Forged by a palpable musical synergy at a local open jam, Folquinox is born. Weaving individual styles into a cohesive, living, breathing body of sound, singer/guitarist Nathan Shoup, singer/mandolinist/guitarist Andrew Cooney, and bassist Scott Brubach are creating a folk-rock anomaly. Intent on exploring this sound both live and in a studio setting, Folquinox is primed to contribute to the robust Columbus local music cosmos.
BareFuzz are a Psychedelic Blues Rock band hailing from Columbus, OH. Consisting of Ryan Jones (Lead vocals/ Guitar) Adam Tackett (Bass) Frankie Carsonie (Rhythm guitar/ Percussion) and Derek Petrucci (Drums). BareFuzz has been on a tear throughout Ohio for the last two years. Bringing their Bluesy, Groovy and weird style to stages all around the state, audiences know the band for delivering a high energy, face-melting onslaught with scenes of Psychedelic adventure laced throughout. BareFuzz shows are a hangout. Everyone is welcome and everyone is involved. The band spreads love to all who attend and aim to send them home with an experience they will never forget.
Debut album releases July 14th.
Universal Sigh is a high energy, metamorphic rock show. Hailing from Athens, GA the foursome features a two-guitar attack and driving rhythm section, producing versatile music which reflects a deep fondness for artists such as Radiohead, Snarky Puppy, and Umphrey’s McGee. Influenced by a myriad of musical styles, the quartet has crafted a diverse catalog, which includes both lyrical tunes and instrumental arrangements. Each song is a voyage, with harmonious melodies soaring through epic peaks and dramatic descents into electrifying funk grooves. Fluid and dynamic, the Sigh is equipped with an abundance of compositions to energize any musical atmosphere.
Universal Sigh’s guitarist and drummer Pace and Jones Maynard, developed together as young musicians playing long hours in their parents’ basement. In high school, Jones met songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Steve Terry, and the two took playing together like fish to water. The expansive music scene in Athens paved the way for the band to meet Austin Parker, a soulful vocalist with a love for laying down the bass. Pace, Steve, Jones, and Austin have been at the forefront of all song writing and live performances. However, the band frequently collaborates original music with special guests, including full brass sections, percussion, and guest vocalists. Their openness allows every show to be a special surprise.
May 2016 ushered in the anticipated release of Universal Sigh’s first album, Atoms & Void. While improvisation is a staple component of the live show, Atoms & Void displays a thoughtfulness to innovatively diversify arrangements of rock songs, blues tunes, and futuristic jazz alike. The debut album explores the uncanny nature of song structure and provides lyrical content inspired by the turmoil and beauty of the human condition. The core four presents Atoms & Void, as a material extension to connect the listener to the inherent music within everyone.
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, her Boston Music Award-winning band, are releasing their second full-length album, BIG ROAD. The self-produced album highlights Erin’s diverse influences, from her roots in acoustic delta and piedmont blues, to her electric side – slide guitar, boogie blues, funk and soul. Since the release of their acclaimed debut LOVE WHIP BLUES (VizzTone/Juicy Juju 2014), Erin and the band have been touring the country non-stop – honing their craft, and making plenty of new fans. Erin has emerged into the limelight, taking on a more direct role as producer and playing lead guitar. BIG ROAD is an apt name for her new, self-produced album. It describes where she and the band have been, traveling the highways and back roads, bringing people joy through their music.
BIG ROAD features ten songs – including four originals, and Erin’s own arrangements of songs by Mississippi Fred McDowell, Tommy Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, Slim Harpo, and Randy Newman. “It’s the album I’ve always wanted to make,” explains Erin, “an authentic live-sounding set of songs, centered around my guitar playing, which is at the root of my music – from acoustic finger-picking, to electric slide guitar, to wah-wah fueled funk, with a few guitar solos thrown in. I also wanted to highlight our band sound by playing live in a room together, with just a handful of overdubs. We went into the studio after a 3-week tour based around the International Blues Challenge in Memphis (where we made it to the semi-finals), so we were very tight.”
Charismatic singer and guitarist Erin Harpe, along with her band the Delta Swingers, have become favorites around New England, with a growing fan base around the world. Their unique brand of dance music is rooted in vintage 1930’s Mississippi delta blues, then shaken and stirred with other genres like soul, funk, and reggae, evoking a wild southern juke joint where the whiskey and gin are flowing and everybody’s dancing.
Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers features Erin on vocals and lead guitar, backed by Jim Countryman on bass, Devin Vaillanport on drums and vocal harmonies, and Matt Charles on harmonica. Their critically acclaimed debut album “LOVE WHIP BLUES” (VizzTone) has been very well received, getting 4 stars in DownBeat Magazine, and airplay around the world including SeriusXM’s Bluesville!