…All the way from Tennessee, Traveling Man is proud to present:
The Westbound Rangers: westboundrangers.com
“Blending elements of modern jamgrass bands like the Avett Brothers, the burbling sounds of old-timey mountain music and even the drum and electric instrument phases of the Osborne Brothers in the 1950s, the Westbound Rangers have created a highly personal and addictive style that will appeal to many acoustic music and bluegrass fans.”
FERAL FOSTER: www.myspace.com/
“Feral Foster is a songwriter and performer born and based in New York City. His songs are anomalies: each one a distinct, packaged vignette, tenderly crafted and polished but spilling over the edges to anyone that will listen. They are tiny, intimate stories that linger in the room. A gifted writer and performer, he executes his songs with a veracity that is wildly moving and refreshing. I’ve seen entire audiences captivated by him, I’ve seen grown men reduced to tears, and I’ve seen newborns silenced by his thunderous stage presence.” – Lost At E Minor
MELAENA CADIZ: http://rattle-the-windows-melaena-cadiz-2010
“Rattle the Windows conjures up June Carter Cash and Patsy Cline as much as Joanna Newsom. Which isn’t to say that Cadiz doesn’t have a voice of her own, but rather, that she stands up well in a long line of female singer/songwriters who have mined the depths of Americana to great and varied results.”
M SHANGHAI STRING BAND: mshanghaistringband.com
The M SHANGHAI STRING BAND of Brooklyn, New York, started in 2002 as a monthly show in the basement of a local chinese restaurant, the M Shanghai Bistro. Locals began to call the band “M Shanghai”. The name stuck. The crowds grew. Their debut album, “Up From the Ground Below” (20 songs recorded in one day in the restaurant’s dining room) set the mission in motion: timeless original music played with a sense of abandon, captured completely live.With an adventurous take on Americana, the MSSB are not easily classified. They belong with progressive contemporaries (Gillian Welch, Be Good Tanyas) who emphasize distinctive songwriting above the constraints of genre. Lyrically smart and modern, their songs feel both classic and new.
-Samantha Parton of THE BE GOOD TANYAS
-Tommy Ramone, of The RAMONES & UNCLE MONK
Third Wheel Band: www.thethirdwheelband.com
The Third Wheel Band is an American Roots group from New York City. Established in 2010 by Steph Allen, Greg Barresi, and Ryan Langlois, the band has already made a name for themselves with their infectious style of feel-good old timey music.
With influences ranging from bluegrass and country, to folk and talking blues, to early jazz and rock ‘n’ roll their sound digs deep into the past. Their original tunes carry on the traditions of the American Folk songs they include in their repertoire which they lovingly provide a fresh and modern twist to.
Known for their energetic live shows, the band has been described by The Huffington Post as “impossible not to dance to” and “New York’s best hidden bluegrass treasure.” In November 2010, they released their debut album, On Willow Street, which is available at all performances and on iTunes, CDbaby, and Amazon.com.
Party Folk: www.wearepartyfolk.com
These Americana All-Stars —Leah Latella and Noah Chase— write pop bluegrass songs and infuse them with country-like party music. Accomplished instrumentalist Chase plays mandolin and guitar, while soulful songstress Latella accompanies with ukulele, as they sing about the lighter side of city life. With Bennett Sullivan on banjo and Mitch Friedman on bass, these Platinum-ready folkies regularly entertain audiences with their original sing-a-long melodies and tongue-in-cheek lyrics.