Karyn Oliver is part Joan Osborne, a touch of Janis Joplin and a bit of Emmylou Harris – effortlessly oscillating from bluesy to country and back. Her musical inspirations come primarily from the eclectic mix of music to which she was exposed while growing up in the musically diverse culture of Washington, D.C.
In 2009, Karyn moved to a town called Boring, MD with a broken heart and a cheap guitar. It was from this place that she created her first solo album, Red Dress, that earned her Kerrville New Folk Finalist and Falcon Ridge Emerging Artist in 2011, as well as 2010 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest winner. In 2011, Oliver moved to New York City, with a renewed heart and a better guitar. It is from this place that she created her latest solo album, Magdalene, and became a Kerrville New Folk Finalist for a second time in 2016.
2017 brought Oliver to North Carolina, where she is steeping herself in the great writers of the South, and recorded a new album, “A List Of Names”.
“A List Of Names” is currently charting on both Folk (#8 in February!) and Americana radio.
“The fire of a Folk musician is at the heart of the stories on ‘A List of Names.’ (The CD) shifts sounds, blending diverse styles guided by the vocal drive of Karyn Oliver.” �- The Alternate Root
Barry Gray has been writing songs since he was a teenager, but only sharing them with others outside of his family for the last five years or so. His songs are deeply personal and tap into common human emotions and struggles. Making a difference in the lives of those close to you, both while you’re here and after you’re gone, is a common theme. He’s constantly in search of a way to capture the precious moments all humans share. Barry was the 2018 recipient of the NC Arts Council Songwriting Fellowship. Winning the Songwriting Fellowship allowed him to record his first record ‘Footsteps’ which he released in November2018. ‘Footsteps’ meshes his sweet songs, heartfelt vocals, and tender guitar playing with perfectly placed contributions from a very talented group of NC musicians to produce a harmonious work. You’ll hear Barry’s originals as well as covers of local and legendary artists at his shows.
A multiplatinum songwriter and producer, Wyatt Easterling is a master storyteller and nowhere is this more apparent than on his latest record, Divining Rod, the top #5 Folk album in the month following its release in 2017. Back Porch Radio has also recognized Divining Rod as one of the top 25 folk albums of the year for 2017. This collection captures Easterling’s folk roots, carving hope from heartache while spinning tales of return, redemption, and reclamation. With his smooth vocals and gritty lyrics, punctuated by intricate guitar work, Wyatt knows his way around a song and how to deliver it. Wyatt is currently in the studio recording a new album scheduled for a 2020 release.
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