David Taylor

David Taylor

Americana

David Taylor is an Americana singer songwriter based out of Charlotte, North Carolina. Originally hailing from Brenham, Texas, his family moved to the Charlotte area when he was thirteen years old. While in high school, he started to play music with friends and had his first taste at playing in a band. It wasn't until after college that he would finally start writing his own songs. After playing frequently at local venues in Charlotte, David went into the studio to record some of his songs at Silkworm Sound in Durham, NC. In July 2018, he released his first six song EP titled Texas Heat out into the world.

David is still an avid Houston Astros fan.

Fresh off of winning a 2018 Carolina Music Award in the Bluegrass/Folk category, Province of Thieves hails from Stallings, NC and is an all-acoustic ensemble featuring guitar, mandolin, ukulele, Irish bouzouki, banjo, upright bass, and percussion. What sets this unique band apart is not so much the eclectic mix of acoustic instrumentation, but rather the powerful vocal harmonies. With a focus on original music, the band's songwriting is influenced by folk rock, Americana, bluegrass, Beach music and 80's pop. The Thieves perform regularly at popular live music gathering spots in the Charlotte region, as well as feature performances at Taste of Charlotte, Symphony in the Park, Tosco Music Party, and Charleston's Cooper River Bridge Run. The band has been performing together since 2012 and has released two albums, Province of Thieves (2014) and Laverna (2016), and is set to release a third full-length studio album, Weight of the Sky, this Fall!

Mike Ramsey

Mike Ramsey

Americana

After all the doors opened from putting out his first EP "Between A View Of The Moon", from playing many of the stages in the region to opening for touring artist like Donna the Buffalo and Hiss Golden Messenger, Mike Ramsey still didn't feel like he had found his voice as a songwriter. Spending more time listening to the great songwriters and writing without the guitar in his hands, Ramsey wrote a series of "May Morning Poems" focusing on lyrics. Through these poems, he found the start of his next project. Now armed with a new batch of songs, Ramsey hopes to not only "Justify the songs he's sung," but prove he can call himself a songwriter. The new EP "Colorado" was recorded at Old House Studios and mixed by Jamie Mefford (Nathaniel Rateliff/Gregory Allen Isokov). This recording is the result of not only a maturing songwriter but maybe a maturing individual. "These songs found me in the happiest time of my life, but still with the feeling there's more out there, more to accomplish" Ramsey said, "I think that's the perfect place for me as a writer. Hopefully that comes through."

Matt Minchew and the Highbinders

Matt Minchew & the Highbinders are Tim Ferguson, Mike Haywood, Matt Minchew & Jon Norcom. Assembled in 2017, MM&THB have been hard at work on their debut album, "Long Way Home", and are eagerly anticipating the record's Spring, 2018 release. Pulling sounds from across the spectrum of Southern music, "Long Way Home" is sure to be a must listen, particularly for fans of artists such as Jason Isbell, Turnpike Troubadors, Ryan Adams and the like. Matt Minchew been songwriting for nearly two decades having been based in Nashville, NYC, Chicago & South Florida. He has three previous releases: Concord Anthems (2012), Something More (2010) & On The Verge of Something More (2003/out of print).

Time Sawyer

Time Sawyer

Americana

Time Sawyer is interested in "real people and real songs" and that's just what the listener finds in their music - a sense of realness. Time Sawyer blends a grassroots feel with heart-felt lyrics to put on an entertaining show. From introspective ballads to high-energy crowd-pleasers, Time Sawyer's songs land in that rootsy sweet spot where folk, alt-country, and rock gather for a good time.

The folk rock band's name reflects the pull between the past and the future. The character Tom Sawyer evokes the rural background and love of home that the band shares. Time is a muse for songwriting; it's the thread that runs through life, bringing new experiences and giving us a sense of urgency, while still connecting us with our past.

Time Sawyer has performed on the stages of some of the Southeast's most iconic festivals, including Merlefest, Floydfest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion, Rhythm n' Blooms, Carolina in the Fall and IBMA's Bluegrass First Class. They've shared bills with Langhorne Slim, Phil Cook, Steep Canyon Rangers, The Wood Brothers, Joe Pug, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, and many more.

The memorable lyrics and strong melodies result in songs that will stay in your head long after the music stops. Time Sawyer continues to develop a loyal and growing fan base. Whether they're playing in an intimate listening room or a large outdoor festival, their goal is to forge a face-to-face connection with the audience so that they become friends who happen to be fans.

Caroline Keller Band

Based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, CKB at its core are three friends that have music running through their veins. They are adventurers, coffee drinkers, and lovers of traditional country music. Their sound has been described as "Traditional Country with an Americana flair". In the summer of 2016 they were invited to be a part of the Sunday night writers nights at the Bluebird café and have since been making quarterly appearances. Most recently, they were awarded the 2017 Don Gibson Singer Songwriter Symposium award with their song "The Way It Goes". They are currently in the studio working on a new project that is expected to be available later this year. For more information or for updates on their journey be sure to sign up for their mailing list!

Shealee Cousino

Shealee Cousino is an Americana Singer/Songwriter working on her debut album "Head to the Stone" in the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. Album release date Spring 2018.

Matt Phillips

Matt Phillips

Americana

Singer-songwriter Matt Phillips has been involved with many musical groups in his life, from the North Carolina Boy's Choir to a high school band to his church band. He started street performing after high school, alone, for some money and found a lot of fans. Phillips' music combines the singer-songwriter genre with pop, funk, blues and jazz.

Courtney Lynn & Quinn

Courtney Lynn & Quinn

Folk/Indie/Pop

Fusing their deep love for soul, folk, and pop music both old and new, Courtney Lynn & Quinn create a style of sound that's all their own. CLQ began in Charlotte, N.C in 2016 and have continued to make waves in the local and regional music scene. Courtney Lynn's debut album Wander Years, released in 2017, has been recognized by radio stations, booking agents, music app developers, and television producers. Along with their original music, CLQ have become well known for their unique take on familiar songs during their captivating live performances.

Dane Page

Dane Page

Folk/Blues

Dane Page is a singer-songwriter living in Charlotte, North Carolina. Influenced by the traditions of Hank Williams and Woody Guthrie, his music reflects the complexities of modern life while keeping true to the simple tenets of songwriting. Dane's lyrics weave listeners through Greek mythology, 20th Century literature, and American history while telling stories of love, loss, happiness, and pain. His music pulls from contemporary folk artists like Josh Ritter and Gregory Alan Isakov, but also ventures into sounds reminiscent of The War on Drugs and Tame Impala.

Dane Page continues to tour through the southeast and mid-Atlantic in support of his independently produced EP City to City. A collection of bawdy, rambler tunes perfect for taprooms, bars, and breweries. Selma (Summer 2018) will be his first full-length record. Selma is a more mature album that pushes the boundaries of folk and gives Dane the space to fully develop his sound.

Dane is a storyteller perfect for intimate rooms where audiences can delve into the imagery and lyricism of his songs. The full band-Eric Fellner on bass, Kevin Orlando on guitar, and Josh Kelley on drums-is a dynamic act taking Dane's solo storytelling ability and adding an infectious blend of folk, rock, and blues capable of filling music halls and festival stages. In either setting, listeners are welcomed into the music and leave feeling like old friends after a bonfire.

Gabrielle Sophia

Gabrielle Sophia is a 17 year old folk singer-songwriter, based in Charlotte North Carolina. She plays guitar, and loves to write songs. She is influeced by musicians such as Norah Jones, and Margaret Glaspy. She has played at The Double Door Inn, Midwood Guitar Studio, Festival in the Park, and Summit Coffee. She recently won the Queen City Awards Youth Artist of the year and is working on an EP.

Kyle Forman

Kyle Forman

Folk/Indie/Pop

Kyle Forman is an indie-folk musician from the Charlotte area. Kyle is a dedicated and passionate musician who performs throughout Charlotte an surrounding areas.

Michael Flynn

Michael Flynn is a singer/songwriter most often found yodeling his way through the hills of Saluda NC. His songs have been featured on shows like Grey's Anatomy and Shameless, and on commercials for useful products like cars and shampoo. He's also won a few awards for songwriting, including 1st runner up for the John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship in 2001. His band Slow Runner has released 5 full length albums, an EP, and several singles. They spent some time on one of SonyBMG's labels and have toured internationally with acts like The Avett Brothers, Josh Ritter, Built to Spill, William Fitzsimmons, and many others.

Michael released his first solo album, 'Face in the Cloud,' in 2014. His new album is called 'Pretend Like' and was inspired by the harrowing twists that come from a life with a young kid, aging parents, and a country that can't fit into its jeans anymore but refuses to admit it. He consistently threatens to someday write a self-help book called 'Stop Trying to Look Like What You Used To Look Like And Just Look Like What You Look Like!' but none of his friends actually think he'll follow through.

Reaves

Reaves

Folk/Indie/Pop

REAVES is a new indie band taking on the Charlotte music scene show by show. Band members, Trent Thompson, Krue Stobart, Sam Murphy and Chris Gibson draw from influences like Mutemath, Colony House, and The Black Keys as they combine delayed guitar hooks with hard hitting drums and catchy melodies that are sure to be stuck in your head for days. REAVES Is known for their catchy songwriting combined with their high energy live performances, where they leave everything on the stage, making them an act that you will want to keep an eye on.

Flatland Tourists - Real, Honest, Red Clay Roots Music. They were raised on it, lived it, believe in it. They all grew up in the rural south and now are based out of Waxhaw, NC. They've played Americana festivals, venues, and performance centers throughout the Southeast. They've played opening support for national Americana act, Shovels and Rope. Their first EP spent almost two months in the Top Ten on the Roots Music Report charts. Their shows are filled with happy, smiling, dancing people. They have red clay roots and it shows in their music. Flatland Tourists started their musical journey together in 2013, and for them, every day and every gig since feels like a vacation.

Elonzo Wesley

Americana

Elonzo Wesley began in January 2015, shortly after the breakup of Charlotte NC's Elonzo. After moving from Atlanta in the mid 2000's, singer-songwriter Jeremy Davis (Elonzo Wesley) formed the indie rock band, naming it after his father. The band self-released three full length records and two EP's, touring the Carolina's and Southeast. By December of 2014, after slowly disbanding for some time, another chapter in this story began.With 3 full length albums, hundreds of shows, and a few years under his belt, Jeremy Davis will continue to carry his father's name as a moniker and guide. Elonzo Wesley, at it's best is; the musical truth of the moment, combined with the beauty and sadness of what has passed.Currently, EW is performing as a solo artist and also with a string band.

"The Mike Strauss Band has existed in various forms over the years. A work in progress, perhaps? Perhaps.

I guess you could say that everything begins with Mike. As a songwriter, singer and guitarist his songs, singing and guitar playing establish the outlines that the group embellish, color and sometimes re-shape. It could be country, but it's not quite country. It could be blues, but it's not quite blues. Not quite rock, folk or jazz either. Somehow the group manages to live both in and outside of the ""Americana"" umbrella that these styles inform. Rollick n' Roll? Rhythm n' Rues? Perhaps.

At one time consisting of seven (maybe eight?) members spread out on the main stage or crammed in the corner, the current line-up consists of six individuals. Pretty much from the beginning (or at least the recorded history of the group that starts in Charlotte, NC around 2004 with a cd called ""Gone Electric"") Jon Schigoda has been playing the upright bass in the band. Randolph Lewis contributed his unique brand of electric guitar playing (which includes a custom tuning and extensive use of the Bigsby Palm Pedal string bending mechanism) to the second cd (""How in The World"") in 2005 and became a regular performer with the band shorty thereafter. Randolph convinced his former band mate (in the bands Come On Thunderchild and Les Dirt Clods) ,drummer David ""DK"" Kim, to join the group starting with the third cd ""After All"" in 2007. By the time the group recorded it's fourth cd in 2010 (""Ideal Road"") the trombone playing of Molly Jay had become a big factor in the band's sound. During that cd and the one that followed (2011's ""Crooked Heart"") the band also included Beth Brown Al-Rawi on fiddle and Donovan Collins on keyboards. When the group began work on it's most recent recording (""The Whole Skinny"" slated to be released in early 2014) Beth and Donovan had exited the group and trumpeter Matt Postle had joined. The current line-up with Mike, Jon, Randolph, DK, Molly and Matt continues the musical adventure and expects to be an exciting chapter to the already ten year long journey of this group of music makers."

Kyle Bridges

Americana

"North Carolina native, Kyle McKinnish Bridges, blends his background in Country, Bluegrass and Rock & Roll to present an authentic sound. Whether plugged up on stage with a band or solo with his acoustic guitar, Kyle delivers a sound true to his roots."

The Lenny Federal Band is a 4-piece local Americana group. The band members include Lenny Federal (guitar, vocals) John Wicker (drums, vocals) Willie Evans (bass) Wendell Black (vocals).

Trip Rogers

"North Carolina native Trip Rogers has been entertaining audiences on the east coast of the US for most of his life. A guitarist, vocalist, songwriter, and entertainer by trade and passion, Trip seamlessly moves among many musical genres with his trademark high energy, skill, and humor.

The soundtrack of his life began when Ronnie Van Zant said, "Turn it up!" Lynyrd Skynyrd's southern rock and Eric Clapton's guitar-driven blues laid the foundation for Trip's signature guitar style. Rock and blues favorites, along with the story-laden songs of Scotland, Ireland, and Appalachia, are brought to life by Trip's dynamic stage presence.

From supporting international artists to engaging school children, Trip is at home on any stage. Over the years, he has shared the stage with artists such as Leon Russell, Molly Hatchett, Billy Joe Shaver, Hal Ketchum, and Fred Eaglesmith, and has performed in concert halls and at fairs and festivals all along the east coast.

Whether performing as a solo artist or with one of his many projects, Trip delivers the right show for the right audience."

The Willie Douglas Band

Tube-fed, acoustic driven, original rock and roll; with just enough kick-ass to even out the thoughtful and sensitive lyrics. Think Jimi Ray Blackmore meets Roger Waters behind Jaco Pastorias' taco stand, Jaco's Tacos, and proceeds to beat him about the head and shoulders with a tennis shoe he borrowed from Jeff Beck. Although we prefer to play original music, we are well outfitted with a wide variety of crowd pleasing cover tunes, from rock standards like Zeppelin and the Doors to Doc Watson style country blues, to wacked out stuff like Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead and Pink Floyd. We are all responsible professionals, and quite frankly, a helluva friendly band! Booking 704-912-8772 or stratamocaster@gmail.com