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—In memory of bluegrass Legend Tony Rice—
Hello there, I am Casey Chandler and Galapaghost is my solo project. I have no label, manager or band, so I produce all of my music myself. I hail from the small hippie town of Woodstock, NY. I toured Europe and North America with John Grant for 6 months in 2010, which included a prestigious slot on Later…With Jools Holland. I have released eight albums. Through touring, constant album releases, high quality press and grass roots marketing, I have managed to receive over 4.5 million streams on Spotify. My 9th album ‘June’ will be released on January 6th, 2021.
I now live in Denver, CO where I continue to write music and play frequent shows. My music was recently featured in the major Italian film Il Ragazzo Invisibile. It was directed by Oscar winning director Gabriele Salvatores. Salvatores also commissioned me to write a title song for the movie, which was featured on the official soundtrack. The movie was released in many countries and won many awards including a David Di Donatello award (the Italian Oscars). Netflix Italy also used my music for a promotional video for 13 Reasons Why. The music video for the song ‘Jellyfish’ won the ‘Dreamiest film’ award at the Austin Arthouse Film Festival and also won the ‘Best Austin Video’ award at the Austin Music Video Festival in 2019.
A celebrated musician and eight-time International Bluegrass Association Award-winning artist, Buller made history as the first-ever artist to win in both instrumental and vocal categories at the 2016 IBMA Awards, as well as being the first female to ever win IBMA’s Fiddle Player of the Year. Since 2018, Becky has moonlighted with the all-female supergroup, The First Ladies of Bluegrass, which has been recently recognized at the Country Music Hall of Fame with their own exhibit. A two-time Grammy award-winning songwriter, Buller has inked tracks for Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Josh Williams, the Travelin’ McCoury’s, and more.
‘She’s The One’
Salt Tree is an acoustic duo from the small surf town of Margaret River in Western Australia, where the forest meets the ocean. Despite being polar opposites in personality, Tom and Nath have a unique chemistry between them which can be heard in sweet harmonies, catchy riffs and electronic production. Tom and Nath spent the last 3 years starting their own solo projects (ASKYA/Claremont, Nathan Parsons) while both living between Europe and Australia. With influences from the surf to the mountains, Salt Tree is an emerging artist to watch.
Texture Like Sun
‘Just Got Over’
Texture Like Sun is a solo act, composer, band and most things in between. With the release and subsequent touring of his critically lauded self titled EP, Texture Like Sun has since been busy co writing and performing with glitch producer Opiuo, for film (Pawno, Measure for Measure) and lending his voice to projects with producers worldwide.
‘I’m Coming Home’
Henry Conlon is an Americana artist based out of Nashville TN. He began writing songs in high school playing coffee houses and the occasional open mic. As time went on he began to grow a small but loyal fanbase in the northeast and eventually cut an album of original songs with Eric Lichter at Dirt Floor Records. The album, Home is a compilation of songs Henry wrote about his experiences in life and his musings on the world around him. Since releasing the album, Henry has moved to Nashville where he has been writing and performing nearly every night of the week, embedding himself into the songwriter scene. In the late summer of 2020, Henry got back in the studio this time with Donnie Reis and Joel Jorgenson and cut an acoustic version of his signature song I’m Coming Home, which in this recording features an acoustic guitar and vocals as the main focus of the track and is then interleaved with light piano and some haunting fiddle. The story of I’m Coming Home gets put as the main focus on this recording with an emphasis on the strong lyrical content which grapples with themes of identity, alcoholism, self doubt and perseverance. I’m Coming Home is the perfect song for your next country/western roadtrip or sitting out by a fire.
Megan and Shane
They met at the School of Rock and were married at the Stax Museum of Soul in Memphis. Megan has the powerhouse vocals that derive from her love of Patsy and Shane holds down the guitar and has more of the Tom Petty type vocal.
At the beginning of the shutdown, their friend Noah Levy (Golden Smog, Brian Setzer) posted on FB that he was available to record drum tracks since all touring was stopped. M&S sent him 2 tracks and then it turned into 10 songs. They enlisted the help of friends from MN, Nashville and AZ. It was a science experiment to see what would happen if they sent basic tracks to everyone with little guidance and not much of an idea of what the other musicians were adding. They dug a little bit into the 90’s Alternative sound with Tried but pepper in lots of Pedal Steel and Mandolin through the record to tie their love of Roots music in with all the different styles.
Megan and Shane are relatively new as a band, but they have been playing together in other bands for over 10 years. They have opened up for Fishbone and George Clinton Funkadelic twice, Mustard Plug, Nick Waterhouse and more. In their short time as M&S before the shutdown, they had the good fortune to open for Shawn James and Demun Jones
They were set to open up for Soul Asylum and Local H right as the shutdown happened in March. After the release of this new record, they are releasing a Holiday EP and will be in the studio working on a 2021 follow up with producer Bob Hoag (Ataris, Gin Blossoms).
‘Shotgun Sadie’ (feat. The False Bottom Band)
SF harpist, singer/songwriter EllaHarp is changing what you expect from the harp. Driving bass lines and artful folk pop on a unique instrument she designed for the purpose, EllaHarp is a creative force to be reckoned with and shows no signs of slowing down.
Her independently released debut album ‘Who Asked You Back’ received airplay on over 85 radio stations nationally and internationally, and reached #4 and #2 on Roots Music Reporter Top 50 Folk and Top 50 Contemporary Folk Album Charts.
Following her 2018 album release, EllaHarp toured 7 states and a province with over 150 live performances, from Bay Area festivals to ‘The Bitter End’ in NYC, and opening for Grammy winning singer Mya in San Diego.
Despite the pandemic’s blow to a promising start in the 2020 festival season (opening for Hollow Coves and Harrison Storm for Noise Pop in February) EllaHarp shifted focus and built nearly 35K followers on Instagram, 20K on Facebook, over 10K on Spotify, and well over half a million streams since COVID. She performed in Helpfest 2020 (online) and her track ‘Time’ can be heard on popular new Netflix show ‘Emily in Paris’.
Singles from EllaHarp’s anticipated sophomore album ‘Screaming Into the Void’ continue to be released til the album’s launch in 2021, with tracks such as Screaming Into the Void, Bittersweet and Whiskey Garden on streaming platforms now.
Deano is a singer songwriter and multi instrumentalist based in Somerset. Incredibly inspired by the natural world and his life experiences, He explores the importance of family, people, all living beings and how these relationships have shaped him and his outlook on life.
Deano writes, records and produces all of his own music in his home studio, his approach towards music making is massively inspired by his late grandfather.
‘At The Harbor’
CARVER is a Cosmicana band from Nashville, TN. With influences ranging from REM to Bruce Springsteen, the War on Drugs to the Cure, we’re slinging a sonic stew that tastes distinct, yet familiar–and oh so tasty. Hope you’re hungry.
‘State Of Doubt’
Singer-songwriter King Commoner weaves acoustic and electronic elements into songs about regret and redemption.
The country ballad Solstice is his Winter wishes of Happy Holidays to every music lover around the world.
His new album Love Travels Light is an eclectic blend of rock synths and Americana. Guitars, banjo, pedal steel and dobro mix with electronic landscapes to search out hope in a time of breakdown.
Compiled by: Christos Doukakis