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Sat Jan 5th 2013: Harpeth Rising - Billed as an “Americana Sensation” by WSM 650, this group of young classically trained musicians is making an immense impact wherever they play. The quartet brings an exciting and distinctive sound to the Americana genre." With a banjo and fiddle, you might think they’re traditional bluegrass, but think again: cello and hand drums round out the group, creating a truly new sound. A little bit bluegrass, a little bit folk, a little bit classical and whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch!

Sat Feb 2nd 2013: Caroline Doctorow and the Steamrollers - The best and brightest in the acoustic music world move the music forward with an awareness of what came before them; that is certainly true of Caroline Doctorow, who pays homage to her 60s' folk music roots while pushing way beyond those limited boundaries...Lee Zimmerman of No Depression says "with a rustic back porch stance that finds her akin to Emmylou Harris, Nanci Griffith, Judy Collins and Lucinda Williams, she has all the makings of an understated star." Doctorow's career boasts nine folk/Americana albums and a reputation for delivering a song with a velveteen voice. 

March 2013: NTIF Dallas

Sat Apr 6th 2013: Twangtown Paramours -The music of The Twangtown Paramours (Mike Lewis and MaryBeth Zamer) has been called “Sophisticated Americana”, and is a hybrid of the Nashville and Austin music scenes. The Promise of Friday Night was released in Jul 2012, reaching #2 on the Folk DJ Chart, and contains a collection of songs that are short stories edging into the turbulent interior of Flannery O’Connor territory. Lewis' writing is enlarged by Ms. Zamer’s knowing readings. Once a member of the band Method Actor with her friend the late, great Eva Cassidy, she’s a classic American pop singer from an era that never goes out of style with its clear diction, ringing timbre and touching expressiveness. The Twangtown Paramours’ debut, self-titled album was #11 on the Folk DJ chart in August, 2010, and remained in the top 40 of the Cashbox Country Roots chart for the entire Summer of 2010, was in the top 100 folk albums for 2010 album and reached #11 on the Folk DJ chart in August, 2010, and remained in the top 40 of the Cashbox Country Roots chart for the entire Summer of 2010.

Thu May 2nd 2013: Brian McNeill - This year Brian celebrates the 43rd year of a career that has established him as one of the most acclaimed forces in Scottish music. Brian has been described as ‘Scotland’s most meaningful contemporary songwriter’ (The Scotsman); add to that his work and influence as performer, composer, producer, teacher, musical director, band leader, novelist and interpreter of Scotland’s past, present and future and you have a man who has never stood still. He has performed around the globe, both as a soloist and with some of the era’s most influential bands, including Battlefield Band, which he founded in 1969, and Clan Alba.  

 

Sat Oct 5th 2013: Peter Janson and Steve Davison - Considered a "gifted acoustic finger-style guitar player" (Dirty Linen), Peter Janson's Celtic finger-style guitar music brings world-class solo guitar playing to records and the concert stage with fresh contemporary arrangements of traditional music from England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Brittany, and North America, as well as Celtic inspired originals.Born in Cambridge Massachusetts, USA, Peter Janson began playing guitar at age 7 and started composing as a young teen.  While attending the New England Conservatory of Music he was interested in early music for stringed instruments, jazz, Indian classical, and contemporary classical composition. He gained experience composing for and performing in a variety of ensembles in a myriad of styles while attaining his Master of Guitar Performance degree and this is when his passion for folk, world, and traditional music, especially Celtic, was formed. Peter won an NAR Lifestyle Music Award for Best Contemporary Instrumental Album for his Beautiful Day CD, and Album of the Year and Best Instrumental Album Acoustic awards for his co-writing and performing on Jamie Bonk’s My World CD.

Steve Davison is a finger style guitarist who composes on both the 6 and 12 string guitar. His compositions are built around simple melodic structures and focus on the intimate qualities of the wooden guitar and the tonal possibilities of alternate tunings that give the guitar such an extraordinary range. His influences range from the jazz piano stylings of Claudia Burson (who taught him what was musical and what wasn't) to the work of fingerstyle guitarists such as Leo Kotke, Ed Gerhard, Ken Bonfield, Peter Janson and Stephen Bennett. Steve is a 2 time finalist and 2005 winner of the solo competition at the Arkansas Acoustic Music Festival and a finalist in the 2009 Merle Travis Fingerstyle Competition. Mr. Davison was a featured performer on Arkansas Educational Network Television’s “AETN Presents” broadcast and his music was also used as a soundtrack for another AETN production, “The Historic Bridges of Arkansas”.

 

Fri Nov 1st 2013: Michael Johnson - Michael Johnson has performed and lived more music and recorded more hits than you would imagine. His voice immediately identifies him as the man who sings "Bluer Than Blue," "Give Me Wings," "That's That," and other landmark songs. His music shows a diversity, depth and heart that only come from years of dedication to a labor of love. When asked what he would have you know about himself, Michael says: "Tell them that I love it." He started playing at age thirteen and just never quit. Singing, playing, writing and recording are the only things he's ever done and he loves it. "Tell them I play guitar." He really plays guitar. He studied in Barcelona and he plays on all his records with a unique and distinctive style. His playing is an important part of his show. "I am a soloist at heart." Michael often performs alone, and he has elevated the art. He prefers the intimacy and spontaneity of a show that can change with the moment. "Tell them I'm a showman. I like to talk to people and I love to make them laugh. And, of course, I have to move them with the music. That's the whole thing. Without that, there is no reason to be on stage." What one remembers of Michael is the texture of his voice, the meaning of the lyric and the music of the guitar -- singer, song and sound. And the feeling of being at home with a friend.

 

Sat Nov 23rd 2013: Kate Campbell - an introduction is scarcely needed... however, as the daughter of a Baptist preacher from Sledge, Mississippi, Kate’s formative years were spent in the very core of the civil rights movement of the 1960′s, and the indelible experiences of those years have shaped her heart, character and convictions ever since. As a child of the South, her musical tastes were forged in the dampered, smoky fires of soul, R&B, Southern rock, country, and folk music. Kate Campbell’s music continues to inspire and enthuse a growing audience. Ballet Memphis featured songs from each of Campbell’s six CDs as well as a live performance by Kate and band at a ballet entitled South Of Everywhere. Campbell continues to impress audiences across the US and overseas and tours extensively in support of her CDs including tours to the United Kingdom and Ireland. Campbell has played the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival (England), Merlefest, Philadelphia Folk Festival, and Port Fairy Folk Festival (Australia), been featured on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition, All Things Considered, Live From Mountain Stage, The Bob Edwards Show, and had her story (and haunting song “When Panthers Roamed In Arkansas”) included in the debut issue of The Oxford American’s ultra-hip Southern Music series. An interview with Kate (along with Mary Chapin-Carpenter, Shawn Colvin, Nanci Griffith and others) also appeared in the fascinating book Solo: Women Singer- Songwriters In Their Own Words. Her endearing, clear-water vocal delivery, eloquent gift for storytelling (which has drawn repeated comparisons to such bastions of the Southern writing tradition as Flannery O’Connor, Eudora Welty and William Faulkner) and easy command of a full-range of American music styles, have combined to earn Campbell recognition as a formidable talent by critics, musicians and a discerning public. Kate’s sublime Moonpie Dreams (1997) and Visions Of Plenty (1998) each garnered “Folk Album Of The Year” nominations from the Nashville Music Awards (as well as enthusiastic airplay by folk and Americana stations), while the southern-folk tinged Rosaryville (1999) and the gospel flavored Wandering Strange (2001) extended the upward-bound arc.

FRI Dec 13th 2013:  Harpeth Rising - making a very welcome return visit to LRFC, billed as an “Americana Sensation” by WSM 650, this group of young classically trained musicians is making an immense impact wherever they play, and since their last LRFC performance they have become bona fide world-travelers! The quartet brings an exciting and distinctive sound to the Americana genre." With a banjo and fiddle, you might think they’re traditional bluegrass, but think again: cello and hand drums round out the group, creating a truly new sound. A little bit bluegrass, a little bit folk, a little bit classical and whole lot of original, Harpeth Rising is a band to watch!  

Sat Jan 4th 2014: The Cantrells - making their LRFC debut, National Public Radio favorites Al and Emily Cantrell bring their acoustic folk, blue grass and old-time music to LRFC featuring soaring vocals, guitar, mandolin and fiddle. Selected by Robert Redford to provide old-time music for his hit movie A River Runs Through It, the Cantrells are equally at home with detours into Celtic, Western Swing and traditional American tunes.

Sat Feb 1st 2014: Dylan Sneed - Texas singer-songwriter Dylan Sneed is slowly but surely gaining well deserved recognition. In early January 2006, adorned in poor-fitting, borrowed business casual, he slumped in a cubicle of a cold office building in downtown Dallas, TX. Over his short but painful tenure in the machine of corporate America, he learned many lessons, but one prevailed above the rest: this was not where he was supposed to spend the rest of his life. After escaping his corporate confines he began booking national tours the grassroots way: making friends and fans one at a time across the country, with a focus on Texas, the southeast, and the east coast. Hundreds of gigs and tens of thousands of miles later, Dylan has become a full-fledged road warrior. The press has described him as an "A-list tunesmith" (Dallas Observer) and "a sober Townes Van Zandt" (SC Free Times).

"Sneed is a terrific songwriter who knows how to turn a phrase and plays a mean acoustic guitar." - No Depression

"Sneed represents the best side of true Americana: music of passion and skill that can move an audience with a whisper or a roar." - Dallas Observer


In September 2011 he hopped a plane to the Netherlands for his first European tour. The trip was a success, including a show at the famous Paradiso in Amsterdam, one of Europe's most prestigious music venues. Sneed is currently making plans for a return tour in the spring of 2013. The Dallas Observer described Sneed's music as "the best side of true Americana: music of passion and skill that can move an audience with a whisper or a roar.” Kevin Oliver of the SC Free Times said "Sneed’s songs give a contemporary spin to the Lone Star country and folk of Guy Clark, Steve Earle and others, coming out more like the acerbically literate North Carolina songwriters Jonathan Byrd or Malcolm Holcombe."

March 2014: NTIF Dallas

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