Shakey Graves (aka Alejandro Rose-Garcia) is a moniker that flirts with onomatopoeia; his name really does evoke his sound. An Austin, Texas solo performer born of troubadour campfires and often supported by a lone guitar, he's mastered the one-man band gittup, pounding out beats while he strums in an open G tuned especially for his bluesy style.
The celebratory, spiritual song "Lift Me Up" arises from Brooklyn, New York songwriter Jeremy Bass' personal desolation. Marriage over, house sold, money gone, future prospects dim, Bass did pretty much the only thing he could do: keep writing and making music.
Grammy award-winning artist Sean Watkins began his ascent into the music industry at the tender age of 12 in the group Nickel Creek. Along with his sister Sara and bandmate Chris Thile, they had humble beginnings playing in a pizza parlor every Saturday night in Carlsbad, California. After playing together for a while they were asked to play in a local festival and have been bringing their eclectic mix of folk and bluegrass music to the masses ever since.
John McCutcheon loves music of all types, as is evident from his prolific and varied recording career, having released 34 albums.
The late Anne Tkach, who passed away on April 9, 2015 at the age of 48, was a beloved part of the St. Louis music community. She was best known as a bassist and singer for the bands Hazeldine, Nadine, Rough Shop, Magic City, Bad Folk and many more. But as the song "Dear Mama" shows, she could also write a beautiful melody and lyric when so inspired.