Listen to This Year's Lineup

MEET OUR SONGWRITERS FROM THE 2019 FESTIVAL

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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 heavily soulful, with influences from pop. 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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Avery Landrum

Avery Landrum grew up across a swamp in Lettsworth Louisiana and is currently living in St.Francisville Louisiana
Avery’s style is an Alternative/Indies with a R&B influence.

Other musical influences include, Amy Winehouse,Lana Del Rey,The Mama’s and The Papa’s,and Nirvana.

Avery writes music because it helps her get through the day. If she having a hard time or going through something, music is always there to help her deal with her emotions.

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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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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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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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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

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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 performs as a part of the blues/rock power trio Odd Men Out (with bassist Cletus Robinson and drummer Jay O’Neal).

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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

John is originally from England but has lived in Covington, LA for almost 14 years. He started writing songs in 2012 after being introduced to the Northshore Songwriters Circle, hosted by Buzz Jackson. John is inspired by music of all kinds (“if it comes from the heart, I usually like it”) and is an enthusiastic supporter of the local songwriting scene. He is strongly influenced by alternative rock bands such as Radiohead and Muse. John’s lyrics and music are a form of self examination and expression.

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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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Judson Smith

Georgia born songwriter living in Starkville, MS. JB Smith draws on personal experiences and observations as well reading for inspiration.

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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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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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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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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

Martin Flanagan, “The Illegitimate Son of a Legend” is a singer/songwriter/storyteller who produced his first album in 2012 after retiring at the age of 61. Recently, only five years latter, one of the songs on Martin’s album was re-released by Recording Artist: Dennis Ledbetter. Dennis’s performance/production on the song “Open A Vein” took Martin’s song to Number #1 on the Internet Country Chart, Number #1 on the Internet Indie Top Thirty Chart and landed it a nomination for Best Country Song, to be presented, this March 16, 2017, by the AWA (Academy of Western Artist). Which means, by the time I see you, the crying will be over, or the party will still be going on. Either way, it’s a sure bet! Hope to see you.

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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 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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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

A member of the The Delta Drifters Blues Band, Nancy Bryant Ropollo performs regularly as a solo acoustic act. She and husband Joe Ropollo own and operate a nursery/garden center in St. Francisville.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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 Judice is a Baton Rouge songwriter. In 2016, he released his fourth full length album of original songs.
Three of his songs were selected for the soundtrack for the movie “Race to Win,” starring Luke Perry.
He has opened shows for songwriting legends, Guy Clark and Billy Joe Shaver.
His music is available on I-Tunes and at Cd Baby.com.

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THE BEACH BUMS (Bill & 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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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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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”.