2017 Songwriters

The 4th Annual Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival is extremely proud to present our Featured Songwriter Roster for 2017. We’ll be bringing back a few familiar faces from our first three years, as well as showcasing a bunch of brand new songwriters – from all over the US and the world – literally! This is a great group of songwriters and we’re certain that you’re going to enjoy their performances. Here they are folks, our 2017 Dripping Springs Songwriters Festival featured songwriters!

SASHA AARON – Nashville, TN – Sasha is a Miami native who now calls Nashville home. Musically influenced by Linda Ronstadt and The Eagles – Sasha’s sound is the result of a perfect balance of California rock and the honest sensibilities of country music. The decision to move to Music City immediately proved positive as Sasha quickly gained the respect of top songwriters, co-writing with hit songwriters Steve Dean, Frank Myers and Rob Crosby, among others. Her talent landed her a first place win in the 2014 Frank Brown International Songwriters Festival Competition. That same year, she headlined her first solo show at Nashville’s famed Bluebird Cafe where she is now a regular. She’s had the opportunity to open for several major acts (Macy Gray, Sister Hazel) and her songs have been featured on several MTV and CW network shows. www.sashaaaron.com

EMILY BARNES – Johnsonburg, NJ – Hailing from the rural town of Johnsonburg, New Jersey singer-songwriter Emily Barnes can be found sitting on the stone steps of her 200 year old home stitching together the latest melody from the fabric of her ever spinning mind. That is on the rare occasion she is home. Nationally touring, Barnes is stopping listeners dead in their tracks with a voice that cuts to the bone and songs that tug at the heart strings. Her sophomore release Let in the Light‘was named a “top independent release” by Divide and Conquer. “Emily Barnes is more than just a musician; she is a storyteller that sets the lives of her characters to music.”  www.emilybarnesmusic.com

LOCKWOOD BARR – Nashville, TN – Lockwood Barr is a Nashville-Based BMI songwriter, and banjo player. She was awarded a Music Row Magazine Discovery Award for songwriting and was named an “Emerging Artist” at CMA Festival. Lockwood’s 2016 record, Signs Along the Road, was produced by Jars of Clay and she is currently working on a segment for the CBS show, Sunday Morning. Barr has been nominated for three NIMA AWARDS for Best Live Country Performer, Best Solo Artist and for Song of the Year.  She has shared stages with Collin Raye, Tyler Hilton, Bridgette Tatum and many more.  www.lockwoodbarr.com

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ALYSE BLACK – Austin – Alyse Black’s music sounds like falling in love. It sounds like acceptance and beauty and sensuality and raw vulnerable humanness. It is the intense, ballsy bare guts of Adele calmed by the soft and soothing lilt of Norah Jones with a splash of euphoric, pure Eva Cassidy soul. With an aching, soul-touching voice, her award-winning songs will inspire you to goosebumps and wrap you up in velvet. Alyse is currently recording her third full-length album with producer Eric Rosse (Sara Barielles, Mary Lambert, Tori Amos), drummer Matt Chamberlain (Fiona Apple, Sarah McLachlan, Dido), and bassist Mark Browne (Patty Griffin, Emmylou Harris, Jewel). “Alyse Black owned the room. She wowed the crowd. We expect you’ll be hearing a lot more from her soon.” – Keyboard Magazine – www.AlyseBlack.com

SHAD BLAIR – Austin, TX – Texas singer/songwriter Shad Blair was born and raised on a cattle ranch southeast of Post, Texas, learning to play guitar and sing from his dad and older brothers. He wore out his parents’ old country vinyl, spending the long Texas summers soaking up the music of Merle Haggard, Gene Watson, Johnny Cash, Bobby Helms, and Hank Williams. At age 14, Shad’s father taught him to play “Fraulein” and soon after he began playing gigs, later working in the oilfields to put himself through college. Over the years, Shad has created a sound hardened by life experience and steeped in his influences including Willie Nelson, Townes Van Zandt, and Steve Earle, to name a few. www.shadblair.com

FRANKIE BOOTS – New Orleans, LA – Frankie Boots is an award winning singer/songwriter roaring out of New Orleans via San Francisco with a penchant for painting vivid images of late nights, lost love, and the grittier side of life. Whether it be country, rock, blues, gospel, bluegrass, or any other true form of great American music, Boots throws it all into the recipe for a dish that’s always served hot. His captivating live performances and magnetic songs earned him the North Bay Bohemian’s award for best Country/Americana act in the Bay Area two years in a row, and his full ensemble was written in as the best overall band for 2016 by their readership. Frankie Boots has played Napa’s Bottlerock Music Festival as well a Kate Wolf Music Festival, two of Northern California’s most prestigious events. He has shared the stage with for some of the biggest names in the industry including Robert Earl Keen, Lukas Nelson And The Promise Of The Real, Leon Russell, Pokey LaFarge, Ray Wylie Hubbard, The Brothers Comatose, Drag The River, Jared & The Mill, and many more.  www.frankiebootsmusic.com

SHEENA BROOK – Ft Myers, FLA – A Southwest Florida Native, Sheena Brook has a laid back style with an energetic and inviting vibe. Like most entertainers, Sheena grew up with her share of adversity, which has undoubtedly shaped her into the performer she is today.  In the performance realm, Sheena has played festivals with artists like Kristian Bush, Josh Turner, and Kevin Costner. Behind the scenes, she has had the pleasure of collaborating with hit writers such as JT Harding, Andy Albert and many more. Sheena recently appeared on NBC’s Season 12 of The Voice where she was hand picked by Adam Levine to be on his team. After the show, Sheena proudly released her Brand New EP “The First Time,” which is now available on iTunes, Spotify, and all other media outlets. She continues to play live, write music, work hard to make her dreams a reality, and live a positive life.  www.sheenabrook.com

Shawn small 2016SHAWN BYRNE – Nashville, TN – When Shawn Byrne was born, the umbilical cord was barely cut when a new one was soon attached – this one plugged straight into a wooden Zenith record player via headphones where the music of Cash, Willie, and Waylon played nicely alongside The Stones, The Beatles, and The Who. After a stint at Berklee College of Music Shawn made the move to Nashville, and the Bluebird Cafe found their new dishwasher. Shawn scrubbed pots and pans while just beyond the kitchen wall some of Nashville’s most successful songwriters plied their trade. Shawn honed his writing and playing skills & became one the town’s most sought out guitar slingers. He has shared the stage with some of Country Music’s finest including Rodney Atkins, James Otto, Ashton Shepherd, Kelleigh Bannen, Mark Collie and many others. In time Shawn’s talents as a songwriter got the attention of publishers and major artists alike, garnering Shawn a SESAC writer’s award and around 20 cuts to his name. Shawn’s third self produced record Slow Bullet was released in 2016.  www.shawnbyrnecountry.com

HOPECASSITY - SmallHOPE CASSITY – Atlanta, GA – She admits she owes it all to a dusty old 8 track tape player she found in her attic. Patsy, Elvis, Loretta, & Johnny captured her heart at 8 yrs old. Hope Cassity is Alabama born, Texas inspired, and a Nashville graduate of the music business of “hard knocks”.  “Closure” was her first songwriter single recorded by Penny Rae. They subsequently recorded 5 more songs that Cassity wrote on their follow up album, “Two”. In  2016 she cut “Out of My Mind” with Victoria Camp (of Sweet Tea Trio- CMA emerging artist).  The videos for “Closure” and “Alabama River” aired on 40+TV networks nationwide alongside major label acts such as Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert and Lady Antebellum. Her own emotional Father’s day release in 16’ titled “Sting” was written w/ Jerry Salley & Jim McBride (Grammy Award & CMA Winners) and captured the story of her losing her father in 15’. After over 20 years of songwriting & earning much respect as a songwriter in Nashville, Cassity is ready to play the role of artist. Soon you will hear her most vulnerable vocal yet with her classic country release, If I Only Had A Heart (Rob Redwine-Texas).  www.hopecassitytours.com 

JeffersonClay1smallJEFFERSON CLAY – Austin, TX – Jefferson Clay is a Singer-Songwriter from San Antonio, TX. With a unique, but warmly familiar sound drawing influence from smooth 60s Motown, the melodic Rock & Roll of the 60s and 70s, and from modern AAA songwriters like John Mayer, Jack Johnson and Eric Hutchinson. Jefferson Clay blends the classic Singer-Songwriter feel with a soulful, Blues-edged, and undeniably Pop vibe. Clay graduated from The University of Texas in Austin where he currently resides, majoring in Advertising and Business. Most notably, Jefferson won the 2015 University of Texas Songwriters Competition and was awarded a set at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival. Clay has opened for world renowned artists including Clint Black, Tracy Lawrence, Jason Boland, and Vallejo. His debut self-titled 5 track EP, recorded in Austin and produced by Lisa Morales, is available worldwide. www.jeffersonclaymusic.com

WES COLLINS – Chapel Hill, NC – North Carolina singer/songwriter Wes Collins took first place in the 2012 North Carolina Songwriter’s Co-op Song Contest and was a finalist in the 2013 Kerrville TX New Folk Competition.  Wes released his first CD, One Layer Down, in January 2013 and in 2015 he made it back to Kerrville as one of the six winners. This year (2017) Collins kept his award-winning streak going by taking second place in Moravia’s Songwriter Serenade.  In just the past two years Wes has played Nashville’s Bluebird Cafe, The Threadgill Stage in Kerrville, TX, Blue Rock Studio Stage in Wimberley, TX and more. Currently he’s hard at work writing his second album and plans to record these songs this fall for a release in the Spring of 2018. www.wescollins.com

ANDREW DELANEY – Dallas, TX – Andrew Delaney is a classic storyteller who depicts the American landscape in a warts-and-all cinematic style. His ability to “craft creaky, wooden yarns that stir your insides” and to deliver them with “conviction” and “authenticity” (Alan Ayo – Dallas Observer) has earned him growing acclaim; Rich Warren of WFMT radio, Chicago, called him “The Alfred Hitchcock of singer/songwriters.” Delaney’s relatively short but prolific career has seen the release of 6 full-length albums, as well as a host of more minor releases. He has shared stages with the likes of Hayes Carll, Corb Lund, and Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, just to name of few. He has been honored as a finalist in the prestigious Grassy Hills New Folk Competition on three separate occasions. Delaney took a coveted main stage slot at the Kerrville Folk Festival in 2016. In 2017, he won first place at The Songwriter Serenade in Moravia, Texas. Andrew released his newest album, The Escape Artist, in March of 2017. www.andrewdelaneymusic.com

JASON DUKE – Nashville, TN – Singer-songwriter Jason Duke, grew up listening to The Eagles, James Taylor, John Prine, Dan Fogelberg and Jackson Browne. When his high school athletics career ended, he fell into a group of musicians that changed the course of his life forever. After graduating high school, Jason, a native of Hendersonville,TN, enrolled at Middle Tennessee State University. It took 6 years, a change of major, a bout with cancer, and a rejection from songwriting class, but he earned his B.S. in Recording Industry Management. While in his 20’s, bartending paid the bills as Jason got his feet wet in the music publishing world. His time spent as a plugger and then a creative director exposed him to catalog being pitched around town. Jason’s work ethic and positive attitude are starting to pay big dividends! He landed his first publishing deal with Dan Hodges Music in January 2015, celebrated his first #1 hit with Kelsea Ballerini’s “Dibs”, and has a song on the Keith Urban’s new album RipCORD called “That Could Still Be Us”.  www.reverbnation.com/jasonduke

NATHAN EVANS FOX – Atlanta, GA – Nathan Evans Fox is an Americana/folk musician from Glen Alpine, North Carolina, where he grew up surrounded by country, folk, gospel, and Americana. These roots form the rich undercurrent of his music, which combines bluegrass riffs, folk stories, and religious imagery with unorthodox layers of sound and a heavy dose of wit. Fox has been writing music for ten years, experimenting with a variety of genres and learning new instruments along the way. He has collaborated with other artists as a fiddle player, guitarist, and vocalist. His lyrics confront political, religious, and personal inconsistencies (even his own), but also offer a meditation on what it means to live with and love another. Fox wrote, performed, and produced his first full-length album Home, which was released in January 2017. He lives in Houston with his best friend/wife Elizabeth and their dog Maisie.  www.nathanevansfox.com

JOSH FULLER – The Woodlands, TX – As Josh Fuller gears up for the release of his second studio album, Keep on Bein’ Me, audiences can expect songs that are very personal reflections on the southern way of life. Inspired by Garth Brooks, Travis Tritt, Alan Jackson, Chris LeDoux, Robert Earl Keen, Keith Whitley, and other musical storytellers, Fuller’s songs showcase a quick-wit and clever mind. Fuller’s often humorous perspective has earned him a loyal following, four radio singles, “Road Trip,” “Old Whiskey,” “Gringo Loco,” and “On The Radio” from Keep on Bein’ Me, and a career path that began when his father bought him a guitar.  www.joshfullerband.com

LACY GREEN – Nashville, TN – Lacy is a professional songwriter who was raised in the tiny town of Pilot Mountain, in the foothills of North Carolina.  Music was always a staple in her house and she grew up dancing in the living room to Otis Redding, cooking in the kitchen to the Eagles, and driving to church listening to Alison Krauss and Union Station.  When she was 13 she began writing her own songs and started performing at her school, church and town festivals.  In the years since she has recorded an EP, played a lot of shows, went to college, graduated, released another EP, released a single, went on a radio tour, moved to Nashville, played a lot more shows and signed her first publishing deal.  www.lacygreen.com

JER GREGG – Nashville, TN – Playing from the heart of his Midwest roots, Jer Gregg delivers a vibe heavily influenced by singer/songwriters, a la Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty. He also takes his cues from his home state of Indiana, where John Mellencamp is legend. Add in the drive of Led Zeppelin, AC/DC and the Black Crowes, you’ve got a guy who knows how to make good writing – hit hard.  His drive to write a song is only rivaled by his ability to deliver it. With rock all over the vocals, and the way he weaves in southern soul and the melodic, emotional delivery of Jeff Buckley is a big part of what defines his music. Jer released his first self-titled EP in January of 2010. It’s a record that has served him well as a spring board for his career. In July of 2012, he released a raw acoustic album titled Otis. Recording in his living room with fellow band mate, Ryan Scarbrough. The record , independently, reached 22 on the singer/songwriter charts.  www.jergregg.com

Melody New SmallMELODY GUY – Oregon/Nashville, TN – Melody has a voice that rings like church bells calling to her congregation to stand up and praise. She can not be placed in any musical category, she has created her own blend. In 2006 Melody Guy played the Ryman in Nashville TN where she received a standing ovation for her song “Mistakes Like Me”. She has opened for or shared the stage with such great artists as Sugarland, Joe Diffe, Nanci Griffith, Keith Urban, Vince Gill, Amy Grant, Leon Russell and many more. On August 5, 2011 she sang the national anthem for a home game for the Pittsburg Pirates. She has self-released 8 albums and tours the states and the world performing her music. www.melodyguy.com

Jaimee 2016 smallJAIMEE HARRIS – Austin, TX – Jaimee Harris is poised to become the next queen of Americana-Folk, a slightly edgier Emmylou Harris for the younger generation. Her soon-to-be released debut album draws comparisons to Patty Griffin, Ryan Adams, and Kathleen Edwards – all writers who know how to craft a heartbreakingly beautiful song with just enough grit to keep you enthralled. Harris writes about the basic human experience in a way that is simple, poetic, and often painfully relatable.  Harris’s talent has impressed artists and critics alike. Jimmy LaFave deemed her his “new favorite” and Peter Blackstock of the Austin-American Statesman called her “one of Austin’s most promising young singer-songwriters.”. “If you’ve ever had the pleasure of hearing Jaimee Harris perform, chances are good you take away something powerful with you. Her lyrics set something in motion that triggers the memory, melts the heart, warms the soul, maybe even strikes that chord within that leaves you a bit forlorn.” – Laurie Gallardo, KUTX www.jaimeeharris.com

Dean Guitar color smallDEAN JOHANESEN – Parrish, FLA – Originally from New York, accomplished singer/songwriter/guitarist Dean Johanesen has made his home in many parts of the US including, Indiana, Nevada, Georgia and now residing in Florida. In 2013 Dean released his first solo record A Time and A Place, a collection of songs that fit more of a personal storyteller type influence. In 2014 the solo release was accepted by Pandora for Dean’s own radio station. Dean has opened for Robbie Krieger (The Doors / Jam Kitchen) * Glen Phillips (Toad The Wet Sprocket), Mason Jennings, Donovan Frankenreiter, Howard Jones, Martha Wainwright, Peter Mulvey, John Waite, Kevn Kinney (Drivin’ & Cryin”), Steve Forbert. “Dean Johanesen plays acoustic guitar-driven fare with a sonic palette that calls on Spanish rumba-style instrumentals, speakeasy-era Americana, and swinging hot club jazz dosed in circus tent hues.” Leilani Polk – Creative Loafing – Tampa www.deanjohanesen.com www.reverbnation.com/deanjohanesen

SHAWNEE KILGORE – Austin, TX – Shawnee Kilgore is an Austin, TX singer-songwriter living a crowd-funding fairy tale. When she launched a Kickstarter campaign for her last solo record, she never could have guessed that it would be seen by one of Hollywood’s most prominent directors, Joss Whedon (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Firefly, The Avengers).Joss fell in love with Shawnee’s music and her voice, backed the project, and asked if she would be interested in co-writing with him. Two years later, they recorded a six-song EP called Back To Eden at Ocean Studios in Burbank, CA, featuring an all-star crew of supporting musicians, including Nickel Creek’s Sara Watkins. The album Joss helped Kickstart, A Long and Precious Road, earned her a place among Texas Music Magazine’s albums of the year, as well as being named their #1 Songwriter of Distinction, an accolade shared by Kacey Musgraves and Leon Bridges. “Shawnee’s in my very highest category of songwriter,” wrote longtime Austin songwriter Danny Schmidt. “Those whose next song I can’t wait for them to write.”  www.shawneekilgore.com

RACHEL LAVEN – San Antonio, TX – Rachel Laven is a young yet seasoned singer songwriter with 15 years of professional stage experience. This Texas native is known for turning eyes and ears with her electric vocals and her provocative songwriting. She has performed nationally and internationally at festivals, theaters, house concerts, and small venues alike.  Rachel has a new album out in Texas, Love & Luccheses, an 11 song Texas Country album, capturing the last four years of her love life.  Make no mistake, however, this album takes on more than romance and heartbreak.  Songs from this album helped her to win the 2016 NewFolk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival. Laven grew up in a musical family in San Antonio, Texas. She performed with her parents cover band at the age of 5, started songwriting at 10, and recorded her first full-length album at 13.  Now 24 years old, with a college degree from Trinity University, 3 albums with her family band (The Lavens), 2 solo albums, and 1 EP with her newgrass band  (Sweet ‘Shine & Honey), Laven is ready to take on the world as an independent artist. www.rachellavenmusic.com

David Lee Promo SmallDAVID LEE – Boerne, TX – David Lee is a Grammy-nominated, multi-award winning Texas singer/songwriter. He has written for BMG Universal and Ten Ten Music for the last 20 years and has had cuts with Lee Ann Womack, John Michael Montgomery, Montgomery Gentry, Lady Antebellum, Alan Jackson, George Strait and Kix Brooks – just to name a few. David’s long list of credits include 3 #1 Billboard Country Hits, multiple Top 5, Top 10 and Top 40 CMA and BMI award-winnng songs, 2 NSAI “Ten Songs I Wish I’d Written” awards, Billboard Chart’s #17 Greatest Country Song of All Time and 2 #1 songs on the Texas Music Chart in 2015. His newest album, The Wichita Kid is a non-commercial concept record that chronicles David’s life musically and without boundaries. The labor of love showcases his genuine love of the blues, swing and traditional country music. In June of 2015, David relocated back to Texas hill country to be closer to friends, family, to share his love for great music as a performing singer/songwriter and away from the forever changing corporate music industry. He’s now back to the basics, back to what he loves, singing and performing great music. www.davidleemusic.com

QUINN LOGGINS – Nashville, TN – Son of Dave Loggins, best known for the song “Please Come To Boston”, and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Quinn Loggins is a second generation singer songwriter who has had his music featured on TV shows such as CMT short cuts, Heartland, and Bones, as well as writing with and for artists such as Kingbilly, Little Texas, Kal Horde, Australian artists Amber Lawrence, Travis Collins, Victoria Avenue, Tori Darke, and Rachel Fahim. Loggins has also penned singles for Katie Armiger “Trail Of Lies” and recently “Want Me Too” for Charlie Worsham, as well as writing the theme song for the 2017/18 Tennessee Titans titled “Welcome To The South” with Trafton Harvey and new country artist, Adam Warner. www.reverbnation.com/quinnloggins

laura-marie-smallLAURA MARIE – San Antonio, TX – Laura Marie is a performing singer-songwriter and recording artist from San Antonio, Texas. She is a 2014 Independent Music Award Winner, two-time regional finalist in NPRs Mountain Stage New Song Contest and former first place winner of the Lilith Fair Contest for the state of Texas. Laura spent two consecutive years in song-per-week projects, took a break to record and release her latest project, Stars Apart, and continues to write for herself and other recording artists. Laura Marie’s music is an intelligent blend of lyric focused pop, folk and adult contemporary styles. Exclusive monthly demos and new songs are available through her subscription service on Bandcamp.com. www.lauramariemusic.com

Tome Meny 2016 smallTOM MENY – Buda, TX – Stationed near the live music mecca of Austin, it can be difficult to stand out in a vast sea of great musicians. With influences ranging from Glen Hansard to John Mayer, Tom uses non-standard guitar tuning, a soulful voice, memorable melodies and direct lyrics that set himself apart and connect with his audiences. Among his accolades are numerous songwriting awards including winning efforts at the prestigious Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk Competition (2015), the Wildflower Arts and Music Festival’s Performing Songwriter Competition (2017), The Recording Conservatory of Austin’s Singer Songwriter Competition (2013), and many others. Meny has performed for audiences around the country including recent tours through Texas, North Carolina and New England, and has played legendary venues such as Austin’s Cactus Cafe, The Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, The Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Lincoln Center in New York City.  Recently, Tom had a cameo appearance at Stubbs Outdoor Amphitheater after being summoned from the crowd by his songwriting hero, Glen Hansard.  This was his third time performing with the Academy Award winner. www.tommeny.com

MICHAEL MYERS – Dripping Springs, TX – Born and raised in Dripping Springs, Texas, Michael began singing with his grandpa in church and at special events. Johnny Gimble, the great western swing fiddler said, “When Michael sings, it hits you right in the gut! The last time I was impressed this way with an upcoming talent was when I first heard Merle Haggard.” Michael’s debut CD, Living for the Moment, was recorded using A-List musicians including Johnny Gimble, Floyd Domino, Danny Levin, Dick Gimble, and Rick McRae. His sophomore album, Pedernales Summer is a compilation of songs written/cowritten by Michael and local songwriter Bobby Pounds.  In 2002 Michael competed in the first season of Nashville Star and made the top 25 nationwide, which also included a top 5 finish at the Regionals in Houston with no other than Miranda Lambert herself. Michael has appeared with Tracy Byrd, the Bellamy Brothers, John Conlee, Ray Price, Johnny Gimble, Bruce Robison, Larry Gatlin, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Billy Joe Shaver and others.  www.reverbnation.com/michaelmyersmusic

NICK NACE – Nashville, TN – The award winning Nashville based songwriter Nick Nace was born in the wilds of Canada. After moving to NYC he was in the folk duo A Brief View of the Hudson (Best Folk Duo – NY Press) for over a decade recording two albums, touring Europe, the U.S. and composing the soundtrack for Tell Your Friends: The Concert Film which premiered at SXSW. Nick’s band opened for Glenn Hansard, Mike Doughty & Kaki King to name a few.  Last year he toured Ireland and was selected to perform at the Mississippi Songwriters Festival. Nick is also a 2016 winner of the gulf coast’s biggest songwriting competition The Gulf Coast Songwriter Shootout. He released his new EP, Canadiana Americana, this spring.  www.reverbnation.com/nicknace

DAISY O’CONNOR – Austin, TX –  In response to her quarter life crisis, singer-songwriter Daisy O’Connor quit her career in social work and hit the road to write songs, live simply, and “do be do” what she loves today. “Music saved my life, reaching my darkest moments and reminding me I’m not alone. I want to shine that light back.”  An engaging, humorous, and candid performer, Daisy prefers to perform solo – folksinger style- and tours as much as she can, always taking the road less traveled.  Daisy’s debut full length album, Lightchasers, was released in February of 2017 and mixes indie folk, rock, psych, Americana, country and pop into a soothing groove that’s all her own: quirky, captivating, cleverly queer, and crooning.  Texas Music Magazine wrote of Daisy, “A forceful combination of honesty and artistry.” – Texas Music Magazine. www.daisyoconnor.com

Abe Partridge Site SmalABE PARTRIDGE – Mobile, AL – Abe Partridge is a former Baptist preacher who accepted a pastorate at 25 and then left after a near nervous breakdown at 27. He joined the US Air Force and is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation Enduring Freedom. Now in his well-seasoned mid-30s, he has begun to share his story through his music. Abe performs his songs like an old-time preacher gone mad – with all the soul he can muster. He is a poet, not afraid to tackle any subject. He makes no attempt at pop stardom or radio play – just delivers somber stories with a burning message that demand an honest hearing. www.abepartridge.com

SARAH PEACOCK – Nashville, TN – Georgia grown singer songwriter, Sarah Peacock, swings the pendulum across the spectrum of what’s considered to be today’s country music; bridging gaps between outlaw country, blues, alternative country, folk, Americana, and even classic rock. You’ll find a truthful rawness in her music and real life themes of faith, overcoming struggle, and unacquitted love that will leave you oddly feeling closer to home. And, most certainly you’re sure to find a piece of your own story in her songs. Peacock was recently signed to Nashville label, American Roots Records and calls Nashville home. Her first EP under the new label, Beauty In The Ashes, Unplugged Vol. 1 released May 12, 2017. Her second project is underway and can be expected in September or October, 2017. Sarah has shared stages with Gary Allan, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Radney Foster, Hal Ketchum, Whitey Johnson (Gary Nicholson), Paul Thorn, Gene Watson, and many others. She is sponsored by Taylor Guitars and DR Strings.  www.sarahpeacockmusic.com

GRACE PETTIS – Austin, TX – Grace comes by her love of words honestly. Her father is a critically acclaimed songwriter who penned the Garth Brooks hit “You Move Me.” and both Grace’s brothers are songwriters and musicians. In her short career, Grace has already lived up to her birthright, winning numerous songwriting awards including Kerrville New Folk Contest, NPR’s Mountain Stage NewSong Contest, Wildflower’s Songwriting Contest Grand Prize Winner and “People’s Choice” Winner, as well as garnering praise from critics, fans, and industry alike. What sets her apart in her talented family is her distinct, unaffected voice, described by Sirius XM Program Director, Mary Sue Twohy, as a “wide open prairie full of waving golden grains before menacing, dark thunder clouds”. Recently, 3-time Grammy-nominated artist Ruthie Foster has covered two Grace’s original songs on her spring 2017 release, Joy Comes Back. In May 2017, Grace became an award recipient of the Buddy Holly Educational Foundation, which made it possible for her to attend the exclusive “Chris Difford’s Songwriting Retreat” in Glastonbury, England.  “One of the most talented young singer-songwriters in America” – Michael Branberry/Dallas Morning News.  www.gracepettis.com/music

Ray Pic SmallRAY PRIM – Austin, TX – Imagine Ben Harper and Ray Lamontagne heading over to Abbey Road in a Cadillac convertible to pick up John Lennon and Paul McCartney so they can catch the tail end of The Reverend Al Green’s sermon. Ray Prim’s melody-based approach sweeps you through a variety of emotions that touch on all of life’s great joys and tragedies, moments that echo within each of us that will leave you smiling with nostalgia. Based in Austin, Texas, Ray’s song-writing skills are constantly evolving, soaking up stories and experiences that ultimately contribute to music that will resonate eternally, much like Ray’s approach to making music in general. This guy has no plans to stop playing, so listen up and let Ray’s troubadour skills steal your soul. www.rayprim.com

MICHAEL PRYSOCK – Dallas, Texas – Michael Prysock is a singer-songwriter deeply affected by life in rural Arkansas, and through his music, tells achingly true tales of the influences of his family and the brotherhood of friends that helped raise him. Prysock skips the clichéd heart songs of romance and moves purposefully to lyrics that convey real struggle and the authenticity of living. Uniquely talented and masking a rare personal humility not often seen in today’s contemporary musical bravado, Prysock is a spirited one-man-band, providing vocals, guitar and harmonica to a raw soundtrack of small-town life.  www.michaelprysock.com

ERIC RAMSEY – Phoenix, AZ – Eric Ramsey is two time champion of the Phoenix Blues Society’s Blues Showdown and was a semi-finalist at this year’s International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN. He won the Stefan George Memorial Songwriting Contest at the Tucson Folk Festival this year, and has been tapped for the prestigious Songwriter’s Showcase produced by Tempe Center for the Arts, filmed for PBS distribution. Recently he’s established and is hosting a quarterly songwriter’s showcase entitled Sessions From North 7th Street at The Listening Room Phoenix. Eric is a favorite on the Folk and Blues Festival circuits, not only for his dynamic performances but for his open tuning and slide guitar workshops. Featuring soaring vocals and organic arrangements, Eric’s original compositions reflect his musical influences and his own idiosyncratic world view. He writes from experience about the human condition – at times sensitive, at times humorous, always thought-provoking. His arrangements and delivery encompass a spectrum of styles, from delicate finger-picking to raucous, bluesy bottleneck slide.  www.ericramsey.net

Cari - SmallCARI RAY – Nashville, IN – Cari Ray is a songwriter and storyteller who’s style will make you think you’ve landed in the early 20th Century. Her tales will quickly wrap you in a web of triumph and tragedy, will make your hips shake one minute, and your heart break the next while running the gamut of traditional American music… a helping of blues, a little folk, a rasher of ragtime, and a slight flavor of old-time country. Her live show delivers it all handily, with quick wit, infectious groove, tasty guitar work, and a huge voice. Cari continues to draw accolades for songwriting, most recently with her track “It’s About Me” winning the blues songwriting competition at the 2015 Smoky Mountains Songwriters Festival. Solo or with her band, playing for 20 or 2000, Cari finds a way to strike a perfect balance between energy and intimacy. With a unique blend of heart and grit, this powerhouse entertainer just doesn’t miss. “One of our very favorite singer/songwriters to ever come through Logan Street. Outstanding vocals, musicianship and great songwriting. Clever and relatable lyrics and storytelling.” John Gilmore, Logan Street Sanctuary www.cariray.com

PAULINE REESE – Austin, TX – If Pauline Reese had been born in the 1800s, she would have used a plow and a Henry rifle to carve her place the Wild West. Instead, she’s slinging a guitar and sharp-edged lyrics to blaze a trail in a man’s world of outlaw country music and staking milestones along the way, including praise from Willie Nelson as his favorite female vocalist and from the Texas Music Awards as the reigning entertainer of the year – the first woman to earn that honor. Legends were born when Pauline rode her horse Blue Diamond into shows at famed dance halls across Texas and sang the National Anthem from the saddle at rodeos and sporting events, including one for 83,000 people at a University of Texas football game. Pauline served as an inspiration as the only woman in Texas Music – a no-holds-barred blend of alternative country, rock, Western swing, honky-tonk, folk and Tejano – going head-to-head with Jack Ingram, Kevin Fowler, Cory Morrow, Roger Creager, Reckless Kelly and the Randy Rogers Band. Her advice was sought by the likes of Miranda Lambert, Sunny Sweeney and Bonnie Bishop. www.paulinereese.com

PAUL RENNA – Austin, TX – Paul Renna is a visionary singer-songwriter from Austin, TX. Renna has the extraordinary ability to raise hidden emotions in his listeners, surreptitiously forcing feelings of love, longing, happiness, and heartache from the depths of even the most hard-edged among us. With the release of his highly anticipated new album, Reflections, Paul seems to have broken through to a new plane of existence, exploring the deepest recesses of his heart and soul both lyrically and musically. “Paul Renna’s “Waller Creek” is a specific sweet slice of Americana rooted with blues and soul. The songcraft is so genuine and dynamic, you’ll feel like you’re wading in in a sultry Texas rainstorm when listening to this well-produced EP. Hats off to Renna for capturing his unique expression on “Waller Creek.” – Derek Sitter, Volcanic Theater Pub – www.paulrenna.com

Mike P Ryan SmallMIKE P. RYANClifton, VA – Oklahoma-born Singer/Songwriter Mike P. Ryan writes heartfelt songs about the emotions and experiences of everyday people. Mike’s songs have received awards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest, the Connecticut Folk Festival Songwriting Contest, and the Philadelphia Songwriting Contest. In 2015 Mike was a Finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festiva’s New Folk Competition. In 2016 Mike’s song, “Life Beneath The Rust” won 3rd Place in American Songwriter Magazine’s lyrics contest. This year Mike was a finalist in the Wildflower Performing Singer/Songwriter Competition and his song “Fais Do Do (A Cajun Lullaby)”, won 1st Place in the Americana/Roots category of the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Mike teaches songwriting at The Songwriter’s Association of Washington and is a graduate of songwriting seminars taught by Steve Earle and Shawn Colvin. Mike lives in Northern Virginia and gigs regularly throughout the Mid-Atlantic. A combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, Mike volunteers with Musicians on Call—a nationwide organization that brings live music to the bedsides of hospital patients, including wounded warriors of Walter Reed Hospital. www.mikepryanmusic.com

Maria Shiel SmallMARIA SHIEL – Galway, Ireland – Maria Shiel is of West of Ireland descent and has been writing and performing for almost 20 years.  In the late 1990’s she established Irish and American roots/hip-hop group Guava in Galway, Ireland and after local success went on to release and tour nationally sharing stages with Damien Rice and Glen Hansard of the Frames. They recorded for the RTE 2FM Dave Fanning Sessions and received national airplay. Maria has since worked with musicians from around the world as electronic artist MS44 and set up her own label KYO Records in order to specifically promote musical collaboration of all genres.  Her love of songwriting and performing in the US though go hand in hand and has played acoustic shows across the States including:  CBGB’s, NY,  The Bluebird Cafe, Nashville and Eddie’s Attack, Atlanta, GA. She released a debut EP of acoustic songs in Berekley, CA in 2014 and is set to release a new album of US travel-inspired folk songs this autumn 2017.  www.ms44music.com  www.breakingtunes.com/mariashiel

David Starr SmallDAVID STARR – Cedaredge, CO – With Arkansas roots and Colorado wings, David Starr has been making music since the age of 10.  He is a singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and a producer with five solo CD’s under his belt.  His latest, , is a 15-song collection that showcases Starr’s many influences ranging from Southern California country-rock, to Delta blues, to folk.  David is joined on Love And Sabotage by John Oates, Richie Furay and the legendary Steve Cropper.  The CD’s title cut reached #2 on the UK Hotdisc Top 40 chart and ended 2015 as the #17 song for the year on the same chart.  When he isn’t spreading the gospel of music though his retail music store in Cedaredge, Colorado, Starr tours extensively in the US, Canada and the United Kingdom, playing house concerts, festivals and live shows in a variety of venues.  David has opened for Survivor, Clint Black, Travis Tritt, Restless Heart and The Guess Who.  www.davidstarrmusic.com

CHRIS STRAND Austin, TX – Borrowing from David Bazan, Tom Waits, The Tallest Man on Earth, Brian Wilson, and Townes Van Zandt, Chris Strand has been crafting energetic yet articulate songs in Austin since 2012. His dynamic live performances, solo or supported by his band, the Sinners, have led him to play acclaimed rooms across the US and earned him fans that cling to his lyrics, musicianship, and authenticity. He has released three solo records,hos EP Roots in 2013, Settle Down in 2014, and Tonight’s Just Begun in 2017. These records have allowed him to work alongside members of such bands as The Heartless Bastards, Lloyd Maines, Robert Earl Keen, The Gourds, Shinyribs, The New Bohemians, and 20/20.  www.chrisstrand.com

CHRIS TAYLOR – San Antonio, TX – Chris Taylor is fearless musical and artistic performer from San Antonio, TX. Whether he is solo, with an acoustic guitar and harmonica or with his band (Chris Taylor & the Setting Sons) you can expect a passionate musical experience.  He has co-written two songs with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics fame and has over 30 albums to his credit. His latest double album, Never Ending Now has just been released worldwide and Taylor expects to tour the United States to support his new music. www.christaylorworld.com

NICHOLE WAGNER Austin, TX – Nichole Wagner grew up in Louviers, Colorado, where she first developed a love of music while attending festivals and listening to her parents’ records. The summer she started college, Wagner bought a red Galveston guitar and taught herself some chords, though it took her some time to work up the courage to pursue music professionally. Now based in Austin, Texas, Wagner is forging a path in music that is rooted in the folk tradition while being distinctly her own. In less than 24 months, Wagner went from writing her first real song to recording her first EP, Plotting the Constellations, released in early 2017. Plotting the Constellations puts Wagner’s lyrical prowess front and center, accented with her wistful alto and Justin Douglas’s tasteful production. Wagner is currently gigging in support of her EP while writing and planning for a full-length album as her next project.  www.nicholewagnermusic.com

JEN ZAVA Wimberley, TX – Soulful, folk-rock artist Jen Zava speaks honestly about this ride called life.  “Born a singer”, she grew up in a south Georgia church and cut her teeth on gospel music, citing her preacher Grandad as her most inspiring musical influence.  After high school garage bands and coffee shop songwriter nights, Jen made the move to Austin, Texas where she has been a part of numerous bands over the last 17 years.  With the June 2017 release of her debut album, Power to Change, Jen has finally put her own genre-bending music center stage with a fierce and inspirational declaration, “You have the power to change the world”.  Garnering comparisons to Sheryl Crow, Tame Impala, and Nick Drake, her music showcases her versatility.  Jen is currently promoting her debut in and around Austin.  In the words of noted musician, Shelley King, “Jen Zava is an inspiring new artist. Her song “Power to Change is positive and dynamic. The world needs to hear her now!”   www.jenzava.com

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