For those of you lucky enough to catch the Mandolin Orange shows at Southend Grooveyard, you know their beautifully crafted songs and their straightforward yet elegant performance style.
They formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina around the talents of singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Martin and violinist/guitarist Emily Frantz. Martin and Emily had met the night of Obama’s first inauguration at an old-time music jam in Carrboro, North Carolina. They had each been irresistibly drawn, and drawn back, to the authenticity of bluegrass and other southern roots music. Their sound is a heady mix of bluegrass, gospel, folk, country, and pop drawn from wells both old and new. It invokes a sort of earthy timelessness, beautifully enriched by their effortless harmonies.
One of the leading contemporary folk artists of the American Midwest, Greg Brown’s music reflects a poetic spirit while also sounding thoroughly down to Earth. His deep, craggy voice expresses quirky humor and the mysteries of life and love with equal skill, and over the course of a career that's spanned more than five decades, he's earned a passionate following for his heartfelt and uncompromising music.
With roots in small town Iowa, Greg Brown’s rich folk style is heavily influenced by his origins. His mother played electric guitar, his grandfather was a banjo player and his father was a Holy Roller preacher. Brown’s songwriting has been lauded by many, and his songs have been covered by Willie Nelson, Carlos Santana, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Shawn Colvin. At the personal request of Jeff Bridges, Brown also contributed songs for Bridges’ Oscar-winning role in the film Crazy Heart. Ultimately, Brown is a storyteller who moves his audiences with his warmth, humor and deeply human musical vision.
Mike Farris is a musical renaissance man. He’s toured as lead singer for the Southern Rock Band Screaming Cheetah Wheelies, and following the demise of blues & rock legend Stevie Ray Vaughn, as the lead singer for the incomparable blues band, Double Trouble. In his solo career he began to rediscover and reinterpret traditional black spiritual music by adding his own mix of vintage southern soul. For his efforts, Farris won the prestigious Americana Music Award for Best New & Emerging Artist, a Dove Award for Best Traditional Gospel Album of the Year and a 2015 GRAMMY® award for Best Roots Gospel Album.
If you caught Mike Farris’ killer show last season hang onto your hats – he’s bringing a full band this time around.
AMY HELM • BIRDS OF CHICAGO • CHATHAM COUNTY LINE • DARLINGSIDE • HAYES CARLL • TRI CONTINENTAL • DUSTIN BENTALL • KENDEL CARSON • GURF MORLIX • JEFF PLANKENHORN • GREG BROWN • COWBOY JUNKIES • JONATHAN BYRD • CAHALEN MORRISON • DAVE MCGRAW AND MANDY FER • STRAY BIRDS • STEVE DAWSON • SERA CAHOONE • RUTH MOODY • MATUTO • MARTYN SIMPSON • MANDOLIN ORANGE • HONEYCUTTERS • HILLFOLK NOIR • FEARING AND WHITE • ELIZA GILKYSON • CAHALEN AND ELI • TONY FURTADO • ROSE COUSINS • PHARIS AND JASON ROMERO • PETE ANDERSON • MALCOLM HOLCOMBE • KELLY JOE PHELPS • GREGORY ALAN ISAKOV • DOUG COX AND BETTY SOO • DAVID FRANCEY • AJ CROCE • SAM BAKER • MARY GAUTIER • MARTYN JOSEPH • LINDA MCRAE