Raised on an exotic animal farm in rural Mount Dora, Florida, Laney Jones sings tales of love and adventure with a voice that has been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder” (WPRK), mellifluous and smooth but brimming with passion. Her live performance highlights her multi-instrumental prowess on banjo, ukulele, tenor gui... read more

Making Movies makes music that matters. Building on a dynamic foundation of Afro-Latino rhythms, they’ve created a powerful, bilingual, psychedelic version of the Latin American son. Band leaders and brothers, Enrique and Diego Chi grew up in Panama, listening to their dad’s classic rock albums even as their mother was dancing to sa... read more

Nora Jane Struthers, says NPR, “has written some of the most quietly powerful narratives within the new wave of Americana artists.” Born in Virginia and raised in New Jersey, Struthers grew up attending festivals and fiddlers’ conventions with her banjo-playing father. “It was pretty much a group of musicians camping in a muddy field for... read more

Four area artists, each set to release a new album this fall, are highlighted in this dynamic new showcase format.

Alicia Monéé is an actress, writer, and phenomenal Old School soul singer. She has appeared locally in Dreamgirls, in cabaret performances at Opus Cafe and Giving Tree, and as a featured vocalist wi... read more

This Pueblo, Colorado-based quartet breathes vim and vigor into old-timey roots music. Grounded in pleasing harmonies and spirited pickin’, the group’s original sound blends bluegrass, blues and country. There are elements of all those traditions in songs that paint pictures of empty train stations and nights spent passing around a jug of mo... read more

John McCutcheon is folk music’s Renaissance man: a master instrumentalist, powerful singer-songwriter, storyteller, activist and author. His 30 recordings have garnered every honor imaginable, including seven Grammy nominations. He is a master of a dozen traditional instruments, including hammer dulcimer, guitar, banjo, autoharp, mountain dulc... read more

Having just released their second collaboration, this storied duo has been called the latest chapter in the first family of folk. Suzzy Roche, founding member of The Roches, spent the 80s and 90s touring with that influential trio. Along the way she published several novels, acted in films, and appeared with legendary New York theatre troupe The... read more

Following the release of her 2014 album, Ease My Mind, singer-songwriter Michaela Anne garnered considerable acclaim for her introspective songwriting. The New York Times praised its “plain-spoken songs of romantic regret and small-town longing,” while the Village Voice placed it among the Top 5 Country Albums of t... read more

Known for his unique blending of jazz, blues, folk and soul, Martin Sexton is a musician’s musician and a music lover’s dream. He “jumps beyond standard fare on the strength of his voice, a blue-eyed soul man’s supple instrument,” says The New York Times. “His unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s... read more

Alt-country singer-songwriter Mary Gauthier wrote her first song at 35, having decided after a life of extremes, with plenty of negatives and a few brilliant bright spots, to dedicate herself full-time to songwriting and a career in music. It was with her 1999 album, Drag Queens in Limousines, that she exploded onto the scene, as critic... read more

Named for a tough but enduringly creative neighborhood north of downtown Cincinnati, Over the Rhine is the duo of Linford Detweiler and Karin Bergquist. Their ethereal sounds ― dreamy, sweeping, highly literate and melancholy ― have drawn comparisons to the likes of Cowboy Junkies. Says Leslie Benson of the Dayton City Paper: "The m... read more

Their dynamic take on traditional Irish music is drawing critical praise and adoring fans to this youthful, seven-piece ensemble. Since coming together in 2013, Skipper’s Alley has picked up numerous awards, been the subject of radio and television features, and performed on four continents. Their first CD was greeted with rave reviews across ... read more

One of Africa’s most popular and recognized musicians, Habib Koité is a modern troubadour with extraordinary appeal, simply because his musicianship, wit and wisdom translate across cultures. Hailing from the musically prolific West African nation of Mali, the guitarist and composer has been named the biggest pop star of the region by no less... read more

His newest album, Silver Ladder, is an auditory shot in the arm from veteran touring songwriter Peter Mulvey. Produced by the indomitable Chuck Prophet, it is a lean, muscular collection of tightly constructed songs, leavening Mulvey’s tendency toward ruminative and yearning acoustic songs with a dose of sharp-witted, punchy rock and ... read more

Though the two remarkably successful songwriters have been married since 2004, Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault have maintained independent touring careers. Until now, that is. This fall they are sharing the stage to mark the release of The Wild, Delmhorst’s darkly hopeful, fiercely wise new collection of songs. Recording the album... read more