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Americana Music Profiles

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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Rae Leigh Makes Career Debut

Australian artist Rae Leigh recently transposed nearly a life time of timid songwriting into a powerful break-out career, as she discovered the joy and courage in sharing her talent as a strong singer and songwriter with the world around her. Rae said she was just six years old when she found the piano. “My sister, who is nine years older ...

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Lady Of The Blues

Miss Freddye, a full time nurse, also known as, Lady Of The Blues, got her inspiration as a young girl singing in church and through her mother’s love of Blues music. “When I was a kind there were a couple of us in the neighborhood that would get together and sing whatever we liked at the time,” Miss Freddye told ...

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He Is The Artist

He Is The Artist (HITA), an American Christian singer-songwriter from Central Islip, New York, who has recently come to the faith, has chosen a new style to channel his music through. Dubbed, Christian, NeoSoul, Jazz – his music fits nicely into the new roots category. “My name comes from this idea that He, God, is the creator; the real artist,” ...

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Psychopath Etiquette

Southern Maine brothers, David and Paul Sprague (founding members) make up the folky, funky, rock blend duo known as Psychopath Etiquette. They literally are “a band of brothers.” The brothers have been playing music together professionally for more than a decade.  In the summer of 2019, they formed this band, “as a culmination of everything they had been working on ...

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