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‘Not Like That’
[indie folk/alt pop]
Alexa Borden is an independent singer/songwriter and producer from Calgary, Canada. A self taught pianist and producer, she has been writing and performing original material since she was 14 years old. After nearly giving up on music during a dark battle with depression in early 2022, Borden is emerging again with a newly cultivated sound in both substance and in spirit. Sultry, luscious & wistful; Alexa Borden creates a thoughtful musical landscape that gets in your head and stays.
‘Light On Your Face’
25 year-old French singer-songwriter living in Sweden. I believe in fairies, and that there are never enough backing vocals in a song.
Jessica Lloyd is a singer/songwriter from San Diego, CA, USA. Lifelong singer turned songwriter during COVID when she wrote over 30 songs. Eventually she hooked up with a freelance producer and have now released 3 singles. She hopes to continue to build her musical presence and gain more fans as she continues to share her music with the world.
Born in San Antonio, Texas, Jeremy Parsons grew up soaking in the sounds of Country Music. Driven by his passion, he taught himself to play the guitar and began to write and perform regularly by high school. In 2011 he was awarded a Texas Music Award and over the last decade has played all over the U.S and Europe, including numerous venues in Texas.
Jeremy loves to interact with his audience. He captivates the crowd with his genuine personality, unique humor, and heart-felt love of his occupation. Jeremy draws from his personal experiences to create songs that are keenly perceptive and meaningful.
‘Everything Hurts Worse When You’re in Love’
Tim is an award-winning songwriter from Nashville, best known for writing “A Singer of Songs” for Johnny Cash. One reviewer called Cash’s recording “one of the most moving and inspiring things I have ever heard committed to tape.”
‘My Kind of Dead’
Mage is a New Yorker living in Switzerland. He played B-3 in church and broke his nose in a mosh pit, and then years later he broke it again on a Steinway. In between, he studied with Baba Olatunji, Alan Ginsberg, Fred Frith, Yusef Lateef; learned Raga in Varanasi and clave in Havana. He world-toured with Lizz Wright, Wunmi, and the Easy Star All Stars. His influences are a hopeless mix. His album Pretty Songs about Death was released on nov 2nd 2022, which is the day of the dead.
With her pure and tranquil voice, Amber Westerman’s music and lyrics open your heart, refresh your mind, and touch your soul. Amber is originally from Marble Falls, Texas, and currently resides in Nashville, TN. She began her career as a singer-songwriter shortly after moving to the Big Island of Hawai’i in 2016. While there, she found herself spending time working with the land, becoming deeply inspired to share her process of overcoming inner struggles through music. Amber has since shared the stage with many artists including Mishka, Buckman Coe, and Caleb Hart. As an artist, she aspires to bring awareness to the heart, inspiring listeners to take actions in their own lives from a heart centered space. Amber’s songs carry messages of love, self empowerment, and conscious living through her captivating, and soothing pop-folk style.
‘Bad Bad World’
Mike Stocksdale is an artist you’ve listened to your whole life, or at least it feels that way. There is familiarity in his melodies, and the honest stories he tells hit home. His ability to translate his personal experiences into relatable lyrics is, in a word, captivating.
Los Angeles native Stocksdale embodies all aspects of true musicianship, with a technical education in guitar from the Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA, and a past rich with classic influences including Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen, and B.B. King. Stocksdale got his start playing lead guitar and writing songs for Three Minute Mile, a band he formed while studying psychology at Indiana University. When the group disbanded, Stocksdale began honing his songwriting and vocal skills, and found new direction as a solo artist.
He has since forged a reputation for himself in the Southern California independent music scene with thoughtful, well-crafted albums that resonate with a diverse range of audiences. His most recent records have been conversational collections of songs melding together the best parts of folk, rock, blues, and country. Stocksdale teaches music in Culver City, CA, and is currently touring in and around California.
Wickerbird is the atmospheric dream-folk project of Blake Cowan, started in the wild foothills of Mt. Rainier. It began as a means of relating the understanding he found wandering the woods, told in distilled daydreams and wrought within the distant strands of tranquil, wistful guitars and cavernous, haunting harmonies.
His prior work includes The Crow Mother (2012), The Westering (2013) and The Leaf Maker (2015) — collections of music that are steeped in allegories of disillusionment and transition, casting personal insights under layers of natural metaphor and mythical imagery.
Where this past work concerned itself with forest-bound introspection, examining the forces of change in their capacity for growth, Wickerbird’s upcoming full-length record The Sea Weaver shifts its perspective outwards to the horizon, reckoning instead with the destructive aspects of change.
While his vantage remains lodged in those same diminishing natural spaces, The Sea Weaver instead explores his relation to the rapidly unraveling human context that envelops him and in doing so, contends with a haunted acceptance of being bound to its fate. It is a collection of threadbare elegies for the end, as overheard through the walls of a crumbling house.
With gauzy, liminal atmospheres, stark finger-picked melodies, reverberant choirs, and mythologized natural imagery, Wickerbird makes an accounting of what emotions remain – when the anger and fear of a stolen future have long burnt off.”
An unusual description for a band playing music of the folk genre. Even more unusual that the band in question comes from Germany. Hanne Kah, 4 musicians from the small city of Mainz, in the heart of Germany, have become known as one of folk’s most respected voices in Germany. Touring not only in their home country, but internationally in Canada, Australia and all over Europe.
[All Press Notes provided by the artists]
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis