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Americana Music Profiles

Artie Tobia

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New York is home for singer/songwriter Artie Tobia. The Hudson Valley press said Artie’s musical style “fuses stories of real people with the musical influences of rock, blues, folk, and country.” His latest song, “Aberdeen,” was recently named a Top 10 song for the week by Alternate Root Magazine. “Music is just in my DNA,” Artie told me. “My great, ...

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Red Wine Effect

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By Greg Tutwiler What happens when you get two friends together that just happen to be singer/songwriters? In the music world, that usually spells magic. And such is the case for Hollie Brogunier (Guitar/Vocals) and Kathy Redwine (Bass/Vocals). Hollie, originally from Maryland, and Kathy, hailing from Oregon, each moved to Nashville on their own accord to further their songwriting careers. ...

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TBelly

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UK’s Russell Keefe says he’s been playing music since he was a “small child,” he mused. In and out of several bands during his music career, it was a stint with Les McKeown’s legendary Bay City Rollers that occupied a lengthy season of his life; 18 years, he said. Les, the original lead singer, was looking for a new band ...

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Lee Sims

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Lee Sims is often referred to as a Colorado music icon, and a “down home superstar.” His current CD, Deep In The Heart Of Me, is a return of sorts for Lee, to the music industry. As a youngster, Lee’s dad would take him to jam sessions, and prod him to get up there and perform along with the adults. ...

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The Roadhouse Clams

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The name Road House Clams invokes visions of a Jimmy Buffet style rock band at a local sea side fish house, right? The Clams, fronted by vocalist/guitarist Rik Ferrell, have their roots along the fertile musical soil of Maryland’s eastern shore. Rik and the band feature that juke joint punch, riddled with clever lyrics, and tight harmonies. Original tunes like, ...

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The Judy Chops

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Harrisonburg, Virginia is home to The Judy Chops – an “original mountain swing” ensemble, seven members strong. They are a high energy group specializing is gipsy swing, roots Americana, and all around good sting fun. They’ve opened for folks like The Black Lillies, Miss Tess & The Tailbacks, and The David Mayfield Project. Front man Bill Howard told me that, ...

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John And Judy Rodman

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Nashville, TN is home for John and Judy Rodman. Judy is an award winning recording artist, stage and television performer, producer and songwriter – husband John is a classical percussionist, touring drummer, and was a session drummer for one of the world’s largest jingle companies. Both are longtime career entertainers who both got their professional start doing jingles in Memphis, ...

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Cary Morin

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Public talk radio host Richard Higgs had this to say; “A man and a guitar, a lot of soul, and an understanding of the history of soulful men with guitars in American music can sometimes achieve this kind of timelessness in their work.” Cary grew up in Montana – started playing piano, and around the age of 11, taught himself ...

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