Brittany Howard first hit the scene in the early 2010s, as a member of the rock band Alabama Shakes. As their lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, Howard’s soulful delivery can be heard on hit songs like “Hold On”, “Don’t Wanna Fight”, and “Gimme Your Love”. Born in Athens, Alabama, Howard grew up immersed in ‘70s Rock, which greatly influenced her unique brand of Southern Rock. After nine years and two studio albums together, the Grammy Award-winning Shakes went on hiatus. That didn’t stop Howard, who had already formed the bands Thunderbitch and Bermuda Triangle. In 2019, she released her solo debut album, Jaime, featuring the hit single “Stay High”. The album would go on to earn seven Grammy nominations, with “Stay High” winning the award for Best Rock Song at the 63rd annual award ceremony.
Big Joe Walker
Texas native Big Joe Walker is known for hitting the stage and bringing down the house. His sound is as strong as his stage presence and he weaves many different influences into his music, including country, rock, gospel, and disco. Big Joe Walker has released one EP, "I Am Big Joe Walker" , and one full length album, "True Story". Currently, Walker can be found performing in venues across Texas.
Born in Memphis, Tennessee, Vaneese is the daughter of Rufus Thomas, whose legendary career as a musician and entertainer began in Vaudeville and spanned more than half a century in rhythm-and-blues recording and radio. Her older siblings are the hit recording artist “Memphis Queen” Carla Thomas and the highly respected keyboardist Marvell Thomas. Embracing this remarkable musical legacy, Vaneese carries forward the rich heritage of Memphis soul and R&B, a music that has touched several generations and crossed many divides. At the same time she has combined all the influences of her background and experience – R & B, gospel, blues, and jazz – to cultivate a soul-stirring style that’s all her own.
Brian Artis (aka. Harmonica Beast) is a Virginia Beach based Guitarist , Harmonica player and , Singer/Songwriter; a member of the music duos Grain of Salt , Artis & Steele , The Capo Twins , and The New Driftwood Duo. As Owner Operator of Paradox TMT Brian created Paradox TMT's At 6:30, The Dragonfly Summer Concert Series and The Half Moon Beads and Rocks Atlantic Music and Hoopfest.
Scott T. Smith
Originally from Hurricane, WV, Scott is not only a musician, but a storyteller, actor, model, and advocate. After moving from Hurricane, he has found his long lost home in Louisville, KY! A passionate advocate for nature and Appalachia, Scott also spends time as a trade worker crafting wood and leather as well as brewing beer. Scott released his debut EP "Wanted Man" in 2020, during the height of the covid pandemic. His soulful lyrics and powerful voice will take a hold of you and not let go. He is now on a musical journey to share his story with everyone.
Autumn Nicholas is a gifted songwriter and performer who has amazed audiences around the country. Reminiscent of the singer/songwriter sensibility of Julia Michaels and Dermot Kennedy, the swagger of Kacey Musgraves, the warmth of Adele and the soul of Etta James, Nicholas’ lyrics and melodies tell stories. Stories about love, pain, loss, and hope. She seamlessly blends pop, country and folk melodies, tackling issues from equal rights, loss, love and hope. Her textured vocals create imagery that brings the listener in, so they feel that her journey is their journey. She is an award-winning Nashville-based artist and performer that connects with fans in large venues and small intimate performances. Billboard wrote about the Shades of Beige EP:” Nicholas uses her stellar pop/R&B sound to address issues like labels ("Light"), social inequality ("Side By Side") and much more, all while showing off her incredible vocals and her natural acumen for songwriting.”
Natalie Jean is a Haitian singer/songwriter that specializes in Americana music. She can sing in English, French, Spanish and Haitian Creole. Natalie Jean has been nominated for and won many awards for her music including 6 nominations at the 2021 Josie Music Awards, in which she won “World Artist of The Year”. She also won Americana Artist of The Year at the Indie Channel Music Awards. She has also won two gold medals at the Global Music Awards. Most recently, she won Outstanding Achievement in Songwriting for her song “I Told You No” in the Great American Songwriting Contest in the Adult Contemporary Category and a Silver Medal in the 2021 Global Music Awards for Female Vocalist. Natalie is a voting member in the Recording Academy, the organization that hosts the Grammys each year. Also, she is Grammy balloted. Natalie does not follow any guidelines or rules when she writes her music. She utilizes a vast array of genres when writing, trying to break down the barriers that usually constrict Americana musicians. She stays true to herself writing and singing from her heart and soul, trying to create music that makes a difference, music that people can take to heart and feel connected to.
The fertile farmlands of Tallulah, Louisiana, provided me, Paul E. Puckett ("Ricky Paul") with a lifelong affection for natures beauty, and the love of God. Between the early days of singing in the fields, at school events, and at Shady Grove Missionary Baptist Church, his anointing set my path for Spiritual Growth and a personal mission to spread God’s word. Today, God’s anointing has gifted me not only as a Vocal Recording Artist, but also Songwriter, Playwright, Poet, Executive Producer, Actor, Author, United States Army Veteran and Philanthropist. Currently, I host TV Show “Around God’s Throne” on All Nations TV Network/Roku. Since 2003, I have recorded five projects: My Life, Broken Pieces, King of Kings, Just a Country Boy and Diana's Song. My literary contribution to Christian ministry, titled Collection of Songs Inspired by God, was released December 2020. In my walk with God, my desire is to give Him all the Praise and Glory for my journey and deliverance. I am celebrating my tenth year as a liver transplant and cancer survivor. It is not that I can write or sing so good, but it is the anointing that God gives. He writes the songs. He tunes the instruments of my voice. He blesses me with the platforms to worship and to give Him praise. I am just a Country Boy, full of Praise for The Most High!
Rachel Maxann is a diverse vocalist hailing from Memphis, TN. Rachel has had the pleasure of being able to move to different areas in the world and perform. Each new space has allowed her to grow in a new way while experimenting with different styles every location. Rachel’s genre is self-described as Post-Modern Folk and Vintage Indie-Rock with a dash of blues and soul. Rachel’s musical accomplishments range from performing alongside Valerie June on her Moon and Stars Tour, to performing at festivals around the country. You can follow Rachel Maxann at www.rachelmaxann.com, and on social media under Rachel Maxann Music.
Mike-Bear, a full voiced vocal projectionist with eclectic musical influences and inspirations. A passionate harmonizing tenor ranging in soaring upper register with gritty amber tone and velvety refined control of low-end vibrato on every track. A soul-searching soul-sharing story teller groomed by the stylings of legends like the Clark Sisters, the Jackson 5, Oak Ridge Boys, Queen, Rascal Flatts, Lady A, Boyz II Men and Chris Cornell. Depending on the playlist or shuffles of the moment, Mike-Bear's influences span generations and all genre of songbooks. Bear strives to sing songs that evoke emotion and thought, holding nothing back.
“I love the art of a well crafted story. That’s where the passion is for me.” New Orleans based singer-songwriter, Aybil, has always loved storytelling. While studying Creative Writing, in her hometown Memphis, TN, she began exploring forms of poetry and songwriting. It took several years for her to take the stage, but she swiftly gained opportunities to feature locally with her unique voice and folk styling. She released her first single “Jordan Poole” in 2020. A follow-up single “Truth Be Told” was featured in the short independent film "Innocence" (2021). Her EP “Something for the Long Distance” which housed both folk and experimental hip-hop was released in 2021. She was featured on the Loungin’ in the Park stage at DreamFest10 (2021).
Described as “...a Black Lucinda Williams…” (Vanity Fair) with lingering comparisons to Sly Stone, Nina Simone and Billie Holiday, Harlem-based performance artist, vocalist, songwriter, musician, and producer Queen Esther was raised in Atlanta, Georgia and rooted in Charleston, South Carolina’s culturally rich and enigmatic Lowcountry, a region with African traditions and Black folkways that span centuries and continue to inform her work. As her fourth release on her imprint EL Recordings, her 2021 self-produced Black Americana album Gild The Black Lily – “...a minor masterpiece…” - LIRA (Sweden) – continues to garner acclaim, so do her writings about American music history, and her TED Talk "The True Origins of Country Music".
John-Paul Jones Group
John-Paul "Jp" Jones is a native Iowegian, heavy blues recording artist and is the leader of the John-Paul Jones Group. For more than 25 years Reverbnation Top 10 International Charting recording artist Professor John-Paul "Jp" Jones has been the leader of the John-Paul Jones Group. As a Member of the AFM, BRC, IBF, ISSA & ASCAP, Prof. Jp's music is deeply inspired by the heavy blues artists of the late 60's in particular, Phil Lynott, Jimi Hendrix, Robin Trower & Rory Gallager and equally John Lee Hooker, Miles Davis & Jon Butcher. While leading the John-Paul Jones Group Prof. Jp has received rave reviews for the latest release of "Broke In Bridge City”, released in February 2021 on Eugene’s Trick Bag Records has been chosen Album of The Year by Lifoti magazine readers. Lead singer Aaron Parnell Brown says “the song is an effort to inspire people to hold on to your dreams and be yourself, even when you get knocked down… you gotta hold on. Much like Ali did over the course of his amazing life.” Beyond their first single, The Right Fiction is gearing up for a busy 2022 with a full album release, touring, and many more episodes of their popular podcast “The List: A Right Fiction Podcast.”
Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws
Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws have been a crowd favorite and one of the most requested variety show bands on the Mid-South casino, nightclub, and party circuit for over 20 years. With a repertoire that encompasses a wide range of musical styles, from pop to country to soul to today's biggest hits, the Delta Blues Outlaws are guaranteed to please any audience. Outstanding stage presence, world class vocals, and awesome musicianship, Billy Jones & Delta Blues Outlaws have performed their show-stopping, high-energy style for audiences in Belgium, Germany, France, Austria, Amsterdam, Switzerland, Greece, and Italy, as well as NCO and Officer's Clubs throughout the United States. Polished and professional, this band is a great choice for festivals, private parties, and corporate events. From the juke joints of the Delta to the Blues Passions Festival at Hennessy Castle Fairgrounds in Cognac, France — and many, many, many shows in between — this band has proven repeatedly that it's the real deal! ...Billy & the Outlaws brings experience, showmanship, and passion to every performance — a guaranteed great time for your next event. Photo