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Americana Music Profiles

Ted Hefko

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New Orleans, Louisiana is once again home for folk/blues/jazz artist Ted Hefko. After a stint in Brooklyn, Ted and his group, The Thousandaires, are bringing his originally penned stories to life with the “spontaneity of jazz, the bare-bones sensibility of early folk and the vibrancy of New Orleans.” The guitarist/tenor sax/clarinet is also excited about his new CD, Distillation Of ...

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Mary Beth Cross

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Wisconsin singer/songwriter, Mary Beth Cross, is no stranger to Americana music. Her most current CD, Beyond Good And Evil, is a folk Americana collection of original and cover tunes, and earned her the Rural Roots Music Commission Folk-country CD of the Year in 2014. Mary Beth’s rural Wisconsin upbringing and the Rocky Mountains where she currently lives make for a ...

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Shotgun Holler

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Booneville, KY is home to the up and coming bluegrass group Shotgun Holler. Their debut album, Loaded, leaves no doubt, they are five guys bent on gentlemenship as well as musical mastery. With an appearance on CMT, and quick airplay attention to their early release, version of the Guy Clark/Darrell Scott tune “Out in the Parkin’ Lot,” Shotgun Holler has ...

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Sugar Lime Blue

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Sugar Lime Blue packs a strong Americana punch with their CD, Move That Earth. Led by sultry vocalist Ashley Beth, the quintet from Lebanon, TN is making strong end roads in the Americana/Roots music scene all across the region. Ashley is joined by, David Beth on lead guitar, Russ Dean on vocals, Eric Campbell on drums, and John Simpson on ...

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Pee Wee Moore

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Peewee Moore was born and raised in the foothills of the Appalachian Rainforest just across the TN border in Fort Oglethorpe, GA, but these days he spends most of his time on the road logging more than 45,000 miles a year performing an endless string of one night stands, honky-tonks, dance halls, festivals, and theaters. Peewee has shared the stage ...

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G. T. Hurley

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The great cowboy state of Montana is home for G.T. Hurley. His music has been described as a blend of Waylon Jennings and Billy Joe Shaver, with a little Tex Ritter tossed in for good measure. GT himself calls his music “Outlaw Western Country.” G.T. has been playing music since he was twelve years old, and started writing songs not ...

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Ron Short

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South Western Virginia is home base for Country/Americana artist Ron Short. Ron and his band, The Possom Playboys, feature a vibrant sound reminiscent of bands that once traveled the two-lane highways of America, filling the dance floors of those iconic road side honky-tonks. Ron is a multi-instrumentalist, and his musical influences range from Old Regular Baptist “line-out” singing to the ...

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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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