Two of North Carolina’s veteran bluegrass musicians– Hank Smith on Banjo and Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw on fiddle– join forces with some of the most versatile musicians in the Carolinas to create modern, American, acoustic music featuring the full range of their talents as composers and arrangers. The band is on tour regionally and nationally in support of their new album, RISE ABOVE onRobust Records. The band makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a nontraditional way to present original music to the listener that goes beyond the limits of the idiom. The arrangements take on a new level of maturation that follows in the footsteps of Bela Fleck, Mark O’Connor, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Tony Rice. Hank, Pattie & The Current want to pick up where seminal crossover groups like The Punch Brothers, Strength In Numbers and the ever-changing Bluegrass Allstars call home. The music is vocal and instrumental, allowing the band to experiment with arrangements and tailor the compositions to become vehicles for exploration. Hank Smith plays banjo, Pattie Hopkins Kinlaw plays fiddle and is lead vocalist. The Current includes Billie Feather on guitar and Stevie Martinez on bass.
Folkknot was formed in early 2020 when a group of students at Wake Forest University met after a night organic chemistry lab and decided to form a band. That spring semester guitarist Grey Hyatt, accordionist Marcos Lammel, and violinist Charlotte Waugh practiced in a cramped Scales Fine Arts Center practice room, bringing to life a set of songs Grey was writing about the life of his late grandfather who’s love for the sea would become the central theme of the band’s debut work. Unfortunately after less than 2 months together the band was forced apart by the covid pandemic, but this presented an opportunity to record songs while the band waited to return in the fall. After 4 months of remotely recording songs bit by bit in each band member’s respective basement a collection of demos entitled ‘A Disease Called The Sea’ emerged and was released in early July. Unfortunately, once reunited during their fall semester a heavy schoolwork load forced Charlotte to give up her spot in the band. A friend of Marcos’s, cellist Nathan Faulk, filled the opening and the band began playing live shows in October of 2020 and recording a new set of demos in early 2021. After a lengthy recording process, the new lineup released the band’s sophomore effort “A Life Well Suffered”, their second collection of demos, in late July of 2021. The band is currently expanding it’s ranks, adding new instruments and sounds as they prepare for recording their third album slated for release in early 2024.
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“Like the best folk often does, [Palmyra] balances melancholic yearning with intimate beauty, crafting a dance of lovely harmony and unadorned instrumentation.”-Under The Radar, 2023 “Their voice(s) drips with a beautiful desperation, every single word holding an earnestness you don’t find just anywhere anymore.”-The Alternative, 2023 Established in the Shenandoah Valley, Palmyra’s set explores the fusion of traditional folk string instruments, three part harmonies, and earnest songwriting. The trio captures the collective spirit of three Virginia natives, Teddy (he/him), Manoa (he/him), and Sasha (they/them), often described as a distant cousin of the progressive folk band, Punch Brothers, mixed with elements of Oliver Wood or the Avett Brothers. Palmyra’s songs are intimate and contemplative, with arrangements that allow them to create the illusion of a full, larger-than-three ensemble. The trio’s sound is a nod to Appalachia and Midwestern Americana, apparent through their stirring craftsmanship and dedication to a folk-driven, innovative experience throughout each unique live performance. Palmyra has supported Watchhouse, Mipso, and Illiterate Light on the road and had the honor to play the historic Newport Folk Festival in both 2022 and 2023, Americanafest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, and Floydfest where they were named the “On The Rise” competition winner in ’22.
LOGAN HALSTEAD Logan doesn’t like to put himself in a box sonically or stylistically. Still, many would characterize his work as Appalachian/Americana music. Above all, his songs are raw and honest, and the writing is wrapped in wisdom one might only think could be conjured by someone two decades older. While the masses clamored for more content, Logan took his time and found the right partners for his debut album. He decided to cut his project at the famous Sound Emporium Studios in Nashville, Tennessee. He was accompanied in production by the one and only Lawrence Rothman (Amanda Shires, Margo Price, Angel Olson, and many more). When asked about the recording process, Logan said, “It was a great experience. Lawrence is top-notch. They made me feel comfortable just to go in and do what I do, and to get to record in a place like that is a dream come true, especially for a holler kid.” Rothman, who also saw success at a very young age, was a perfect fit because they understood Logan’s position and angst which allowed Logan to express himself freely. In 2020, Logan released “Dark Black Coal” on YouTube, which has since amassed almost 6 million views. The success of that single has allowed Logan to build a great fan base through YouTube, touring, and opening for artists like Zach Bryan, Charles Wesley Godwin, Town Mountain, and many more. With the record releasing over a year after he recorded the album, Our Vinyl came into his life at the perfect time. In a collaboration with Our Vinyl, Logan released a taste of his upcoming project with a four-song EP that has amassed him over 120,000 monthly listeners on Spotify. With the success of “Dark Black Coal,” it’s no surprise that Logan chose this as the title track for his first album. Logan signed with Thirty Tigers and is excited to partner with them on his release. The release date is slated for May 5, 2023 and he will be touring those songs beginning in May. Expect to see Logan’s name on festival billings, support tours, and in a town near you. “I want my music to keep evolving and to improve my craft. I want to be the best I can be and give my fans shows to remember,” says Logan. Like all musicians, he hopes to achieve a successful career, but don’t expect Logan Halstead to change who he is or what he believes in to succeed. Authentically himself, Logan strives to always be honest and true to his fans.WILLY TEA TAYLORWilly Tea Taylor, the son of a cattleman, was born and raised in the “Cowboy Capital of the World”, Oakdale, California. In the past year or so, after thousands of miles driven and countless songs written and played, he has suddenly and rightfully found himself standing shoulder to shoulder in the ranks of today’s great Alt-Country musicians. From his early days co-fronting The Good Luck Thrift Store Outfit, to singing solo in countless cowboy bars, Willy Tea has never lost the vision of what he knew could be. And now with The Fellership or solo, Willy Tea Taylor, he has taken his version of that hero hang on the road.
Their debut record Cryin’ on the Vine, features “StrangeWorld’..which won best R&B song of 2010 from the international JohnLennon Songwriting Contest.Their second release ElephantGraveyard features the talents of Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi/Trucks Band) and showcases the group’s vast musical range, capturing moments of spinster story telling to raw and unfettered revelry.When Page HS & UNCG grad Justin Fedor left Greensboro in 2001 for Scottsdale, AZ, he thought he was leaving music behind him as well, but a chance meeting with Neil Young in Columbus, OH reset his priorities & shortly thereafter Fedor moved back east to settle in Charlotte, NC in 2005 where he started the now defunct Americana rock outfit, The New Familiars. Since then, Fedor has toured the US sharing the bill with many artists including Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Taj Mahal, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Bob Margolin, Tim O’Brien, The Infamous Stringdusters, & more. Fedor also plays bass with psychedelic rockers Ancient Cities, who have been featured at some of the nation’s most prestigious music festivals including Newport Folk Festival & CMJ as well as regional favorites Shakori Hills & FloydFest. Fedor also toured as bass played for The Shinn Band alongside Rock’N’Roll Hall of Famer Dave Krusen (Pearl Jam) & Christopher Thorn (Blind Melon). In 2013, Fedor created Tribute To Benefit, a concert series that continues to raise thousands of dollars annually for Levine Children’s Hospital & Roof Above, Charlotte’s frontline nonprofit combatting homelessness. Fedor continues to write, record, & perform in the Americana music world both as a solo artist & with his band, The Denim Denim.
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Awen Family Band is a collaborative effort offering an inclusive musical back to Earth experience, a place to commune with our roots and reconnect with the source. The Awen Family Band believes in letting the music and moment flow freely without force, guiding us to transcendence, deeper understanding and gratitude towards life. These values are reflected in the songwriting of Tim Husk, with uplifting lyrics that try to break down the mysteries of the universe and celebrate the infinite joys of life. Every Awen Family show is an ever changing collection of musicians from other touring acts that share the same understanding that we are just vessels for the great spirit and energy to flow through us, to hear the song in the life around us and bring it into reality to share with everyone. Every new musician to leave their touch on the Awen Family songbook offers a new perspective to the music and what they hear in the songs, making every Awen Family show an opportunity to hear the songs presented in a new light as well as new songs that form around certain groups of musicians. Building Community, Expanding Circles and Spreading Love
Based out of Asheboro, NC, Corey Hunt and Eric Wise have spent the last decade traveling the country and playing for anyone who would listen. Formed in 2010 at a local bar called Dirty T’s, they are still pounding the pavement looking to leave their mark.