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Mavis Staples

Having been referred to as “one of America’s defining voices of freedom and peace” by NPR, Mavis Staples is the kind of once-in-a-generation artist whose impact on music and culture would be difficult to overstate. Since beginning her career in 1950 with her family group The Staples Singers, she’s become both a Blues and Rock…

Closing Night Party: Cedric Burnside / Eddie 9V

Cedric Burnside still lives on several acres not far from the Holly Springs, Mississippi, home where he was raised by “Big Daddy,” his grandfather, the late singer/songwriter/guitarist R.L. Burnside. Cedric was literally born to the blues, more specifically, the “rhythmically unorthodox” Hill country variant which emerged from Mississippi, where he grew up surrounded (and influenced)…

Drive-By Truckers

Originally hailing from Athens, Georgia, the Drive-By Truckers have always been outspoken, telling a distinctly American story via craft, character, and concept, all backed by sonic ambition and social conscience. Founded by singer/songwriter/guitarists Mike Cooley and Patterson Hood, the band celebrated their 25th anniversary last year. “​​From their first notes together to their current tour,…

Watchhouse (fka Mandolin Orange)

Formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, Watchhouse (formerly known as Mandolin Orange) are songwriter Andrew Marlin (vocals, mandolin, guitar, banjo) and Emily Frantz (vocals, violin, guitar). More than a decade down the road, a half-dozen albums, and a family of their own to contend with, Watchhouse makes beautiful, downhome, contemporary acoustic folk music…

The Wood Brothers

Dubbed “masters of soulful folk” by Paste, The Wood Brothers formed after brothers Chris and Oliver Wood pursued separate musical careers for 15 years. Chris already had legions of devoted fans for his incomparable work as one-third of Medeski Martin & Wood, while Oliver toured with Tinsley Ellis before releasing a half-dozen albums with his…

Cajun Dance Party: The Revelers

Representing the new generation of Cajun musicians, The Revelers blend the fundamental elements of Cajun music with pop, rock, and R&B to create their signature brand of Louisiana-bred party music. Between them, Blake Miller (accordion), Chas Justus (guitar), Daniel Coolik (fiddle, guitar), Chris Miller (saxophone), Trey Boudreaux (bass), and Glenn Fields (drums) are connected with…

Bruce Hornsby & the Noisemakers

Bruce Hornsby, the creatively insatiable pianist and singer-songwriter from Williamsburg, Virginia, always has succeeded on his exceptional gifts, his training and his work ethic. He has returned to traditional American roots forms, collaborating with Ricky Skaggs. He has played with the Grateful Dead. He has fused the plunk and dazzle of 20th-century modernist classical composition…

Cajun Dance Party: The Revelers

Representing the new generation of Cajun musicians, The Revelers blend the fundamental elements of Cajun music with pop, rock, and R&B to create their signature brand of Louisiana-bred party music. Between them, Blake Miller (accordion), Chas Justus (guitar), Daniel Coolik (fiddle, guitar), Chris Miller (saxophone), Trey Boudreaux (bass), and Glenn Fields (drums) are connected with…