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Pretend Sweethearts - Mystic Americana Noir Locked Topic 0 B. Blackbird We are so stoked to return to FAI! Looking for showcase spots.  Pretend Sweethearts - we are a duo of songwriter/multi-instrumentalists blending our voices into songs of love and loss, spiritual yearning and social justice. Our music is a blend of Southern, West Coast and World roots music - a 21st century folk amalgam that embodies, and perhaps transcends, cosmic americana. Upright bass and pedal steel, guitar and banjo, South American drums and a good ol’ fashioned tambourine shape a music that is well-traveled but still identifiably American. We met while studying music therapy in Portland, Oregon. We toured the Western US, playing a slew of bars, clubs and café’s but also put considerable energy into performing in homeless shelters, youth detention centers, prisons and rehab facilities. We fell in love as they followed our path, and made an adventure of life on the road - sleeping on beaches, on couches, in caves, and under redwoods. We moved to a Bolivian mountainside in 2015, where our son was born, and eventually settled in Atlanta, where we are now based, taking our children with us on US and Europe tours.        “...orchard-ripe tunes...delicately gorgeous...”— The Portland Mercury “...sweet harmonies, delicate instrumentation, and socially/spiritually conscious lyricism...”— Creative Loafing, Atlanta, GA American Songwriter - Daily Discovery "Bird Song" 2015 Find us at: www.pretendsweethearts.com pretendsweethearts@gmail.com 503-989-6190 Many thanks,   Drew & Bri
by B. Blackbird
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Bianca De Leon @ Folk Alliance showcase wanted Locked Topic 0 B. Deleon   Bianca De Leon is an Austin, TX based singer/songwriter dubbed “Queen of the border ballad” by John Nova Lomax, and “A voice from Texas that does it right”, Guy Clark. She has been touring Europe since 2001 where she has now had 4 releases and has finally had her first US release; “Love, Guns & Money”. All of her cd’s have placed well in the charts in Europe, and in the US with her current release. She will have a new cd release in 2017. In 2016, she was invited to perform at Berklee College of Music, in Boston, MA and has an upcoming tour of the Midwest and Europe in 2017.  She has a sultry and mysterious voice that complements her writing and she is an accomplished guitar player and finger picks and flat picks very proficiently. FILM Cut Off (starring Faye Dunaway & Malcolm McDowell) featured at the Cannes Film Festival – with Bianca’s song “Six Pak of Misery” VIDEO GAME “High Timin’ Girl” – licensed for the video game Big Muthu Truckers 2 Love, Guns & Money #4 on the Far Chart, #14 on the EuroAmericana Chart, & #7 on the Folk Chart BOOKS Interviews in A Deeper Blue: The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt by Robert Earl Hardy; and interview in I’ll be Here in the Morning by Brian T. Atkinson Lance Cowan, LCMedia                                Lonesome Highway Music (615) 331-1710                                              Booking by Tina White.             (615) 210-1478 cell                                           512-477-6871 lcmedia@comcast.net                                      www.biancamusic.com www.lancecowanmedia.com                            info@biancamusic.com                                                                      ‘This soulful singer/songwriter has an obvious affection for Tex-Mex and Central American music and for the work of fellow Texans like Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, and Jerry Jeff Walker. But it’s not surprising to learn that she has studied classical guitar—or that she decided what to do with her life after hearing Dylan’s “Like a Rolling Stone.”  ….  If such songs are autobiographical, De Leon’s life hasn’t been easy: in any event, she clearly finds comfort in her music, and I suspect you will, too.’ Steve Wine, No Depression  ‘Her voice is reminiscent of Maria Muldaur, but Bianca De Leon is the current specialist Tex - Mex ballads. Superb.’ Roman Decoret, Guitarist Magazine, FR ‘Beautiful haunting songs out of the south Texas borderlands.’ Tim Boxer, 15 Minutes, US ‘De Leon is a writer and singer of note who has produced an album that works on several levels and is the work of a person who has lived life to get to this place. A place worth getting to.’ Steven Rapid, Lonesome Highway, US ‘Who ever saw a concert by Bianca undoubtedly know what I mean, this lady has the ability to you, though you're somewhere in the Netherlands, to look at her and listen, and get the feeling that you are in Texas. This lady writes, I think, quite often from their own experience and that you can hear that this is credible, this sounds lived, this goes right to the heart—‘ (Dani Heyvaert) Rootstime BE ‘I Sang Patsy Cline’ is a story that any singer would give her soul to have been able to write truthfully.’ R2 Rock N Reel, UK “Bianca’s songwriting has matured into a ripe fruit, texture, flesh and juice. You can bite into her songs, tearing the pulp with teeth, with juice running down your chin” Robert Earl Hardy, A Deeper Blue, The Life and Music of Townes Van Zandt ‘Wistful tales of love and loss and that feeling which forms in the décor of the local cantinas and bars where broken hearts hide somewhere in a dark corner to lick their wounds. Bianca De Leon is not to be underestimated songstress.’ Door Cis van Looy, Written In Music, NL
by B. Deleon
Tuesday, November 29, 2016
Harumph Locked Topic 0 K. Dinsmore Contact Info Phone: 817-637-1865 Email: harumphmusic@gmail.com Location: Norman, OK Harumph is an Americana/jazz group out of Oklahoma preparing to release their first full-length record this Spring produced by grammy-nominated John Fullbright and Wes Sharon. “What they’ve done collectively is pull on pairs of velvet boxing gloves and throw a series of knock-out punches. Dinsmore’s entrancing vocals and sultry delivery conjure a Peggy Lee fever dream. Leach’s lyrics and arrangements are sophisticated additions to the great American songbook rendered with modern style.” - The Norman Transcript harumphmusic.com
by K. Dinsmore
Monday, November 28, 2016
Claire Kelly Locked Topic 0 C. Kelly Number: 815-529-9911 E-mail: claire.m.kelly@outlook.com Category of Folk: Folk/Pop Location: Nashville, TN Description: I've always called myself a singer, a songwriter and an optimist. Lively melodies and hopeful messages drive the inner workings of my folk/pop sound. I live, write and perform in Nashville, TN. Check out my press kit here.  
by C. Kelly
Monday, November 28, 2016
Neil Jacobs "World 12-String Guitar" seeking showcase Locked Topic 0 N. Jacobs Neil Jacobs, "World 12-String Guitar" seeks private showcase opportunities at FAI this February. Neil features an eclectic mixture of world folk, Gypsy, and classical music performed exclusively on 12-string guitar combined with entertaining storytelling.  - neiljacobs.com - neil@neiljacobs.com - 614-832-5805
by N. Jacobs
Monday, November 28, 2016
ANNIKA BENNETT (Official Showcase Artist) Locked Topic 0 A. Bennett   Contact Info - annikabennett2@gmail.com, (845)-570-1284, @annikabennetttt, facebook.com/annikabennettmusic, annikabennett.com Bio - Singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Annika Bennett has written scores of songs and performed extensively throughout the greater New York City area. Her music uniquely blends pop melodies and folk lyrics. Annika completed one year at NYU's Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music studying pop music production, and she's currently a developing artist with Sony Records Nashville. She is a Kerrville New Folk finalist, and was the #1 Most Wanted Artist in the 2015 Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist Showcase.   I have an official showcase on Friday night, and I'm looking to book private showcases from Wednesday-Saturday. I'd love to play your room! Please reach out to me if you like what you hear :)
by A. Bennett
Monday, November 28, 2016
Steve and Kristi Nebel, Americana folk duo - Showcase opportunities? Locked Topic 0 Icebird Record Company   Contact Info Phone: (253)573-1504 or for text (253)439-7985 Email: kristi.steve.nebel@gmail.com Category of Folk: Americana Location:  Tacoma, WA   EPK:  http://artistecard.com/steveandkristinebel   Steve and Kristi Nebel are looking for showcase opportunities.   Steve and Kristi Nebel bring passion, finesse, and beauty with their songs of social justice, knife edge observations, and pure, simple love.  They have traveled extensively having done 9 tours in UK folk clubs and festivals.  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 western swing and Steve’s Americana songs.  The Nebels' 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 their 2 parts.    
by Icebird Record Company
Monday, November 28, 2016
The Roseline (solo) -- seeking Saturday night private showcase Locked Topic 0 C. Halliburton Looking to book one more private showcase on Saturday night. Please have a listen/looksie and let me know! Thanks so much! -Colin roselinemusic.com 816-820-4162
by C. Halliburton
Monday, November 28, 2016
Olivia Awbrey, Portland, OR Locked Topic 0 O. Awbrey Contact: 503-939-3407, oliviaawbreymusic@gmail.com Category: Folk/Singer-Songwriter/Rock Location: Portland, Oregon   Formerly the frontwoman of Small Joys, I forged my own direction in 2014 when I wrote a new batch of songs and self-recorded and self-released my EP 'New Wheels.' Inspired by folk-punk musicians and the mixture of traditional folk with modern electric experimentation, my songs resemble a rock 'n' roll Woody Guthrie. I have been touring nearly non-stop since 2014 in order to truly pursue music. I've been lucky to cross touring paths or share stages with the likes of The Shook Twins, Rabbit Wilde, Sean Rowe, The Lowest Pair, and luckily enough Peter Yarrow of Peter, Paul & Mary. I am currently recording my first full-length, full-band album at Dead Aunt Thelma's Studio with engineer Matt Greco (Gino Vannelli) in Portland, and after the release of this record, I have ambitions of touring the Midwest, East Coast, and eventually the UK and Germany. I am interested on being on the label Xtra Mile Recording (USA, UK) who releases some of the best folk-punk music today! :)  
by O. Awbrey
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Hadley Kennary - Singer/Songwriter, First-Timer, Seeking Private Showcases Locked Topic 0 H. Kennary Contact Phone: 615-336-6893 Contact Email: hadleykennarymusic@gmail.com Category of Folk: Americana/singer-songwriter Location: Nashville, TN Website: http://www.hadleykennary.com/  This is my first time at the conference, and I'm looking to play as many showcases as I can! Please do not hesitate to reach out via email about playing your showcase. Looking forward to February!    Biography: Hadley Kennary is a singer-songwriter whose music is a folk/pop blend of heartfelt, clever lyrics and infectious melodies. Kennary, appropriately pronounced like the bird, grew up outside of Chicago. She graduated from the prestigious Berklee College of Music and independently released a full-length album and two EPs. Her warm sound is refreshingly honest and contagiously catchy. She has graced stages around the country such as SPACE in Chicago and the Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, as well as several shows in Ireland and the UK. She also appeared on ABC Chicago's "Windy City Live" in July 2014, where she played to an audience of 250,000+. Most notably, she was named a finalist for the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival's Songwriter Showcase in 2015 & 2016 and the Telluride Bluegrass Festival's Troubadour Songwriting Contest in 2015 & 2016, winning 2nd place in June of 2015. Hadley lives in Nashville, Tennessee where she continues to write, record, and perform live. Her latest release, "Momentum EP", was released August 24th, 2016 and is available wherever music is digitally sold & streamed.
by H. Kennary
Sunday, November 27, 2016
Megan Luttrell Locked Topic 0 M. Luttrell My name is Megan Luttrell and I am a singer-songwriter based in Lawrence Kansas. I play a mix of traditional folk music (both in English and in Russian), country, blues, and Americana. I am a first time attendee at Folk Alliance this year and would love to play in your private showcase. Check out my website for more information. All of my contact information is below. Thank you! Contact: Phone: (508) 728-6000 Email: Luttrell.Megan@gmail.com Website: www.meganluttrell.com Location: Lawrence, KS Type of Folk: singer-songwriter, Americana, alt. country
by M. Luttrell
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Lula Wiles Locked Topic 0 Lula Wiles Lula Wiles - &quot;Leave Me Now?autoplay=1&amp;byline=0&amp;portrait=0" width="400" height="300" frameborder="0"> Lula Wiles Contact Phone: Isa Burke 207-361-7029 OR Ellie Buckland 857-800-5246 Contact Email: lulawilesband@gmail.com Category of Folk: indie folk Location: Boston, MA Website: http://lulawiles.com We're so excited to be returning to FAI in 2017 and we'd love to play your private showcase! Please get in touch with us at the email above. More info about the band below. Lula Wiles are an acoustic indie-folk trio based in the thriving roots community of Boston, MA. The band is deeply rooted in traditional folk music, but equally deep is their devotion to modern songcraft. Their 2016 debut album features 11 original songs spanning from heartbreak-drenched acoustic ballads to honky-tonk swagger to contemporary grit and back again, all anchored by rich vocal harmonies. Produced with Adam Iredale-Gray of Fish & Bird, the album was called "a stunning collection of self-penned songs about love, loss, and drinking – the perfect blend of modern and timeless” by singer-songwriter Aoife O'Donovan. The three band members swap instruments and frontwoman duties, with six songs penned and sung by fiddler/guitarist Ellie Buckland, four by fiddler/guitarist Isa Burke, and one by bassist Mali Obomsawin. When Lula Wiles performs, the band’s many years of friendship are clear from their effervescent vocal blend and electrifying musical chemistry. They have performed at premier festivals and clubs throughout the East Coast, including Club Passim, the Sinclair, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Fresh Grass Festival, and Green River Music Festival. They were also selected as Official Showcase Artists for the 2016 Folk Alliance International conference. Roots authority No Depression predicts Lula Wiles “will be a huge force on the Americana scene for years to come.” All proficient vocalists, multi-instrumentalists, and songwriters, the three women of Lula Wiles are each uniquely powerful in their own right; but combined, they are a force to be reckoned with.
by Lula Wiles
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Lydia Luce- Songwriter/Violist Looking for Private Showcases Locked Topic 0 L. Luce Lydia Luce is an Americana/folk artist based out of Nashville, TN. She graduated from Berklee College of Music and has a Masters Degree from UCLA in viola performance. As an independent singer/songwriter/violist/violinist she is leveraging those tools to enhance her songwriting on both viola and guitar. Her lyrically moving and professionally architected music derives deep roots from personal family, love and life experiences. Luce released her first EP "The Tides" in October 2015 and has been touring with that EP through 2016. In January she will record her first full length record with producer Eric Masse (Rayland Baxter).    We would love to perform at your showcase! This is my second time at Folk Alliance, I am looking forward to hearing from you and seeing you in Kansas City.  www.lydialuce.com  www.facebook.com/lydialuce www.youtube.com/lydialuce
by L. Luce
Saturday, November 26, 2016
Dave Cofell Locked Topic 1 D. Cofell Dave Cofell is seeking more Showcase opportunities at FAI 2017! Please call 320-333-9935 or email StephanieDamicoEntertainment@gmail.com
by D. Cofell
Monday, January 9, 2017
Nate Allen Locked Topic 0 N. Allen Nate Allen Contact Info Phone: 415.368.7195 Email: bigstarbooking@gmail.com Categories of Folk: Americana, Indie Folk, Blues, Folk Punk Location: Kansas City Nate Allen is: "An honest and uncomfortable reality check" - The Huffington Post "A nice balance between kooky and cool." - Golden Mixtape  "One of the hardest working and original songwriters in American DIY." - KPSU Portland Known for connecting deeply with an audience, when alone, Nate Allen (of zany duo Destroy Nate Allen), sings with a confessional, quiet, humility that engages the humanity in all of us. He swears he's not political but his voice has been described as "perfectly suited for righteous indignation" and his song "Jesus Keep Us Safe From Cops" has circled the globe as a protest anthem. He'd love to play your private showcase and perform material from his upcoming album. For more information visit iamnateallen.com
by N. Allen
Friday, November 25, 2016
Rj Cowdery seeking showcases! Locked Topic 0 R. Cowdery   Contact Info  Rj Cowdery Phone:614.208.3792 Email:  rj@rjcowdery.com Category of Folk:Contemporary Location:Columbus, OH About Me Can’t wait to see you, meet you, sing with you, listen to  you, laugh with you. Heck, I may even cry with you! I would love to have a few private showcases to play. I’ve won a few awesome performing songwriter awards and tour around the country singing and playing my heart out. I would love to share some songs in your private showcase room. Check out my  website for my musical happenings, songs, and videos… Contact me directly at rj@rjcowdery.com 614.208.3792 Thanks for your consideration. Cheers, Rj Rj Cowdery has solidified her place in the world of performing singer-songwriters, garnering accolades at Mountain Stage NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. She plays a clean guitar, flat picking or strumming, stringing chords together to develop melodies built like a proverbial brick house and pours over it all with a voice like butter. Her lyrics are sincere and plainspoken, inviting you to lean in hard and come out the other side changed.  www.rjcowdery.com Booking: Denis Grabill, Black Oak Artists, LTD    
by R. Cowdery
Friday, November 25, 2016
Irish fiddler Haley Richardson- Official Showcase Artists Locked Topic 0 H. Richardson Haley and Dylan Richardson Contact Info Phone: 609-509-2405 Email: towheads5@msn.com Category of Folk: Celtic/Traditional Irish Music Location: New Jersey Website: www.HaleyRichardsonMusic.com   Description of Music Haley is a 14 year old traditional Irish fiddler making her mark in the Irish music world. Over the past eight years, she has amassed a long list of accomplishments including multiple All Ireland championships and the 2015 Junior Fiddler of Dooney title and performed at venues in Ireland, England, Scotland, Canada, and all over the United States. Haley was featured in an article in Fiddler Magazine’s Fall 2015 issue. Multi-instrumentalist, Dylan backs Haley's melodies perfectly with his driving rhythmic guitar and bouzouki.  We released our debut album, Heart on a String, in March 2015. We are looking forward to our first Folk Alliance International conference and we'd love to play your private showcase!! Find out more at www.HaleyRichardsonMusic.com or www.towheads.org.   Here's what others have said about us...   The most astonishing young talent I have ever seen!                                   -Martin Hayes after listening to 7 year old Haley The first time I met Haley she was only five, I think. I was introduced to her by my friend, harpist Kathy DeAngelo. Kathy was her teacher and even though she had done a great job with her it was obvious that Haley was special. She was so comfortable with the instrument and really seemed to understand how the music was supposed to sound. It's no surprise she is still continuing to develop her playing every day- a natural player.                            -Kevin Burke, Fiddler Magazine Fall 2015 "Haley Richardson: A "Reel" Gift" by Mary Larson Haley's playing is infused with an integrity that comes from disciplined hard work and unwavering focus on one simple goal: to play the music with a traditional Irish sound.                                                                        -Brian Conway, liner notes of Heart on a String If you weren't aware that Haley Richardson was still a young child of 12, the maturity of her fiddle playing would give nothing away. In fact, her superb grasp of the essence of Irish music and its vast canon of beautiful melodies has already produced great wonderment at her skills and comfort in both performance and competition.                                                                                -Paul Keating, Irish Voice Columnist (From the Hob) There is so much about this album that is so very, very good. Critically, Haley shows a masterful musical maturity in her tempos, and a deep understanding of the music.                                                                                                                                     - LiveIreland.com There are airs, jigs, fabulous reels, and barn dances. Each is played flawlessly, with great taste. Haley and Dylan have resisted the urge so ruinously common in much of Irish music to play everything at 375 miles per hour. No, these tempos are perfect, as they are meant to be in Irish music. It gives us room to hear style and ornamentation....Oh, did we mention her brother, Dylan, is the old man of the operation. He is 17. By the way, his accompaniment is just about as perfect as Haley’s playing. If my math is correct, she was born in 2002. I’m stunned. I’m thrilled that the tradition is in such good hands.                                                                                                   - Chicago Irish American News An incredible fiddle player with a wonderful new album Heart on a String....has such exquisite maturity on this fiddle, arrangements, and tastes, everything she does, the techniques....This young lady has a tremendous grasp of what she's doing on the fiddle...Oh, by the way, the fiddle player you are about to hear right now is 12 years old.                                                                                                               - The Bill and Imelda Show The album is rife with interesting, high-level repertory (much of it common to players of the Sligo persuasion) and the Richardsons execute nicely throughout. Haley distinguishes herself in her playing, especially on “Porthole of the Kelp / …” (which has some flashy guitarwork from Dylan) “Bonnie Kate / …” (which features John Whelan) and ‘The Mathematician / …,” where her technical abilities are very much on display. Her well-realized version of “Lament for Staker Wallace” is another of the album’s highlights, as is her take on “Dear Irish Boy,” which features backing by Flynn Cohen.                                                                                                      - Daniel Neely, The Irish Echo A lively approach to playing, her bow seems to dance across the strings as she tackles 14 sets of sometimes quite difficult music.  She brings warmth to the melodies with her excellent intonation.  I’ve never been especially keen on airs – not all musicians can really do them justice, but Richardson is one of those who does....Dylan is almost ever-present with his guitar.  He has a strong sense of rhythm and is able to provide an inventive accompaniment throughout.                                                                                        - Jamie O'Brien, Irish Edition Newspaper They are significant because at the age of 12, Haley already displays a deep and innately felt understanding of this music.  A constant companion throughout is the equally impressive guitar work of brother Dylan.                                                                                           -Tony Lawless, Tradconnect.com  ...on "Heart on a String" [Haley] already displays a command of the fiddle and a focus and lift to her playing that belies her age.                                                                                           -Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter It is often easy, and sometimes essential, to give some sort of leeway when assessing younger talent, but none is given or needed here, as Haley ranks right up there with the best. Listen to Haley's rendition of The Dear Irish Boy, however, and you will hear both a superb technical competence and a subtlety of playing which highlights the emotions of the tune. Haley is one to watch out for, as well as listen to. I predict a fantastic musical future for her, and would recommend this album unreservedly.                                                                                           -Gordon Potter, The Living Tradition  
by H. Richardson
Friday, November 25, 2016
Wyatt Brewer- Alternative Folk Locked Topic 0 W. Brewer Phone: 816-510-3678   Email: wyattmusicalme@yahoo.com   Category: Alternative Folk   Location: Kansas City, MO   Nephew to "One Toke Over the Line" singer, Mike Brewer of "Brewer & Shipley," I am a solo acoustic artist, based in Kansas City, MO. Combining melodic strums with aggressive vocal blues flare, I sing original songs, with topics ranging from mechanized love, to musical vengeance. I would deeply enjoy sharing my alternative view on folk with you, in your private showcase! For more information, check out my website at www.wyattbrewer.com.   -Wyatt
by W. Brewer
Friday, November 25, 2016
Leland Sundries - Brooklyn, NY - solo acoustic Locked Topic 0 N. Loss-Eaton Singer-Songwriter 718.541.1130 nilosseaton@yahoo.com http://lelandsundries.com Will be solo acoustic at FAI 2017 “Leland Sundries, a band from New York led by Nick Loss-Eaton, is dedicated to storytelling in a way that recalls Woody Guthrie and his Folkways brethren. [Their] scrappy Americana will get you longing for empty two-lane highways and kudzu-encased back porches.” – New York Times “Excellent.” – iTunes “Oddball storytelling with a lo-fi country sensibility” – Time Out New York Thanks! See you in February!
by N. Loss-Eaton
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Kierston White - Oklahoma! Locked Topic 0 K. White "She wields her guitar like a woodsman's axe, and in softer moments like a carving knife. Her dynamics are well-placed. The occasional heavy vibrato of her voice quivers with the sensibility of a broken heart breaking forward through the fog and mist of lost love and new freedom. She is part of this new generation of Oklahoma songwriters giving fresh legitimacy to the craft."   -Rick Reiley, The Corridor Magazine   Contact: EMAIL:  kierstonjwhite@gmail.com    OR   use contact form at www.kierstonwhite.com PHONE:  405.819.7749 Category of Folk: Alt Country/Americana ***May perform showcases with backup from other OK musicians or solo, as requested/as available. Thank you for reviewing my profile!
by K. White
Wednesday, November 23, 2016

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