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Abby Posner has been a working musician in Los Angeles for the past 16 years. She is best known for her ability to play nearly any instrument that she can lay her hands on, twisting genres, and pushing the boundaries of folk and roots music. If you have seen Abby perform live, you know she can play a mean lead-blues guitar solo, or throw down a complex Earl Scruggs banjo riff. You also may have spotted her playing drums, mandolin, or bass while using her looping pedal. In addition to her versatility, she puts passion and soul into everything she plays.
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This singer-songwriter is the most criminally undiscovered artist out there, and by ‘there’ I’m referring to both the physical world as well as the far more influential virtual one. Her songs are so sweet and achingly beautiful at times that they belong on the soundtracks of romantic comedies (the good ones produced by Judd Apatow.)
-By: Nick Schneider - Entertainment Bureau
"Jenner Fox is a multi-faceted, uber-talented individual who makes people feel better when they're around him. I've witnessed the unique twinkle in Jenner's eye in 2 separate arenas. One was when his hands are on the oars of a raft, smiling in the calm, blue-green pool below a powerful Class V section of the famous Futaleufú River in Patagonia. The other is in a dimly lit lodge, sitting on sheepskins under the Southern Cross in the sky above while he pours his soul into filling the space with his powerful music. In either venue, Jenner is inspiring, encouraging, and up-lifting.
On the river and on the road, Jenner is a folk singer with music that ranges from a soft mandolin melody to full-blown guitar strumming that has strings on the edge of breaking. He draws his influence from river canyons, urban communities, John Prine, Josh Ritter, and the people, roads, and stories in between.
“Jenner combines the lyricism of Joni Mitchell and the commentary of Neil Young to represent the next generation of singer songwriters.” - Grammy nominated producer, Cookie Marenco
Photo by Eric M. Hilton
Kipyn Martin is an emerging Indie Folk artist whose roots sink deep into the banks of the Shenandoah River. She plays festivals, concert halls, coffeehouses, and house concerts from New England to Texas. Accolades for Kipyn include multiple GoldAwards in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest (most recently for "God Is Love" from her 2017 album release, DANCE ACROSS THE SKY), as well as the honor of Washington Area Music Association's WAMMIE Award for New Artist of the Year. Recent touring for Kipyn includes shows with Ellis Paul, Kirsten Maxwell, and Joan & Joni performances scheduled in New York, New England, and New Jersey.
"I'm pretty sure God wishes she could sing like Kipyn Martin." -- Susan Werner
Duos and Bands
David Jacobs-Strain is a fierce slide guitar player, and a song poet from Oregon. He’s known for both his virtuosity and spirit of emotional abandon; his live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll. It’s a range that ties Jacobs-Strain to his own generation and to guitar-slinger troubadours like Robert Johnson and Jackson Browne. “I try to make art that you can dance to, but I love that darker place, where in my mind, Skip James, Nick Drake, and maybe Elliot Smith blur together.”
David Jacobs-Strain has appeared at festivals from British Columbia to Australia, including Merlefest, Telluride Blues Festival, Philadelphia Folk Festival, Hardly Strictly, Bumbershoot, and Blues to Bop in Switzerland. He’s taught at Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch, and at fifteen years old was on the faculty at Centrum’s Blues and Heritage workshop.
Bob Beach is a master harmonica player, flute player, songwriter and singer. Bob has performed for years with many musicians and is the harp player of choice on the east coast and beyond. Bob met David in 2002. Their live show moves from humorous, subversive blues, to delicate balladry, and then swings back to swampy rock and roll
Photo by Michelle Mc Afee
“David Jacobs-Strain and Bob Beach blew me away last summer at Swannanoa. As we say at home, they knocked my hat in the creek. I can’t envision the audience that could fail to take to them from the first chord and to the last. Hear them yourself as soon as you can.”
Heather Pierson is a pianist, singer/songwriter, songleader, and performer whose inspiring live performances and growing catalog of releases delve into Americana, blues, New Orleans jazz, vocal chants, instrumental piano, and folk. Best known for her ease at the piano and her bell-tone vocals, Heather’s songs and musicianship embody joy, honesty, playfulness, and a desire to share from the heart. She tours as a duo with Shawn Nadeau on bass and harmony vocals, and as a trio adding Craig Bryan on drums, percussion, and harmony vocals.
Throughout her colorful career, Heather's eclectic skill set continues to propel her onto concert hall stages and into barrooms, coffeehouses, resort hotels, living rooms, and churches. Her nearly non-stop performance schedule speaks of her tireless work ethic and endless devotion to her crafts. Defying genre and classification and yet fully embracing all musical styles, Heather is an artist who speaks the language of music in as many dialects as her abilities will allow. Her life’s work is to share her love of music and her gratitude for life with others – one song, one heart, and one mind at a time.
"Heather is like two great acts in one, sliding from sweet acoustic Appalachian old-timey vibe with Patty Griffinesque lyrics to brassy New Orleans blues piano with a bone thrown to Bessie Smith.”
DC Bloom | Lone Star Music Magazine
The ability to write songs that are both modern and ancient is a rare thing. The product of an arcane art of weaving in traditional influences so thoroughly that they become the warp and weft of fresh creations.
The Black Feathers, made up of Ray Hughes and Sian Chandler, are two such talents. They first became aware of the magic between them while collaborating on several musical projects, becoming The Black Feathers and life partners in 2012.
Americana, Folk, and Acoustic Indie Rock sensibilities coexist comfortably in their musical world, with Hughes’ guitar work buoying the kind of harmonies often only heard in family bands.
The Covid-19 pandemic brought their Spring 2020 tour to an abrupt end; returning them to their UK home. The world gave us all a pandemic and The Black Feathers will give us an extensive tour with their new album ANGEL DUST & CYANIDE which is scheduled for release in Summer of ‘22. Expect to hear songs from the new, yet unreleased album, on the upcoming tour. Their tour takes them from the west coast to the midwest and ends up on the east coast late Fall 2022. Several major festivals are on the tour including, Juan de Fuca Festival of the Arts & the Kate Wolf Festival.
" A duo of undeniable talent." FATEA
With elements of folk, blues, classical, and rock, Nashville-based South for Winter's varying sound is united by storytelling lyrics, complex instrumentation, and earthy vocals. The trio, Dani and Nick Stone and Alex Stradal released their debut album Luxumbra, recorded in Nashville with GRAMMY-awarded producer Matt Leigh, in October 2020. Singles from the album been featured on sites such as American Songwriter, For the Love of Bands, Grateful Web, and DittyTV.
"[South for Winter's] music is polished and well-produced, the vocals are smooth and engaging, and the tracks are clearly the product of careful intention and creative vision. South for Winter is definitely a band to keep on the radar!"
– Out from the Pine Box, 2018