Nick DiSebastian & Friends
Guitarist, singer, and composer Nick DiSebastian brings a fiery five-piece string band to play a flavorfull stew of bluegrass, blues, rock n’ roll, and country music. As a former member of Town Mountain and Col. Bruce & The Madrid Express, Nick is now at the helm of the band stand in the company of Michael Smith on the mandolin and vocals, John Mailander on the violin, Greg Earnest on the banjo, and Keith Morris on the bass and vocals. These fellas have a deep love for traditional bluegrass coupled with a sense of adventure to make other musical styles work in a string band setting. Along with traditional numbers and songs familiar to fans of popular music, Nick will be rendering a few tunes from his album, Window View. The vocal harmonies and instrumental prowess of this band are sure to delight any music lovers!
Jeff Sipe Trio featuring Mike Seal & Taylor Lee
Two-time Grammy nominee Jeff Sipe brings together the incredible virtuosos Mike Seal on guitar and Taylor Lee on bass to form the Jeff Sipe Trio. An alumni of Berklee College of Music, Sipe has established himself as one of the greatest drummers in the United States. He has toured and/or recorded with highly renowned artists such as Bela Fleck, Phil Lesh, Jimmy Herring Band, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers, Trey Anastasio Band, Derek Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit and many others.
The other member of the trio is Mike Seal who is a guitarist from Tennessee with ties to Georgia. In the course of his career, Mike has been touring and recording with a number of different bands including Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, Robiella, Larkin Poe, Sierra Hull and the Mountain Soul which is a bluegrass music group. He has toured as the guitarist for the Jerry Douglas Band (Dobro, Allison Krauss).
Sandra Hall and The Shadows
Sandra L. Hall is a blues and soul blues singer and songwriter. She has been billed as Atlanta’s “Empress of the Blues”. Hall is an Honorary Member of the Atlanta Blues Society. To date she has released five albums, including three on Ichiban Records.
In the 60’s she formed the Exotics, singing and dancing particularly at the Royal Peacock Club, one of the premier Atlanta nightclubs. The Exotics opened for several touring acts at that venue, including Otis Redding, Joe Tex and the Temptations.
She continued singing in a semi-professional vein, whilst working full-time as a nurse. She developed her stage act to include a risque repertoire which was ripe with innuendo. Hall’s live work came to the attention of Ichiban Records and, in 1995, they released her debut solo album, Showin’ Off. The same year she appeared at the Sarasota Blues Fest. Hall continued to work largely around Atlanta, but her recording exposure led her on tours in Europe, which included her performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Her second album, One Drop Will Do You, was issued in 1997. In 2001, she self-released Miss Red Riding Hood. Hall performed at the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival in 2005. Hall regularly visits schools teaching blues culture and singing styles. Hall continues to perform at Blind Willie’s in Atlanta.
Flatt & Strugglin’
Flatt & Strugglin’ is a newly formed bluegrass band full of seasoned professionals based in the NW Georgia area. All members have worked with national and regional artists in both bluegrass and country genres over the years. Their influences range from traditional/modern bluegrass to country music. Their hard-driving sound mixed with 3 part harmony is a definite crowd pleaser and very entertaining!
The Bonaventure Quartet was originally just Dave and Charles who were nuts about Django. But we needed some low end, so we dragged Mark Bynum over on Sunday afternoons and became an all-acoustic trio based in Atlanta whose initial inspiration came from the great French gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. At least, that’s how it started…
Old Mill Road Band
Ripping instrumentals, smooth vocalization, and multi layered harmonies make the Old Mill Road sound adaptable regardless of the genre.
The Wiseman Brothers
Growing up in the mountains of Western North Carolina, Donovan and Devon Wiseman were exposed to traditional Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel Music from an early age. Like the Stanley Brothers, the Monroe Brothers, the Osborne Brothers, and Jim & Jesse McReynolds, these two up-and-coming musicians hope to preserve the sound of traditional Bluegrass music. Donovan’s smooth vocals and strong guitar solos coupled with the Scruggs-style banjo playing and tenor singing of his brother Devon make for a nostalgic, traditional sound. The Wiseman Brothers are joined on mandolin by Jay Moore with his hot-licks and baritone vocals. Drew Lawson brings an unmatched energy along with tremendous tone and feel on the upright bass. The Wiseman Brothers hope to give listeners a taste of traditional Bluegrass Music and allow this music to live on for future generations to enjoy.
Quicksand, shotguns, and fiery sermons all paint the background to where Jayron began laying his musical roots. He was raised roaming the hills of Georgia, exploring old copper mines and railroad trestles, while indulging a steady diet of Bluegrass, Gospel, Soul, and Country Gold. Jayron couples that backdrop with an arsenal of influences that range from Alison Krauss to Steve Earl, from Vince Gill to the Wallflowers. Jayron puts a stamp on his music that crosses over genre lines. In March of 2007 Jayron helped form the duo band, “Blue Eyed Grass”. The duo released three albums gaining recognition on Gibson Guitars’ list, “Best New Musicians”. The duo toured together until January of 2011. Jayron has toured all over the U.S. and Canada. He’s also shared the stage with country music’s headliners, Miranda Lambert, Jason Aldean, Sugarland, Josh Turner, and many others. He’s appeared on several television shows, including USA network’s “Nashville Star”, CMT’s “Can You Duet”, Fox’s “American Idol”, and ABC’s 20/20.
KRIS YOUMANS’ songwriting style is strongly Roots influenced, and traditional & southern as her hometown of Savannah, Georgia. Her mighty band, including Barefoot Slim on Steel Guitar, David Puett on Guitar , Patrick Thompson Bass & Jerry Lee Percussion, help to achieve that high & lonesome sound which is the signature to their shows.
Sugar Creek Stompers
The Sugar Creek Stompers are a traditional Old Time band that blends Appalachian ballads, blues, and a touch of bluegrass! Max Godfrey brings a wild fiddle style, a head full of verses, and a voice that’ll bring a bear out of hibernation. Maggie Hall brings a driving, percussive guitar style, sweet harmonies, and powerful lead vocals that are as fine as frog hair. David Stephens brings an earth-shaking banjo style, tight harmonies, and lead vocals that will knock your socks off! Tre Watts’ bass and his lead vocals are a down-home blend of smoky-Mississippi blues and hollers of the Appalachia Mountains that will make even the wall-flowers kick up their heels! Together, they believe in the power of old music and want to share it with everyone around them.
Luther’s Mountain plays bluegrass, gospel, and old time favorites. The band members are from the west Atlanta area: Dallas, Rockmart, and Douglasville. Luther’s Mountain has been playing together since 2007. Guitarist Randy Link provides a driving rhythm for the band and also powerful lead vocals and harmonies. Bill Lindsey plays amazing mandolin and fiddle, plus brings lead vocals and harmonies to the band. Ron Cline plays banjo and also provides additional strong harmony vocals. Ben Miner plays an awesome standup bass and keeps the band in sync. Together they are dedicated to entertain you with their unique bluegrass sound!