Mary Elaine Morales

While listening to the mellow sounds of her mother’s soprano wafting through the womb to the lilting melody of the alphabet song, Mary Elaine Morales knew music would forever be a part of her life. She can tell when music is playing even with her eyes closed! Growing up exposed to music of all genres—from bluegrass, to salsa, from classical piano to psychedelic prog rock—and having lived through the childhood shame of being forced to sing show tunes on a trampoline for New-Years-resolutionary-fitness-buffs at the local YMCA, has left Mary with unique and varied musical tastes, and an adaptability to whatever melodious mischief comes her way.

Goodnight Moonshine

When you first hear Goodnight Moonshine it brings a wave of nostalgia, conjuring teenage heartache- then perhaps a similar sensation to falling deeply in love. As the music fades you're left grappling with what it is to stay in love with something both beautiful and flawed. Courageous unveiling and depth of experience make the collaboration between married couple Molly Venter and Eben Pariser addictively captivating.

Missy Raines and the New Hip

“It was really about boiling it down to what was most important to me in the world, and then finding the courage to go after it. For me, that journey was not just like ‘finding myself’ because everyone is always trying to do that, but it was really more about uncovering the important things, and then staying with it, and feeling the courage to do something like this,” says Missy Raines of New Frontier, her new album that boldly treads into the worlds of folk and Americana. “Even though it was going to be something very different than folks were
expecting to hear, I had to say ‘This is what I want to do, and I have to do it.’”

Small Time Napoleon

Small Time Napoleon has been described as “a mad science blend of western swing, hot jazz, and folk” by Insider Louisville’s Kyle Ware. Their live shows are intimate and natural while remaining energetic. Their combination of swing-era influence with modern inclinations has driven them to a sound and style that is both new and old and wholly their own.