Together since 1982, the Michigan-based duo Annie and Rod Capps write and deliver music with a rootsy vibe, a touch of twang, and a soulful groove. Annie’s disarming, earthy voice and solid command of her guitar are punctuated by Rod’s effortless accompaniment and beautiful solo work.
The charming, Nashville-based acoustic band The Barefoot Movement was the winner of the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Band of the Year Momentum Award. This band takes listeners back to a simpler time and place, inviting listeners to “sit back, relax, take your shoes off, and stay a while.”
Bill was raised on a Mohican (Stockbridge–Munsee) reservation near Shawano, WI. His music is rooted in his background and draws on a range of other influences. His performances showcase his rich talents in composition, guitar, Native American flute, vocals, and storytelling.
Chicago Farmer, the stage name of Bloomington, Illinois’ Cody Diekhoff, released his seventh album, Midwest Side Stories, in 2016. Honest Tune wrote: “You can smell the dirt in the fields, hear the wind as it blows across the plains, and see the people that Chicago Farmer sings about. . . . Imagine if a John Steinbeck short story had been written as a song.”
Kind Country is a Minneapolis–based jamgrass band, playing American standards as well as their own brand of “Cosmic American” music. Since their formation in 2012, they’ve focused on creating live performances with high levels of improvisation and energy.
From the budding music scene of the Upper Midwest comes the cutting–edge, Front–Porch–Americana soundscapes of The Last Revel. This powerfully talented trio of multi–instrumentalists from Minneapolis, Minnesota so naturally blends the genres of Folk, Rockabilly, Old Time String–Band and Rock to create a sound that is as equally original as it is timeless.
Natalie Gelman, whose powerful vocals linger long after she has finished singing, grew up in a musical family, the daughter of a violinist father and pianist mother. She earned a B.A. in Music from the University of Miami and took part in the Music Under New York program.
La Crosse-based Pigtown Fling delivers a mix of Irish, old time, bluegrass, blues, and swing with Casey Barth on the mandolin, Jessie McDonald on the fiddle, Sherri Byrne on bass, and Barry Byrne on guitar.
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Birmingham, Alabama’s Steel City Jug Slammers won the 2015 Minneapolis Battle of the Jug Bands, and they have been featured on Minnesota Public Radio’s A Prairie Home Companion. The blow of the jug and the pluck of the tub bass pulls listeners right in. And with their good–time Southern banter, this group has all the charm of a century–old traveling music show fresh off the train.