featuring performances by Jill & Kate; Reva and Andrew Russell English, Mel Washington, Jann Klose and The Rough & Tumble
Will Gray was a talented artist, songwriter and filmmaker. His work was recorded by the likes of Blake Shelton and his documentary film, Broke* (reprised), was met with critical acclaim when it was released in 2011. Gray passed in 2013 and The Will Gray Blueprint website was created to honor his memory as it was important to him that people nurture, care for, and take ownership of the music and artists they love. The site is an online platform offering fans the opportunity to care for artists while on tour – covering expenses such as food, gas, housing, & roadblocks. Gray’s final recorded work – the double vinyl LP honeysuckle wine – produced in part by T Bone Burnett, will also be released.
Jill & Kate:
Driven by their own sensitive, well-rendered tunes and sterling vocal harmonies, Jill and Kate are a dynamic singing and songwriting duo with the pipes, poise, and personalities necessary to build an explosive career in their home base of Nashville, Tennessee. While Jill and Kate are best known as former background singers for award-winning vocalist Kelly Clarkson, Jill Pickering and Kate Rapier have emerged from the background to become a fore fronting pair. In the process of taking the next step toward their long-term goals, Jill and Kate joined Jann Arden for select dates throughout Canada. This distinct opportunity has opened doors, eyes, and ears to the talent of the duo, helping them not only garner professional relationships, but exposing them to unique fan bases who immediately recognized the duo’s talents.
Reva and Andrew Russell English:
Andrew and Reva Russell English are Lexington, Kentucky-based musicians, who specialize in songcraft, harmonies, and aiming at feeling. Past and current projects the duo have been involved with include Englishman, The Scourge of the Sea, Matt Duncan, Gretel, The Reva Dawn Salon, Italian Beaches, Small Batch, and Ancient Warfare.
The Rough & Tumble:
In April 2015 Mallory Graham and Scott Tyler quit their day jobs, sold everything they owned, and gave their 30-day notice on their rental house to trade in for a life permanently on the road. With their 16-foot camper and their 97 pound dog, Butter, they have been touring nationwide. Don’t let their vagabond tendencies fool you– this Americana-folk duo are a compact team of close harmonies, versatile instrumentation, and deliberate songwriting all presented a nudge of the elbow and a tongue in the cheek. Haunting, quirky, solemn, and spritely, The Rough & Tumble are for the faint of heart and the strong of will.
As a founding member of the southern rock outfit, All Get Out, Mel Washington is now on his own making soulful southern music. At the age of 30, he delivers songs that cut to the core of the human existence. His most recent releases feature soulful melodies and harmonies, mixed with southern grit and beauty.
Half the duo of Gary Lucas & Jann Klose, whose new album, STEREOPTICON has received 4 Stars from MOJO magazine, Jann and his music appear in the new award-winning Australian documentary, A VENUE FOR THE END OF THE WORLD (BrinkVision USA) and in the short film THE BEAUTY OF DISASTER (Glimmer Girl, USA). Jann is the singing voice of Tim in the movie, GREETINGS FROM TIM BUCKLEY (Tribeca Film/Focus/Universal). Jann’s recent solo album, MOSAIC won three 2014 Independent Music Awards and charted for several months on the AMA and Roots Rock charts. MOJO critic Mike Barnes writes: “Klose has a fabulous, wide-ranging voice with an individual style.”
Sarah Masen is an American singer–songwriter originally from the suburbs of Detroit. She has recorded for Charlie Peacock’sre:think label, and Word Records. As a songwriter, she has collaborated with Béla Fleck, Julie Lee and Sam Ashworth.
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