Melissa Ferrick- Featured Artist
Melissa Ferrick has the kind of relationship with her audience that few artists are blessed with. Her live performance is fierce and funny, outspoken and vulnerable, passionate and real. The emotional honesty of Ferrick’s first-person lyrics, the force of her vocal delivery and the disciplined fury of her musicianship connects her to her audience with confidence and grace. She’s been gaining fans since her first release at age 22 on Atlantic Records. Her next three recordings were released by indie label What Are Records. In 2000, Melissa launched her own label: Right On Records. Her 2006 release In the Eyes of Strangers marked the label’s sixth release.
Kate Kendell – Honorary Emcee
Growing up Mormon in Utah, Kate learned about the complexities of religion and politics from an early age. After receiving her J.D. from the University of Utah College of Law in 1988 and a few years practicing corporate law, she pursued her real love—civil rights advocacy—and became the first staff attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union of Utah. There she directly litigated many high-profile cases focusing on all aspects of civil liberties, including reproductive rights, prisoners’ rights, free speech, the rights of LGBT people, and the intersection of church and state. In 1994 she joined NCLR as legal director.
Stacey Board Trio
Born in the south, Stacey Board and her acoustic guitar now call Utah home. In her nine years in Utah, she has released 5 CDs ranging from solo acoustic to rocking with a full band. Readers of the Salt Lake City Weekly have three times awarded her “Best Folk/Acoustic Artist.” Her current release “Look to the Sun” has been described as “layered, restless and insistent” by the Missoula Independent. Her trio mates Melissa Warner and Jamie Dalton round out her acoustic Americana sound with harmonies and subtle textures.
Gearl Jam is an all-female group of singer/songwriters who take the stage as if in preparation for an old time, traditional song circle. Sitting in semi-circle formation with guitars in hand, these women are seemingly prepared to share their songs with you. What the audience receives, however, is an energetic, dynamic tour of acoustic possibilities. Fold, Rock and Funk are the trademarks that cover this indefinable group of powerfully, talented artists.To be in the audience of one of Gearl Jam’s shows is unlike any other concert. You will not just listen; you will experience their music. Leraine Horstmanshoff will .
Leraine Horstmanshoff, a world-renowned singer/songwriter, has been touted as having ‘enough in her musical bag of tricks to defy almost any expectation’ (Brian Staker, The Event). Her vibrant physical presence offers no choice other than to listen and observe her inherent musical genius, which is her gift to humanity. On stage, and in person, she holds nothing back and is the embodiment of welcoming energy.
A traveling minstrel from birth, Leraine has extensively traveled the world, becoming known for performances that are ‘honest, gritty [and] exude confidence and individuality.
Jill Knight’s soulful sound is unmistakable. India Arie once quoted, “I love great voices and when I heard Jill sing it stopped me in my tracks.” She later asked Knight to be her opening act. Just nominated for the LA music awards “best female vocalist”, A finalist at the Telluride Troubadour competition, a finalist at the National Academy of Songwriters “songwriter of the year” competition, a finalist in Billboard magazines, “best unsigned band” contest, a regional best seller in Album Network magazine for her cd Future Perfect, best DIY albums in Performing Songwriter Magazine, Honorable mention NSAI songwriting competition.
On her fourth studio album, Another Kind of Fire, Boston-based folk-pop singer-songwriter Edie Carey explores the myriad kinds of “fire” – romantic and otherwise – that keep us burning below the surface: old resentments, creativity, anger, lost friendships, lust, and, of course, love.
The disc, released September 19th independently on Accidental Poet, maintains much of the organic, woody sound of its predecessor, When I Was Made (2004), touted by Harp Magazine as “a little country, a little adult-contemporary, and a lot of fine music.” .
Aggressive urban folk musician, Liz Snavely, often accompanied by classical musician, Steph DeJong, combine folk and classical music to create the unique sound that is LVNMUZIQ. Liz sings and plays guitar and harmonica. Steph plays violin. Together they create music best described as urban folk with an edgy classical twist. LVNMUZIQ has been touring nationwide for the last year and a half and recently released their 2nd studio CD, “Contemplating the Void.” They’ve went from a local duo to a national touring duo in just a year and a half, On the musical road of inspiration, shared by the likes of Melissa Etheridge.
Contemporary singer/songwriter Victoria Lagerstrom’s heartfelt voice, sincere lyrics and ability to write timeless melodies make her a rare jewel in today’s music scene. Although influenced by artists like Billie Holiday, Gladys Knight, Sade and Eva Cassidy, Lagerstrom’s sound is distinctly her own. Her voice has an angelic quality yet echoes of the smoky, full-bodied texture of a classic soul singer. Lagerstrom states “The singers I returned to again and again were the ones that were brutally honest willing to show themselves as heroic at times.
Undone refers to the story being told. As you’ll hear, this work is anything but Undone. It’s Australian singer/songwriter, Martine Locke’s third solo release and her most sophisticated work to date as she’s chosen to team up with recording engineer and producer Evan Brubaker (Cake Records, Forgiveness Studios) and acclaimed musicians Julie Wolf (Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn), Vicki Randle (The Tonight Show Band), Pam Delgado (Blame Sally), Mike Grigoni (Anais Mitchell) and Darin Watkins.Unquestionably rock, Locke brings in elements of country, blues, even a hint of gospel, to underscore the complex.
Lost by Reason
Information coming soon!This dynamic trio is hard to resist. Based in Salt Lake City and touring nationally, Lost by Reason is an enticing blend of three vibrant women: guitarist Katie Lloyd with her powerful voice and lyrics; Carol Dalrymple with her earth moving bass, violin, and vocal harmonies; and soulful, musical Jamie Backman on drums and percussion. Best classified as alternative folk rock, Lost by Reason appeals to a wide variety of audiences, and delivers music you will want to hear again and again.
Ranging from soulful blues to fiery rock to all-out jam band, the Sister Wives defy the conventional norms typically set for all-women bands with a range and depth of their musical energy and virtuosity. The Sister Wives display a multitude of musical attitudes in a style that is part Stevie Ray Vaughn, a dash of Sippie Wallace, and a little Allman Brothers. Sister Wives are: Mona Stevens on lead vocals, rhythem guitars and harmonica; Jesse Luckett on lead guitar and vocals; Jani Gamble on bass and vocals; Amy Boettger on drums and vocals. “They’re unique and they’re special. The biggest appeal for me is their energy.
Influences: hope, disappointment in the everyday, true love, the few moments I feel *truly* strong, the underdogs who have captured my heart, growing through tragedy, finding purpose…having faith.
Singer/songwriter Mary Tebbs started her musical adventure in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1989 when a couple of friends heard her make up a song on the spot after her first run in with José Cuervo. The song “Substance Abuse” set Mary on her way to sharing her personality through song. Since that time she’s been writing, singing and playing whenever she can and has been recognized and awarded for her songwriting and live performances. She formed her first band in 1992 and has found her true love is not only writing but sharing her.
Singer/songwriter Kathryn Warner is an extraordinary vocalist, a gifted songwriter and a talented musician. Most recognized for her crystal clear, powerhouse voice, Kathryn captivates her listeners and gives them her heart and soul weather she is singing blues, ballads, funk or gospel. Kathryn Warner describes her music as “Folk with Soul,” and is known for taking audiences with her insightful songs about life, beautiful ballads, and her humorous play on love and relationships. Kathryn has toured nationally and has performed over 600 shows in 44 of the 50 states, Canada and South America. With two albums.
Since 1995, multi-instrumentalist Miriam Davidson and songwriter Kiya Heartwood have made an art of inspiring performances and award winning songs. A Wishing Chair concert is a passionate mix of intelligent lyrics, spell-binding storytelling and breathtaking harmony over a full folk and roll sound. Heartwood’s percussive guitar work and wide open vocals compliments Davidson’s tasteful use of a myriad of instruments: piano, accordion, banjo, hand drums and bouzouki. This gifted duo seduces the listener with soulful confessions, political broadside, and a wicked groove.