White Owl Red is the San Francisco based music of singer/songwriter Josef McManus. It features drums by Kyle Caprista (Chuck Prophet, Megan Slankard) and Guitars by Gawain Mathews (Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, and Ben Lee). Americana Ash, White Owl Red’s first album debuted on the Americana Music Association Charts (AMA) and remained there for 14 weeks in 2014. Naked and Falling, the second studio album by White Owl Red received international acclaim and airplay in 2017 and 2018. It charted on the AMA top 100 Chart, the FAR Chart top 10, and the Root 64 airplay chart top 20. Naked and Falling was ranked in the top 100 albums of 2017 by Alternate Root Magazine.
Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas both perform on North Country’s kickoff track, “Let It Go,” whose lyrics tell the story of two lovers drinking up the nightlife of New Orleans.
Don’t call Danny Burns a newcomer.
Two decades before releasing his 2018 debut, North Country — a collaborative album filled with appearances by icons like Jerry Douglas, Sam Bush, and Tift Merritt— he kicked off his career as a traveling folksinger, logging shows on both sides of the Atlantic. He’s been on the road ever since, sharpening a sound that mixes the folk traditions of his native Ireland with diverse American influences.
SHORT BIO (11/2018) SONiA (Rutstein) disappear fear releases her highly anticipated 19th CD By My Silence worldwide -January 2019. Currently, SDF has 18 award winning CDs including first round Grammy entries. “Her songs are a vivid celebration of the human spirit in all its infinite manifestations”, writes Don Kening-Chicago Daily Herald, “her music has a singular sound that makes labeling and categorizing a waste of time.”
SONiA Rutstein is a world class composer and artist. Her awards include 6 GLAMAs and one being Female Artist of the Year, GLAAD (Gay and Lesbian American Anti Defamation) Award for Best Album (previous recipient Elton John), Coin Of Honor from a joint coalition of the United States Military for her humanitarian efforts and (2017) Spirit of Folk Music Award from Folk Alliance International. SONiA’s talent of writing in a variety of genres and languages has garnered her a vast following worldwide. SONiA’s double CD “LIVE at MAXiMAL” was in the first round running Grammy for Folk Album of the Year. Looking at her touring schedule past and future one can trace decades of dedication to various humanitarian and animal rights’ causes.
From the Sydney Opera House to the Kerrville Folk Festival and a bomb shelter in the Negev, SONiA has shared stages and caves with many of her heroes; Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, Nickel Creek, Green Day, Emmylou Harris, GEORGE, John Fullbright, Sheryl Crow, Lucinda Williams, Joan Jett, Bruce Springsteen at the Light of Day Benefit concert(2014),Ani Difranco and Indigo Girls. She is honored to be endorsed by 7 international manufacturers including the SONiA Signature Model of Santa Cruz Guitar Company, ShubbCapos, Fishman Transducers, D’Addarrio, John Pearse Strings and Audix. “The honesty of her songs touches the hearts and minds of people from a wide spectrum of social and ethnic backgrounds who share a positive world vision”, says Rounder Records. SONiA has performed in 20 countries and will return to Europe in February 2019 then back to the USA and onto Australia and New Zealand in December 2019-2020.
Rutstein who plays guitar and harmonica is this generation’s Dylan. The Advocate Magazine
Rutstein on guitar and piano and a small circle of friends create lean yet surprisingly colorful folk-pop. – Mike Joyce, Washington Post
SONiA of disappear fear had the audience actually holding our collective breath in awe. It was one of the most electric live ‘performances
I’d ever seen. In SONiA, I found a contemporary artist with Lennon’s way with a phrase. From that night until this, she’s been my favorite
singer/songwriter.” – Cliff Weimer, In the Balcony
“Quirky and smart, a poet with a guitar, SONiA is a master of crafting songs that make you want to simultaneously dance, sing,
and change the world.” – Georgia Voice, Atlanta USA
“….with a voice that is raspy yet pure and lyrical melodies reminiscent of Bob Dylan, Springsteen, and Joni Mitchell.” – Waiheke Jazz Festival, New Zealand”
SONiA has returned with her best album in years, Broken Film …and it’s high point is the breathtaking “The Banker” –Gregg Shapiro, Bay Area Reporter (San Francisco/Chicago USA)
There is an exuberance and passion shining from SONiA as she warms the audience with her humanity, charm and a touch of glamour. –Roger Dietz, Sing Out Magazine (USA)
“I came to the concert learning she was Dylan’s cousin, 2 minutes into the first song I forgot about that and was just mesmerized the entire night” Fan from Kassel, Germany 2017