Victoria Williams is an American singer/songwriter and musician, originally from Shreveport, Louisiana, although she has resided in Southern California throughout her musical career. She is noted for her descriptive songwriting talent, which she has used to immerse the listener of her songs into a vivid feeling of small-town, rural Southern upbringing and life. Her best-known songs include “Crazy Mary”, and “Century Plant”. Finding inspiration in nature, (“Weeds”, “Century Plant,” “Why Look at the Moon”), everyday objects, (“Shoes,” “Frying Pan”) and the unseen, as in….. “Holy Spirit”.
Chris Kasper is an American songwriter with a style rooted in folk, rock and blues. His music has been compared to everything from Paul Simon to Beck, and draws on inspiration from musical greats such as Bill Withers and Levon Helm. With 25 years of playing under his belt, Chris’s unique storytelling and lush arrangements, combined with his studio artistry, set him apart as a standout artist of this generation.
Based in Philadelphia, but a true road warrior at heart, the past 12 years have found Chris sharing the stage with the likes of Amos Lee, The Avett Brothers, Tristan Prettyman, Good Old War and The Wood Brothers. A solo performer to be reckoned with, Chris’s collaborative spirit also lends him great strength as a bandleader. He can often be found performing with Philadelphia staples Phil D’Agostino (bass), Kiley Ryan (fiddle) and Daniel “Scrappy” Bower (percussion).
Chris Kasper stepped into the role of producer and arranger for his 4th album, Bagabones, released October 1, 2013. The result is an album of rare depth and true originality that stands up on its own to be recognized. Bagabones was written in a small cabin owned by Chris’s late uncle in West Hurley, NY, just outside the town of Woodstock. The energy of Woodstock danced its way into these songs, along with the calm of Byrdcliffe Mountain and a generous homage to Chris’s musical heroes. Engineered by Matt Muir of Kawari Studios and mastered by Philly soul producer Jim Salamone (Teddy Pendergrass), this record captures a sound rarely found from a self-produced, independent artist. Kelsey Butterworth of The 9:30 Club in DC warns listeners, “…make room in your heart for this record and this artist. This music hits you like a train.” Bagabones is preceded by The First Hundred Years are the Hardest (2011), Chasing Another Sundown (2009), and FlyingBoy (2006).
Professor Louie & Crowmatix began as the studio backing band for Aaron “Professor Louie’s” musical productions for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, The Band. Rick Danko christened him Professor Louie due to his work and friendship with The Band.
This GRAMMY-nominated Woodstock, NY group plays 150 shows a year in the US and worldwide. They have performed at the Thunder Bay, London, Windsor, Tondor, Falcon Ridge Festivals, Sellersville Theater, BB Kings, NYC, House Of Blues, LA. Professor Louie has performed twice on The Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise.
Professor Louie & The Crowmatix repertoire is steeped in rock ‘n’ roll, blues, Gospel and American roots music, they have 12 studio CD’s on The Woodstock Records label. Their latest recording, Crowin’ The Blues will be released on Digital & Web Feb 17 and in stores April 7, 2017. Their CD, Music From Hurley Mountain, was voted best concept record & group by Radio Crystal Blue in 2016. PL&C have been inducted into Blues Hall Of Fame, New York Chapter and hold a permanent place in the Canada South Blues Museum.
Annachristie and the sapphires hale from joshua tree CA, consisting of lead vocalist and songwriter annachristie and a rotating cast of players. Annachristie released her debut solo EP in may 2015 which took notice of music connection magazine rating her one of the top 10 indie artist to watch. She is currently recording a new EP with Grammy award winning producer Tim sonnefeld who is known for his work with Usher. Annachristie and the sapphires new EP will feature vocals from the famed country/folk singer Victoria Williams. she has shared the stage with artist such as Amos Lee, First aid kit, Langhorn slim,and Mirah. she has worked with producers such as Mark howard and Don was. she has performed on the Gene shay folk show, philadelphia folk festival, Goodmorning New York. CMJ, SXSW, NXNE. Electric picnic music festival (ireland) body and soul music festival (ireland) visby festival (Sweden) Annachristie has soulful huskiness and vocal power that could break glass, yet her vocal control and dynamics is what paints her songs into master pieces. Her lyrics are witty and deep, making you remember something you thought was gone, a refreshing nostalgia.
Travis Wetzel is a dynamic musician, song writer, and vocalist. His music has many folds including bluegrass, jazz, swing, Celtic, Klezmer, Native American, gospel, country, and classical. He is lead fiddler/violinist on countless recording projects ranging from country to rock. He has performed and recorded with artists such as Bill Monroe, Jesse McReynolds, Bill Harrell, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Mac Wiseman, Jimmey Fortune, John Schneider, and David Frizzell. Jazz legend Stephane Grappelli invited Travis to perform the Rogers and Hart classic Where or When at Kutzstown University with him.
Travis played at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Senator Rayburn Building in Washington DC with Congressman Ben “Cooter” Jones of Dukes of Hazzard fame for the House of Representatives. He and Cooter also produced a cd entitled Ghosts of Dixie vol 1.
Travis had many engagements on the radio program Echoes of an Era with Franny Beecher, former Benny Goodman guitarist and an original member of Bill Haley’s Comets. His jazz group The Mad Musical Gang was featured a number of times on the show hosted by Chuck Irwin.
Travis has worked for charitable organizations such as HALTER Therapeutic Riding Program with Wynonna Judd, The Parent Project with Charles Osgood of CBS’s Sunday Morning, and the VSA Arts of NJ.
Recently, guitar legend Bob Saxton invited Travis to play at the Chet Atkins convention. Travis also had a lead part in the Johnny Cash musical Ring of Fire at the Roxy Theater in Clarksville, TN.
Travis can be seen and heard almost every week on the Grand Ole Opry with legendary instrumentalist and singer Jesse McReynolds. Jesse first introduced Travis to the Opry with Jim and Jesse in October, 2002.
Paper Doll, the second album by vocalist, songwriter and CBS recording artist Sharon Little, is the artist’s response to a pop culture mindset that seems to require female entertainers to adopt a particular look or behave outrageously in order to gain attention. Blazing her way on an accelerated career path – she went from waiting tables in a Philadelphia coffee shop straight to a debut album and a national tour with Robert Plant, Alison Krauss and T Bone Burnett – Sharon was exposed to many forces pulling at her, offering advice, direction, and often, confusion.
Caroline Reese grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, where the rust belt meets Amish country. Her mom ran a horse farm and her dad sold antiques, two facts which inform the old-soul tendencies in her songs.