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An Americana Family Affair

The Dinallos—the husband and wife team of Michael Dinallo and Juliet Simmons Dinallo—have quite a story to tell. Currently, they are making roots music that is gaining attention throughout the Americana music world, featuring an exciting blend of classic country, blues, gospel and rock & roll. The story of how they ended up on that musical road together is just ...

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Working Woman Grace Pettis

Grace Pettis was drawn to songwriting at an early age. Although her father, acclaimed songwriter Pierce Pettis, didn’t pressure her to be a songwriter like he was, the apple certainly didn’t fall far from the tree. Grace says “I can’t actually remember a time before I was writing songs. It’s just something I’ve always done.” With this organic beginning as ...

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Art And Craft Of The Music

Like so many musicians, Steve Wilson’s family taught him to love music at an early age. He initially tried out the instrument he would later know so well—the banjo—at age 12, but, like many a young player, didn’t stick with it. The difference for Steve was that his first brief banjo experience became only the first step on a long ...

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Modern Master of Celtic Traditions

A multi-instrumentalist journeyman whose work spans four decades, GF Morgan (a.k.a. “Jeff”) has built a career spanning Texas honky tonks like Austin’s legendary Hole in the Wall and New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center stage. His love for Celtic music began early, but only later became his driving musical passion. “It’s always been something that’s been in my life,” says Morgan. ...

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Getting Rowdy With Jason McDaniel

Australia’s Jason McDaniel knows a thing or two about hitting the road and really living life. Since his start as a pro musician in 1995 he has perfected a “rowdy” concoction of country, rock and blues, influenced by the likes of Waylon Jennings, Johnny Cash, ZZ Top and Dire Straits, as well as the greats of Australia’s home-grown country music ...

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Barry Abernathy And Friends

Barry Abernathy cannot remember ever not loving music. As a really young child, he loved Buck Owens. “My mom bought me a little red guitar just like the one Buck had,” Barry recalled recently. “I couldn’t play it of course, but she says when I was two or three years old, I would sit out on the porch and play ...

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That’s What I Want To Do

Alan Bibey entered the bluegrass world in the early 1980’s, and has since become one of the top mandolin players in the industry.  He was an original member of the ground breaking bands; The New Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out, and BlueRidge, before forming his current band eight years ago, Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. Alan says it was his dad and ...

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Experimental Old Time Music

The mountains of northern Vermont is where Nate Gusakov calls home. The singer songwriting banjoist started picking the clawhammer-style banjo 20 years ago. However in recent years, he’s been strumming a solid-body electric banjo, “transmuted through pedal board and vintage tubes into a 5-string axe with capabilities that range far beyond his usual open-backed acoustic instrument.” It’s a new direction ...

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Chicago’s Dan Cimaglio

Although Dan Cimaglio has been a musician a large part of his life, it’s only been in recent years that he began to pursue it professionally. This Chicago native moved away for a while when his wife’s job relocated. While in Oregon, and then Vermont, Dan began collecting bits and pieces of original song material. Eventually, they returned home to ...

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Borrowed Stars

Rik Ferrell has been gigging music most of his life. Not long ago, he was with the Road House Clams from the Eastern Shore of Maryland. Rik’s latest project though, after a move to the sunny coast of Florida, is Rik Ferrell and the Borrowed Stars. His new single, “Well I Never,” from the upcoming six-track EP, Ugly Babies, is ...

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