Black Diamond Heavies

The Black Diamond Heavies hail from the southern States of America but spend most of their time in a blue Van or a white van unleashing their punk-ass bues all over the world "This Tennessee-Hailing Duo have produced a debut of filthy Southern blues that makes the Black Keys seem like choirboys" --NME

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"the Heavies like to keep things as raw and ground-up as dirt - drums with a trashcan rattle that sound huge and far away (like they were recorded in a wide-open space down the street) and overdriven Fender Rhodes. That's all there is to it, but then again, there's so much more." --Phoenix New Times

David Dondero

“An All-American troubadour. Simple Love full of road-weary Americana. Songs that document that love is anything but simple. Funny stories full of sarcasm, contempt at times and sentimentality. Lots of ups and down.” – My Old Kentucky Blog

John Harden Pope

Pianist and vocalist John Harden Pope takes American folk material, old jazz tunes, or most anything that sound “rootsy” and turns it into his own style of “Roots Jazz”. Original songs figure into the mix as well as tunes from Jelly Roll Morton, Tom Waits, Bessie Smith, Bob Dylan, Mose Alison, Thelonious Monk, and the Beatles. Come hear jazz, blues, folk and gospel get mashed up in the same pot! When properly blended the results can be powerful. John will be bringing his own piano (a real one) and will be joined by acoustic bassist Owen Reynolds.

Clack Mountain String Band

Inspired by the people and place that surrounds them, CMSB is connected by a common vein that injects a high level of energy into each song. "Folks often ask us to describe the kind of music we play and I guess from a commercial stand point you can call it 'old time' or 'string band' music, but to us it's just music," says Ratliff. Melody lines are played out on the fiddle with accompaniment from the knock down banjo and pushed by the vigorous rhythms of the guitar and doghouse, known as 'Rowan County Rhythm.' Their vocal harmonies are also very distinct and tend to blend seamlessly not only with each other but also with the music.