Having released his new record Rose Avenue this year, Joel Rafael has been writing and performing since 1974. His ten album discography includes a two disc Woody Guthrie collection with five Guthrie/Rafael co-writes, and as a solo performer and with his band he has opened shows and shared stages with Arlo Guthrie, Bonnie Raitt, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Dar Williams, Emmylou Harris, Jackson Browne, Joan Baez, John Lee Hooker, John Trudell, Kris Kristofferson, Laura Nyro, Odetta, Ramblin’ Jack Elliot, and Taj Mahal.
American singer-songwriter Jude Johnstone has had her songs covered by Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Raitt, Bette Midler, Johnny Cash, Stevie Nicks, Trisha Yearwood and others. Johnstone wrote the #1 song “The Woman Before Me” on Yearwood’s debut CD and wrote the title track for Johnny Cash’s American II: Unchained, which won the Country Album of the Year Grammy in 1997. She has released seven solo records and currently resides in Nashville.