Austin Miller is a singer/songwriter from Florida. Guitar, voice, no frills. Road tested and road proven. Americana from someone who’s actually seen all of America; spontaneous and heartfelt tunes that lead you into an Iron & Wine / Neil Young flavored reverie.
Hailing from Chapel Hill, NC, The Porchmen have written dozens of original songs. Their sound is influenced by old-timey, folk, and bluegrass style music infused with modern melodies. Their writing style has been described as “reflective, upbeat, and real.” The Porchmen also cover a number of popular tunes such as “The Devil Went Down to Georgia” and “Poor Man.”
The War and Treaty features a husband-and-wife duo that provide a snapshot into the life of a soldier. Trotter has a big voice and a huge heart – he shares emotional experiences from his life and from his time serving in the Iraq war. Joining him in perfect harmony is his wife Tanya Blount who is most known for her duet with Lauryn Hill in “Sister Act 2”. Their music and message is powerful and inspirational. They are touring the country and are making their only stop in North Carolina to play at Johnny’s Gone Fishing!
Reverend Justin Hylton has toured the nation with his songs of relatable tales of life experiences. Heartbreak, addiction, traveling and having a good time are the substance of his melodic musical, lyrical and vocal writings. From the stage to the crowd, a real performance is heard. Real words, sung by a real man, with real meaning make for an authentic time shared by both Justin and the crowd.
He finds new influences every day by listening to music and getting deep into the lyrics and feelings behind different songs. Justin is always looking for something new and feels the creative undertone of the music he hears. Anyone who can express themselves in their own way is the cornerstone of his influence.
Bourbon Express formed in 2011 when wife and husband, singer-songwriter Katie Curley and guitarist Brendan Curley met in Brooklyn, NY, and discovered that they share an affinity for vintage country music. The group released its debut album, One Big Losin’ Streak, in 2015. The self release received critical acclaim and international airplay, ranking in the top 10 on Roots Music Report’s True Country Album Chart six weeks in a row with “Last Dance” topping at #2.
On stage, City Mouse’s songs hold the power to transform a room filled with soft-spoken strangers into foot-stomping friends and family. Mobley and Revels’ stage presence has generated buzz for Atlanta as a must-stop destination for like-minded touring bands — a truly communal contribution to a city that’s teeming with music, heart, and imagination.
Born in Boone, NC, Andy Ferrell grew up in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains, the birthplace of Appalachian traditional music. Sweet pedal steel rings through his sound, mixed in with rich vocal harmonies and songs that look to the hard truths of a workingman’s life as much as to the vagaries of love.
At 19, Alexa Rose released her debut album, “North,” which spoke to her folk influences, featuring simple renditions of handmade songs on piano and guitar. Her new album is due later this fall. Rose’s performances range from whiskey heartbreak tunes to upbeat, sunny waltzes.
This is sure to be a night of powerful & captivating performances. Megan and Katrina will play some solo material but they will also perform together on several songs. Megan’s formidable songwriting and well-woven melodies combined with Katrina’s emotional and dynamic vocals are sure to result in a not-to-be-missed experience.
Rob Williams’ unique sound and style combines 90’s rock with alt-country and Americana influences. As front man of the now defunct indie rock band, Joe Buck, Jr., Williams made a name for himself as a songwriter and performer in his hometown of Richmond, Virginia. His new album blends hard-hitting acoustic roots rock, with a touch of North Texas-style rock and roll. Tune in to see this songwriting phenomenon.
Simon & Garfunkel meet The Civil Wars – Toronto-based Americana husband and wife duo, The Young Novelists have been keeping busy. Fronted by Graydon James and Laura Spink, they are known for their beautiful harmonies and songs culled from their small-town roots. They were recognized as New/Emerging Artist at the Canadian Folk Music Awards, won the Grassy Hill Songwriting Competition at the Connecticut Folk Festival, among others. Their full, warm sound will tug at your heart-strings and make you an instant fan.
Anne E. DeChant is a Nashville recording artist originally from Cleveland, where she was a five-time Singer-Songwriter of the Year. Known for the power of her live performance as well as the craft and the empathy of her lyrics, now with her latest Nashville release, “The Sun Coming In,” she emerges as one of Nashville’s premier story-tellers, with portraits of small-town, working class America that are alternately edgy and tender – sometimes both in the same song … and always real.