With the release of "From The Ground Up", Oklahoma singer/songwriter John Fullbright is certain to join any conversation about the best new artists in music today. Firmly rooted in a variety of musical styles, John draws on what has come before but without imitation. Forget labels when you listen to John Fullbright. He is not folk, not Americana and not pop, but possibly the best definition of them all. Fullbright's earliest songwriting heroes, Townes Van Zandt and Mickey Newbury certainly infuse this record, but so do Jimmy Webb and Randy Newman and many of Fullbright's lesser-known songwriting friends from Oklahoma and Texas.
Monterey/Bay Area singer/songwriters Lauren Shera, Christina Bailey, and Sara E. Bollwinkel began playing music together in early 2010 as a collaborative to showcase their individual songs and the music they began writing together: an indie-folk blend with traditional roots and pop sensibility. Each of the three young women trade off lead vocals and switch between instruments with ease; combining pristine three-part harmonies with masterful arrangements played on guitar, banjo and violin. The ladies are accompanied by Matt Bollwinkel on bass and Mark Quinn on drums, rounding out their sound perfectly.
Opener: Garrin Benfield
Garrin Benfield's sound has been described as Freestyle Acoustic Rock. His music is a blend of moody, guitar driven rock and polyrhythmic groove all run through the filter of a very serious Singer/Songwriter. His talent shines through as a solo artist when he flat-picks his way through complicated and lightning-fast arrangements and also while he uses a Loop Station to create mesmerizing soundscapes upon which he lays blistering rock, blues and jazz licks, darkened by his extensive use of effect pedals