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Raveis Kole

Laurie Raveis, Dennis Kole are an Americana / Indie Folk duo based in Bellingham, Washington. Their synergy as a singer/songwriter couple has allowed them to craft a unique sound blending what they call “Southern California freedom,” with a sprinkling of “Middle Eastern mystery, European panache, and a gypsy’s adventurous spirit.” Laurie and Dennis actually met in a jam class at ...

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Ten Penny Gypsy

Little Rock, Arkansas’ Justin Patterson and Laura Lynn Danley both had solo music careers prior to discovering each other 10 years ago at a songwriting festival. That musical connection led them to collaborative efforts in songwriting, and eventually forming the duo, Ten Penny Gypsy, in 2017. Justin told me, “We were working on songs for what we wanted to be ...

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To Live In Two Worlds

Growing up in the Black Forest of Germany, Thomm Jutz didn’t have many opportunities to be exposed to American music. When he was 10 years old however, he stumbled across a country music show on the American Forces Network. Not long after, he found a TV show called “Country Time With Freddy Quinn.” It featured a guest artist from Nashville. ...

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Shayne Cook

Shayne Cook has spent most of his musical career playing in other people’s bands. He decided it was time, though, his own project. His debut LP, Epiphonetics, introduces us to an impressive nine song collection of original material. When speaking about the songs on his record, Shayne said, “The music is a look on how our take on the world ...

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One Man Band

December 1st, 2020 marks the release date for the sophomore project, Wanderlust, from Chicago based blues and roots singer, Justin Howl. Blues Blast Magazine called him a “strong singer” whose tunes “will strike a chord with you.” Justin is a one-man-band. He is singer, songwriter, guitarist, and harmonica player. While he acknowledges a debt to the Chicago blues influence, he says, ...

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This Frontier Needs Heroes

When singer-songwriter Brad Lauretti performs publicly, he bills himself under the moniker, This Frontier Needs Heroes. He’s released four albums under that title, and currently releasing the fifth, Go With The Flow. Brad started out like many young men, playing in high school bands with his friends. He didn’t start taking the craft of writing songs seriously until he got to ...

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The World Will Break Your Heart

Jersey City, NJ’s Gary Van Miert says he has always had an interest music, especially that point where blues, country and gospel music intersect. A fan of the Elvis Presley, Ernest Tubbs era of music that came out of Sun Studios in Memphis in the 1950’s, Gary said, “they captured lightning in a bottle and changed the world.” Playing music ...

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Christopher Griffiths

Christopher Griffiths childhood dream was to grow up and become a rock star. Growing up in the cold winters of Michigan, he had a lot of time indoors to fantasize about such things. He didn’t have to wait long though, as he began playing in bands when he was just nine years old. Christopher attended Berklee College of Music in ...

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Caught In The Middle

New Zealand’s Aly Cook’s most recent CD, Caught In The Middle, saw it’s first single, “Red Dirt Road Trip,” land at number one on both the Country Songs Top 40 Australian Airplay Chart, and the Tasmanian independent Country Airplay Chart – not to shabby for an album project that was completely crowd funded. Her passion for performing and songwriting spills ...

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31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Award Winners

Sister Sadie took two of the highest honors at Thursday’s (10/1/20) 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards. The “Entertainer of the Year,” and “Vocal Group of the Year,” awards were bestowed on the band comprising of Tina Adair, Dale Ann Bradley, Gena Britt and Deanie Richardson. This year’s event was streamed live and hosted by Sierra Hull, Joe Newberry, Tim O’Brien and Rhonda ...

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