Lauren Monroe

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ABOUT THE ARTIST

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Shaped by her Queens, New York upbringing, Lauren found her own authentic expression through poetry and music. At six she wrote her first songs. In her teens, Lauren discovered the written word, creating her unique style of expressing mystical experiences through symbolic imagery and music.

Surrounded by bluegrass, rock and rootsy R&B music, Lauren soon wrote her first Americana-flavored compositions, and started a lifelong path as a vocalist, songwriter, and musician.

Lauren also explored multi cultural experiences of music, faith, and community. She traveled the world working with healers from many traditions – Maoris, Benedictine monks, North and South American shamen and Hindu masters, becoming a cross-culturally trained healer and teacher.

She is the co-founder of Raven Drum Foundation (http://www.ravendrumfoundation.org), where she facilitates drum and empowerment circles in the U.S. and abroad promoting healing and resiliency with veterans and their families. She began performing acoustic in San Francisco, later moving to Boulder, Colorado and formed her band, Coy Kindred. The band traveled throughout the Western United States, playing its rugged blend of rock, blues and funk at festivals, theaters and saloons. Inspired by songwriters and artists from the 60’s to today, Lauren developed a musical and vocal style that has been compared to Bonnie Raitt, Carly Simon, Emmie Lou Harris and Janis Joplin.

John Craigie

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Portland, OR-based singer, songwriter, and producer John Craigie adapts moments of solitude into stories perfectly suited for old Americana fiction anthologies. Instead of leaving them on dog-eared pages, he projects them widescreen in flashes of simmering soul and folk eloquence. On his 2022 full-length album, Mermaid Salt, we witness revenge unfurled in flames, watch a landlocked mermaid’s escape, and fall asleep under a meteor shower.

After selling out shows consistently coast-to-coast and earning acclaim from Rolling Stone, Glide Magazine, No Depression, and many more, his unflinching honesty ties these ten tracks together.

The album comes from the solitude and loneliness of lockdown in the Northwest. Someone whose life was touring, traveling, and having lots of human interaction is faced with an undefinable amount of time without those things. So, he began writing new songs and envisioning an album that was different from his past records. The sound of everyone playing live in a room together was traded for the sound of song construction with an unknown amount of instruments and musicians—a quiet symphony.

Rather than steal away to a cabin or hole up in a house with friends, Craigie opted to set up shop at the OK Theater in Enterprise, OR with longtime collaborator Bart Budwig behind the board as engineer. A rotating cast of musicians shuffled in and out safely, distinguishing the process from the communal recording of previous releases. The core players included Justin Landis, Cooper Trail, and Nevada Sowle. Meanwhile, Shook Twins lent their signature vocal harmonies, Bevin Foley arranged, composed, and performed strings, and Ben Walden dropped in for guitar and violin plucking parts.

“Instruments were scattered around the theater and microphones placed in various spots,” he recalls. “It’s hard to say who all played what exactly.”

As such, the spirit in the room guided everyone. On “Distance,” warm piano glows alongside a glitchy beat as he softly laments, “I could lose you to the loneliness, vast and infinite.” Then, there’s “Helena.” A jazz-y bass line snakes through head-nodding percussion as he relays an incendiary parable of a mother and son in exile. He croons, “She said fire was how we’d make ‘em pay. As I ran across the fields, she would scream, ‘Light it up son’,” uplifted in a conflagration of Shook Twins’ harmonies. Strings echo in the background as his vocals quake front-and-center on “Street Mermaid.”

Elsewhere, the guitar-laden “Microdose” beguiles and bewitches with an intoxicating refrain dedicated to a time where he “Microdosed for months and months, dissolve my ego in the acid.” Everything culminates on the glassy beat-craft and glistening guitars of “Perseids” where he sings, “There’s always a new heart after the old heart. Maybe a new heart is enough.”

During this period, he explored the environment around him “from the Oregon coasts to the waterfalls” and read books about Levon Helm, Billie Holiday, and Ani DiFranco.

“I got time to silence all the noise and chaos of touring and look inward,” he observes.

Craigie had reached a series of watershed moments in tandem with Mermaid Salt. Beyond headlining venues such as The Fillmore and gracing the stage of Red Rocks Amphitheater, his 2020 offering Asterisk The Universe earned unanimous tastemaker applause. Rolling Stone noted, “tracks like ‘Don’t Deny’ and ‘Climb Up’ bridge a Sixties and Seventies songwriter vibe with the laid-back cool of Jack Johnson, an early supporter of Craigie,” while Glide Magazine hailed it as “one of his best records.” Perhaps, No Depression put it best, “For many weary and heavy- listeners hearted, the album might be exactly what they need.” Along the way, he generated over 40 million total streams and counting, speaking to his unassuming impact.

In the end, Craigie offers a sense of peace on Mermaid Salt.

Sophia Rankin & the Sound

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ABOUT SOPHIA RANKIN & THE SOUND

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Sophia Rankin & The Sound is an acclaimed alternative folk rock band originating from Tucson, Arizona. With award-winning songwriter and front woman Sophia Rankin having performed around Tucson since 2015, the band (Connor Rankin on drums, Noah Weig-Pickering on lead guitar, and Eli Leki-Albano on bass and vocals) has spent the last year and a half together writing, recording, and performing their own original music all around Arizona. Between opening for national and local acts, headlining their own shows at venues such as Hotel Congress and 191 Toole, they have also performed at staple local events such as Dusk Music Festival and Tucson Folk Festival. Their unique blend of folk, pop, Americana, and rock music reveals introspective songwriting that connects with listeners across all ages. Their original music is available on all listening platforms and services.

 

ABOUT LOS VELVETS

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Los Velvets are an independent band straight out of the Sonoran-Arizona Desert. By experimenting with sounds from Psychedelic Rock, Alternative Rock, Dream pop, and taking inspiration from various other genres, they create distinct sounds that blend two different cultures and highlight where they come from.

The Longest Johns

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I doubt any of Bristol’s The Longest Johns ever imagined they would be able to get so far on just four voices. In a few short years they have gone from singing sea shanties in a kitchen to International folk festivals, tours, TV appearances and gained a huge online following. With their third studio album Cures What Ails Ya, they bring a new mix of instruments and their own unique take on some folk standards, as well as introducing a collection of fantastic original songs.

RISO

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“A slice of folk perfection.” –Jonathan Aird, Americana UK

For New Eyes, Arizona folk music powerhouses Matt Rolland and Rebekah Sandoval Rolland of Run Boy Run have come full circle. Their band, RISO, is the culmination of a musical lifetime spent together – and the album is a document of the ebb and flow of the last decade of their lives as students, musicians, and, more recently, parents.

They met as kids at the Arizona State Fiddle Contest, which Rebekah’s grandfather organized for many years. Matt was a frequent contestant in Payson, and both of them grew up in family bands, playing the Arizona bluegrass and acoustic festival circuit. When they both ended up at the University of Arizona, they started a band. The partnership led them through many musical projects over the years, but none more fully the both of them than RISO.

Matt and Rebekah bring very different influences to the table despite their shared culture, and the interplay is on full display on New Eyes. Matt’s history as a contest fiddle player in the Texas and bluegrass styles shows itself in nimble, quick melodic lines. Rebekah’s fascination with old-time music comes out in speech-driven, “crooked” rhythms and unexpected phrasing. Matt introduced Rebekah to pop influences like the Shins and Iron and Wine; Rebekah fell in love with another band they listened to two decades ago, Crooked Still, and that affair has continued unbroken. From the Latin word for “smile” or “laughter,” RISO synthesizes that push and pull. It embraces an old-time aesthetic that seems to emanate from the very bones of the earth yet incorporates pop flourishes and sometimes complex arrangements to get the message across.

The album feels like the natural growth of an old tradition, flourishing into something new. Rebekah’s voice has a heartbreaking clarity and grace, traveling seamlessly between filigrees of a dreamy springtime delicacy and crescendos of strength. There is an innocence to it that makes the weight of her words hit all the stronger. Matt’s sure hand gives rise to it, responding to every nuance and cradling the sound with sometimes surprising textures – like a 60s psychedelic guitar jangle or French horn coming through the acoustic pop. His original instrumental tunes buoy the album forward, melding influences from Celtic, old-time, and bluegrass traditions.

The songs will break your heart and fix it again. From the wistful “Geometric Slide” to the jaunty “Caterpillar Prince,” from the ominous and smoky “Always Running” to the budding of desire in “Closer,” these are songs of innocence and of experience (to borrow from Blake).

Matt and Rebekah summoned formidable friends to help with the project. Arthur Vint (credits include Postmodern Jukebox) provides the drums; Ryan David Green (Ryanhood) contributes electric guitar; Steff Koeppen (Steff and the Articles; Copeland) is on keyboard; Thøger Lund (Giant Sand) plays bass; Ben Plotnick (The Fretless, Oliver the Crow, and Atwood Quartet) and Kaitlyn Raitz (Oliver the Crow and Atwood Quartet) wrote several of the string arrangements and played fiddle and cello respectively. The album was engineered by Tucson stalwarts Peter Dalton Ronstadt and Steven Lee Tracy and mixed by Philip Shaw Bova (Father John Misty, Lake Street Dive, Feist). But such a team of captains – most lead their own bands – never overshadows the wit and heart of the Rollands. RISO is their love letter to you.

“A rising star in the Americana music world.” – Ear to the Ground