Circa-Blue

Circa-Blue

Jun 18, 2016 |  0 comments

CIRCA BLUE –> guitar — mandolin — banjo — fiddle — bass <– CIRCA BLUE Steve Harris grew up in a family that loved bluegrass music. At age 14, his dad purchased two guitars, a mandolin, a dobro, a bass, and a banjo for his five children. Multiple configurations ensued that ultimately resulted in Steve playing guitar, dobro and banjo in “The Harris Family Band.” After a haitus, in 2007, he was invited to Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival and a fire was rekindled. Steve dug out the banjo and guitar and started playing and writing music again. and formed Circa Blue in July 2010. Steve plays guitar and sings lead and harmony vocals. Garrett Wren started playing mandolin at the age of 13 after hearing Chris Thile for the first time. He took jazz lessons throughout his youth and played for a variety of bands, including national touring act Whiskey Gentry. Garrett resides near Washington DC and provides vocal support in addition to his mandolin...

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The Sauce Boss

The Sauce Boss

Jun 17, 2016 |  3 comments

Bill “Sauce Boss” Wharton brings his own hot sauce to every gig, and he cooks a big pot of gumbo, while smoking his slide guitar. At the end of the Show, everyone gets a bowl. Now he’s added some new flavors to the “stew”. Sauce Boss not only plays slide, sings his tamales off, makes gumbo, and feeds everybody… he also plays a drum kit with his feet. “You take that 53 Telecaster, pump it through that 48 Fender amp, add a bass rig, mix in some drums, all simmered down over some funky swamp blues, and smothered with gumbo, and you got a recipe for the largest one-man band on the planet.”  WITH HIS HOMEGROWN STORYTELLING AND NATURAL-BORN GUITAR TALENT, THE SAUCE BOSS RIGHTEOUSLY SINGS THE BLUES.  He gives the feeling that can only come from a life lived in the eye of the storm.  He has weathered more than his share of hurricanes, sunburn, and mosquitoes – and he’s got the chops to prove it. He has taken his blues and a huge pot of gumbo to the disaster...

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The Grand Shell Game

The Grand Shell Game

Jun 15, 2016 |  0 comments

we are all a part of the grand shell game. these are just some players. historians. scribes, if not for our age, then at least for their times. they sing songs of love and loss. of failure and resulting growth. of conflict and resolution, and conflicting resolutions. they borrow textures and tones from the past. they blend elements of style towards a new future. their accounting is playful and dynamic. rocking in a waltz and swaying as they roll. there is power in their arrangements. rooted in the structure of the song, yet each is given the opportunity to shine in the light of their talents. the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. this is a band. the connection is undeniable. we are all a part of the grand shell game. these are just some players. historians. scribes, if not for our age, then at least for their times. they sing songs of love and loss. of failure and resulting growth. of conflict and resolution, and conflicting resolutions. they borrow textures and tones from...

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Tough Old Bird with The Dupont Brothers

Tough Old Bird with The Dupont Brothers

Jun 14, 2016 |  0 comments

Formed in the small community of Fillmore, New York by songwriting brothers Matthew and Nathan Corrigan, Tough Old Bird plays a potent blend of authentic folk and blues that reflects the rural landscape it comes from, a place where the last train just pulled out and the carnival is always on its way to the next town. The core of Tough Old Bird’s sound comes from Matthew Corrigan’s intricate acoustic guitar work, and from the voice and nimble harmonica playing of Nathan Corrigan, who holds a degree in literature and brings a poetic sensibility to the duo’s lyrics. Accents of accordion and waves of electric guitar give Tough Old Bird a sound that is at once modern and ancient. The band released its second full-length album, “Gambling Days,” on January 22, 2016. The new album brings a more focused approach to songwriting and a newly expanded lineup featuring drums and upright bass. Zack and Sam DuPont are a Burlington, VT based, sibling indie-folk-americana duo....

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Annie Stokes

Annie Stokes

Jun 11, 2016 |  0 comments

Annie Stokes is an indie-folk musician from Virginia. Raised in the nation’s capital on an eclectic mixture of musical theater, bluegrass, and classic Americana, her music is a fusion of city sounds and country soul. Although playing guitar only began as a hobby, soon her hometown was buzzing about “that girl who sounds like Jewel.” Annie’s lilting voice, poetic and introspective lyrics, and fingerpicking style draw listeners in with their rootsy and authentic feel. She’s found, after years of making music and connecting with audiences, that when the artist prioritizes the song and the human experience that it’s based on, everything else falls into place. Accompanying herself on an assortment of instruments, and with a talented band of players backing her up, Annie’s extensive performance background includes street fairs, cafes, vineyards, bars, breweries, concert series (Buncearoo, Her Roots, Coffee and Dreadnoughts), nightclubs (Jammin Java...

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Adwela and the Uprising

Adwela and the Uprising

Jun 10, 2016 |  0 comments

Adwela was encouraged by his mother Etta at a young age in the area of the arts. Adwela began writing, singing, and playing music at the age of 13. The Culpeper native also has roots from Kingston, Jamaica where his father was born and raised. Adwela Started performing singing in the Antioch Baptist Church choir. He began writing raps and songs at age 13 and blossomed into one of the locally proclaimed best artists in the area by the time he started high school in 1998. Adwela received most of his formal musical training in the CCHS choir, where he performed at the Disney Christmas program at Epcot Center in 1999. That same year he also was named to the all-state chorus. During his college years he was signed by Streetsquad records, an independent label in Danville, VA and recorded over 95 total songs in a 2 year period. A 5 year Arena Football career sidelined his musical endeavors until his retirement from professional sports in 2010. Since then, Adwela came back on the scene...

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