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Rick Ruskin 0 R. Ruskin I'm looking forward to my 3rd time at Folk Alliance International an am seeking a few showcase opportunities. Contact info:   Phone - 206-322-1601   Email - rick@liondogmusic.com   Website - http://liondogmusic.com   Location - Seattle, WA Rick Ruskin is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter considered by many to be a legend.  In his teens, he was fortunate enough to study and work with Rev. Gary Davis.  Between his own desire to grow and the Reverend’s urging him to find his own voice, Ruskin forged a style that embraces not only the blues but a wide range of genres including folk, early and contemporary rock and roll, R&B, classical, and jazz.  His blend of catchy melodies, sophisticated harmonies, syncopation, and unusual phrasing make his music easy to remember yet nearly impossible to imitate.  A sampling of those who have licensed Rick Ruskin's music:             Oprah Winfrey; Touchstone Pictures; A&E Network; MTV; Warner Bros. TV;             ABC-TV;  NBC-TV; PBS.   
by R. Ruskin
Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Gillian Nicola 0 G. Alexander Contact Info Phone: 647-669-0249 Email:  gilliannicolamusic@gmail.com Category of Folk: Folk/Rock; Singer/Songwriter Location: Hamilton, ON Canada Description of Music The first thing that strikes listeners about Hamilton’s Gillian Nicola is the strength of her vocals. This rising singer/songwriter calls on influences of folk, rock and alt-country to bring a sound both unique to her and that honours her diverse taste. In 2016, Nicola released her sophomore EP, “No Place to Call.” On a base level, the songs are what many have come to know and love from Canadian folk music, but the vocal delivery and heavy instrumentation set Nicola apart. A classically trained vocalist, Nicola’s 2013 EP Chasing the Wind, was nominated for two Hamilton Music Awards (Best New Artist/Group, Alt-Country Recording of the Year) and the Toronto Independent Music Awards (Best Folk). Nicola is also a community organizer, hosting Open Mic Nights and Songwriters Circles, and lends her talents to various non-profit organizations, such as Girls Rock Camp Toronto.   PS - This will be my first year at FAI! I'm really looking forward to meeting you all!
by G. Alexander
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
The Vogts Sisters ~ Sweet Sister Harmony 0 Vogts Sisters Contact: 620-244-5619 Email: vogtssisters@gmail.com Category of Folk: Contemporary Folk with touches of Old Mountain Folk Location: Erie, Kansas Biography: Touring the Midwest since May 2012, the Vogts Sisters have gained widespread recognition for their haunting vocals and tight sisterly harmonies, taking their music wherever they can to include stages at festivals, auditoriums, theaters, and more than a few coffee houses. The sister duo has garnered numerous awards in regional and international songwriting competitions, including their latest win for the 2017 Walnut Valley Festival NewSong Showcase. The Vogts Sisters have over thirty original songs that fit seamlessly into their acoustic Americana-Folk act. They have produced three albums and plan to release a fourth in 2018.  Maggie (age 26) plays the fiddle and guitar and graduated college in December 2013, while Abigail (age 21) plays the mandolin and guitar and attends Pittsburg State University. The Vogts Sisters would be honored to play your private showcase. Please visit their website to learn more at http://www.vogtssisters.com.
by Vogts Sisters
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Chloe Johns Music 0 C. Johns Contact info:  chloejohnsmusic@gmail.com 918-629-2502   Bio: Chloe Johns is a country music artist based out of Tulsa, Oklahoma. She worked as a songwriter for a small publishing company in Nashville, Tennessee before moving back to her Red Dirt roots. Her music is a soulful blend of bluegrass and country western. Currently, she is the main songwriter and singer for the alt-country band Seven Feathers which she co-fronts with  lead guitarist, Ben Neikirk. Other members include Nick Karlovich (bass) and Bryan Lutherbeck (drums) of the Whiskey Misters. Their debut album Seven Feathers: A 4-piece Band will be available to purchase in Spring 2018  She also has a duo show with friend and fellow musician, Erin O'Dowd, under the name Dandi Duo. Listen to her music for free at... SoundCloud.com/chloeajohns  sevenfeathersOK.com    
by C. Johns
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Ayleen O'Hanlon (AUS) solo or duo with Tim Easton (US) 0 A. O'Hanlon   Contact: ayleenohanlonmusic@gmail.com Phone: +61430101521  ** Unsigned Melbourne singer-songwriter, guitarist and clawhammer banjo player. Available solo or duo.  About Ayleen  Since the independent release of her debut album in 2015, Ayleen O’Hanlon, has been steadily building a name at home as a captivating live performer with a distinctive voice that ropes you in and pulls you under. The album ‘Blend and Spill’ displayed a confidence and candour rarely seen on an alt-folk country debut, and took her on to perform at major folk festivals around the country and later led to an invitation to play in Aussie folk rock veteran, Mick Thomas' (Weddings Parties Anything), band. Outside Australia, you may well know her as the girl with the cat on her guitar - a viral video with 1.7 million views which has earned her an international presence, with fans from Beijing to Texas to Rio De Janeiro.  Carried by skilled picking on the guitar and banjo, and with a sound inspired from folk, country and blues traditions, O’Hanlon's honest songwriting details small town stories, downtrodden hearts, and dusty characters.  O'Hanlon is unsigned and on seeking a US booking agent, festival appearances, and management to promote her next album.  About the duo:  In October 2017, O'Hanlon met and collaborated with Nashville troubadour, Tim Easton, while he was touring Australia. Ayleen will be available to play duo with Tim at private showcases.  **
by A. O'Hanlon
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
Sam Burns Folk 0 s. burns Singer-songwriter currently based out of Fort Collins, Colorado who has been making moves in the mountains with his unique voice, lyrics, and musicality. Released his debut EP "The Blackbird Sessions" in January of 2017 and intends to release his first LP in January 2018. Sam is a prolific writer and is currently pursuing a master's degree in Classical Guitar.   www.samburnsmusic.com samrheaburns@gmail.com  832-577-4749
by s. burns
Monday, October 16, 2017
Jason Tyler Burton 0 J. Burton Contact Info: Phone: 435-668-4412 Email: jasontylerburton@gmail.com Category of Folk: Americana Location:Pinedale, Wyoming www.jasontylerburton.com Description:  "Burton again captures a sense of place that is at once romantic and spiritual. It’s the kind of album that inspires wanderlust and then becomes the soundtrack to the resulting road trip." - Brian Passey (USA Today)  A former park ranger with a soulful voice and evocative lyrics, the Kentucky meets Wyoming twang of Jason Tyler Burton's brand of folk and Americana will make you lean in a little, and really listen. Over the course of 3 albums, festival appearances, and critical acclaim, Burton is carving out his own niche in the folk and Americana world.  Despite being a seasoned musician, songwriter, and singer, Jason will be attending Folk Alliance International conference for the first time in 2018. He will be solo, but often travels with a three piece band of multi instrumentalists.  
by J. Burton
Monday, October 16, 2017
MONICA RIZZIO - Washashore Cowgirl 0 M. Rizzio   Contact Info Phone: 646.942.7382 Email: monicarizzio@me.com Category of Folk: Singer/Songwriter, Americana, Outlaw Location: Texas via Cape Cod, MA   About Monica Rizzio: No stranger to the east coast music scene, Texas-bred and Cape Cod washashore, Monica Rizzio is emerging as one of the finest singer songwriters that call New England home. For over 10 years she played fiddle and sang with Tripping Lily, a folk acoustic pop band, who toured up and down the east coast. In 2012, Monica left the band to rejuvenate her passion for music and began writing to help cope with the loss of the band and love. At FreshGrass, the following year, while perusing the vendors Rizzio found a 1956 Martin 0-18 guitar that would change her life and her song. She calls it the “moment I found Jesus again.” Drawing on her East Texas roots, Monica and her Martin, brought back the the little girl who loved to barrel race on her horse Bo, and she found her outlaw country sound deep within the folk world. Her debut album, aptly named, Washashore Cowgirl, is completely autobiographical, often times delivered in a fictional approach, sometimes with humor, and sometimes so strikingly honest you can feel the pain in her voice. The album is a testament to the relationships she has forged with many artists over the years and features Mark Erelli, Sierra Hull, Abbie Gardner & Molly Venter of Red Molly, G. Love, Tim Chaisson, Brittany Haas, and Laney Jones. Last December, Monica shared the stage with Tom Rush and Red Molly at his annual show at Symphony Hall in Boston and has supported Diana Krall, Slaid Cleaves, Hunter Hayes and Joan Osborne.   Monica Rizzio is based in Cape Cod and tours nationally.  more info: www.monicarizzio.com
by M. Rizzio
Friday, October 13, 2017
Irish Duó 0 N. Varian-Barry Duó:  Niamh Varian-Barry and Peter Staunton, from Dingle, Ireland.  Fiddle, vocals, and box accordion, celtic fusion.   U.S. Agent:  Barbara Bowers, Bee Agency   Phone 207-380-9070       Email:  bbowersmusicagent@gmail.com Duó is a blend of vocals and instrumentals with a distinctly Irish character. This charming duet build rapport with audiences and invite them into the 'conversation' of a performance.   Niamh Varian-Barry is the former lead singer of one of the biggest bands in Irish music, 'Solas'. With her exceptional vocals, she gained notoriety throughout North America and the world during her years touring and recording with the band before she returned to Ireland to highlight her skills as a classical performer. Niamh is a trained viola and fiddle player and holds a Master of Performance from the Royal Irish Academy of Music. In recent years, she has become a founding member of 'The Clare Memory Orchestra' and 'The Scotia Ensemble' and she is involved in regular string quartet performances as well as regular high-profile Irish music performances and tutoring.   Peter Staunton, who also holds a Master of Performance, is a button accordion player who pushes the boundaries of Irish music. His performances are informed by a wide range of influences and his technical knowledge has led him to great success in the production of Irish dance music with his show 'SuperCéilí' and with the duet 'Scannal'. By designing and building his own accordion, Peter has developed techniques which allow Duó to create powerful soundscapes.   After many years performing all over the world from Shanghai to Carnegie Hall, Niamh and Peter have returned to live on the Dingle Peninsula in Ireland's scenic south west, where they regularly perform and record.   www.duo.ie   
by N. Varian-Barry
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Jeff Brown seeking showcase spots 0 J. Brown Contact Info Phone:773-507-4718 Email: jeffbrownmusic@gmail.com Category of Folk:Indie Folk Location:Chicago About Me Sometimes a sensitive singer-songwriter singing about girls and feelings. Sometimes a turbulent rock force. Sometimes both.   Chicago singer-songwriter Jeff Brown grew up with his ears fixed on the musical intricacies of Iron Maiden records, but over the years has chosen to explore a softer side of music. These days, he creates songs rooted in the gentle musings of contemplative trailblazers like Carole King and James Taylor with modern touches similar to Damien Rice and Iron & Wine.  He cites his musical influences as, "Girls and alcohol, mostly," and uses passion, a sense of humor, and a comforting stage presence to bring to life love songs for people that are sick of the same old love songs.  He tours regionally, nationally, and internationally, having most recently returned from a month-long tour of Iceland, England, Ireland, and Scotland. He'd love to be a part of your private showcase! Check out his website for more information.
by J. Brown
Saturday, October 7, 2017
Nicholas Penn - book me :) 0 N. Pennington   Contact Email:  NicholasPennmusic@gmail.com Phone:  502-542-0698 Category of Folk:  Progressive Folk Location:  Lexington, KY Website:  NicholasPenn.com     Nicholas Penn is a progressive folk musician from Lexington, KY.  Born in Mexico to Baptist missionaries, and studying music and social movements, Penn is a musician on a mission.  His current focus is finding synergy between music, the health food movement, and yoga.  “Ill EAGLE” EP debuted April, 2017 with excellent local reviews.  Penn plans to take his show on the road in 2018.   “Nicholas Penn is captivatingly modest. His music marries quietly masterful guitar playing with wistful narratives that question the state of our interior and exterior worlds — all the while remaining wryly hopeful. His music is disarming… and that’s not an accident. He’d like to see less fighting and more love in the world. His confident music inspires a shred of hope that things could turn out that way.” Mick Jeffries, WRFL - Trivial Thursdays   Penn’s live performances are filled with the masterful accompaniment of Cellist Seth Murphy.  As a duo they create a rich full sound that shimmers with the beauty of acoustic instruments and grooves with the syncopations of Pop, Reggae, and Chillwave.  The two musicians collaborate to deliver a vast range of dynamic volumes, rhythms, and tones, that gives each song a different vibe and takes the audience on a different journey each time.  Penn has recently added a kick drum and tambourine to his repertoire to give the live performance an undeniably modern groove that bridges the gap between Folk, Pop, and Chillwave.
by N. Pennington
Friday, October 6, 2017
Johnny Coull 1 J. Coull Hey Johnnaaaaaay!!!!
by N. Pennington
Friday, October 6, 2017
Shubb Capocabana now booking for FAI 2018 0 Shubb Capos The cabana is looking for artists to fill out the schedule at FAI 2018. We are looking for artists who are exclusively using Shubb Capos. Gary Mobley   gary@shubb.com 707-843-4068   707-318-6821 cell.
by Shubb Capos
Thursday, October 5, 2017
Rod Abernethy 0 R. Abernethy Rod Abernethy  Contact Info: Phone: 919-607-1133 Email: rodabernethy@gmail.com Category of Folk: performing songwriter - southern folk troubadour Location: Raleigh, NC BIO Rod Abernethy, a master acoustic guitarist and authentic southern folk troubadour, has been performing for over three decades. His original songs revolve around family, friends and places across his home state of North Carolina. Rod’s guitar instrumentals evoke styles of his favorite guitar players like Leo Kottke, Michael Hedges and Chet Atkins. He also performs songs from some of his favorite singers including Steve Earle, Tom Waits, Nick Drake and Bob Dylan. Rod has a strong history in the southern rock music scene, and is reaching back to his days as a guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter in well-known North Carolina bands including Arrogance, Glass Moon, Rod Dash, The Slackmates and Sixteen Tons.  Rod is currently working with legendary producer Don Dixon (REM, The Smithereens, Marti Jones, Gin Blossoms) on his newest album which is due for release in early 2018. For more music videos: https://rodabernethyguitar.com/music EPK: https://rodabernethyguitar.com/epk   "Rod is a true student of music, gracefully performing songs with a sincere humbleness that one can't help but relate to. His mastery of the 6 and 12 string guitars was a real treat to watch, and we look forward to his next performance in the hall!"            Bill Heath  owner/operator            Muddy Creek Music Hall            Winston Salem, NC      "Imagine what would happen if you musically crossed the iconic guitar chops of Leo Kottke and John Fahey with the prophetic and immensely appealing songs of Bob Dylan and Tom Waits. Rod fits that bill. While consistently putting his very unique artistry out there, one can hear distinct echoes of these truly significant artistic forces. To my ears, Rod joins that group in very rare air, all of whom have kept meaning in melodies and a kind of prescient skill in lyrics. If you have a chance to see and hear Rod Abernethy live, don't miss it."            Bob Hinkle  owner/manager            The White Horse Black Mountain "Rod put on an awesome set for us. He’s a true artist on stage and a great guy to work with. Several patrons came up to me at the break to tell me how much they enjoyed his performance. He’s the real deal."             David E. Sardinha             Six String Presents               The Cary Theater, Cary, NC     "There are many excellent acoustic guitar players, and for anyone who loves acoustic guitar, it is one of life’s joys to hear them play. You would not, however, mention them in the same paragraph as Leo Kottke, or Norman Blake, or John Fahey. You would mention Rod though. Rod’s playing is transcendent, beyond technique, utterly superb. It is an extraordinary thing to hear him play. His performances attact not only music lovers but other guitar players, and no one in the audience has a chance to hear anything like that anywhere else. We look at each other and shake our heads.  You'll see."               Michael Thompson- acclaimed speaker, author and workshop presenter              Durham, NC     
by R. Abernethy
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
The Fremonts 0 J. Badger The Fremonts Contact Info Phone: 917-375-7349 Email:  thefremontsband@gmail.com Category of Folk: Americana Location: Boulder, CO BIO Born in New York City and raised in Boulder, Colorado, The Fremonts weave Midwestern ghost stories into restless Americana music. Stephanie Dodd (originally from Fremont, Nebraska - vocals/keyboard/xylophone/accordion) and Justin Badger (originally from Fremont, California - vocals/guitar/kick drum) lace their sound with bluegrass, country, blues, folk and indie pop influences. By blending Dodd’s lyrical voice and Badger’s turbulent style, they take on a range of topics from sprawling tales of escape and ambition to quiet disenchantment with traditional roles in American family life. In their three years of creating music together, The Fremonts have unearthed fresh authenticity in their writing and performances through dedicated practice and community building. “'How do we get to the light, to the beauty and calm we see on the horizon? How do we tame the chaos of our hearts?'  The Fremonts’ answer is to work your ass off to make your own place, and that’s exactly what they have done. They stake a claim, and they’re not giving it up." -Libby Emmons, Spill Magazine "The Fremonts are a Boulder-based band that know how to combine pretty and gruff in all the best ways. Dodd (vocals/keyboard/xylophone) has a gentle, soothing voice that guides you along their lyrical stories. And Badger (vocals/guitar/suitcase kick drum) brings in strong, turbulent tones. It’s a perfect fit." -Hannah Oreskovich, bolderbeat.com The Fremonts would be thrilled to perform at your private showcase. Please check out our EPK at the link below for more information and feel free to contact us! EPK www.thefremontsmusic.com/epk/        
by J. Badger
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Steve and Kristi Nebel 0 Icebird Record Company We are an Americana duo from Tacoma, WA. We would love to be considered for your PGS showcase at FAI. Thanks, Steve Nebel “You are both articulate and accomplished as voices of conscience and your discipline is evident. There is honesty and precision to your performance and this is what reaches people--to be elevated in a way that can't be written off to entertainment alone.” Lucas Smiraldo, Tacoma Poet Laureate 2013-14 Steve and Kristi Nebel (pron. knee bull) bring passion, finesse, and beauty to their audiences with their songs of social justice, knife edge observations, stories they have picked up in their travels, and pure, simple love. They have traveled extensively having done 9 tours in UK folk clubs and festivals and toured the Midwest, and east coast. They have recorded more than 10 CDs, mostly of their own songs. Kristi’s solo CD, for which she was nominated “western swing female performer of the year” in 2014 is a combination of traditional western swing and Steve’s Americana songs. The Nebel’s style is informed by a wealth of experience playing their instruments and lending their voices to the other for a blend that exceeds the sum of 2 parts. “Birds of Winter” https://youtu.be/3KwvaEHJWWc “The Fisherman Hardly Ever Sleeps” https://youtu.be/V3WD5Mp8HOw “Wish You Were Here Waltz” https://youtu.be/oK7sMNv0hhw “Angels of the Road” https://youtu.be/2wCMIkXjLQI
by Icebird Record Company
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
Hoot and Holler 1 M. Kilianski These guys rock! Saw them in Asheville at SERFA.
by N. Pennington
Tuesday, October 3, 2017
BOOKING OPEN NOW FOR KRAZY KEYBOARDS & FRIENDS PGS SHOWCASE 0 A. Moscow Daytime and evening slots are available for $35 per 1/2 hour solo slot and $25 per 1-hr ITR (3 artists) in a hosted acoustic showcase room with ample seating, ambience, promotion of all scheduled artists and possibility of booking multiple slots.   Contact:  anniemoscow@yahoo.com
by A. Moscow
Saturday, September 30, 2017
Jimbo Scott 0 J. Scott Jimbo Scott 510-229-7558 jimboscottmusic@gmail.com Soulful Folk Music Castro Valley, CA   Jimbo Scott is a performing songwriter who was born in Memphis, Tennessee and raised in Oakland, California.  Steeped in traditions of folk, rythm and blues, country and rock, Jimbo has developed a unique and soulful sound.  With a rich and powerful voice, Jimbo sings songs dedicated to a vivid world, full of passion and color.  his keen sense of introspection makes each song both revealing and resonant. I am excited to play your showcase! Please check out my website here.
by J. Scott
Friday, September 29, 2017
Banjo Nicakaru & Western Scooches attending FAI & seeking opportunities 0 BanjoNickaruAndWesternScooches    [2017 NERFA Semi-Formal] NYC based Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches is explosive! Perhaps the only band fusing world music with folk, roots, music of New Orleans, 1920s and originals.    Band members have played with the likes of Paul McCartney, George Benson, Jimmy McGriff as well as performed on ABC's Good Morning America, WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour, Blue Plate Special, Extended Play Sessions (The Alt. Root), Relix featured videos (I'm Gettin' Married and Misfits' Halloween), NPR Tiny Desk 2017 contest submission site, Horses Sing None Of It TV show, John Platt's WFUV FM, upcoming NERFA 2017 Semi-Formal and appeared in movies such as Mona Lisa Smile (with Julia Roberts), Sam Mendes' Away We Go,  Disney's Enchanted and PBS Masterpiece, The Chaperone.  https://soundcloud.com/user-852578791/banjonickaru-dont-you-follow-me (private) https://soundcloud.com/user-852578791/banjonickaru-soar (private)  Website — Listen  — Videos — Press Kit — Photos    #5 Artist, #6 Album, #7 Song on International Folk DJ Chart Sept. 2016    David Amram testimonial    "They go back to basics with songs that bask in a genuine roots regimen and a sense of timeless tradition." Elmore Magazine    "Americana music at its purest and most impressive." No Depression    “Unfailingly high-spirited." LONDON TIMES   "...Banjo Nickaru & Western Scooches are ridiculously fun." Rambles.      .    We're proactive about marketing - we work with a publicist, have a solid following on social media (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) and a large email list. Social media:    Instagram: @banjonickaru  https://www.instagram.com/banjonickaru/   @hotjazzjumpers  https://www.instagram.com/hotjazzjumpers/   Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/banjo.nickaru   https://www.facebook.com/banjonickaruandwesternscooches/   https://www.facebook.com/nickrusso11   Twitter: https://twitter.com/RussoNick11
by BanjoNickaruAndWesternScooches
Friday, September 29, 2017

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