JESSE TERRY: Jesse Terry is a singer/songwriter with an uncanny ability to weave tales of travel and homecoming, of sorrow and of redemption, into songs that are simultaneously timeless and fresh. Home is now the coastal village of Stonington, Connecticut, but Terry’s music reflects an amalgam of influences, from Nashville to Laurel Canyon. His melodic and lyrically-driven Americana fits naturally on a playlist between cuts from Josh Ritter, Jackson Browne, Ryan Adams and Neil Young.
Terry’s star is on the rise, and it’s no surprise. Through the course of four releases, The Runner (2009), Empty Seat On a Plane (2012), Stay Here With Me (2013), and The Calm & The Storm (2015), Terry draws from a wellspring of emotional depth and combines it with performance skills honed over hundreds of shows and hundreds of thousands of miles on the road.
Jesse Terry’s “melodies ring with instant accessibility and a clear connection, conveying a brilliance and clarity that most veteran artists still strive for” (No Depression). His “well-crafted songs rank right there with Ryan Adams, Rhett Miller and other masters of alt-country” (WFUV-NYC). A gentle warmth runs through Terry’s voice, and his lyrics, while grounded in gritty wisdom acquired through years on the road, offer up hope for a kinder tomorrow. Arranged around acoustic guitar and subtly augmented by strings, piano, percussion and achingly beautiful harmonies, Terry’s music is elegantly spare, capturing the eternal tug-of-war between head and heart, the pull of the road and the longing for return.
WILL KNOX: UK based singer-songwriter Will Knox has teamed up with producer Fab Dupont to create his latest album The River Ink, out later this year. It follows his award winning debut album The Matador & The Acrobat and EP Lexicon.
His new record blends acoustic & electronic compositions, adding a another dimension to Will’s folk roots. These new influences are partly inspired by the wide range of collaborators he has teamed up with on the record, including Peter Gordeno (Depeche Mode, The Who), Charlie Midnight (James Brown, Joni Mitchell), and Marcus Killian (Lionel Richie, Kaiser Chiefs).
Will has been touring extensively around the US & Europe, including support slots for Art Garfunkel, Judy Tzuke, Andy Grammer, Dotan and Sami Yusuf. Between tours Will is busy as a producer and songwriter; recent collaborations can be heard on Dotan’s no. 1 European record, 7 Layers, (including the hit single ‘Hungry’) and international star, Sami Yusuf’s latest album, The Centre.
“Will Knox’s The Matador And The Acrobat is the most musically coherent collection of songs I have heard all year. The emotion and atmosphere conveyed by the vocals, all of the instruments, and the way they all interplay with a keen ear for dynamics make this album a most interesting and enjoyable experience from start to finish..Rating: 10/10.” ShredNews.com
AMBER RUBARTH: Grand Prize Winner of NPR’s Mountain Stage New Song Award, Rubarth has been recognized repeatedly for her insightful songwriting and unique musicality, attracting enthusiastic praise from The Huffington Post, BBC Radio, NPR, and Acoustic Guitar Magazine who says “She has developed a unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era.” Her fifth album “A Common Case of Disappearing” was produced by Jacquire King (Tom Waits, Norah Jones) and debuted at No. 13 on the iTunes songwriter charts. A live recording from the legendary Sun Studio is now airing nationwide on PBS.
At 21 years old, Amber decided to quit her career as a chainsaw sculptor in Nevada in order to pursue her hidden passion for music. She taught herself guitar, began playing open mics and recording her songs, and soon was being asked to perform throughout the US and into Europe. She received over 1.5 million listens on MySpace (when that was the thing) and quickly became one of their top indie artists.
Rubarth has begun composing for films, recently working with Paul Brill for the highly acclaimed Sundance Film Festival winner Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work. She also partnered with Alex Wong to create The Paper Raincoat, a Brooklyn band featured as iTunes Indie Spotlight chosen as Paste Magazine’s Best of What’s Next.