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The Endless Mountain Derelicts
A five piece band birthed out of the Finger Lakes, The Endless Mountain Derelicts have been actively playing breweries, bars, and venues all over the region for the last year. Starting as a solo acoustic act in 2016, the Derelicts have grown in size and sound. Encompassing an honest, original set that walks a tight line between folk, classic country, bluegrass and rock. Lyrically based off of hard working, small town living, life and love (or lack there of). The Derelicts are a band you can unwind with after a long week, have a beer and stomp your feet. In April 2019 they released their first full band EP “How the Story Goes.” Stand tall, be strong, and dare to be bold. Www.theendlessmountainderelicts.com -The Derelicts
‘Problems That We Prayed For’
Colton Venner was born in Texas in the heart of DFW (Dallas/Fort Worth). His location gave him an incredible opportunity to experience a huge variety in live music which has heavily influenced his TX branded sound. Throughout his school years he played in several bands but always carried a love for songwriting. However, it didn’t begin to take form until he neared the end of his college career. In 2015, he hit the studio for the first time and paid his friends to record the only 5 songs he had. After years of playing those tunes and writing more he began to record and release his catalog that can be found in the digital realm today.
‘It Draws the Same’
Amy Hollinrake’s work draws on women’s stories within folklore and mythology and fuses them with a contemporary sound placing her at the forefront of the new era of feminist neo-folk, with musical touchstones in Joanna Newsom, Sandy Denny and Adrienne Lenker. She also plays the Appalachian Dulcimer and has a passion for drones. Amy has performed at Cambridge Folk Festival, and at notable shows at Cambridge Junction, Green Note, Kings Place, and Royal Albert Hall, with her music garnering attention from the likes of BBC 6 Music’s Marc Riley and Tom Robinson, BBC Introducing and BBC Radio 4 Woman’s Hour. Hollinrake is also the founder of project Loathly Lady, a creative feminist cataloguing project exploring gendered narratives in traditional music. She is developing a podcast around gendered archetypes in folk song. She is a former awardee of EFDSS and the Bert Jansch Foundation for her work. Amy Hollinrake’s upcoming EP ‘sad lady songs vol. 1’ is set to release this October and a UK tour in the works for November 2023.
‘We’ll Carry On’
San Francisco Bay Area singer/songwriter Forrest Hill has a penchant for finding hope in the face of adversity. Raised on a steady diet of Bob Dylan, The Beatles, Talking Heads and The Clash, his story-driven roots-rock Indie-folk explores the terrain of love, loss and the hope of redemption.
Forrest’s career began in Boston where he fronted the funk rock band Judy’s Tiny Head (JTH), releasing two EPs, including the single “My Car,” a local radio hit in New England. The band shared the stage with such acts as the Violent Femmes, Debbie Harry, Paul Young, and Aimee Mann and worked with iconic producer William Garrett (Spotify singles). Aiming for a new start after JTH broke up, he moved to Oakland CA where he developed a more introspective writing style influenced by his meditation practice. At the urging of his new wife, he began recording again, releasing 4 solo albums with a fifth on the way. In 2020, he met producer J. Christopher Thomas and together they’ve crafted a modern psychedelic folk rock sound bringing to mind such diverse acts as The Shins, The War On Drugs and Djo.
‘Palm Tree Wallpaper’
Alternative singer-songwriter, Gordon Holland is a fiery force in Melbourne’s music scene, igniting audiences with his fusion of alternative country and Britpop. Holland’s sound, reminiscent of early Elton John and Paul Kelly, fused with the modern-day edge of Oasis, make him a must-see act for any music lover, and his lyrics are equal parts confessional and nostalgic yet woven with a humor and wistfulness. Listening to Gordon Holland is an experience of big choruses and singalong verses that’ll leave you singing for days.
Following his relocation from Perth, along with friend and collaborator Nathaniel Parbery, the pair formed The Naysayers in 2010 and soon took their garage rock to live stages around Australia. While still writing and working within The Naysayers, Holland found himself on a solo path which saw him merging his musical creativity into waters that had previously been uncharted. Soon after, he collaborated with fellow singer-songwriter Charlie Lane where the two constructed her successful The Darkest Time which featured on Spotify’s Badass Women playlist and heard around the world.
Producing his debut single, Melbourne Bitter in Los Angeles with Luke Tierney and mastered by Tom Beard in Australia, Holland led the cohort on a guitar owned by Foo Fighters guitarist, Chris Shiflett. Melbourne Bitter went on to become a semi-finalist in the 2019 International Song Writing Competition.
Inspired by some of the last century’s most iconic country sounds, from Faron Young to Brian Setzer, Campbell first picked up the guitar at age 10 and was gigging by 11. Having found a fresh start during the pandemic, Nicholas began playing consistently with his band, The Two Meter Cheaters, who quickly rediscovered their groove as live shows began to become an option once again—and they wasted no time in seizing the opportunity.
The band worked to release Campbell’s debut album, Livin’ and Other Western Ideas in 2021, combining elements of rockabilly, western swing, and good old-fashioned honky tonk. The result was a brisk, invigorating album that feels as fresh as it does familiar. The band has enjoyed worldwide coverage and airplay since, spanning from Western Canada to Spain, to Italy, and beyond.
With Campbell’s new single and the album to come, Gonna Have A Ball Tonight, the group has shifted their tone to include a more rock n’ roll-centric sound, adding a renewed breath of energy and excitement to Campbell’s signature country sensibilities. This is the latest evolution of an emerging musician, but also a return to form, as ’50s style rock was the first genre to ever capture Nicholas’ fascination as a beginning player.
True Gospel Bookstore
Don Edwards writes the lyrics and manages the music for True Gospel Bookstore. TGB songs range from Americana, Alt Rock, and Country to EDM. All TGB songs are available on the True Gospel Bookstore playlist. Edwards is the author of 5 books of poetry. This is where the songs come from. The poems and the songs are about Love, Death, and then there are the M poems. He lives in Los Angeles and may be reached at Info@truegospelbookstore.com
Singer-songwriter to make a living from his craft, by composing everyday songs and melody. Practising with differents instrument and always trying to perfect his art. Definitely inspired by folk artists from the early 70s such as Bob Dylan, Kate Bush, John Baez or more recently guys like Eddie Vedder, The National and many others; but surprisingly I don’t listen to music, I really prefer to create it.
Hopefully, you’ll like my musical universe and share around as much as possible. One day my dream will true because hard-working is always paying off…
Hailing from Samsula, Florida, Brandon Bing brings a gritty, unique voice to traditional country music that makes him stand out from the rest. Brandon writes true, inspiring stories turning them into songs that his loyal following finds relatable as a songwriter. His Outlaw Country Rock sound has made a substantial impact on the country music scene over the past four years. During the last two years, he has increased his play on Internet, FM Radio, playlists and podcast interviews.
He has also received accolades from the International Singer-Songwriters Association for Album of the Year with his 2021 EP, Dyin’ Breed, and Video of the Year with the 2022 Official Music Video for his recent single, Locked Down. Brandon has performed at The BMI Songwriters Festival 2022 in Key West, FL, Suwannee River Jam 2022 in FL, Live Oak in Nashville, TN, Nashville Nights, Odense, Denmark, Orlando Amphitheater in Orlando, FL and Whiskey Jam, Winners Bar & Grill, Nashville, TN
Brandon is a serial entrepreneur and entertainment brand encompassing his music, a solar company, and a whiskey brand, Bangtail Whiskey. Brandon’s most popular songs include “Faraway Soldier,” surpassing 134K streams, and “Blue Collar Swaller,” surpassing 184K streams. Brandon has over 400K total streams on Spotify and 177K views on YouTube. With over 30K followers on Instagram, Brandon has made strong relationships with his rapidly growing fan base, #HossNatio
‘Heading for the Light’
Virtue Scripts released their single ‘Heading For The Light’ on Friday 7th April 2023. The latest track by the genre-bending collective follows their highly successful previous releases ‘Hanky Panky’ and ‘Zodiac’ which together accumulated over 140k streams on Spotify. The concept behind Virtue Scripts is to share the unique ideas, experiences, values and creative visions.
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Compiled by: Christos Doukakis