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In the southern part of Louisiana, nestled between the crescent city and the state capital there lives one of the states most prolific songwriters and best kept secrets. Adam Dale is a native born Louisianan who has spent his life dedicated to the craft of songwriting, performing, and producing. Adam has no limits or boundaries to his musicality with his songs ranging from pop, country, electronica, and modern rock. Every album is an adventure into sonic landscapes and touchingly clever lyrics. Adam was the frontman and chief songwriter for longtime Louisiana band The American Tragedy before their split in 2006. The band sold more than 10,000 hardcopy albums and toured north america for several years. All told adam has recorded 5 tragedy albums and EPs and has recently completed his 8th effort as a solo artist. His new album, Shadowtown, is a concept record spanning many genres and does its best to showcase Adam’s ability to move between styles effortlessly.
Alyse’s love of music began at an early age. By the time she was 5, she was already performing for family on her own pink, fuzzy carpeted stage built by her dad. Growing up with uncles and cousins who played guitar, Alyse was eager to learn. She started taking guitar lessons at the age of 7, and was writing songs at the age of 11.
Alyse released her debut album, Unrequited Love, when she was 14, followed by her acoustic EP, Unfamiliar, the next year. She won the 2014 Songwriter Competition at Artmosphere Bistro in Lafayette LA, the 2015 Lafayette High School talent show, and was a top 5 finalist in The Times of Acadiana Best of 2015 (Best Local Original Music Solo category).
Alyse was a semi-finalist in the 2015 International Songwriting Competition for her song ‘As a Friend’. In 2016, she was the youngest performer at the 30A Songwriters Festival in South Walton FL. Later that year, she was one of ten artists chosen for the Emerging Talent Showcase at the 2016 Blast on the Bay Songwriters Festival in Port St Joe FL. In 2019, Alyse was selected as a finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Contest in two different categories. ‘Feel it All’ was a finalist in the Folk category, and ‘BBY’ was a finalist in the Jazz category.
Alyse loves to write songs and perform at restaurants, festivals, and private events. Her original music is being played on local radio. Check out her latest EP Feel It All.
Amanda is a powerhouse vocalist with a large fan base across Texas, Tennessee, Louisiana, Missouri, Alabama and Arkansas because of her electric stage presence and down-to- earth character. Amanda is a story teller her songs take you on a journey.
Amanda has released three country albums and her first gospel album, Not Turning Back, was released in August 2016. Amanda released her first music video of the title track and single, “Not Turning Back,” through Texas and it has reached many hearts and has since released two more music videos.
Amanda works closely with the Nashville Music Guide, the Beauty of Music and Women of Music, Music of Women-Nashville. Recently awarded Female Vocalist of the Year from Ark-la-tex Music Awards, Amanda has been nominated for several awards across the states and the winner of many competitions. She is organic, to say the least, but always stays true to her traditional country and southern rock roots, with a bit of soulful flare. Amanda is definitely someone to watch climb the charts as she walks closely in range with Janis Joplin, Bonnie Raitt, Beth Heart and Martina McBride, with Lynyrd Skynyrd and Johnny Cash influences.
In 2019 she signed a separate label deal with The Highway Women, a National touring and recording female fronted band.
Amanda plays a full range of music to please any taste, from country and gospel, to southern and classic rock to her sultry original songs. Every show is one to remember and she always leaves the crowd wanting more! Amanda joins forces with several Texas and Nashville artists, to be able to bring the audience a musical roller coaster ride of duets, and male and female voices.
Amber Rae McCann
28 year old Local singer song writer from Baton Rouge. Country/ rock
I’ve had two successful cover bands that have been in the music scene for over 10 years. Lead worship leader at Broadmoor Methodist church and full time musicians playing gigs around town and surrounding areas. Working on first original E.P hopefully to debut December 2020.
Louisville, Kentucky based, country-blues artist Andy Branton cut his teeth playing guitar in country and rock & roll bands around the West Alabama bar scene. After years of collecting stories and songs while driving up and down Alabama’s highways and dirt roads, he self-released his debut EP 47 Minutes Away in late 2018.
Andy assembled a crack team of Birmingham, Alabama’s finest musicians – including Adrian Marmolejo of Early James & the Latest (Dan Auerbach’s Easy Eye Sound) and Les Nuby formerly of Verbena (Capital Records) – to commit his songs to tape. The band worked its magic, cranking out the tunes in just one 8-hour session.
The namesake of the EP is an up-tempo, country-rock scorcher about coming home to Little Rock, Arkansas after being on the road for weeks. It heavily features Ford Boswell (Early James & the Latest) on pedal steel and Daniel Raine (Little Raine Band) on piano and harmonica.
The first track, Younger Man, is the mid-tempo story of a man whose wife trades him in for someone new. Andy sings the hook, “My old lady’s found a younger man,” over greasy electric guitar licks. It’s ultimately a cautionary tale as in the last verse, “When you find a grey hair in your beard / that’s when you know the end is near.”
The ballad Time to Go hauntingly captures the utter doneness you can feel when finally leaving a place. It predicts Andy’s eventual move to Louisville, Kentucky as he sings about driving on “northbound 65” with “a new direction now.”
The final track, Lands in Birmingham, grooves much more than an Americana record probably should. Marmolejo on bass guitar and Brad Kuehner (Atticus Avenue) on drums lay down a soulful and easy going rhythm while Andy sings about the agony of a long distance relationship between two lovers separated by over 600 miles and their eventual reunion in Birmingham.
Now you can find Andy making his way around the Southeast – ever writing, ever singing, ever playing, and ever moving.
Avery Landrum, a 17 year old singer songwriter and self taught multi instrumentalist, began writing music at 7 years old. Since that time, she has been playing all over Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Avery recently won 1st place at the acclaimed Frank Brown International Songwriter Festival Youth Showcase, earning a cash scholarship and will return next year as a paid, featured artist. Last year, Avery placed 3rd in the original song competition at 3rd Street with her song “Teenage Heartache” and was the youngest and only female winner. Avery is passionate about music education and women in music. She has never placed 1st in her high school talent show. Avery has been in the studio working on her first full length album. Follow Avery on Facebook @ AveryLandrumMusic and Instagram @ avery_landrum_music for future shows, music release, and booking information.
Barry Chauvin is a singer/songwriter/producer with a deep love for music and life’s stories as told through the lyrics and melodies of original songs. His 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. Barry is a coproducer and cohost of the “Songwriter Sessions Showcase” and the “Songwriter Sessions” artist interview series on YouTube.
Electric Blue Yonder is a collective focused on songwriting and sonic craft with clear influences of 60’s and 70’s psychedelia and folk-rock steeped in the Deep South unrestrained by notions of genre or contemporaneous influence. The result is a freshness and vibe like no other. Self-described as “Space Folk”, we received this description recently: “I went on a whim but became a devoted fan after seeing them. They played a meditative mashup of trippy folk-rock psychedelia, cut with a raw, Alabama flavor befitting their roots. Captivating harmony vocals and skilled, almost Nick Drake-like guitar fills complete the picture. Would love to see them again.” — Steve Morse, longtime Boston Globe staff music writer who now teaches Rock History at Berklee College of Music
Bill Romano, fingerstyle guitarist, singer/songwriter From Prairieville, LA started playing guitar and writing songs in 1974 and has one original CD “One Man-One Guitar” The songs are a mix of love songs, Spiritual songs and character songs played with a solid delivery. Bill has played SxSW in Austin, TX the Natchitoches Folk Festival, House Concerts, Listening Rooms and regularly plays venues and festivals in S.E. LA, TX and Baton Rouge including The Red Dragon Listening Room.
I was born and lived in Texas all my life. Started playing in my fifties and started writing about six years ago. I write all kinds of styles of music. Have several song playing on different radio stations, and have some of my songs on the online music outlets. Won the 2015 Texas Troubadour Songwriter of the year for 2015. and some other awards. also chosen to represent North Texas in the International Blues Challenge this year 2020 in Memphis TN. Have a a blues cd out with some great artist playing on it. ” Sweet Rain” its also available on Itunes, Spotify ect. with some singles, I play venues mainly N Texas area. People seem to like the words to my songs the best. They come from hard times in my younger days and many years in recovery from addiction. I really enjoy the people and the friends I have made since I began my musical journey.
When it comes to genre, Brett Weller has been best described as featuring a “gumbo of sounds”. Also known as Brett Weller and The Congregation, the New Orleans based singer-songwriter has made his mark in a variety of settings through anthems of life, love, and honest humanity. Add this message to Weller’s southern blues and folk influences, and you will find a sound that is truly music for the soul. Drawing deeper from both spiritual and secular themes, Weller offers a musical experience that brings the listener to a place of inspired existence. Picture a fine roux of Damien Rice, Jon Foreman, and Leon Bridges.
Nashville-based indie-alt artist.
Brittany’s music is perfumed with jazz and down-in-your-gut soul. She parades her roots honestly like the street bands of New Orleans, where she learned how to stay true to the music and herself.
Her powerhouse voice is the reason why she’s compared to Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Janis Joplin. She loves to make people feel deep, go places within that they’ve been afraid of, cause them to think and move beyond to something greater. Life is her inspiration, the highs, lows, in-betweens, and all the greats who have dared to be fully themselves in this industry.
Songwriter born and raised in Baton Rouge, LA. Drummer for the Chase Tyler Band.
Cat Ridgeway is a skilled singer/songwriter from Orlando, FL known for her soulful vocals, high energy, and magnetic stage presence. Since writing her first songs at the age of 8, she has gone on to play many notable stages (30A, Okeechobee Music and Arts Fest, Big Orange, Third Street Songwriters Festival, Wire and Wood, House of Blues Orlando), sharing bills with acts such as Arcade Fire, Leon Bridges, Brandi Carlile, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Jeffrey Steele, Dan Wilson (of Semisonic), Indigo Girls, Blackberry Smoke, and Marty Balin (Jefferson Airplane/Starship).
Cat is a seasoned multi-instrumentalist and recording artist. In 2016, indie rock duo Tegan and Sara personally selected Cat as the winner of their worldwide cover contest after being impressed by her prowess across 5 different instruments. Throughout her career, she’s had the privilege of working with noteworthy names like Greg Rike (Deep Purple, Little Feat), Billy Chapin (Don Henley, Backstreet Boys), and Gordon Kennedy (co-writer of Eric Clapton’s “Change the World”). Her song “Drift” was recently licensed by Nemour’s Children’s Health Systems for a national commercial.
Cat has a contagious smile, unmatched work ethic, and voice much bigger than she is. Anywhere she plays, a buzz is sure to follow.
Chaislyn Jane is an 18 year old singer/songwriter from Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Her performance “career” started at age six in musical theatre. It wasn’t until the summer of 2017 that her journey as a solo artist began when she won the Bayou Idol singing competition in Livingston Parish Louisiana. The next year she was a contestant on the reboot (Season 1) of ABC’s American Idol, winning a golden ticket and flying out to Hollywood. More than one person asked her if she wrote her own songs, something she had never really considered. In February of 2018 she wrote her first song and fell in love with songwriting and the songwriting community. Since then she hasn’t looked back. Chaislyn Jane loves singing and creating new songs. So far two of her songs have made it to the top three in songwriting contests and one song and music video have won awards in film festivals around the country.
Since moving to Nashville in 2018, singer-songwriter Chris Choto has written 8 singles for artists such as Eli Mosley, PJ North, and Morgan’s Mill. Fan favorite “St. Augustine” gathered national radio play for Eli Mosley, and “Lites On” being favored on Spotify playlists for PJ North. When he is not writing, “Choto” can be found touring with Eli Mosley playing pedal steel or performing solo on Broadway in Nashville.
Christie Huff is a country singer songwriter who brings a pop touch to her soulful sound. She’s an LA girl now, but she attributes her country background to growing up in Arizona. Trips to Nashville several times a year to cowrite with other country songwriters keep her ties to country strong. She recorded 2 CDs in Nashville, and is now working on a new EP in LA that’s being produced by several different LA producers, including Avi Kaplan, formerly of Pentatonix. Starting out as a solo acoustic performer, Christie is well-known in LA and Orange County, and she now performs her original songs both acoustically and with her band at venues including Hotel Café and The Viper Room in LA. She has opened for Chris Bandi at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, Toby Keith at Coastal Country Jam in Huntington Beach California, Bebe Rexha at Phoenix Pride, Ashley Monroe at The Hotel Cafe, Jason Aldean at Country Fest in Wisconsin, Billy Currington, at the Boots In The Park Festival in Norco and Fresno California, and most recently opened up for yet another country superstar, Kip Moore at Boots In The Park Festival this September. Christie’s song “The Way You Move”, has been described as a “combination of the current pulse of Nashville with elements of hip hop, pop, and a sultry melody.” It was also a Top 10 finisher in Popstar Magazine’s Rising Stars Top 40. Christie is excited about the response she has received for the songs she’s released in 2019. Her first single of 2019, “Urban Love” was released January 25th and made the New Music Nashville Spotify Playlist for 4 weeks in a row as well as the Wild Country, Pop-CO, New Boots and Nashville Stripped Spotify Playlists. “Urban Love” has received over 500,000 streams on Spotify. Her single “Black and White”, released March 22, made the Hot Country, Wild Country, New Boots, Breakout Country and Pop-Co Spotify Playlists and just reached over Two Million streams on Spotify. “Black and White” was also featured on Breaking Country Playlist on Apple Music. Her two latest singles, “Slow” and “Jam” have received critical acclaim and have been featuresd on several Spotify playlists. Look out for more music by Christie released this year!
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!
Clare Sukley (Toni Clare)
A self-motivated artist who has been booking her own shows, performing in front of a wide audience, promoting her music, developing a fan base, communicating with professionals in the music industry, strengthening client relationships, and songwriting since the age of eight.
Her new EP, Country Home, is available on all digital platforms.
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 High School except 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 singers / 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 who have become good friends. Cliff continues to dive deeper into songwriting projects and living in the Bayou South of Louisiana.
Colt Weston grew up in rural Georgia in the early 80s traveling the dirt roads of Georgia to the sounds of ZZ Top, Skynard, Waylon, Strait, or Dire Straits. He eventually left those Georgia backroads to join the United States Air Force and spent the next 22 years traveling the world with a guitar and a keen eye and ear for his surroundings.
One thing became clear – we all want the same things out of this life and we all have a story to tell. Colt put his observations into song and even spent his GI bill on songwriting courses at Berklee School of Music. His songs are real. Some are happy, some sad, and sometimes the bad guys win. His songs deviate from the spoon-fed lyrics currently in vogue. Colt thinks his listeners are smarter than that.
In 2019 at age 50, Colt released his first album, “All Over the Map.” He recently performed at 3rd Street Songwriter Festival in Baton Rouge and Ozone Songwriters’ Festival in Mandeville Louisiana. He is looking forward to traveling to other festivals throughout the year and returning to the studio in 2020.
As a precocious young boy growing up in Marshall County, Craig Gerdes could close his eyes and picture the scene set by Kris Kristofferson’s country classic, “Sunday Mornin’ Comin’ Down.” It resembled much of the life he observed around him.
Once he began to write his own country songs, starting at the age of 10 or 11 and continuing on to the present day, he kept the imagery of that song in mind — observed, recognizable moments that were unafraid to recognize the struggles of life.
“That’s what makes country music to me,” Gerdes said. “It’s just about real life. It’s not necessarily happy or joyful times. There can be a lot of hard times.
“Not tailgates and bonfires and stuff like that. The struggle is what makes it country.”
Gerdes has called Pattonsburg home for most of his life, an unincorporated and distinctly rural portion of Marshall County a handful of miles east of Washburn. After spending a couple of years in Nashville sleeping on floors and shopping songs that he wrote, Gerdes returned to Pattonsburg a little disaffected but still inspired. The result is a new album out in February, titled “Smokin’ Drinkin’ & Gamblin’,”
The album’s stark title doesn’t explain exactly what Gerdes had in mind while writing it. Instead of evoking the hard-living man at the poker table, it’s actually about the music business from his point of view — the smoke and mirrors of the industry, the alcohol accompanying every function and his idea that there’s no bigger gamble than a music career.
The songs on “Smokin’ Drinkin’ & Gamblin’” often express a road-weariness about “ramblin’ life away” in Gerdes’ honky-tonk fashion. The details are almost surely derived from his time trekking to Nashville and then back to his wife and kids in Pattonsburg from 2011 to 2015. The seven-hour commute afforded Gerdes plenty of time to gin up characters and details for his songs.
“I felt like I needed to go,” Gerdes said. “I needed to get out of there.”
But it wasn’t long until music drew him back in as he realized that the world was a lot bigger than just Nashville and that he should take his music to the people.
“I needed to take my music all over the country,” Gerdes said.
That’s been Gerdes’ itinerary ever since, hitting barrooms, small clubs and any other venues. What matters to Gerdes anymore isn’t the amount of people during the show but the ones that approach him afterward, who feel as if one of his songs perfectly described their life. Many have responded in a digital format to his song “That Little Girl,” about his daughter, which has almost 200,000 views on Facebook.
“It makes me feel like I’m making people’s lives better, if it’s just for four minutes,” Gerdes said. “To me, that is successful.”
From sequins to camouflage, Dallas Remington is a country artist who knows who she is and what she wants. Dallas is a Kentucky girl with a passion for life, music, and her faith. Her energetic live performances reflect her hard work, showcasing both her songwriting and the ability to entertain her fans. Dallas plays an average of 100+ shows and events a year, including solo and full band shows. Her sophomore single, “Never Turned Around”, landed at #37 on the MusicRow Country Breakout Chart, making it her first Top 40 single; her debut single, “Found Her Freedom” (released in Summer 2017) secured a slot at #60; and her third single, “Boy In A Band”, impacted Country Radio in early 2019 capturing a top #41 spot. Dallas is working diligently to promote her music to radio stations across the country. She plays weekly at different venues in Nashville and tours with her band. When she is not on the road or playing gigs, Dallas is in Nashville co-writing. Dallas co-wrote every song on her debut EP, “Freedom” (released July 4th, 2018). For more information about Dallas, please check her out at DallasRemington.com
Darrell Lane Galatas
Darrell grew up on Bayou Liberty in Slidell, LA, with country, R&B, New Orleans Swamp Pop, and soul alternating on the home turntables and radios. More recently, he’s directed attention to vocals and lyrics, writing songs in the country/Americana/blues/rock veins and covering relationships and local life. Expect a sense of humor and a flair for the absurd, with an emphasis on instrumental textures both familiar and fresh.
Dave grew up playing the saxophone in the high school band and with a couple of small groups through college. He picked up the guitar in his 20s because of his love of singing. Growing up close to Washington D.C. he was often tuned into WPFW on the weekends listening to the blues. His influences run the gamut from Louis Armstrong and Wes Montgomery to Paul Simon, Willie Nelson and Ray Charles.
After giving up on his dream of playing baseball and tiring of government work, Dave began teaching Social Studies full time at the age of 25. He also bartended at a well known blues bar in Miami Florida where he was able to see top talent up close such as Graham Drought, Ron Dzubila, Slash, and Bill Wharton. “I knew I would love to do something like that” he says. “A job that could be a lot of fun and I could have a couple of beers too.”
In his mid 30s Dave started to play solo acoustic around Charles Town, West Virginia at places such as The Mecklenburg Inn, The Charles Washington Inn, Cliffside, and others. In the fall of 2006, Dave hooked up with the guitar teacher at his school; Tom Briner. “Ever since I hooked up with Tom, I have been working steadily on the weekends as a musician. It has been awesome! He definitely makes me better and gives us a lot of flexibility.” For bigger gigs they bring in Kelly Briner on bass and fellow teacher, Phil Truiett. The two generally stay busy working in Leesburg, Ashburn, Purcellville, VA, and Charles Town, WV.
As time progressed customers at venues such as the Horse Shoe Curve would request originals. Dave had written poetry when he was younger and turned his attention to songwriting. On the recommendation of Billy Joel, (yes, that one) Dave headed for Nashville. Since then he visits 3-4 times per year and has been a regular in writer rounds at such venues as The Commodore Grille, Bobby’s Idle hour and more. He has also done small tours with fellow Nashville writers such as Marc-Alan Barnette, Eric Haines and John Carroll. As well as festivals locally and in places such as New Orleans. Dave keeps expanding his repertoire of originals and covers. From blues to rock to country to Buffett, Dave covers a lot of ground. Along with working regularly with professional songwriters and music licensing agencies in Nashville, he has been featured on Nashville radio shows such as WFMC jams and his single “Jimmy Buffett Didn’t Write This Song” spent over 4 months on the top 40 on A1A radio. He has had songs in rotation on the Island Time radio show in Cleveland, Beachbarradio.com out of the Florida Keys, Tampa Bay FM and other stations.
David Gautreau is a singer/songwriter residing near Baton Rouge, Louisiana. He was raised playing various instruments and soon developed a passion for song writing. The journey began releasing two original albums “Free of the Fences” and “Boots In The Sand” meant to maintain the true old style country and cowboy sound. The cowboy life has always been his love living on a horse ranch in Louisiana. David has traveled over the years playing at various festivals and events from Texas to Florida even up to Cheyenne, Wyoming performing at the Cheyenne Frontier Days Rodeo 2019. He is an independent artist utilizing Reverbnation to post tour dates, songs, video, etc. David also has several songs on Spotify, ITunes, and Apple Music. His rodeo cowboy song “Meet Me Here” was released and played on Krave Country Radio in Fort Worth, Texas. He can also be found on Radio Free Texas live stream radio out of Nederland, Texas. His new album “Sweeter Than Sugarcane” is set to be released in 2020.
Austin based American Balladeer David Lear has been songwriting Americana Music styles (Country, Rock, Folk, Blues) for many years. Acts That have performed / recorded material have been The Nob Hill Billys, Rattletrap, Faith River Worship, Thrasher Cadillac, The Que, Lazy Brad Lewis & more. Songs have also been used in a Film/TV (The Odd Way Home, Rock & The Party Girls, Disney Epcot Magazine. His book of Ballads & Poems “Elgin Farm” published & available on Amazon, B&N as well as other book outlets.
David grew up in Hendersonville TN surrounded by country music artist. He began pursuing songwriting after retiring from 30 years as a Park Ranger ..From the suburban life by Old Hickory Lake to farming with his depression era grandparents he is noted as a classic country storyteller . His music is as varied as his raising.
He started and hostess an Old Style Pickn round
That still meets after 25 years at Tims Ford State Park, he plays at songwriting festivals and songwriter events.
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.
Dorothy C LeBlanc
Dorothy C. LeBlanc began her musical career in 2003 as a folksy children’s musician. Today, at 62, her writing spans several genres, including folk, rock, blues, and jazz.
By day, she is a music therapy facilitator for seniors in assisted living and Alzheimer’s centers. Evenings find her playing bass in an all-woman punk band in Baton Rouge. She also enjoys visual poetry, book binding and yoga.
A string of license plates from the likes of Louisiana, Tennessee, Texas, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Colorado, Arizona and California hang above the guitars in Doug Schmude’s recording studio. A firm believer in the principle that life is as much about what happens as where you’re standing when it does, Doug’s music reflects the perspective that living in 8 different states imparts upon a person. His songs contain vividly drawn characters from all walks of life and stories from ever changing viewpoints. His latest record, Burn These Pages, was released independently on his own label (Lost Hubcap) and was self-produced. The songs all start with a foundation of Roots Americana and mix in equal parts rock, blues, indie rock and a dash of grunge. The result is a modern Americana sound that would appeal to fans of Jason Isbell, Ryan Bingham, John Mellencamp and Steve Earle. Doug plays the majority of the acoustic & electric guitars, bass, mandolin, lap steel guitar, Dobro and even drums on a few tracks. The album features a guest appearance by Oklahoma Singer Songwriter Carter Sampson.
Born in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, Doug Schmude (Pronounced as to rhyme with moody) spent most of his formative years in Oklahoma and Texas. He honed his songwriting in the late 1990’s while performing in and around Boulder, Colorado. In 2000, he relocated to Nashville to further develop his craft. While in Tennessee, he was nominated for several awards through his work with the acoustic blues duo Hot Foot Delta. Currently based out of Southern California, his music is littered with souvenirs of the places he has lived and seen.
His debut CD, A New Century, was nominated for an Orange County Music Award. His live performances include journeys into Delta Blues, which are backed by percussive resonator guitar playing, often pounding on the guitar for rhythmic accent. Although he predominately writes and performs on acoustic guitar and resonator slide guitar, he also plays harmonica, mandolin and banjo. In addition to songwriting, recording and performing, Doug lends his talents as a session guitarist, recording engineer and producer.
Doug Stepanek has been a part of the New Orleans and Northshore Louisiana music scene since he was 16 years old. Now, when he’s not playing with The Huey P’s, he finds himself in the studio writing and recording songs that express his life the best way he knows how. Songs available on Apple Music, Spotify, and many other applications you stream digital music.
Dustin Dale Gaspard
Lafayette original music
Based in Lafayette, Dustin Dale Gaspard is both Alt. Folk Songwriter and front man/ vocalist for Rock N Soul group DG and The Freetown Sound. He has prided himself on conviction of live performance, clever cryptic lyricism and an always evolving songwriting style. From howling vocal ambiance of solo tunes like “Same C”, to other creative, yet simple folk driven tunes, “Widower & The Water”, his writing reveals a variety of range. Drawing influence from Colorado songwriter’s Gregory Alan Isakov, and Nathaniel Rateliffe, Gaspard focuses on sharing tales and sustaining soul touching live performances. With new age roots on the rise Gaspard looks to make his mark for any listener willing to dance to his vision. “Porcelain Prayer Tapes” is the first official demo release. Other influential artists include: Matt Corby, Josh Garrels, Ben Howard and Ray Lamontagne
DUSTIN DALE GASPARD
New Single “Porcelain Dreams” Available Everywhere Nov. 20th
Eddie Esler is a working singer/songwriter that got his start in Amarillo, TX, but has since moved to and is now based out of Fort Worth, TX. He is a craftsman whose lyrics are heartfelt, but often not without being accompanied by a great melody and an upbeat groove. Often playing solo, he is working on reforming his band, Eddie and The Eat, for bigger full band shows. No matter the setting he always puts on a high energy show, with peaks and valleys that take the listener on a ride through the stories in his songs. Hop on the train, you’ll be glad you did!
Eileen is a Texas gal living in Lafayette.
Her musical roots are deeply embedded in her family’s generations of musicians.
She enjoys writing in a genre of folk music and particularly enjoys playing for her family.
Emily Marin (pronounced “Marine”) is a 16-year-old Singer/Songwriter from Slidell, Louisiana. Emily has been bitten by the songwriter festival “bug” after performing at the Ozone Songwriter’s Festival for the past two years and would love the opportunity to share her music at the Third Street Songwriter’s Festival! As a Talented Music student at her high school, she recently performed her originals at the Three Rivers Arts Festival in Covington, LA. This past fall, Emily won 2nd place in the Rising Stars Talent Show hosted by “Notes of Education Northshore” performing her original,
“Who Am I?” Emily’s influences include The Beatles and Paul McCartney and she describes her style of music as indie-pop. Emily is looking forward to hearing others perform at Third Street in the upcoming year and would love a chance to perform there too!
Eric is a husband, cat-dad, blue collar worker, & singer-songwriter in Charleston, South Carolina. He writes songs in the folk/americana genre that are influenced by Tom Waits, Neil Young, John Hiatt, Tom Petty, Warren Zevon, & Randy Newman, among others.
Erika Schneider is a singer/songwriter originally from New Orleans. She currently resides in Baton Rouge, and serves as singer, lead and rhythm guitarist for two bands, The Squanders and Low water Bridge. Erika describes her style as blues rock with a touch of folk thrown in. Her voice has been likened to Bonnie Raitt and Christie Hynde after a smooth shot of whiskey. A self taught guitarist, Erika chooses themes for her songwriting that ignite an emotion inside of her. Through her songs she tells stories that she hopes audiences will find relatable. To what more, visit her SoundCloud page. Erika Schneider————Bio by Charlotte Smith
Gabe Broussard is a native of Lafayette, Louisiana but recently moved to Nashville, Tennessee to pursue a career in music. He also attends Belmont University and is seeking a degree in audio engineering. Although he is only 18, he has already had many musical successes. Gabe has been playing and singing in a band since he was 13 years old. He was the lead singer, keyboardist and rhythm guitar player for “Strange Theories”. He and his band played around Lafayette regularly and opened for many great musicians including Marc Broussard, Tab Benoit, Jaryd Lane, Ray Boudreaux, Spank the Monkey, The Chee Weez and Tracy Lawrence. The band released their first EP called “Conspiracy” in 2016 and in 2018, released their EP called “This is For You” and a new single “No Hard Feelings.”
Gabe was also 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.
In the last several years, he has focused more on his songwriting and has recently released an original single with Zoe Brush called “Stand Still”, which has over 150,000 streams on Spotify. Being only 18, his musical journey has only just begun.
I am a Natchez song writer that performs most weekends. I love the opportunity to play my originals for people. I put out a new album called Small Town Paradox recently. I am an occupational therapist by trade and musician by choice. I have a wife and 2 children who support me in all that I do.
Hill Country Ramblin’, Singer-Songwriter based out of Canyon Lake, TX. Plays a mixture of Country, Rhythm, Folk, and Bluegrass music. His songs are of love, heartache, and working too darn much. With his ornery personality and high energy he always entertains.
Grace Marie Russell is a 17-year-old singer-songwriter from Mandeville, Louisiana with over 30 original songs under her belt. She began her music journey playing the piano at age of 7 that quickly grew into songwriting at the tender age of 9.
Described as a sensitive old soul, Grace writes in great depth well beyond her years. Writing has always been a creative outlet for her. When words alone don’t seem to describe what she is feeling, music is her go-to. Her music is heartfelt and gut wrenching at times, and often leaves listeners wondering where the inspiration comes from. Her happy place is sitting in front of the piano which is her oldest and most trusted confidant; truly a best friend. Writing music is a large piece of her identity; a piece of her heart and soul to share with all.
Grace is a lead singer in the St. Timothy’s Methodist Church Praise Band, which allows her to combine her two loves: worship and music. Grace attended the Tipitina’s Internship Program (TIP) as well as the New Orleans Heritage School of Music by the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Foundation. She has been a student in St. Tammany Parish School’s talented music program for the last 8 years and studies piano and guitar. Grace performs at local venues and festivals and in Nashville. She co-writes with songwriters in Nashville to continue learning and growing musically. Grace recently released her first CD and can be found on Spotify. Grace will continue to pursue her dreams as a singer- songwriting in Nashville next year where she will go to college.
Grace believes that music truly is healing for the soul and can help mend hearts. Her dream is for her music to help people and bring them together. We invite you to enjoy a few of Grace’s songs by visiting GraceRussellmusic on Spotify, Facebook and Instagram.
Hannah Belle Cook
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 2013-2017, 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. She even garnered a nomination for “Songwriter of the Year” at the 2018 Nashville Universe Awards. 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 is a part of the worship team 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.
Jake Conway is a Missouri native, as a songwriter he loves to combine classic country and southern rock. Currently working on his newest project that will be out summer 2020 he continues to grow as a writer with a wide spread of co writers from Nashville to Missouri as well as playing as many live shows as he can with his band.
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. He currently is the singer and guitarist for the blues band, High Water.
JB Smith makes his home in fabulous Starkvegas. He enjoys the challenge of creating good music. He stumbles into most of his songs. Lately, his favorite songwriting partner is his 6 year old daughter.
Jeff hutcherson is a disabled vet .he turned to music when medicine for PTSD failed him.he has 28 works in his catalog with bmi.he played 2018 and 2019 Mississippi songwriters festival at ocean springs ms.he played 2019 3rd street festival at baton rouge. His hometown is lucedale ms.he plays at benefits,festivals ,and various venues.and benefits concerts .attended a songwriter retreat with songwriting with soldiers in smithville tn 2019.and cowrote with prominent songwriters.
Jesh Yancey is a folk singer and songwriter based out of Denver, Colorado. Still promoting his first full-length album, Livers and Diers, Yancey has laid the foundation for a long career as a songwriter. Jesh began playing and writing music in 2002 and has been crafting his sound ever since. After failing out of college the first time and running off to join the Navy, Yancey found himself on the Gulf Coast with a pen in his hand and something to say where the majority of the songs for Livers and Diers emerged. With influences like John Prine, Guy Clark, Todd Snider and Jerry Garcia, Jesh has established a catalogue of songs with a solid groove and an honest sentiment that takes a couple listens to fully take in. Livers and Diers is a journey from the darkest depths of ignorance to the blinding truths of everyday life and is an attempt to jolt the listener into deeper thought while their toe starts tapping.
Jesh grew up in rural northeast Alabama and was raised by a cowboy and an English teacher which is where he found his way with words and a working-man’s point of view that contributes to his fearless, gritty, no-frills style. Yancey pens songs that highlight the challenges in society while leaving room for the listener to draw their own conclusions.
Jesh found The High Hopes in the fall of 2018 and they’ve been playing everywhere that will have them ever since. The High Hopes, Lizz Hough on upright bass and Ryan Van Dyke on drums, Jef Funk on harmonica are a PsycheDeltaFolk band that allow Jesh to carry the listener through each song in any direction. One set might consist of heady jams while the next set grooves the country blues all while being original music.
Jesh and his wife, Miranda, moved to the city of Denver, Colorado in July 2019 to establish roots in the rich Colorado music scene. Catch Jesh hustlin’ through the city lookin’ for a gig and something that rhymes!
Jessie Ritter, a Southeast Missouri born and bred singer/songwriter grew up listening to country radio on her family’s farm. Love of story and song eventually brought her to Nashville where she spent several years at Belmont University before launching into a full-time music career.
Now based between Northwest Florida and Nashville Tennessee, the budding artist plays music all along the coast, including the Pensacola Beach and 30A Songwriter Festivals. After winning NashFM 105.5’s regional Nash Next competition, she represented the panhandle in the national finals, where she beat out over 800 contestants to be named the 2018 Nash Next winner and signed her first record deal with Big Machine.
Jessie Ritter released her first full length album, Coffee Every Morning, July 2018. Ritter penned every track on the album with one exception—a folksy cover of Dolly Parton’s “Jolene” that she has beautifully made her own. You can hear more of Jessie’s music on her 2015 EP, Stories Told.
Jessie continues to grow as a writer and performer, recently opening up for touring acts like Easton Corbin, Eli Young Band, and Hunter Hayes while gathering international radio airplay for her first major label release, “Nothing But You.”
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. 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.
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.
Jim Pharis is an acoustic folk blues singer, songwriter and guitarist based in South Louisiana.
Pharis’ sound is is acoustic guitar driven folk blues and reflects his musical influences. Those influences include Jorma Kaukonen,
Mississippi John Hurt and Leo Kottke.
Jim began playing guitar at 12 years old. His first (and only) guitar instructor was an avid Chet Atkins fan.Those early guitar lessons
laid the groundwork for Pharis’ dynamic fingerstyle guitar style.
Pharis has performed with and been on the same bill as David Sanger (Asleep At The Wheel), Cesar Rosas (Los Lobos), Albert Collins and
John Lee Hooker
Jim has released three CDs, the most recent being 2018’s High Mileage.
High Mileage received numerous favorable reviews including the November 2018 Fingerstyle Guitar Edition of Acoustic Guitar Magazine.
AGM called it a “Solid set of originals, blues, and gospel covers”.
High Mileage has received play on radio stations in the U.S., the U.K., and South Africa.
I have been playing guitar since I was 14 years old and singing since I was five. I sang with the catholic school boys choir, the highs school chorus and numerous coffee houses and open mics in college. I also sang tenor in the symphony chorus for several years and occasionally with the Baton Rouge barbershop group. I have played bass guitar and sang in a rock band performing such songs as white rabbit, brick in the wall, nowhere man, turn the page, etc…
We had a piano at home growing up and all of us were introduced to piano by my mother and other siblings. In the eighth grade, I was given saxophone lessons with a college student and fell in love with music. With me on my tarnished Alto Sax and my teacher playing a new platinum tenor sax, we played a Danny Boy duet on the second lesson. I fell in love with music and he communicated to me the joy of performing.
I play the rhythm guitar, the bass, banjo and some piano. I love folk music, country music, the Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jefferson Airplane, Verdi, Mozart, and Carl Orff.
I have been writing my own songs for several years and love writing about love, loves lost, living life and music with a message.
Joe Sims has been performing along the Gulf Coast for over 20 years. Over the last few years, he has had the pleasure of performing his original material at festivals including the Ozone Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival, Third Street Songwriters Festival, and The Mighty Mississippi Music Festival. One of his songs placed top 5 in the Songwriter Universe song contest, and, last year, he was honored to have his song “Run Away Girl” take 1st place at Third Street SWF.
Joe Sullivan started playing guitar in 1969 and has performed as a songwriter for 50 years. He was a founding member of the folk rock group, Bleecker Street. He has made Baton Rouge his home since 1982. In 2019 performances included the Houston area, Austin, the Mississippi Songwriters Festival and The Third Street Songwriters Festival. He has two albums from 2016 and 2018, Almost There and Blue Sky and Blacktop respectively. A third album is planned for 2020.
Joey Ferber comes from a musical family. His father is a working bluegrass musician around the St. Louis area and his mother, though she doesn’t like to admit it, is musical as well, with experience on the piano and guitar. His twin sister played guitar before he ever did. The two were so competitive growing up that his parents discouraged him from picking up the guitar because they thought he was doing it to spite his sister. He wasn’t. He simply wanted a place in the middle school jazz band and his dad had an old ES-330 hiding in the basement, waiting to be played. To this day, that Gibson remains his main axe.
Ferber’s playing is an amalgamation of his musical experiences, from his time learning music through jazz big bands in middle, high school and college, to his experience as a professional in the realms of jazz, bluegrass, hip-hop, R&B, soul and Americana. His personal music lies somewhere in between. After releasing a debut, pop/R&B single, “Silly Affairs” in late 2018, Ferber began recording his debut album with songs he’d written since graduating college in 2016.
In September, Ferber released a follow up single entitled, “Break Loose,” featuring Ruqqiyah, a new artist with exceptional vocal prowess and lyricism.
Originally from England, John now lives in Mandeville, LA. His influences range from English alternative rock and folk through to Americana. As a founding member of the Ozone Music Education Foundation, John is a strong supporter and advocate for original music and served as co-chair of the 2019 Ozone Songwriter Festival. He brings his unique song structures and strong vocal style to 3rd St Songwriters Festival for the third year in a row.
JT Lewis has made quite a journey from the heart of Cajun country in Baton Rouge, Louisiana to his new home in Nashville, Tennessee.
In 2017, he played over 80 shows and gained huge exposure and retained 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 many more. 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 upbeat originals like his Music Row charting single, “Good Times,” keep the audience on the dance floor
New country artist, JuJu Rossi, is the all-American, hot mess girl next door! Colorful and earthy, confident and authentic, her personality jumps right out of her songs. With a mama from Arkansas and a father from New York, she’s a walking, talking contradiction of t-shirts and high heels, country and pop, grits and glamour.
With roots in the deep south, it was probably always her full circle destiny to wind up in Nashville, TN. Her broad palette of formative influences covers everyone from the Eagles and Fleetwood Mac, to Linda Ronstadt and Shania Twain, to Bruce Springsteen and Eric Church. And don’t forget the dancing! Like every other young girl her age, she was completely caught up in the great Britney vs. Christina controversy of 1999, and danced around her bedroom for hours, hairbrush mic in hand. But after attending one year of college in the corn fields of Indiana, she got her parents’ blessing to chase her dream down South to Nashville, where she began writing, performing and recording.
Her new single “Kissing Strangers” is available everywhere now!
25 year old Singer / Songwriter from Boston, MA currently living in Nashville, TN.
Kaylin Roberson has always had a love of music since she could first talk, she was singing a tune but it wasn’t until a personal and life altering trial did she know that music would become her future. Not just a future of performing but, one that would take her on a journey to share a message of hope, love and acceptance to teens and children across the country who need it most.
When Kaylin was 9 years old she was attacked by a family dog. The attack was so awful that it tore open her mouth, lip, opposing cheek and part of her eye leaving her in need of life support, hundreds of stitches, and facial reconstruction. Unfortunately, this was just start of this ordeal, going back to school after this incident Kaylin learned quickly that she had an entirely new set of challenges to face. Kaylin for the first time had to experience real bullying, being made fun of, laughed at and taunted all because of the scars left on her face. She felt very alone and when she felt she had no one else to turn to she turned to the one thing that gave her peace and happiness, and that was music.
Nine years later Kaylin has written and recorded over 50 inspiring songs and videos with her most recent being, “Mistakes”, about a young girl’s mistakes while learning the art of relationships at a young age. She has also won local and national awards testifying her ability to sing, write, and connect with others through her music.
Kaylin felt she had to do more than just share her music, she had to share her message of strength and learning to never give up no matter what trials come your way to others like her.
At the age of 14 Kaylin started giving motivational speeches and concerts to youth organizations, children’s orphanages and public schools. She also never has forgotten her time spent in the hospital, recovery and the loneliness she felt and knew that had to be a priority to make sure that she could give back to the same kids, who like her; have to lay there in a hospital sometimes with no friends or visitors coming for long periods of time. So along with visits to youth Kaylin has made it her passion to get out to the hospitals and see, meet, and perform for as many of these kids as possible. If she can do nothing more than share a little music to brighten someone’s day during a very dark time then that is all she needs. Kaylin feels this interaction is very therapeutic for both her and the kids she sings for.
Kaylin’s days of pain are behind her and are now filled with singing, songwriting, recording music and videos but most important is filled with giving back to youth and teaching them to persevere – no matter what life throws at them that they can survive, overcome and empower.
Keith A. Rea – singer/songwriter, instrumentalist
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.
Kennedy Kuntz is a singer-songwriter based out of New Orleans whose rich, soaring vocals and heartfelt originals have made her a favorite with audiences across the Gulf Coast. Her soulful voice blends the blues of Bonnie Raitt with the pop sensibilities of Adele and Corrine Bailey Rae.
Kennedy performs regularly in New Orleans at venues including the House of Blues, the Maple Leaf Bar, Tipitinas, and 30/90 on Frenchmen Street. She holds a monthly residency at the Treasure Bay Casino in Biloxi.
Since July of 2018, Kennedy and her band, the Men of the Hour, have performed at over 60 venues throughout the Southeast, as well as numerous festivals, radio, and TV appearances.
Kennedy also performs regularly as a duo with guitarists including Matt Schultz, Alex Mallet, Bruce Tyner, and Joe Diehl. In 2019, she was selected to perform at BMI’s Island Hopper Songwriter Fest in Fort Myers, FL, the Mentone Colorfest, the Jubilee Fest, and the Ozone Songwriter Festival in LouisIana.
In April of 2019, Kennedy released her debut original EP, “20/20.” A new full-length album is forthcoming early next year.
The Mississippi born KneeOn Sisters are proud to claim their southern roots. Aerial-Grace “AG” Smith, 17, and younger sister Skyler Rose, 16, spent their early years in Lucedale, Mississippi, before moving to the mountains of Colorado and now back again.
As could be described “From Mississippi Mud to Mountain Made” the sister duo formed in 2017, and has been creating music not typical for young ladies their age. Blending southern flavors of Classic Rock, Country, and Blues, with the eclectic and modern vibe of the West, these young ladies’ music appeals to a broad range of listeners’ tastes. From playful to edgy to soulful, their song lyrics will encourage, empower and soothe. With Aerial’s instrument of choice being the electric guitar and Skyler’s, the electric bass, the two enjoy energizing the stage. The unmistakable “sister” bond is quickly evident and that feeling of family connection flows to the audience. Since the full release of their first demo EP, “Take One”, Spring 2019, the sisters have been busy continuing what they love most – writing music and performing live.
Kristen Foreman is an upcoming “old soul” in today’s Country Music.
Her voice has been compared to the likes of Reba, Alison Krauss, Lee Ann Womack, Dolly Parton and many more.
It is no surprise that your ears may perk up after hearing Kristen Foreman’s rich vocal.
Foreman is one of the few Nashville artists that want to keep the true heart of the genre alive.
Her music is the perfect blend of modern and traditional sounds.
With her voice sounding years older than herself and a knack for catchy melodies and clever lyrics, Foreman is sure to shine in a genre that is starving for authenticity.
Foreman has now been performing for the past seven years.
She began playing solo acoustic shows during her college career at Louisiana State University while achieving her degree in Business Marketing.
After graduating and recording her full length debut album, Foreman moved to Music City in January 2017 with a plan.
She then began paying her dues by diving into the downtown Broadway scene playing 4-5 times a week with 3-4 hour gigs that helped sharpen her craft.
After building up her fan base, Foreman recently released her newest single, ‘Blackout’.
It was recorded on Music Row at Benchmark Sound, produced by Troy Olsen and Warren Piece Productions and mixed and mastered by Billy Decker.
Foreman has been featured on Ditty TV, The Ty Bentli Show and Whiskey Riff’s New Music Friday.
She has also been accepted into the 2019 CMT Mentorship program.
There is no doubt that this is only the start of Kristen Foreman’s music career.
With her business mind and her unique brand, you will be seeing more of Kristen Foreman in the very near future.
With a soulful, visceral voice that transcends genre, Lance Dubroc is a musical force to be reckoned with.
The South Louisiana “soul-slinger-songwriter” had a breakout year in 2019 with his first single, national tour and over a dozen music festival performances.
Three notes in and it’s obvious that Liv Charette’s voice is something special. Several years ago, that something drove Charette to make the trek from her hometown of Ottawa, Ontario, 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 earned a degree from Belmont University and learned the recording process top to bottom. She picked up her guitar and wrote when and wherever she could. A stellar writer in her own right, Charette has penned tunes with some of Nashville’s biggest hitmakers as well as a number of up and coming songwriters. Her debut single “Bones” was released in October 2018 and was followed up by “Lips on the Bottle” in November of 2018 and “Boy Crazy” in February of 2019.
For Northwest Alabama-based L.A. Shepherd & The Noise, music isn’t just a passion—it’s a way of life. The band has honed their skill set for years, and are destined to become a household name.
Lead singer, 25-year-old L.A. Shepherd, began singing at age five and began writing songs at age eight. The passion for lyric-driven music has fueled the fire he’s held inside until he put his first band together in 2016.
As the nephew of Grammy-nominated songwriter Earl ‘Peanutt’ Montgomery, who penned 73 songs for country legend George Jones, Shepherd decided at a young age that music would be a major part of his life.
Shepherd has won multiple songwriting competitions and attended Northwest-Shoals Community College on a full-chorale scholarship. His rich, second-baritone voice has become a favorite for fans in the music hotbed of Muscle Shoals.
Following the footsteps of the legends before him, L.A. Shepherd & The Noise are determined to keep alive the sounds of yesterday, mixing that Muscle Shoals sound of blues and rock into the country roots they have always had.
I was born and raised in Roanoke, VA. Started playing guitar around age 13. Moved to New Orleans a few years ago and really began trying to hone the craft of writing songs.
Luke Fisher has had a lot of jobs. Ice cream scooper, forklift driver, newspaper reporter, tree planter, waiter, bartender, truck rental manager, vending machine operator, lawyer, census taker, and medical records tech, among other things. He’s lived in five states, two countries and 27 different houses. All this experience fills his songs with truth and a wry, but fond, view of the world. Now he writes songs and sings them for a living, his favorite job by far. He learned how to sing around the supper table and at church, then by underage sneaking into to bars in Houston, Texas to hear red dirt troubadours and cosmic cowboys like B.W. Stevenson, Ray Wylie Hubbard, and Gary Nunn. He attended one of the first magnet high schools for the performing arts in the country where he played in a jazz ensemble. He spent a couple of years directing a junior choir at an Episcopal cathedral. He has been a finalist or winner in several local songwriter contests, and has performed at the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, the Ozone Songwriters Festival in Mandeville, LA, and the Third Street Songwriter Festival in Baton Rouge. He put out his first record, “Till I’m Gone”, in 2017, and has begun work on a new one.
At age 15 Maggie won The Mid South Fair Youth Talent Competition and just like that her joy for singing turned into a passion for music and performance. Fast forward to today and you will find she has recorded and released three CD’s of her original music, set foot on a thousand stages from Nashville TN to Hollywood CA, studied music and Commercial Voice under some of the finest instructors at Belmont University and opened for national touring acts including The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Corey Smith, Daryle Singletary, Darrel Worley, Mo Pitney and more as well as being invited to perform at “The Mile of Music” Festival in Appleton ,WIsconsin six years in a row.
Maggie received Album of the year at the Josie Music Awards in 2018 for “The Other Side”. This album also made the top 100 Country Albums to be considered for a Grammy.
Across this country or on a stage at home in Southeast Missouri Maggie has found her place in music. Come to a show! You will find she will not only sing you through some of life’s heartfelt moments, Maggie will rock you with a little southern sass and truth.
Marc-Alan Barnette is a force of nature in songwriting. Born in Birmingham Alabama, his band 24 KARAT won the 1984 MILLER HIGH LIFE ROCK TO RICHES NATIONAL talent search. Switching from Rock to country in 1988, and moving to Nashville, Tn. he got a SHELBY LYNNE cut on his song THAT;S WHERE IT HURTS, his first night in town. He’s had country songs recorded by John Berry and David Ball’s “I’VE GOT TOO MUCH BLOOD IN MY ALCOHOL LEVEL.” He recently has scored cuts with THE IDES OF MARCH, (written with Jim Peterick) and Soul singer SHAUN MURPHY.
As a live performer, he is known as “THUNDER THROAT” with his mix of country and blues that he terms “IN YOUR FACE COUNTRY SOUL.” His songs range from country, blues, and comedy. His uptempo and aggressive shows are like a cross between a tractor pull and professional wrestling.
He has been a favorite of the TIN PAN SOUTH festival for 24 years and the FRANK BROWN SONGWRITERS FESTIVAL for 25. He has done the Mississippi and Smokey Mountain festival for many years. Switching to teaching and mentoring, he has helped the careers of Warner Brothers recording artist FRANKIE BALLARD, THE VOICE’s MEGAN LINSEY; AMERICA’S GOT TALENT, ALICIA MICHILLI.
His “theme: of music comes in the form of two of his lines from his signature song, TABLES AND CHAIRS:
“YOU DON’T CHOOSE MUSIC, MUSIC CHOOSES YOU.”
Mark Carson has been writing songs and performing for over 30 years. He has played many venues in New Orleans, Nashville, and elsewhere, including the Bluebird Café, Tipitina’s, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. He has written over 1500 songs in many genres. In addition to getting some songs cut by award-winning and successful New Orleans bands such as Papa Grows Funk, in 2009 Mark got his first Nashville country single, Barn on the Rooftop, that was recorded by Ty Williams. He has had over 50 songs recorded by artists in Nashville, New Orleans, and beyond, and has had several singles played on country radio, as well as songs recorded in the country, pop, funk, and rock genres. Recently he co-wrote nine of the eleven songs on New Orleans funk artist John “Papa” Gros’s latest release, River’s On Fire. In addition in late 2016 Mark’s song Island, recorded and released as a single by pop artist Svrcina, has over 1,000,000 plays on Spotify, and the lyric video has over 850,000 plays on youtube. His song “John Brown” has been performed on four continents and is part of the band’s Papa Grows Funk’s new documentary, “Do U want it?” His song “Country as Cornbread” was the title track of Red Marlowe’s EP. Red was runner up on “The Voice” in 2017.
Mark has had two music publishing deals in Nashville. He also has twelve years experience teaching songwriting at Tulane University, and has recently taught pop/rock ensembles on the adjunct music faculty at Loyola University in New Orleans. He still continues to write and perform music of many genres with his band, Carson Station. He has co-produced three solo album projects as well.
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
Matt Prater, an award winning singer songwriter from North Alabama, is a soulful storyteller with Country, Honky Tonk, Folk and Roots Music influences. His songs are relevant to all generations. Matt has had success in writing everything from independently produced solo projects as an artist, to custom theme songs and commercial jingles for others.
“Picking up a guitar and learning to play is the easy part of songwriting. Stitching stories with a straight forward frankness and making it look easy is the tough part. Matt Prater aced both” -The Alternate Root Magazine
“Real and pure country music from North Alabama. Matt Prater’s album Tables and Chairs, Great songs!” -Ear to the Ground
“There’s plenty of love in his music, which centers around his stories, and his rich melodic voice. The stories are delightful southern slices of life, each one complete in it’s telling; his voice draws you in and makes you want to listen to every word. It’s music that never gets old.” -No’Ala Magazine ”
Matt Prater is country music.” -30A Songwriter Radio
“Matt Prater is a breath of country fresh air…he is real music and real songs” -Jim Seales, Shenandoah
Matt keeps a full schedule independently touring songwriter showcases, music venues and festivals including Frank Brown International Songwriter’s Festival, Songs on The Bayou-Road to 3rd Street and Black Warrior Songwriter’s Festival to name a few. His albums and live performances can be found on radio shows including WDVX’s Blue Plate Special, WSM’s Honky Tonk Round Up, Australia’s Cosmic Cowboy Cafe, Texas’ KKYX, Florida’s 30A Songwriter’s Radio and others. He is often featured in songwriter rounds with hit writers and top shelf performers and has opened shows for major artists. Living in the Heart of Dixie and the Americana Music Triangle, Matt appears regularly at venues all around “The Hit Recording Capitol of the World”…Muscle Shoals, AL as well as Nashville’s famous Blue Bird Cafe, The Nashville Palace and Nashville’s Honky Tonk Tuesday Nights. In the last year, Matt has also been invited to showcase his original songs at many venues in Ohio, Louisiana and Texas including Texas’ historic Gruene Hall. He hopes to continue connecting with his audience in venues across the country and abroad as well as working on his 5th independent recording project beginning in Fall 2019.
His albums, “Small Town Son” (2010), “The Mountain” (2013), “Tables and Chairs” (2015) and “Same Ole Highway Blues” (2017), are filled with stories of family, poetry, humble beginnings, honky tonk tales and Southern American tradition. His music is real and authentic, its “Roots Run Deep”.
You can find Matt’s songs and schedule across all social media platforms, online retailers and at www.mattpratersmusic.com
For booking inquiries please email [email protected]
Matt York’s new album “Bruisable Heart” came out this past August. Matt grew up in Foxboro, Massachusetts and began playing the clubs of Boston as a teenager. Since then, he’s played on stages throughout the United States and Canada.
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 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 last 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.
His previous album “Between the Bars” was released in late 2017. Gatehouse Media’s Peter Chianca wrote of his last 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”.
Born in Sudbury, MA in August of 1994 Michael grew up spending a lot of time in the kitchen with his parents, who were great cooks. Learning to cook was great, but they always had music playing in the background and he always seemed to enjoy himself and relax a bit more when country music was on – specifically Garth, Waylon, willie, and Chris LeDoux.
While he had been in theater in middle school, he never really considered music to be a career path, as he had my mind set on being a professional athlete. In college, he was placed on social probation by my fraternity due to a GPA technicality, meaning he had to be a sober monitor during parties for 3-4 weeks. Needless to say, it was pretty boring so he bought a guitar at a pawn shop. Sokn people realized that he had a good amount of talent and that’s how everything started for him, by playing on the back porch of my fraternity house.
Having gone to school in North Carolina, a lot of his early experiences came from the central triad area of North Carolina in towns like High Point, Jamestown, and Greensboro. Michael spent more time out there than he did in MA, where he grew up, so a lot of his following is derivative of that time spent in North Carolina and he still loves going back there because he feels it’s more of a homecoming than any other place. He plays is several different states and continues to strive to add to that list.
Having graduated from High Point University with a B.A. in communications in 2017, his studies focusing on electronic media. During Senior year he knew he was going to pursue music after college, and it just came down to where. My options essentially came down to Austin, TX and Nashville, TN. Nashville essentially won because it is closer to Massachusetts and next to NC, allowing him to maintain his fan following with a small amount of ease. Even though being a Longhorns fan, Nashville won Michael over.
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 24 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 regionally, he is a rare find in that he is a lead singer/bassist. “Being a musician has always been one of the most important things in my life. 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 2 full length all original albums and currently in studio creating album number 3, Michael and his band mates have generated a lot of buzz. “I plan on playing and writing music for the rest of my life. I believe that with the over whelming support from my band, family, friends, and fans, I can make a huge impact in the industry.”
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 and in the duo, Two Blu. 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 previously in the Third Street Songwriter 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.
Nancy Noone Broussard
Nancy Broussard has been making up songs most of her life, and began writing in earnest after her husband’s death. Her music defies strict classification, mostly because it’s little bit of everything – and her influences and many and diverse. Music has been a constant in her life, and today, it’s where she focuses her efforts.
A voice of silk and a timbre as smooth as the river that runs through her hometown of New Orleans, La, Nicole Ockmond is an artist not only to be heard but also appreciated.
Nicole’s path to music was like most but with one slight twist. She was exposed to the music of her grandparents, parents, and siblings but didn’t realize her gift for singing until a stint in the Army National Guard. Her voice was found while marching in formation during boot camp.
The path had been set, upon her return home Nicole landed a gig singing in a local blues band and working as an intern at Ultrasonic Studios. The band didn’t last but the internship proved to be valuable experience. She worked with New Orleans musicians Mike Barras, Benji, John Gros, Lu Rojas, & Grammy award winning engineer Steve Reynolds. Nicole also got offered the chance to sing backup on Mercury recording artist Windy’s debut & also got to sing backup along with Jon Cleary and the Absolute Monster Gentlemen on Snook Eaglin’s Money Pit records release, Lock Doctor.
With the release of her self produced debut CD “In My Head” on Emoveré Recordings, to local and regional delight, Nicole set out to perform with The Nicole Ockmond Group at various venues such as The Neutral Ground, Hi Ho Lounge, the Hard Rock Café, The Howlin Wolf, The House of Blues, and Banks Street Bar. Nicole has opened for Marsha Ball, Meschiya Lake, Ingrid Lucia, & Nayo Jones.
With her latest release, again self produced on Emoveré Recordings, “Something Out of Nothing” listeners can hear story telling at its best with smooth hypnotic grooves, perfect to accompany a lazy Sunday morning or a roots rocking Saturday nite. Both recordings can be found locally at Louisiana Music Factory, online, itunes, spotify , etc.
Nicole has recently started focusing more or her visual art. She is a talented painter who specializes in portraits of New Orleans musicians. She has begun selling her artwork online at www.nicoleockmond.studio and at area art fairs and festivals.
Pam grew up in Ruston, Louisiana, and wrote her first song when she was 9 years old. She teaches music lessons from her home in Prairieville and she performs regularly at festivals and local venues in south Louisiana.
Party of Two (Julie Ross and Robert Joseph)
Robert Joseph and Julie Ross are Party of Two. A singer/songwriting duo out of Biloxi, Ms. After performing as solo acts they formed a duo act when they were asked to perform together at a benefit show.
Robert and Julie both played baseball and softball in their youth so it was a pleasure to perform at MGM Park in Biloxi at the Shucker’s Baseball pregame show.
They have also been asked to play Viewing the Cruise in Gulfport for Cruising the Coast week.
They have performed in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi at various venues.
They have been featured at the Covington Brewery Songwriters night and The Natchez Brewery Songwriters night.They have also performed at Ozone Songwriters Festival, Mississippi Songwriters Festival and they are proud to be performing at 3rd street Songwriters Festival once again.
Originally from New Orleans, Paul Wilson is a singer, songwriter and 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. He is also the first place winner of the 2018 Ozone songwriter festival, song writing contest.
R T Hall
R T Hall is a singer/songwriter who cannot be defined by an address; he lives full time in a motorhome. His songs are emotional, either as observations of others or as descriptions of his life. R T has been featured onstage at festivals such as the Tucson Folk, Roswell Film and Music and others. He has also participated in songwriter festivals including Mississippi Songwriters, Third Street Songwriters, Songs on the Bayou, and many more. He has been a finalist in both songwriting and singing contests. R T and his wife Sally travel the country doing volunteer work and playing and attending different festivals. They spend winters in south Mississippi and enjoy the rest of the North America during the warmer months. His new single, Missing Mississippi Tonight can be found on the RTHallMusic.com website.
Raquel Lindemann is a Texas based singer-songwriter with tie-dyed roots. Her music has been described as “Absolutely beautiful…moving beyond words” and “Happiness & Joy.” Affectionately known as “Hippie Songbird,” Raquel’s music blends folk-rock sensibilities with Texas harmonies and soulful storytelling. Couple that with a voice described by Scene In Town’s Mary Jane Farmer as “Rich, Full & Powerful,” and you can expect to see a performance bursting with light, color and emotion.
Raquel recently completed her debut album, Sunrise, created with Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines. Sunrise weaves themes of hope, love, peace, kindness & strength into a “folkie, Americana, tie-dyed tapestry.” Sunrise features many incredible artists including Terri Hendrix, John Mills, and Drew Womack. In addition to lead vocals, Raquel also contributed piano and acoustic guitar parts to each song. Sunrise features 11 of Raquel’s original songs brought to life through the unique collaboration with Lloyd Maines and engineered by Pat Manske.
Raquel’s music is featured in the independent film Ophelia Falls which is currently streaming on Amazon Prime. She has also been a finalist in the B.W. Stevenson Singer-Songwriter Contest and a semi-finalist in the Rusty Wier Singer-Songwriter Contest. In addition to being a performing songwriter, Raquel is an accomplished music educator and has taught at Southern Methodist University, Dallas Independent School District, as well as worked with military veterans through the non-profit HCC. Raquel leads an annual vocal workshop for Terri Hendrix’s OYOU non-profit, as well as assists Terri Hendrix & Lloyd Maines during the annual OYOU Music Camp.
Raised in the piney woods of East Texas on equal parts George Jones, George Michael, and George Harrison, Richard Watson has spent his entire life studying, learning, and emulating the musicians that paved the road he now follows in a quest for something he can call his own. A former punk rock kid who cut his musical teeth in the post grunge years of the late 90s, Richard brings that same DIY attitude to the Folk/Americana music he now finds himself deeply immersed in. Honest, emotional, and sometimes raw to a fault, Richard brings all these things to the stage in the hopes of connecting and sharing the music that fills his head and heart.
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 (Barely Texas, Rev. Charley’s Patent Medicine Show, and Rootsicana Tune Factory, and Barely Texas). 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.
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.
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 a local classic rock band Back Roots on bass guitar and vocals.
Rod has founded the Southshore Songwriters Circle and active in songwriting events , benefits and workshops in the local community
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 , Crowder and Chris Tomlin
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.
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.
Savannah Ray is a young singer/songwriter from Long Beach Mississippi, she spent a year in Nashville Tennessee playing gigs and recording music with some very well known and very talented musicians and sound engineers. She now lives with her family on the Mississippi gulf coast continuing to follow her dreams of creating music. She is extremely excited to see what her future holds.
“Saylor Brasseaux is a singer/songwriter from Carencro, Louisiana. She is currently attending Middle Tennessee State University majoring in Recording Industry with a concentration in Songwriting. Saylor started writing at a young age and released her first EP “Runaway” in October 2017 and Second EP “Dreamer” in August 2019. She has always loved the creativity behind songwriting and can’t wait to release more music.”
My name is Stephanie Nash I am a singer songwriter from Nashville. My inspiration comes from 90s country music and living my life on our dairy farm! I love writing country music about real life stories I hear through my friends and the impact of farms being affected and going of business! I played last year at the festival and would love to be considered again!
Steve is a Lafayette songwriter who is currently completing studio work on his 5th full length album of original songs. He’s an engaging performer whose songs range from the ridiculous to the sublime. He is a co-founder of the Peyton Wilson Memorial Songwriters’ retreat, an annual event that gathers gifted writers for a weekend of creative fellowship. he has had the honor of opening shows for songwriting legends including Guy Clark, Rodney Crowell, David Olney, Billy Joe Shaver and Jim Lauderdale. Three of his songs are on the soundtrack of the movie, “Race to Win.’
Susan Aysen is a singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Thibodaux, LA. Early influences include old country, swamp pop, Cajun, rock, gospel, and Dixieland Jazz. She began playing clarinet in the school band at age 11 and along the way taught herself guitar and piano. This extensive musical journey has molded her into the artist she is today. Susan’s original music is drizzled with rich Louisiana culture about family, love, and life on the bayou. She currently plays in a Gypsy Jazz duo, with the band Day Trip, and has ongoing special projects and sessions.
The Beach Bums
Singer Songwriters from Mandeville, La. From varied and diverse influences from Patsy Cline, Allison Krauss , Bonnie Raitt to Radiohead, Heart and Todd Rundgren. The Beach Bums convey their love of the beach to music that relaxes and helps create hope and joy.
Thelda Adams, a retired math teacher, is in the process of reinventing her life by developing her creative interests. Many of those interests are reflected in her songs, “My Retirement Plan,” “The Trade In,” and, “My Own Backyard.”
i have been writing songs for a life time. God knows all of the influences. Hard to define genre. I have mostly performed as a solo artist but have enjoyed those times with band members. Always look forward to this event because of the divers and creatives collection of people showcased.
Tommy 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. He created Troubadours Songwriter Night in Covington, Louisiana, and he co-created Songwriter Sessions in Des Allemands, Louisiana, both of which showcase local and regional songwriters. He is also a stage host for the Third Street Songwriters Festival and the Mississippi Songwriters Festival, and a stage host and 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 in 2018 in Mandeville, Louisiana, and featured over 100 local, regional, and national songwriters. The 2019 Ozone Songwriter Festival was even bigger and better! As if that weren’t enough, he and Songwriter Sessions co-creator Barry Chauvin offer songwriting workshops for songwriters of all levels and ages that cover the basics of songwriting for folks who have always wanted to write songs, but didn’t know how to get started. 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!
William (Bill) Robison
Bill Robison (a native of Lecompte, Louisiana) comes from a musical family and has been performing all his life. After a hiatus bringing up 3 children with his wife Bibbet, he founded the band Impaired Faculties (active 2013-17) and recorded the CD ‘Lipstick and Whiskey.’ He is now a member of Snake Hat, which plays original music rooted in rock, blues, and alt-country, and he performs solo acoustic shows featuring his songs. His day job is teaching history at Southeastern Louisiana University.
EmBrace Your Geezerdom!”
Due For Release late November 2019
When you’re looking to listen to the sound of an eclectic country band that is fun, fresh and filled with more influences than you can count on your fingers and toes, you’ll find W.B and The Geezers. The perfect balance of traditional country, with an unapologetically youthful vibe, this is a band that knows its sound and embraces it!
If there is a place in the United States that is a secret paradise, it’s Northwest Florida. This is where you will find W.B. and The Geezers. They’re crusty, sure, but they’re not rusty – and they know it and the best thing about these guys is that they invite you into their reality. W.B. and the Geezers are putting out their brand new album – “EmBrace Your Geezerdom!” this November 2019. It’s a celebration of seven years of hard work and it’s highly anticipated. When Capt. Will and Capt. Bill got to gather it was to welcome their coming second childhood with guitars and drinks in hand. Their past works have included songs about senior dating, the laughable and ridiculous ED commercials, but that’s just on the surface. They have always explored the deeper themes involved with the experience of getting older, and they invite you to listen and embrace it as well.
The duo of Capt. Will and Capt. Bill work together to create a beautifully traditional sound, a throwback to what country used to be and they encourage everybody to “Embrace Your Geezerdom” along the way. “The life experience is what we write about,” says Capt. Will, “and whether it’s done with a smile or a tear it something we have experienced and shared in song.” Capt. Will and Capt. Bill offer simple melodic acoustic arrangements with lyric driven stories inspired by the early days of country music. You won’t find better country music artists than W.B and The Geezers, and right now they are in the thick of the battle for the soul of country music and are matching the youngsters of Americana, note for note!!
It’s been over three years since the Captains released their album “You See Old, I See History” and Will and Bill haven’t wasted that time. Lyrics have been written, and melodies weaved that reach right into their past, their present and look forward to their future. It’s time to break out of the artistic straitjacket, to spin inspiration into words and step out into the world again. It’s time to “EmBrace Your Geezerdom”.
They’re proud to be “crusty not rusty”, living their best lives behind the mic and creating relatable, upbeat and meaningful music that touches the hearts – and ears – of those who listen. It’s so much more than just music; Will and Bill are encouraging everyone to hear their music while Embracing their own Geezerdom, and its working!
About The Band
Way back when before Bill was a Captain, he spent his early career working with Ike and Tina Turner and Bob Hope as a sound engineer. He assisted bands like The James Gang and Brownsville Station with their sound, learning the sound engineering ropes along the way. Bill then turned to working on computers to support his own growing family, before becoming a sailing instructor and private yacht Captain. Its here he began playing his guitar again for his passengers and the music bug bit him all over again. His sound was influenced by the likes of Kenny Chesney, Jimmy Buffett and Bob Marley. Forty years after leaving the music biz in 2009, Bill went back to being a sound engineer. He produced music in his own time for his own shows and met the other half of W.B in Will in 2012.
Born in Houston, Texas, to a Ship’s Captain, Capt. Will was a merchant mariner who started traveling the world at a young age. There aren’t many out there who can say they made a trans-Atlantic crossing aged 18 months! Will started on a freighter after college, traveling to Egypt and became a licensed officer in 1982. It was this life time of adventure and travel that created a storehouse of memories that find their way into his songs. It was the inspiration of a college professor that developed Will into a wordsmith helping remember time, place, events and people using free verse poetry. Years of verse and words have been complied in notebooks kept safe in closets and under beds.
Will and Bill boast about their songwriting – and for a good reason! They’ll give you one of the most breathtaking experiences of music that has been lost among the mainstream artists – they have heart. Not many can say that!
“We See Ourselves As History.” – Capt. Will
“EmBrace Your Geezerdom!” is a hell of a ride you don’t want to miss. The whole album is strong, with songs that are remarkably well performed, mixed well and written perfectly. Younger acts are no match for W.B. and The Geezers, as every song has life breathed into it. The music and lyrics blend together well, and its music you cannot help but move with when you hear it.
Age is not a hindrance for Will and Bill; they see their decades as musicians as experience points rather than something that works against them. Their songs have been solidly built in bar rooms, open mic nights and evenings with friends, and they have written more than 25 new songs and have had fun performing them up and down the Gulf Coast. They’ve evolved and learned with their performances, and their music reverts to a time of old, where the songs would tell stories of love and sadness, laughter and life. You can take your pick when it comes to labeling W.B. and The Geezers, whether you pick Country, Roots or Americana with a splash of comedy, they’re doing a great job of touching all of their listeners right where it feels!
W.B and The Geezers have touched way beyond the borders of the U.S., too. They have a growing fan base over in Ireland, The UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand, so their sound is being heard worldwide. Will and Bill bounce off each other and not just in music-form. They have a stage presence and charisma that you can feel crackling from the audience. “EmBrace Your Geezerdom” is a Cd that will make you laugh, cry, dance and sing along with gusto. If these guys can embrace their age and all that comes with it, then you can embrace their music and tell everyone you know about their sound. Do you know these guys? If you don’t, it’s time to get acquainted with some of the most legendary music you’ll ever experience!
Their newest, “Embrace Your Geezerdom” will be released late November 2019!