The position that Radney Foster enjoys in the country music landscape is remarkable. Mainstream country music and independent Americana tend to occupy separate orbits. Yet for 30 years Foster has thrived in both as a songwriter, recording artist, live performer and producer. His songs—solo, with Foster and Lloyd and recorded by other artists—have topped the country, Americana, and AAA charts alike. At the same time, he’s earned the respect of his peers and a devoted audience as intent on listening as they are eager to dance.
Considered an elder statesman of Texas singer-songwriters, Foster has been a friend and mentor to many younger artists on the Texas scene. He’s written and produced songs for Randy Rogers, Jack Ingram, Kacey Musgraves, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott, Pat Green, Cory Morrow and many others. His songs are regularly mined by superstar acts like Keith Urban (“Raining on Sunday,” “I’m In,”), Sara Evans (“Real Fine Place,” “Revival”) and the Dixie Chicks (“Godspeed”).
Breaking out of the crowded Boston indie music scene, American Beauties plays original electric folk music reminiscent of the west coast folk rock bands of the late 60's and early 70's. The songs come from a place of lyrical introspection, pop-sensibility, and accessible guitar-driven melody. The band is currently recording their sophomore full-length record as a follow-up to 2012's Too Worn To Mend, which received considerable radio airplay on college, public, and internet radio in the US, Canada, and Europe. The band tours regionally around New England and have played many club and festival shows over the past 5 years, including their third trip to the Black Potatoe Music Festival in the last four years.
Debra Devi's new Wild Little Girl EP is receiving raves for her classic rock/Americana sound, soulful voice and accomplished guitar playing. The Jersey Journal says, "Devi stands out among singer/songwriters as a true triple threat: a gifted songwriter, a powerful singer and an outstanding guitarist.
Music videos for Wild Little Girl have premiered on The Alternate Root, American Blues Scene, Guitar Girl and The Pop Break. Devi has been tapped to open for national artists like Marshall Crenshaw, Nikki Hill and Devon Allman.
In Jan 2018, Devi produced the Jersey City Rocks White Eagle Hall concert, a smash success celebrating her hometown's diversity that drew 450 people. "Devi's set," NJ Arts reported, "felt like a victory lap for the idea of a Jersey City rock community. With her powerful vocals, Devi held the near-capacity room in her hand while her excellent band added energy and excitement."
Andrew Dunn is a songwriter from Jersey, where talent seems to grow in the fertile soil. His poignant wit and infectious melodies are staples of his canon of memorable story songs drawn from everyday theater of life moments. His songs have been called “rare…with a gravity akin to James Taylor.” Dunn’s latest CD, House Above the Factory, reintroduces his momentum as an artist and places an Americana shine on his unique panorama of everyday experiences. Having recently returned from Kerville, Texas as a finalist in the Grassy Hill New Folk competition, this is Andrew's second time at Black Potatoe.
A troubadour, a poet with a guitar, a stage banter-conversationalist -
all terms that describe Matt Wheeler's music & performance style well.
Matt’s songwriting paints pictures with words, often drawing
inspiration from classic works of literature or simply spinning new
original stories in song. He draws audiences in with engaging stories
and interaction, while shining the spotlight on the lyrical strength
of his work. “Warm sound & heartfelt lyrics. If you are a fan of Josh
Ritter give a listen to Matt!” - Helen Leicht, WXPN Philadelphia
Jay Thatcher and Steve O’Malley are long-time friends and practicing attorneys here in Clinton, New Jersey. Not only do they practice law, but they also practice and enjoy playing their guitars and vocalizing. Both are avid Martin Guitar collectors and have enjoyed performing since the mid-1960’s. They are happy to again participate at Black Potatoe, having previously performed in 2013. Jay and Steve and again fortunate to be joined by Steve’s brother Owen, a well-known Blue Grass guitar and bass player/performer.