Crys Matthews

Crys Matthews is a beacon of hope, using her musical talent and expert lyricism as tools for change.

 

Matthews refers to herself as “the poster-child for intersectionality” ,all facets of her identity blending together to create an artist that resonates deeply with many.

 

In 2017 Matthews released two projects, “The Imagineers” and “Battle Hymns”. Followed by an EP titled “These Hands” in 2019.  Her most recent release, “Changemakers”, was released in 2021.

 

Matthews was the New Song Music and Performance Competition grand prize winner in 2017. She has also won the People’s Music Network’s Social Justice Songs Contest at the Northeast Regional Folk Alliance and performed at many impressive venues and festivals.

Introducing Jett Holden

Jett Holden makes a living at a call center in Elizabethton, Tennessee. When he’s not there, he’s at home singing tunes with a voice that will knock you completely off your feet.

 

Holden grew up in a musical family of singers and players of various instruments from drums to brass.

 

“I took to guitar after falling in love with songs by Tracy Chapman and Garth Brooks, like Fast Car and Thunder Rolls,” Holden says.

 

You can hear those influences, as well as his own unique approach, in his music. Combined with his unprecedented talent, what you get from Holden is a sound that, we think, will land him among legends.

"Toxic" - Britney Spears

"Hey Ya" - Outkast

"The Great Divide" - Luke Combs, Billy Strings

"The Joke" - Brandi Carlile

As if that voice was not enough; Holden is also a phenomenal songwriter. “Taxidermy” is a chilling response to the frustration and helplessness he feels in the face of the police brutality that is killing so many Black Americans.

 

“It gets treated like a trend on social media a lot, but little change is actually made,” says Holden. He is currently working on a second verse to the song and we look forward to sharing when it’s complete.

"Taxidermy - Jett Holden

Dom Flemons

Known as “The American Songster”, Dom Flemons has certainly earned the name. Flemons is a multi-instrumentalist, a brilliant singer-songwriter, and a fountain of information on American music history.

 

From 2005 to 2013 Flemons was a member of the Carolina Chocolate Drops. As a solo artist, Flemons has released 6 albums including collaborations with Boo Hanks and Martin Simpson.

 

His latest album, “Black Cowboys”, was nominated for a Best Folk Album Grammy as well as a Blues Music Award in the Acoustic Album category.

Yola

UK born singer songwriter, Yola is a powerhouse. With a soulful voice and style that she describes as “musically genre fluid”, Yola pays tribute to inspirations from Aretha Franklin to Dolly Parton.

 

She got her start as a front woman for hire working with DJs and producers such as Bugz in the Attic, Duke Dumont, Massive Attack and Sub Focus. Yola also spent 8 years in a band called Phantom Limb that released two studio albums.

 

After a hiatus, she returned with a more personal sound and released an EP, “Orphan Offering”, in 2016. Her 2019 album “Walk Through Fire” got three Grammy nominations : Best Americana Album, Best American Roots Song and Best American Roots Performance. Additionally, Yola was nominated for Best New Artist.

 

Yola’s latest album,  “Stand for Myself”, will be released on July 30,2021

Ebony Hillbillies

The premier African-American string band in America, the Ebony Hillbillies are a force. They started out playing on NYC street corners and have now played on some of the biggest stages in the world.  A musical machine, they’ve  released over 10 albums between 2004 and 2020. 

 

The music feels like a time machine, with songs like “Another Man Done Gone (Hands up Don’t Shoot)” crafting commentary on the tragedies of our time with what sounds like music from the past. 

 

In addition to making music that feeds your soul, The Ebony Hillbillies have created The EH Kids Program to educate children on music and culture through interactive performances and story telling.

In loving memory of "rebel soldier", Mr. Norris Washington.

Jake Blount

As an LGBTQ activist, an advocate for the resurrection of Black stories in Americana music, and an incredible instrumentalist, Jake Blount has a full plate and he handles it all with talent and grace. 

 

Blount released an EP, “Reparations” in 2017, and his debut album “Spider Tales” in 2020. Dubbed “An instant classic” by Jude Rogers of The Guardian, “Spider Tales” has proven Rogers right and taken off for Blount.

Lilli Lewis

The perfect combination of raw emotion and human connection, Lilli Lewis will give you the blues in the best way.

 

A humanist at heart and in practice, you can always find Lewis on the right side of history fighting for justice for the artists she serves as VP and A&R Head at Louisiana Red Hot Records and for Black artists in general.

 

Lewis has a vast body of work with over 8 albums/EPs. Most recently releasing “My American Heart Red + Blue”  in 2021.

Known as the “Folk Rock Diva”, Lewis is a legend in the Americana/Folk world and won’t be slowing down any time soon.

Delila Black

When you listen to Delila Black, you know you are hearing from someone who knows more about life than the average person.

Born in Port Au Prince, Haiti, Black later moved to New York but now lives in London. She describes her sound as “Alt-Americana, exploring what I call Electro-Mountain,  Country-Noire, Punk-Country, Afro-Billy,  Roots-Rodeo-Rocknroll.”

There is wisdom in her music, yet she remains relatable. In her songwriting, she seeks to explore love and all of the things that go along with it.

War & Treaty

Husband and wife duet, Michael Trotter JR. and Tanya Blount make up The War and Treaty.

Hailing from Albion, Michigan, they describe themselves as “two lovebirds singing without reverb.” The War and Treaty have created a unique blend of country, soul, folk, and Americana music. They have released one EP, “Down To The River” (2017), and three studio albums, “Love Affair” (2016), “Healing Tide” (2018), and “Hearts Town” (2020).

In 2019 they won Emerging Artist of the Year at the Americana Music Honors and Awards. In 2020 they won Artist of the Year at Folk Alliance International, and in 2021 they were nominated for Band/Group of the year.