The Farm Hands – Good Things

Biography

WITH OVER 60 NATIONAL AWARDS AND NOMINATIONS, THE FARM HANDS ARE ONE OF THE MOST EXCITING AND IN DEMAND BLUEGRASS BANDS IN AMERICA. TOURING OVER 150 DATES EACH YEAR, THIS TALENTED FOURSOME FEATURES VETERANS OF THE WORLD FAMOUS GRAND OLE OPRY, GRAMMY AWARD WINNERS, HIT SONGWRITERS, AND CELEBRATED INSTRUMENTALISTS.

Two-time Songwriter of the Year Daryl Mosley has several #1 songs to his credit, including the southern gospel classic, ‘(Ask the Blind Man) He Saw It All. Daryl has written songs featured on ‘American Idol’, ‘The View’ and other TV shows around the world. Gospel music icon Bill Gaither calls Farm Hand’s bass player Daryl Mosley “a poet-and we don’t have many poets left.” Daryl is also a six-time Male Vocalist of the Year nominee.

In 2015, Grammy award winner Tim Graves was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Tim has over 30 years of professional music under his belt, including 20 years as part of world famous Grand Ole Opry. Tim has toured extensively across the U.S. both as a sideman and with his own group. Tim plays his signature ‘Tim Graves model’ Beard resophonic guitar and is the reigning Dobro Player of the Year in bluegrass music, a distinction he has held 12 times and the last 9 years in a row. In 2015, Grammy award winner Tim Graves was inducted into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Tim has over 30 years of professional music under his belt, including 20 years as part of world famous Grand Ole Opry. Tim has toured extensively across the U.S. both as a sideman and with his own group. Tim plays his signature ‘Tim Graves model’ Beard resophonic guitar and is the reigning Dobro Player of the Year in bluegrass music, a distinction he has held 12 times and the last 9 years in a row.

Three-time Guitar Player of the Year nominee Keith Tew has toured with High Strung, Vassar Clements of the Grateful Dead, Rock County, and performed on the Grand Ole’ Opry as a member of Rhonda Vincent’s band. Keith is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter and is a 2 time Song of the Year winner. One for the Lonesome River Band classic “Am I A Fool” and again for The Farm Hand’s “Dig In The Dirt”

The newest member of the Farm Hands is Don Hill. Don has the distinction of being named state champion banjo player in several states including Alabama, Kentucky, and Tennessee. Don is a Tennessee native and has worked with many of the major artists in bluegrass music including Grand Ole Opry stars Bobby Osborne and Jesse McReynolds and is a 2017 Bluegrass Banjo Player of the Year nominee.

Rachael McShane & The Cartographers – When All Is Still

Rachael McShane

Rachael McShane is a singer, cellist, fiddle and viola player based in the North East of England. Best known as an original member of folk big band Bellowhead, Rachael toured internationally with them as well as making several TV appearances. Bellowhead recorded 5 studio albums, and won a total of 8 BBC Folk Awards in their 12 years together. Rachael has more recently been singing the role of Susannah Holmes in a new adaptation of The Transports alongside The Young’uns, Faustus, Nancy Kerr, Greg Russell and Matthew Crampton. The Transports album is out now.

Rachael’s brand new album (her first since 2009) sees her reworking traditional songs with a new band, The Cartographers, featuring guitarist Matthew Ord (Assembly Lane) and melodeon player Julian Sutton (Kathryn Tickell, Sting). ‘When All Is Still’ is out on 12/8/18.

Rachael McShane & The Cartographers are a brand new signing to Topic Records, the oldest independent label in the world, on the eve of its 80th anniversary.

Rachael’s first solo album ‘No Man’s Fool’ was released on Navigator Records in 2009 and it’s available to buy here. Rachael’s band for the album was made up of musicians from outside the folk genre but featured entirely traditional material.

As well as performing, Rachael is also a teacher and workshop leader, working in schools teaching violin/fiddle, cello and running string ensembles and choirs. She has also been a part of educational projects with organisations such as Aldeburgh Young Musicians and the National Youth Orchestra.

The Cartographers

Matthew Ord

Matthew Ord is a guitarist and singer living in Newcastle. Matthew currently plays with local bluegrass outfit Assembly Lane and with fiddle player Niles Krieger as The Two. Over the past ten years Matthew has performed, recorded and toured in the UK, the US and Canada both as a solo performer and with critically-acclaimed country blues band Hey Negrita.

‘An extraordinary musician’ – Olivia Chaney, songwriter and musician

‘Stone cold classic genius…ridiculously talented” – Americana magazine

Julian Sutton

Julian Sutton is a melodeon player from the North East of England. He has toured extensively with artists including Kathryn Tickell and Sting. He released his solo album ‘Melodeon Crimes’ in 2005 and has played on many great folk albums in recent years.

Mike Vass – Notes From The Boat

‘Some of Scotland’s finest musicians headed to a floating recording studio last year to perform the beguiling music of award-winning Scottish composer and fiddler Mike Vass, the master musician renowned for innovative projects, maritime adventures and intriguing instrumental releases.

This wonderfully warm and mellow recording see Vass afloat with some of his favourite and most talented musical compatriots.

The ten performers joined him aboard his Dutch sailing boat Sweet Harmony while she was docked at Inverkip on the Clyde just before Vass and his brother Martin set off on a 2,500 mile sailing adventure taking in Ireland, Isle of Man, Wales, England, Spain, Portugal, Madeira and the Canary Islands.’

High Fidelity – Hills And Home

Many folks remember the great bluegrass records from the 1950s and ‘60s. The power and soul of that music has won the hearts of people across the globe. Few bands have come along in recent years that directly draw their influence from that classic era of the music’s history. High Fidelity is a rising group whose love and devotion to that music is unsurpassed. The name alone says it all: HIGH FIDELITY. How many record albums have you seen from the ‘50s and ‘60s that bear those words? Herein lies the heart of what this group of young performers is all about.

“I personally have loved those sounds since I was a child. The older music always stood out to me,” says band leader and lead vocalist Jeremy Stephens, who switches between banjo and guitar on stage. “We are aiming to find good songs with a good message and melody that fit the style that we intend to represent: bands of the late ‘50s and early ‘60s like Reno & Smiley and Jim & Jesse. We choose obscure songs that these types of groups did or reach further back to get material that we like that we feel fits this style.”

To all but the most dyed-in-the-wool bluegrass and old-time music devotees, the music on Hills And Home will come as a revelation. The group avoids the well-known war horses associated with the likes of the Flatts & Scruggses, the Stanleys and the Monroes. Well, not quite all of the Monroes. Jeremy exclaims: “No bigger fan of Charlie Monroe than me! I love his singing and guitar playing.” Instead, the band chooses to mine gems from lesser known – but no less worthy – acts such as the Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, Wade Mainer and venerable gospel group The Chuck Wagon Gang (whom Jeremy spent six years as a member of prior to forming High Fidelity).

The High Fidelity lineup took shape in early 2014, leading up to a competition for new bands at the SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) Convention in Nashville. Jeremy, fiddle player (and now wife) Corrina Rose Logston Stephens, banjo player Kurt Stephenson, bassist Vickie Vaughn and multi-instrumentalist Daniel Amick (mandolin, banjo, guitar) assembled a list of decades-old songs that they could flawlessly recreate on stage, including some gems from the Stanley Brothers. Before long, the band realized they could put their own stamp on the material without losing the integrity of the original recordings. With that newfound perspective, High Fidelity handily won that year’s contest.

In 2016, their self-titled, self-produced debut was released to critical acclaim: the album was given a glowing feature by Bluegrass Today’s John Lawless, and Bluegrass Unlimited’s Walt Saunders gave it a celebrated “Highlight” review, even going as far as declaring it his “Album of the Year” for 2017. And, just at the beginning of this year, The Bluegrass Situation listed Hills And Home as one of its most anticipated releases for 2018 — long before it even had a title!

First single “The Hills and Home” is a superb rendition of a John Duffey composition originally released by the Country Gentlemen for Starday Records in 1959. High Fidelity’s fresh remake of this semi-obscure cut typifies what the band is all about: interpreting classic-era bluegrass through the fresh, young perspective of today’s generation. Stephenson brought the song to the group. “The Country Gentlemen’s Starday cut of ‘The Hills and Home’ is one of my favorite recordings,” he states. “To me, the song was unique in that it was a trio throughout, with powerful harmonies from Charlie Waller, John Duffey and Eddie Adcock. I was also taken by Eddie’s banjo playing on the recording. His second solo emulated a steel guitar, which I found to be very fascinating. When searching for material to record, ‘The Hills and Home’ was the first song I thought of. I felt that it would be a good fit for the group. The song lends itself to who we are striving to be as a band, both in style and in the values we hold dear.”

Songs From The Road Band – Road to Nowhere

 

Song based high energy bluegrass performed and sung by some of the best cats in the business!

Album Notes
Songs From The Road Band is a North Carolina powerhouse group featuring Mark Schimick, Charles Humphrey, Ryan Cavanaugh, Sam Wharton, and James Schlender. Collectively, they have received top accolades in the bluegrass, Americana, and jazz genres. They will be touring heavily in support of the fourth studio album, Road To Nowhere, is due out in the summer of 2018!

Humphrey is an IBMA award & Grammy recipient. He has also garnered a spot in the NC Music Hall of Fame. Schimick has soared to the top of the progressive and jamgrass scene alongside legends Larry Keel, Vassar Clements, and Tony Rice. Cavanaugh has made his long-awaited return to bluegrass after 10 years of touring the world with jazz great Bill Evans and his Soulgrass project. He has been acknowledged by Bela Fleck as an acoustic pioneer on the 5 string banjo. James Schlender, 2 time National Fiddle Champion has shared the stage with Chick Corea, Bobby McFerrin, and George Benson. Sam Wharton is an award winning guitar picker and singer who refined his chops in the bluegrass halls of Telluride, CO! The Road Band delivers a high energy show full of original material from their 4 studio albums, unmatched instrumental prowess, and creative covers!

Mama Caught Fire – Listen as She Speaks

Hailing from Minneapolis, MN, Mama Caught Fire is a trio whose music explores intricate harmony, emotional storytelling, and the power of the voice.

Band members Julia Hobart, Abigail Tuominen, and Molly Sowash met as students at Macalester College in 2013. All three write for the group, which performs around the Twin Cities. 

Sharon Lazibyrd – Half Shame and Half Glory

 

” Georgie Rogers, Tom Robinson and pretty much every local radio station across the country are falling over themselves with love for Sharon Lazibyrd right now.”
Sam Bonham BBC Music Introducing

“This is quite simply put, gorgeous folk music…warms you like the sun on your face”
Fresh on the Net

“an eclectic selection of tunes, every one of which hits it   s mark…this is a debut album to be proud of” Angry Baby

Somerset based contemporary folk singer-songwriter and independent musician releases her eagerly anticipated debut solo album on 8th June. Sharon has made a great start as tracks from the album have been played on the BBC Introducing Mixtape and the title track was recently voted a Fresh Fave by Tom Robinson’s Fresh on the Net and has been receiving BBC airplay across the nation too. Her songs have been played by over 50 radio shows and she was BBC Introducing Artist of the Week in Jan 2018 on BBC Georgey Tonight.

Will Finn & Rosie Calvert – Beneath This Place

Beneath This Place is the debut album from Will Finn and Rosie Calvert. Known for their work as half of a capella quartet The Teacups, Will and Rosie will’s unique approach to arrangement see’s them explore both song and tune on this brave debut.

The unlikely pairing of piano and steel pan is joined by Evan Carson (Sam Kelly And The Lost Boys, The Willows) on percussion, Matt Downer (Mabon, Jim Moray, Gilmore and Roberts) on double bass, Seth Tinsley (Elephant Sessions, Tyde) on guitar and Sam Partridge (Pons Aelius) on whistles.

 

Great REVIEW here

Rosali – Trouble Anyway

 

“I first fell in love with Rosali’s songs for this reason, the way her work takes you straight to that brave and big-hearted dream within songwriting. Every song stands strongly as it’s very own world, well-worn by the history of the underground but accessible as daylight.”
-Meg Baird, Spring 2018 

…”Rosali’s wide-ranging solo project is harder to pin down as she navigates late-night Laurel Canyon-style fare, country-tinged ballads and moody soft-rock with an ear for piercing textures that give her easygoing songs an unexpected weight.”… – NPR 

“Trouble Anyway (a co-release from Scissor Tail Records and the newly formed Spinster Sounds) doesn’t disappoint after its powerful opener. Bolstered by an all-star cast of Philadelphia-adjacent musicians (including Mary Lattimore the War On Drugs’ Charlie Hall and Purling Hiss’ Mike Polizze), the LP’s nine tracks soar and shimmer, whether on slow-burn ballads like “Dead and Gone” or churning rockers like “Rise To Fall.” Wherever Rosali goes, you’re going to want to follow.” – Aquarium Drunkard 

Philadelphia-based musician Rosali (Long Hots, Wandering Shade) wrote the songs for her second album, Trouble Anyway, seeking empowerment by sharing openly on love, power, aging, suffering, confusion, self-doubt, and anger. Resulting in a full-bodied record that is at once sweeping and intimate. A vulnerable and powerful exploration of emotional narratives, Trouble Anyway showcases her background in diverse musical styles from free improv, garage rock, country, pop, to folk-infused song-craft. Following up her 2016 debut Out of Love (Siltbreeze), named one of the top 100 records of 2016 by Uncut Magazine, Trouble Anyway is a cohesive collection of lush, intimate rock songs, featuring her warm, natural vocals and powerful riffing and rhythm guitar, approaching the sublime when Rosali finds expression beyond lyricism, utilizing her voice as a human instrument.

Backed by A-list musician friends, the collective instrumentation simultaneously accentuates Rosali’s singular sound and magnifies its orbit. Trouble Anyway is both otherworldly and straight-forward. Lyrical and wordless intensity, alongside intuitive musical arrangements, make for a powerful sophomore release. With collaborations from musician friends – Nathan Bowles (Steve Gunn, Black Twig Pickers), Dan Provenzano (Writhing Squares, Purling Hiss), Mary Lattimore, Paul Sukeena (Angel Olsen, Spacin’), Charlie Hall (The War on Drugs), Mike Polizze (Purling Hiss), Mike Sobel (Oldermost), and Gretchen Lohse (Carol Cleveland Sings)—Trouble Anyway was recorded and mixed by Uniform Recording’s Jeff Zeigler, who has also engineered records for The War on Drugs, Allison Crutchfield (also of Waxahatchee), and Kurt Vile, among others.
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This is a joint release with newly formed label SPINSTER. The label was started by Sarah Louise (House and Land) Sally Anne Morgan (House and Land, Black Twig Pickers) and Emily Hilliard (WV folklorist, formerly Smithsonian Folkways)

Borrowed Tyme Band – Borrowed Tyme Band

Formed in late 2015, Borrowed Tyme’s vocal harmonies are often heard soaring above Roger Brown’s clean, crisp mandolin style and Josh Wood’s driving style of banjo. Rounding out the other half of the group is Dan Canerday and his seasoned style of guitar and Rick Wilson’s dynamic bass playing.