2005

Michael Hurley

Michael Hurley is one of the last old-time American troubadours.  His range encompasses mountain music, folk, blues, bluegrass, boogie woogie and early rock ‘n’ roll. His playing is idiosyncratic and utterly captivating; his vocals are rich, redolent and powerful; he is possessed of the finest yodel in modern music. Recent years have witnessed a rediscovery of Hurley’s music

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Holly Williams

Does the surname seem familiar? It’s true: Hank is her grandfather, Hank Junior her dad, Hank III her half-brother but Holly Williams is fully her own woman, with her own stories to tell.  Her music doesn’t sound of the honky tonks of her grandfather anymore than it does the outlaw music of her dad. Holly Williams

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Preston Reed

Preston Reed is a guitarist of many parts – so many parts that when he brings them all into play, first-time listeners often find it hard to believe that they’re hearing just one musician, in real time. Reed is also a player of deep sensitivity who can compose and play a blues or a ballad

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Carolyn Mark

Carolyn Mark is a consummate entertainer with a wry stage banter, up til now  perhaps better known as part of the Corn Sisters with Neko Case. She’s a firebrand saloon chanteuse who is sexy, sultry and sassy, with a dark sense of humour. (CAN)

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Jesse DeNatale

Jesse DeNatale  is equal parts romantic bard, boxcar storyteller and late-night barroom balladeer. Now Jesse is bringing his compassionate and hauntingly soulful music to a broader audience. “Now it seems that all of the best ones have been driven underground. If there is a leak in the boiler room, it is the music of Jesse

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Micah P Hinson

With his old friends from Texas , the Earlies, Michah recorded his debut album with lush strings, beautiful keyboards and eerie backdrop harmonised perfectly with Micah’s honest and exposed style.  Micah’s dark tales of love and loss are matched only by a cracked vocal and songwriting that belies his mere 22 years. With the simplest of bittersweet

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Ben Weaver Band

Ben spins eerily comforting Northern Gothic yarns, stuck with pitchforks and tinged with black humour. His way with words makes his vivid Americana noir storylines jump to life. “…strange, skin-prickling tales picked up from the Moebius strip of a lost highway he’s been compelled to travel on…. like a hillbilly Leonard Cohen.”- Sylvie Simmons, MOJO. (US)

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Eliza Gilkyson

The daughter of successful songwriter Terry Gilkyson, Eliza is a third generation musician who grew up in LA. It’s folk-roots music for the 21st century befitting her edgy, intelligent songwriting. Her lush and passionate voice doesn’t pull any punches, in equal parts, raw, brutal yet delicate. (US)

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The Czars

The Czars rise above musical fads and trends in their search for something richer and more enduring. John Grant leads the quest, his rich baritone voice supported by catchy melodies and layers of vocal harmony.  Fans include ex-Cocteau Twin Simon Raymonde and the Flaming Lips, who they’ve also supported in concert. (US)

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Entrance

Entrance is the public title for the music of Guy Blakeslee , a 22-year-old guitarist, singer and prolific songwriter from .  Blakeslee delves into pre-war blues, folk, and indie-rock to deliver emotive, lively, loose, and sparse performances.   ‘one of the must haves of the year (no matter what the remaining 11 months throw at us)’  4/5 The Times. (US)

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The Hacienda Bros

The Hacienda Bros are fronted by two living legends, Dave Gonzalez and Chris Gaffney. Gonzalez is the singer, songwriter and guitar slinger from  long-running roadhouse rocking blues country combo the Paladins; Chris Gaffney is ubiquitous in Americana circles, currently playing in Dave Alvin’s band and fronting his own band Cold Hard Facts. Together, and with several other

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Two Cow Garage

Two Cow Garage hail from Columbus, Ohio . Among many locals, Columbus is known as “Cowtown.” Like their musical cousins, Slobberbone and The Drive-By Truckers, every show is drenched in sweat and volume and youth. The trio are raucous and road-hardened with their Southern Rock meets Alt Country sound.

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