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The Brothers Strong are a 4 piece string band from mountains of the Sierra Nevada. The band has grown a loyal fanbase by bringing an authentic mountain sound to their recordings and live sets that is hard to come by. It is this honest and genuine tone that brings people to their rough a rowdy bluegrass shows where they share their truest thoughts and feelings with their listeners. This come first and foremost through thoughtful songwriting. It explores many of the daily struggles of human life from love and loss, to success and failure, while always coming from, and returning to the heaviest most personal emotions we carry. this devotion to genuinity has earned The Brothers Strong a reputation as having a "high level musical authenticity. Like the wood, water, and stone of the Sierra Nevada Mountains from which they hail" (Strawberry Music Festival).This is not to downplay the bands musicianship--they have been described as "hot shot" pickers and players--but rather to indicate that though lightning fast picking and fiery fiddle licks can wow a crowd, the real purpose of the instrument is to connect with the audience and let them lose themselves for a second in the emotions of the music. As described by The Alternate Root Magazine their "Bright acoustics and note-perfect harmonies give the" The Brothers Strong's music "a huge presence" on the stage allowing them to connect seamlessly with audiences in a meaningful way. These key elements define The Brothers Strong, bringing diverse audiences to their shows.
Kristen Van Dyke is Singer/songwriter from the Napa Valley. Not only does she accompany herself expressively on guitar, she has powerful lyrics and a voice that soothes! She opens hearts and sings from a place of depth and love.
Nathan Ignacio is a one man band from Jenner, California with an extensive lineup of instruments including: drums, guitar, harmonica, mandolin and dulcimer. He’s recently paired up Tawny Perkins a singer/songwriter from Twain Harte, California. Together the duo has a full band sound with the harmonies of Americana and folk with a modern alternative blend of blues music.
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Loveangelists is the Oakland-based duo of Nathan Dennen & Lisa Young. Strapped with an acoustic guitar and occasional percussion, the colorful folk pop duo uplifts audiences through an interactive exploration of bold, reflective, and soulful harmonies. Songs range from toe-tappin' hand-clappin' fun to deeply moving ballads and empowering anthems as they sing about nonconformity, love, and living life to the fullest. Their sound invokes likes of The Lumineers, Sonny & Cher, The Civil Wars, and Paul Simon with splashes of Americana, lyrical freestyling, and rhythm & blues.
Eager to trade a rooted, restless life at home for new horizons, indie-folk songwriter B.R. Lively decided to hit the road in the summer of 2016…for good. Leaving town in a renovated 1991 Winnebago named Joanie, he began making his way across the country, playing shows during his nightly pit stops. Along the way, he finished writing songs for his first solo album, Into the Blue.
Released on October 6th, 2017, Into the Blue is a cinematic record rooted in folk music, Southern Gothic soul, and the therapeutic rush of the open road. There are sweeping string arrangements, folk anthems, Motown-inspired rhythms, Nick Drake-worthy acoustic guitars, and slow, stripped-down ballads. At the center of the mix is Lively himself: a self-taught singer and multi-instrumentalist who isn't afraid to shine a light on the lessons learned during his physical and spiritual journey.
No newcomer to the stage, Lively launched his career as a teenager in Dallas, Texas, cutting his teeth with a string of club gigs in Deep Ellum. Into the Blue finds him returning (briefly) to central Texas, where he recorded the album's 11 songs alongside producer Gordy Quist (the frontman of Texas' own Band of Heathens), longtime friend Thomas Avery (who wrote the album's lush string arrangements), and Band of Heathens members Scott Davis and Richard Millsap. The most electric, nuanced project of his career, Into the Blue turns Lively's experiences — both at home and on the road — into what he proudly calls a "sonic journey of spirit." Released independently, Into the Blue marks a new chapter in a story that's still unfolding, offering up melodic plot twists, sympathetic characters, and a narrator who doubles as one of the folk scene's most promising up-and-comers.
Vintage rock & power pop from the San Francisco Bay Area. One part Exile on Main Street, one part Damn the Torpedoes, a dash of In Color, served up Live and Dangerous. Big hooks and big guitars without all the big hair. For anyone who likes to get down and get with it.
Pat Hull is a singer-songwriter from Connecticut currently based out of Chico, CA. His music intertwines a melodic, soulful, counter-tenor vocal range with a unique finger picking style, creating a dreamy landscape with unpredictable hooks and turns. Pat’s newest releases, ‘Origami Sessions,' ‘Marrow,’ and 'Denmark Sessions' showcase his delicate yet raw ability to compose, sing, write, and perform.