Ellis Paul is one of those gifted singer/songwriters.Though some may refer to him as a folksinger, he is more, for lack of a better word, a singular storyteller, a musician whose words reach out from inside and yet also express the feelings, thoughts and sensibilities that most people can relate to in one way or another, regardless of age or upbringing. The exhilaration of the open road. A celebration of heroes. The hope for redemption. Descriptions of those things that are both near and dear. The sharing of love…, intimate, passionate and enduring.
A native of Clinton, NJ now making his home in Philadelphia, PA, Gregg Cagno’s latest CD Worth the Wait is on Black Potatoe Records. Together with Producer Jimmy Heffernan (longtime Nashville dobro & steel guitar man for Joe Diffie & Brad Paisley) Cagno serves up his thoughtful and melodic songs in a Folk/Rock/Americana/Country blend that features his smooth, mellow voice and distinctive open-tuned guitar playing.
Cagno is a two time ASCAP award winner for the folk genre, was a finalist in the Kerrville Folk Festival’s New Folk competition and has a song in the Smithsonian Folkways archives. He's had the opportunity to open for folk/rock stars Pete Seeger, James Taylor, America & Poco and also the honor of playing on The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Millenium Stage and at 20 Black Potatoe Music Fests.
New York-based guitarist/producers Jack Petruzzelli and Cameron Greider have worked with Patti Smith, Chris Cornell, Sean Lennon and Joan Osborne, just to name a few. They also perform together as a duo, playing original pop songs and guitar instrumentals that range from surf to Western swing. Expect a few choice covers as well...
You can check out Jack also when he is playing with the Fab Faux.
Susan Cattaneo is one of Boston’s most respected songwriters. A powerful singer and sophisticated writer, Susan combines vivid storytelling with a modern songwriter’s spin. Respectful of tradition, but not bound by it, Susan blends rock, folk and blues with a healthy dose of country. Last year Susan debuted at #1 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart with The Hammer & The Heart, and ambitious double album that celebrates collaboration by featuring 40 musicians. You can find her at: susancattaneo.com
KC Cary returns to Black Potatoe after last year's release of his Black Potatoe Records CD "Beautiul and Blue", his first record in 20 years. Mr. Cary explains: "I had done it all, Grammy, Emmy, ' the voice of an Angel', blah, blah, blah. I needed new challenges. Now I'm back. Any other questions, you can ask my Therapist".
Marry The Sea is a 5 piece folk-rock band led by guitarists/singer-songwriters Rebecca Farnham and Kat De Bari, with violinist Maya Ziobro, upright bassist John Lopos and drummer Steve Feldman.
Marry The Sea's style is based in the classic acoustic songwriter tradition, with a shot of indie attitude. The reflective and nuanced songs straddle the line between optimism and realism, as personal stories and universal themes are delivered with dynamic passion. Their exciting sound is infused with harmonies and anthemic rhythms, which peak and hold the ears of the audience.
Marry the Sea has fast become a regional favorite with repeat performances at Maplewoodstock, SOPAC, SouthNext Festival and area music destinations like Hat City, Crossroads and the late great Maxwells, to name a few.
The band looks forward to an EP release in Summer 2018 supported by festival dates and other headliner performances.
Cincinnati native and environmentalist, Olivia Frances is an award-winning singer-songwriter and musician with a sunny disposition. Wisdom shines through her pop-folk musical creations, which is obvious to listeners on her latest single, "Moon to My Sun," which has received critical acclaim. It was named Best Pop Song of 2017 in the Ohio Music Awards, the VOX Pop (Voice of the People) Winner in the Love Song Category at The 16th Annual Independent Music Awards, and won 1st prize in the Singer-Songwriter Category at the 2018 New England Songwriting Competition.
Americana singer-songwriter Kevin Daniel recently finished his second EP, 'Myself Through You', recorded at Degraw Sound in Brooklyn, NY. Daniel corralled a host of talented, professional musicians from all backgrounds for the project, resulting in a richly recorded blend of genres and instruments. Daniel and his band of Big Apple Musicians are currently touring the new EP and other original songs around the country, from California to the Carolinas.
Reviewers describe award winning singer-songwriter Loretta Hagen as ‘heart driven, soul filling, Folk Americana.‘ With 4 critically acclaimed CDs to her credit, Loretta’s rich alto voice and strong song-writing skills have led her to win many awards, including a JAM Awards' (Jersey Acoustic Music Awards) “Top Female Songwriter of the Year,” JAM nomination for “Album of the Year,” winner of the NJ Folk Festival Songwriter Competition and 2 time designation as a CT Folk Festival finalist.
Currently residing in Union Township, 2013 JAM Award Nominee, Perry Dale “PD” Brody continues to solidify his name in the New Jersey music scene. A stalwart of the bar/restaurant circuit, Brody is hoping the release of his first full length album New Roads can open the doors to bigger stages. Brody has released two self-produced EPs over the last 4 years, and he expects to pick up momentum with the release of 'New Roads.' “It feels like I’ve been at it for a while,” Brody says, “But there’s gas in the tank and fire my blood, so we’re going to keep rolling! I’m looking forward to taking what we have to the next level.”