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Americana Music Profiles

The Most Beautiful Queen

Emanuel Dron is from France, and runs a successful whiskey bar in Singapore. It’s a hobby turned profession, and he rather enjoys it. But he says his first love has always been music. It’s those classic rock sounds of groups like the Beatles and the Rolling Stones that gets him excited. “My first love is actually the early artists of ...

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Stripped Down Americana

British-American national, Alternative Country singer, Gram Phillips, who mostly performs as Tupelo Lime, loves to sing what he calls “stripped down Americana.” Gram got his musical exposure hanging out in the San Francisco punk music scene in the 70s and 80s, listening to groups like Flipper, MDC, and Negative Trend. But it was two years in the Trinity mountain region ...

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Country Heart

Charlotte, North Carolina’s Jennifer Lauren – lead singer of the band, Diamonds and Whiskey says she’s been a Carolina girl her whole life; “born and raised here,” she said. “I’ve traveled all over, but this is home. I don’t think I’ll ever leave.” Diamonds and Whiskey says they are a “combination of barroom beauty and backwoods danger, beauty queen and ...

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Sea Green Number Five

California’s Bobbo Byrnes is a storytelling singer/songwriter – his music is bountiful with hints and flavors of the beloved 70s AM Gold. His latest release, Sea Green Number 5, is a more intimate approach; a mostly acoustic project, compared to his previous albums. Bobbo is also a painter, and the tracks for this album were recorded in his living room ...

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James Reams

James Reams family heritage is rooted in southeastern Kentucky where he comes from a long line of traditional singers. He grew up playing both old-time and bluegrass music, and spent much time as a young adult playing up and down the eastern seaboard. When James’ mother fell ill, he moved west to care for her. Subsequently, he made new musician friends ...

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Mozart To Blues

Katie Knipp has been an indie blues artist for nearly 20 years; recently racking up a number 10 hit on the Blues Albums Billboard Charts with her fifth album release titled “Take it With You.” After having two children close together; and battling through all that comes with being a mommy, she’s quite happy to be putting renewed attention on ...

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Gold Mines, Cowboys, and Miners

Crown King, AZ was home to a young Silas Hite. It was a tiny mountain town where he spent his days exploring gold mines and hanging out with old cowboys and miners. Sounds like treasure for a future song writing career; and it was. He’s now an Emmy-winning composer, having co-scoring credits for blockbuster and independent films such as Nick & ...

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Scotland’s Malcolm MacWatt

Scotland’s Malcolm MacWatt got his first guitar at age 12. When his dad bought him the Johnny Cash at San Quentin album, he was hooked. “It was all about roots music from there on,” he said. He was especially into the more traditional, folk elements of it, with its roots going all the all the way back to Britain and ...

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Husband and Wife Song Writing Team

Timothy Williams grew up in North Carolina, his wife Sarah on the North Shore of Chicago. Her music exposure was the Great American Songbook as her dad sang and played the piano when she was a young girl. Tim grew up listening to classic country while his uncles worked on cars. “My parents said I was drawn to music from ...

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Lauren Calve Releases Wildfire

Lauren Calve started singing and playing guitar when she was 15 years old. Her love and fondness of Americana grew out of family gatherings around the dinner table where they’d tell and repeat old stories while drinking scotch. “It’s because of this family tradition that I’m innately drawn to stories,” she exclaimed.  “My uncle calls me the archivist of the ...

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