RORY BLOCK was just named Acoustic Blues Artist of the Year at the 40th Blues Awards. Heralded as a "living landmark" (Berkeley Express), "a national treasure" (Guitar Extra), and "one of the greatest living acoustic blues artists (Blues Revue)," Rory Block has committed her life and her career to preserving the Delta blues tradition and bringing it to 21st century audiences around the world.
See more: http://www.roryblock.com
THE SLAMBOVIAN CIRCUS OF DREAMS are long-time Colorscape favorites and purveyors of the playful, the sublime, the quirkish, and the divine. Their "sissy songs" are lullabies, and their explosive sonic huzzahs come from musical imagination where colors have flavor, soundscapes are ideas, and inspired listeners turn into jellyfish occasionally, and parasol-bearers frequently. Seriously. The Slambovians are just back from a 10-date UK tour, and have released a new documentary about their legendary magic-making at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Dance Tent every year.
See more: http://slambovia.com
Fred Eaglesmith can talk to you about anything. Chances are he's had that car, tractor, job, relationship, idea, and hat. The difference is he's probably also written a song or ten about all that. His mega fans, "the Fred Heads," can tell you about them... and about the 22 studio albums, his 5 different band configurations, his Juno Award, his "Late Night with David Letterman" performance, his 11 buses, and more. TIF GINN is a gutsy, sultry, transcendent songwriter who has spent most of her life on the road singing, wrangling multiple instruments, and keeping both you and Fred in awe.
See more: https://www.fredeaglesmith.com
JOHN GORKA sings like what burnished rosewood--topped with a small cut glass tumbler of Woodford Reserve and a candle--would sound like if all that had a voice. He writes music like nobody else, however. Don't let his humorous self-deprecation fool you. These are poems in sound, life distilled through discerning eyes, and occasionally a wry sense of humor. So much is held in his 11 critically acclaimed albums and collaborations with other new-folk and singer-songwriters. What a privilege to have him back at Colorscape.
See more: http://johngorka.com
RUNA has been enchanting audiences by pushing the boundaries of Irish folk music into the Americana and roots music worlds since their formation in 2008. Interweaving the haunting melodies and exuberant tunes of Ireland and Scotland with the lush harmonies and intoxicating rhythms of jazz, bluegrass, flamenco, and blues, they offer a thrilling and redefining take on traditional music. They've been honored internationally, winning Top Group and Top Traditional Group at the Irish Music Awards and three Independent Music Awards, including Best Live Album, Best World/Traditional Song, and Best Bluegrass Song.
See more: http://www.runamusic.com/2016/
CARAVAN OF THIEVES are a little bit theatre, a little bit story, and a moving train full of music. Fuzz and Carrie front the band that's inspired by the big band swing era, the Quintette du Hot Club de France, and early American folk music. Surprised by that musical combination? We'll wager that you'll be even more delighted by the scene that happens on stage as the Caravan steals your heart.
See more: http://caravanofthieves.com
ANSWER THE MUSE has just returned from the Grassy Hill Emerging Artist Stage at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, a competitive and coveted gig that they lit up like a hot summer sun. This Ithaca-based band plays music that is spirited, intentional, and infused with the heartbeats of every person on stage. Their aural inspiration is good medicine.
See more: http://www.answerthemuse.com
DRIFTWOOD is one of the most electrifying bands on the Americana scene. How full of lightning are they? Ask us again after you've seen them live--by that time we'll just look at each other with wide eyes, flushed cheeks, and hearts beating faster than they did an hour ago. Their fans are loyal like blood kin who actually love each other; we expect the deep connections within the band itself poured out and over everyone listening. Driftwood is a many-pointed star that is more than the sum of its parts. They're now embarking on a major tour supporting their newest release, "Tree of Shade."
See more: https://www.driftwoodtheband.com
NATE GROSS AND THE AMERICANA STRINGS may surprise those who know him best for his heavy blues guitar playing, but not those who've long loved the room he makes for acoustic sounds. Americana Strings includes violins, double bass, and piano that explores Americana, folk, blues, and traditional country sounds. He has shared the stage with some of the biggest legends in the industry even while making his home in Norwich, NY and giving back as owner and teacher of Nate Gross Music.
See more: https://www.musicbynategross.com
Buddy Wakefield is a three-time world champion spoken word artist featured on the BBC, HBO's Def Poetry Jam, ABC Radio National, and has been signed to both Sage Francis' Strange Famous Records and AniDiFranco's Righteous Babe Records. In 2004 he won the Individual World Poetry Slam Finals thanks to the support of Norman Lear, then went on to become the most toured performance poet in history. Wakefield, who is not concerned with what poetry is or is not, delivers raw, rounded, disarming performances of humor and heart. He is now based out of Los Angeles.
Wakefield will also be in the Literary Arts Tent after his NBT Main Stage performance. Come meet him!
See more: https://buddywakefield.com