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Crowning It’s Last Recipients

After nearly 30 years of honoring songwriters, it appears the annual Chris Austin Songwriting Contest will be calling it quits. But not before awarding it’s 2020, and 2021 class – announced at the September 2021 edition of Merlefest. Jim Lauderdale, the long-time contest coordinator and host, was also honored Saturday for his over twenty years of shared expertise, enthusiasm, and ...

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Della Mae’s Avril Smith

It’s rare for a guitarist to communicate with a distinctly identifiable voice within the abundant sea of bluegrass and traditional flatpickers. Unique in her delivery, Avril Smith stands out. Her articulate guitar work is rich with a creative blend of quirky flourishes, poignant timing, double stops, and signature voicings that bend the ear just a little bit further than expectation ...

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Tina Adair

Tina Adair grew up in North Alabama, about 30 miles south of Muscle Shoals. She came from a big musical family all the way back to her grandmother, on her mother’s side of the family. Her parents owned a music store and were both musicians. “I was around a lot of music,” Tina said. “I was very fortunate that way. ...

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Gotta Make This Work

A singer/songwriter currently based in Los Angeles, Nathan Jacques hails from the quiet, wooded, mountain towns of New England. His music can be labeled Americana, but threads of country, folk, and vintage rock & roll are deeply woven into the sprawling cinematic soundscapes he creates, all gleaming with a western edge. Nathan fell in love with the guitar in his ...

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Texas Songwriter Dennis Welch

Dennis Welch, a songwriter based in Austin, Texas has written more than 500 songs. His focus these days is not on performing but on getting his songs recorded by other artists and writing with other talented songwriters. Along those lines, he has recently had two of his songs used as album title tracks: “Why Not Me” by Tony Mantor and ...

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Lora Kelly’s Domystique

Lora Kelly is finding her way between the time of innocent youth and the silver-haired later years of womanhood—pressing into the gentle magic of middle-life, and sharing insights and encouragement along the way, by way of her music. Whether she is singing about childlike perspectives, the complexity of being an aging woman, or exploring the nuance of female-driven hospitality, on ...

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Voice Served Through Songwriting

Growing up with famous musician dad Al Cappi certainly set Louise on the road toward her own career in music. “When I got into high school I started to get very serious about singing,” she remembers. “He would take me on club dates and let me just observe, and then eventually bring me up with the band to sing a ...

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Taylor Rae’s Mad Twenties

The story of Taylor Rae’s path to her upcoming debut album release starts off in a pretty straightforward manner. At age two, she says, “I just decided I was going to be a singer. It wasn’t really an active choice. It was just like, ‘I AM a singer. This is what I’m going to do with my life.’” Voice and ...

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Virginia’s Caleb Bailey

Hailing from the wellspring of bluegrass and country music, Virginia’s Shenandoah Valley, and living now at the foot of the Blueridge Mountains, Caleb Bailey is carrying on a family tradition rooted in the music of the hills. His great grandparents recorded music and were bluegrass promoters. His great uncle played with Tom T. Hall and Eddie Rabbit as a steel ...

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It Is Well With My Soul

It Is Well With My Soul is the title of the initial album by the group now called Soulful Femme, which was “born out of the need to interpret blues, funk, rock and jazz our way…” according to Stevee Wellons and Cheryl Rinovato, the dynamic female duo that created it. The record reached #2 on the Roots Music Report’s Top ...

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