patent Medicine Show and Rootsicana Tune Factory). His two solo CD’s of all original music (“No Cover At The Door” and “Curves in a Long Straight Road) have received positive reviews.
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Rick Huckaby

Rick Huckaby, or “Huck” as he is referred to, is a Nashville, TN singer, songwriter, and guitar player. His sound is like none other heard in country music today combining influences as rare as Robert Cray, Bonnie Raitt, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Milsap, and Keith Whitley.

Huck was born in Baton Rouge, LA as the son of the legendary basketball coach, Rick Huckabay Sr, (Rick took the “a” out at the end of his last name as not to confuse the pronunciation).

Rick played guitar in Tracey Lawrence’s band for 5 years and had 10 of his songs recorded by Lawrence. He, also, wrote the top 20, “Muddy Water”, recorded by Trace Adkins…and, another top 20, “Beer with Jesus” released by Thomas Rhett and co-written with Lance Miller.

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Robert Bogaert

According to his bio on ReverbNation, Robert F Bogaert was born in Chicago but has died \”many times on countless stages in several states and a couple of Canadian provinces.\” Obviously he is willing to make his \”non-career\” (as he calls it) the subject of a joke, however, his songwriting is anything but. Yes, some of his better received songs are indeed based on a humorous premise, but others delve into subject matter as serious as one can get in this lifetime. Since hitting the road in March of 2017, Bob\’s \”Friends Along The Way\” tours have passed through 27 States and he has performed in 16 of those, with more on the horizon in 2019. There have been gigs at record stores, art fairs, songwriter showcases, private parties, taverns and beer gardens, and whenever possible, listening rooms specifically dedicated to original music. In between, plenty of open mics have been crashed and many songs sung in that atmosphere as well. Here is what Kevin Wildman of Houston Music News had to say after checking out Bob at a club in that city: \”Robert put on an impressive one-man show…. (he) has been performing since 1970 and has amassed an incredible amount of original tunes. Tonight…one great original after another.\” And no less an authority than singer/actor/writer Gary Morris summed it up this way after catching a performance in SW Colorado: \”Nice voice, nice songs; I enjoyed (his) set.\” When Rex \”Wrecks\” Bell – founder of the Old Quarter Acoustic Cafe – complimented his songwriting at the OQ in Galveston, Bob thanked him and mused, \”Yeah, after fifty years I think I\’m finally starting to get the hang of this….\” Truth be told, he\’s had the hang of it a long, long time, and his upcoming cd demonstrates that fully. \”3DXC – The 3rd Degree Xtra Credit Edition\” is a reissue of his 1995 cd, \”The Third Degree\” with four \”dreaded but obligatory bonus tracks\” (as he describes them) added to the end. The songs, including \”Friends Along The Way,\” were written between 1968 and 1990 and cover the full range of \”Bobmusic\” styles and subject matter. It is a collection of serious, silly, sarcastic and sincere visions mounted in country, folky, bluesy and occasionally rockin\’ musical frames. David Thomas of the Rocky Mountain News in Denver described the release as \”Melodic stories emphatically delivered…and the most insistent voice this side of Dylan.\” However his songs may be perceived and received, Robert F Bogaert is still out there in 2019, traveling to as many places as he can, performing wherever and whenever the opportunity arises, turning previously unknown locations into future home towns, visiting old friends and making new ones; and that is really what \”Friends Along The Way\” is all about.

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Robert Joseph (Ragno)

I’m a singer/ songwriter from Moss Point MS. I play a coastal country style and I write about what I know about.

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Rod John Vedros

Rod John Vedros – filled with a passion for music since his early teens, Rod has evolved from a seasoned bass player and vocalist to guitar playing, which ultimately led to songwriting.Having played in local bands throughout the years, Rod’s musical direction changed and became focused upon ministry. Rod is currently active in worship ministry at Vineyard Church of New Orleans in Kenner, Louisiana and also a member of an original band-”Righteous Rain”.
Rod’s musical influences range from Arena Rock, such as Journey, Rush and Led Zeppelin, to the more modern sounds of Tonic, Three Doors Down and U2. On a ministry level, Rod is influenced by Steven Curtis Chapman, Mercy Me, Lincoln Brewster and Chris Tomlin.

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Rory Collins

Rory Collins is a folk-rock singer/songwriter/acoustic guitarist based in New Orleans. After working for a couple of record labels and supporting other artists over the years, he is now focused on developing his own artistry. Collins has a passion for songwriting and draws inspiration from classic pop-rock artists such as George Harrison and Buddy Holly. Rory also recently released a self-produced album of originals titled ‘Watching the World Pass You By’. He and his cherry red-colored acoustic guitar can be found playing solo gigs and songwriter nights in the New Orleans area and beyond.
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RT Hall

R T Hall is a traveler with a music problem. The music he creates reflects the life observed as he travels full time on the road playing music in festivals and doing volunteer work. The ability to play in festivals and venues from Alaska to Florida and Maine to Arizona has been expressed in songs about relationships, work and recreation. R T was a finalist in the 2017 Carnaval et Fete de Rue and in the 2016 Summer Soiree Singer/Songwriter Contests. He has played festival stages at the Tucson Folk, the Roswell Film and Music, Roscoe Singer/Songwriter and others. R T is a member of the Mississippi Songwriters Alliance and performs in songwriting festivals and other venues along the Gulf Coast during the cooler seasons and everywhere else during the summer. His latest EP, Windshield Time, chronicles his lifestyle. R T Hall music can be found on CDBaby.com/RTHall and other digital outlets.

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Ryan Voss

Ryan Voss belongs to the small town of Iberia, Missouri, a small Ozark town where the grass is green and the tree’s are plentiful. He’s had the fortune to be born into a family with musical talents. The love of music, family, and tradition shows up in his lyrics and the songs he writes.

The deep tones of his voice are some found similar to that of Merle Haggard, Waylon Jennings, and Johnny Cash to name a few. The men that made Outlaw country the crown jewel of what it was, is what Ryan inspires to be.

Ryan stumbled on to the Red Dirt scene in the fall of 2017 while playing drums for the Chuck Briseno band. Ryan has played with several artists including, Firecreek, The Collin Nash Band, and the Chuck Briseno Band. While playing music with such talented artists, he toned his craft to the style of music he wanted to play.

Experience and ambition push Ryan in all the right directions. With many exciting things in the works, he looks forward to releasing new music and new show dates. He looks forward to the future and can’t wait to meet new people and new fans.

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Saher Khan

Saher Khan is a singer-songwriter from Baton Rouge. With influences ranging from Simon and Garfunkel to St. Vincent, her music vacillates from tender nostalgia toward childhood friendships to upbeat folk songs about hormones. She also writes about the often confusing, but formative experience of growing up as a Pakistani-American Muslim in the Deep South. She plans to release her first EP, a collaboration with New Orleans-based singer Levee Briggs, in the Summer of 2019.
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Salt Lifers (Rick Hoefel & Gary Moeller)

Gary James Moeller and Rick Hoefel are the award winning prolific songwriting duo Salt Lifers! Gary has had 17 songs co-written with Rick chart in the top 20 on the Tropical Americana charts in just the past two years. Seven of those songs including Hammock Dreamin’, Coming for Your Heart, You Can’t Take The Beach Out Of Me, current single Wanna Get Away and the title track of Gary’s current Cd Post Card Livin’ all charted in the top ten. Flip Flops and Boots charted #5 in 2016! Additionally, Gary and Rick co-wrote two Christmas songs that charted in the top twenty. Gary has had three songs in the top 40 on the charts at the same time on five separate occasions! Rick has had over 50 of his songs cut in Christian, country and tropical genres and has been nominated for the Corpus Christi Songwriter’s Hall Of Fame.
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Sara Douga

Sara Douga is a singer-songwriter from Southwest Louisiana. She participated in the inaugural SOLO Festival and Workshop held in Lafayette May 2018. She released her debut album in April of 2018 which made its way around the world. Her tracks have been played many times on BBC Radio 2 (15.1 Million listeners per week) thanks to Mr. Whispering Bob Harris. Sara’s work has been featured in Europe’s largest Country Music Magazine; Country Music People, and she recently enjoyed a sold out show in London, England at the historic Bush Hall.

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Sara has sat in rounds at the iconic Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN with many songwriting legends. She’s written songs with people like Jim Lauderdale, Gary Burr, Beth Nielsen Chapman, James House, Guy Fletcher, and Gordon Bradberry. Her music has impacted people all over the world, and is often told that her songs have changed lives. “Her music defines three chords and the truth” – Bob Harris “Sara has the IT factor and the HIT factor” – Jim Lauderdale

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Saylor Brasseaux

Songwriting has always been a part of my identity. It has given me a chance to speak what is on my heart in a way that is art, in a way where words fail to speak. As I sing the lyrics, the melody and the music behind me express how I feel, allowing me to bring my words to life. Over the years, I have learned that it\’s important for each and every person to have a voice and share how they feel and what they believe. I am grateful that songwriting has shown me that what I have to say matters. I have been lucky enough to release an album as well as two singles that I was able to share on iTunes and Spotify as well as local radio stations. I also have written about 17 songs so far and get to be in the studio weekly. This opportunity is like no other. It is such a rewarding process, where I am totally in control. I get to make the calls of what instruments I want, what genre I want, and what melody I want to create. Getting to see the songs shift from just an idea to a true creation is a feeling like no other. The best part of all is that my songs have had an impact on people. When people come up to me and say things like \”your song brought tears to my eyes\” or \”your song cheered me up this morning,\” it brings me the greatest amount of joy. I don\’t write songs because I want to be rich or win some prize, I just want the opportunity to continue to impact people.This is truly why I feel like I cannot live without songwriting,which is poetry to me. I want people to know that they are not alone and that what they have to say matters. Lastly, I want to be a role model to people, especially young girls who have a love for music. My goal is to show the world that we all have the ability to create in our own diverse way. I want people to feel that their dreams can be achieved even in the midst of rejection. I want people to be inspired and would love the opportunity to be apart of this festival.
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Sean Gasaway

Sean Gasaway is an award winning singer/songwriter, publisher, record executive, and record producer. Sean was born on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, and now resides in Nashville, TN. Sean’s incredible popularity and high demand has led to performances of his hit “Stomp” and The National Anthem in front of 75,000 Pittsburgh Steeler Fans at Heinz Field, back to back Native American Music Awards for Song and Single Of The Year (2017 & 2018), songs played on the NBC Today Show, feature shows at the World Famous Bluebird Café, International Festivals including The Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival, year round performances at the World Famous Flora~Bama, Feature Artist with The Last Honkytonk Music Series, various House Concerts from the Gulf Coast to New England, major publishing and record deals in the US and the UK, garnering over 100 songs cut, four #1 songs on the Americana and Independent charts, six Top 40 on Billboard and Independent Charts, songs in major movies, documentaries, NFL Sports, as well as his highly acclaimed 2016 album release “Mississippi Vol. 1” and 2018 release “Mixtape, Mississippi”.

Sean has been in the music business for over 25 years writing, performing, producing, and touring with bands including 3 Doors Down, Cowboy Troy, Mickie James, The Ying Yang Twins, Deborah Allen, Ray Scott, and Kat Perkins to name a few.

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Shaw Furlow

Born in Alexandria La and was raised in Brookhaven Ms, where I reside now. After retiring from directing school bands for 41 I spend my time promoting our local scene. I write songs from heart tugging ballads to funny songs I refer to as appetizers.

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Shawn Cleveland

Shawn was born and bred from Chicago, Illinois.
His influences include My Morning Jacket, Band Of Horses, and Ray LaMontagne. Shawn writes songs because it is a form of meditation and he is always grateful to share and communicate that with others.  He currently resides in Baton Rouge and is an Indie Folk Rock Singer-Songwriter.

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Shelbe Moses

“Powerhouse vocals from this South Louisiana soulful country singer/songwriter”

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STEPHANIE NASH

Hey ya’ll my name is Stephanie Nash, I am currently 25 years old living in Nashville Tennessee. My family is originally from Fresno California but decided to make the move to middle Tennessee in 2014. My family and I are dairy farmers, we live and breath the land we own and for us its our passion not just our job. My day to day on the farm is to raise the baby calves, ever since I was a little girl, I had the heart for animal health and welfare on our dairy farm. I studied Dairy science at Fresno State and ended up finishing school at University of Tennessee, majoring in animal science.When I am not on the farm, early mornings and early nights consist of me teaching indoor cycling. I have always been a competitive athlete; the rush and adrenaline make my personality a very determined one. I love helping people with there fitness goals and pushing every rider to their limit.

Country music has always been there for me, I remember singing in church, private music recitals and writing my heart down on paper every chance I got. My grandpa saw a star in me early on, even when I never got a chance to show my talents in high school. So, a few years went by and after college I came back to the farm and started writing again. Every heartbreak, every struggle and every victory I had been missing in myself was now in a song. My inspiration comes from early legends in country music. From slow songs that pulled at your soul, to sassy rock in roll country and to honest lyrics that people experience every day. March I will be releasing my debut single “you aint gunna be my man” and I am so proud of this song. Kent Wells my producer and myself have been in and out of the studio since October. We wanted to take our time feeling out my sound and the country music story I want to bring. I inspire to be a singer songwriter and bring a new sound to country music. It would be such an honor to perform and show fans who I am as an artist. This dream is hard, but I have waited long enough to pursue it and I am ready for Country music to give me that chance.

Stephanie is managed by Heather Frankowski with Gravel Road Management, Nashville, TN.

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STEVE JUDICE

Steve is a Louisiana based songwriter with 4 albums of original music to his credit. He is also the co-founder of the Peyton Wilson Memorial Songwriter retreat which recently hosted 50 songwriters form around the region. In 2016, 3 of his songs were selected for inclusion in the movie,” Race to Win.”
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Susan Aysen

Susan Aysen is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Thibodaux, LA. As a clarinetist, her main influences are from Dixieland jazz and swing. While growing up, her family would gather and make music together. These experiences provided early exposure to country, swamp pop, Cajun, soul, gospel, and rock. It has molded her into the artist she is today. She’d like to see her music evolve into a fusion of styles and genres, drizzled with rich Louisiana culture. You can find Susan playing shows and festivals in and around South Louisiana.

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THE BEACH BUMS (Bill and Vicki Neyland)

Singer Songwriters from Mandeville Louisiana. Combining diverse influences from Patsy Cline to Radiohead, the Beach Bums create original music to bring harmonies and melodies that help create
“ good vibes “…
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THE DIRTY RAIN REVELERS

Based in New Orleans, The Dirty Rain Revelers embodies the unified musical collaboration of husband/wife team, Matthew and Melissa DeOrazio, both on guitars and vocals. The two met on a gig in Austin, TX post-Katrina and have been playing together ever since.

To date, they’ve recorded four albums, performed at various festivals, toured annually, built a home recording studio, and established their own music publishing company. They have appeared three times on NCIS: New Orleans, most recently (May 15, 2018) as a full band, performing two original songs. (I’ve Seen and Pick Out Your Own Cloud).
Both songs are on the Spark album, released October 25th, 2018.
Melissa and Matthew have their own radio show on local community-based/supported radio station WHIV, (stands for We Honor Independent Voices). Their show, Surya Revelers Medicine Music, airs Wednesday nights, 10pm-midnight CST

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TIM KULAGE

I stopped in Baton Rouge to visit a friend in 1971 and I’m still here. Had a few songs then. Have a lot more now. Some are pretty good too. My song is a life boat that gets me through the storms. I can\\\’t imagine life without music. Look forward to putting a little of it out there for you. So much talent in Baton Rouge. Honored to participate.

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THOMAS IKE HAILEY

Ponchatoula, Louisiana-based singer-songwriter Tommy Ike Hailey has been called “a storyteller in song” by some listeners. Influenced early on by Jim Croce and James Taylor, and later by Texas musicians Jerry Jeff Walker, Nanci Griffith, and Robert Earl Keen, he sings of love and loss, of joy and sorrow, of family, friends, and the folks you see on the street – with the voice of experience, observation, and compassion. When he’s not out somewhere singing his own songs, he shows his love of songwriting and singer-songwriters in other ways. For example, he created and hosts Troubadours Songwriter Night in Covington, Louisiana, and he co-created and co-hosts Songwriter Sessions in Des Allemands, Louisiana, both of which showcase featured local and regional songwriters and include a songwriters open mic at the conclusion of each show. He is a stage host for the Third Street Songwriters Festival in Baton Rouge, and a behind-the scenes troubleshooter for the Songs on the Bayou Songwriters Festival in Morgan City. In addition, he helped to create and serves on the Board of Directors of the Ozone Music Education Foundation, whose mission is to provide resources and music education opportunities to children and adults. As a part of their public outreach, the Board members of OMEF organized the first annual Ozone Songwriter Festival, which was held Oct 20 and 21, 2018, in Mandeville Louisiana, which featured over 100 local, regional, and national songwriters. For Tommy Ike, it’s all about the songs, and, most importantly, it’s about hearing them from the ones who know them best – the songwriters who wrote them.
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Tomplay

“Tomplay” is a duo featuring Toby Tomplay & Shelli Brown, both seasoned, Louisiana-based singer/songwriters who have traveled the country (and beyond) playing music. Pulling from Pop, Rock, Blues, Soul, R&B and more, their unique sound and style will leave you wanting more!
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Tony Cobb

Originally from Kentucky, Tony Cobb has found his niche in the wonderful songwriting community in Baton Rouge, LA.

His songs are simple, the lyrics are subtly clever. As a common man, he writes for the common man.

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Trey Rowell

Hailing from Thomasville, Alabama, Trey Rowell delivers a unique and powerful voice along with exceptional songwriting skills. His talents have been showcased at venues all across the South.

His credits include:

2016 Worldwide Muscle Shoals Songwriting Contest -3rd place

2017 Nationwide NashNext Competition Montgomery, Alabama-State Finalist

2018 Nationwide NashNext Competition Montgomery, Alabama-State Finalist

Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival.

2018 Druid City Songwriters Festival

2018 Mississippi Songwriters Festival

2018 Ozone Songwriters Festival

In addition to building his musical career, Trey has worked as a radio disc jockey for the past 10 years-currently hosting his own weekday morning show on WJDB 95.5FM.

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Tyller Gummersall

Colorado and Texas Singer/Songwriter Tyller Gummersall grew up working on ranches and playing Dancehalls in the Rocky Mountains.
A skilled and soulful guitar player, Ty has been mentored since the age of 8 by Gary Cook (2 time national flat pick champion and Bar D Wrangler). And when it comes to Songwriting he’s been taken underwing by the likes of Tony Arata and Jim Lauderdale, legends who have written hits for Garth Brooks and George Strait.
Tyller has played his brand of neo-traditional country to many supportive fans across the U.S. and opened for major acts such as John Anderson, Rodney Atkins, Robert Earl Keen, Josh Turner and Jim Lauderdale.

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WB and The Geezers

Hailing from ‘The Redneck Riviera’ of Northwest Florida, W.B and the Geezers are a contemporary country duo comprised of Capt William Lake and Capt. Bill Crouch.With influences from the Caribbean and strong honky-tonk vibe, this ‘crusty, not rusty’ pair have gained a strong following on the Florida coast and beyond.Capt Bill Crouch spent his early professional career as a sound engineer, working with artists including Ike and Tina Turner, Bob Hope, and bands such as James Gang and Brownsville Station.
After getting married and starting a family, Bill worked in computers before becoming a private yacht captain, where he began playing guitar again for the passengers, singing Island music and creating his own songs, influenced by Jimmy Buffett, Bob Marley and Kenny Chesney. In 2009, forty years after leaving the industry, Bill became a sound engineer again, producing music for his own shows and, in 2012, met William.
Capt Will, a Merchant Mariner, was born in Houston, Texas and, as the son of a Sea Captain, became a world traveler at a young age; making his first Trans-Atlantic crossing at just one and a half years old. It was in the 3rd Grade, singing ‘Let me call you sweetheart’ in the school play Will received his first standing ovation, and joined his first band in 1970 as a senior in Gulf Breeze High. After leaving college, he took a job on a Freighter travelling to Egypt, and in 1982 became a licensed officer, documenting his travels writing poetry, inspired by an English Professor.
After moving to Navarre Florida in 2005, Will founded the Greater Navarre Beach Arts Association, and it was there he met Capt.Bill.
In 2013, Capt.Will and Capt.Bill recorded their first EP, ‘Don’t Want to Dream’, the title song inspired by the Vietnam era, although representative of conflicts around the world. This powerful, weighty song was balanced by the humorous songs ‘4 Hours is Never Enough’ a song about E.D. drugs, and ‘Grandma’s Got a Boyfriend’ about Senior Center Gigolos, which provided light-hearted laughs, displaying their diverse and often satirical style.
Capt.Will describes W.B and the Geezers as a band of geriatric party boys who have embraced their second childhood with drinks and guitars in hand, resurrecting a style of country music that tells stories of love, life, sadness and laughter. Their debut full length album, ‘You See Old, I See History’, which they recorded in 2015, is being well received by their fans in America and wider afield across Europe.
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Will Wesley & Jenna D'Shea (The Yesterdays)

Will Wesley & Jenna D’Shay embody the spirits of yesterday’s sound. A precise balance of red dirt meets bluegrass original artistry.

Will Wesley is a singer/songwriter based out of Baton Rouge, La. He has been performing around the south for over 10 years. Will has made quite a name for himself with his very unique sound and style. He is constantly writing new material and provides a great live show while performing. Although he is not mainly a blues player, his blues influences can be heard in his music. He is a great story teller which is apparent in his song writing as well.

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William (Bill) Grass

From the backwoods of rural Louisiana to the nightlife of New York City to the charming old villages of Belgium, Bill has been performing music for over 30 years. He began playing the fiddle at the age of nine in 1984, and his love for music has only intensified over the decades. The fiddle remains one of his primary instruments, along with the bass guitar. But he’s learned to play several other instruments through the years, such as guitar, mandolin, harmonica, and the diatonic accordion (the “Cajun accordion”). He’s dabbled a little in piano, banjo, mountain dulcimer, and several other instruments, but his focus remains on fiddle and bass guitar.
In 1994, Bill was honored to win the Louisiana State Fiddlers’ Championship in Marthaville, Louisiana, one of his proudest moments. He has extensive gigging experience. He has performed in almost every major venue in Baton Rouge. Other notable appearances include the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the House of Blues, the Kennedy Center, the Montana Folk Festival, gigs in France and Belgium, and many other gigs across the United States from coast to coast. The recording studio is also no stranger to Bill as he’s appeared on over a dozen albums, and he’s even performed and appeared in some documentaries and commercials.
From his Baton Rouge home base, Bill continues to gig regularly with four bands, and he frequently freelances with several others. He has written many instrumental songs for the fiddle and recently began writing songs with lyrics.
Music is in Bill’s blood and will always be a major part of his life. He will be a dedicated musician for as long as he lives.

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Wyatt Edmondson

Sonically Nashville. Soulfully Alabama. There’s an exciting new voice making waves in musical storytelling.

Wyatt Edmondson is a singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. With two strongly praised demo projects under his belt and a wide array of shows across the southeast, Wyatt hasn’t looked over his shoulder since moving to Nashville from Montgomery, Alabama in 2017, and Music City is quickly taking notice.

Wyatt’s alluring vocals and elegant songwriting make for a powerfully intriguing troubadour full of raw talent, passion, and unapologetic honesty. No stranger to the big stage, Wyatt’s music combines the classic sounds of driving rock with smooth folk resonance. Captivating grooves like his first radio single “The Way You Move” and the narrative love song “Lovers Lake” prove that Wyatt’s musical canvas is deeply layered. Whether in the studio or on the stage, each performance sparks intense emotion and makes for a compelling experience that is heartfelt, memorable and purely Wyatt Edmondson.

24-year-old Wyatt Edmondson blossomed in the heart of Montgomery, Alabama into an already locally acclaimed musical family. Inspired by his father, who performed in several top regional bands during his youth, and his grandfather, a revered blind piano tuner extraordinaire Wyatt gained a passion for music at the young age of twelve. Like his grandfather, Wyatt faces a challenge with a form of progressive blindness known as Retinitis Pigmentosa, but the condition has only made his vision for music that much clearer, and for Wyatt, the future looks brighter than ever.

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Xaris Waltman

Xaris Waltman (Pensacola, FL) has been humming tunes since before she could talk and started writing songs on the guitar since as early as 8-years-old. She fell in love with Folk music at the young age of eleven after buying her first “Peter, Paul, and Mary” album. About a year ago, at eighteen, Xaris jumped into the world of being a traveling musician; just a young girl and her guitar. A self proclaimed Folksinger, her music style falls somewhere between American Folk and Classic Country. According to listeners, Xaris’s voice is reminiscent of young Dolly Parton, Allison Krauss, and Joan Baez. Xaris is currently recording an album of Old Folk Songs with BigTone Records out of Bristol, VA. You may recognize Xaris Waltman from Season 13 of NBC’s “The Voice”.