Caroline Dare is a 17 year old NC/Nashville,TN based ASCAP songwriter and CMA member. She has been recognized by the Nashville Songwriters Association International (NSAI) as ""One to Watch"" for being a songwriter on the rise. She has been featured by Taylor Guitars and is sponsored by MAC Cosmetics.
Caroline performs both acoustically and with her full band primarily in NC, SC, and Nashville and has played notable venues such as Downtown Disney (Orlando, Fl), The Bluebird Cafe (Nashville, TN), Eddie's Attic (Atlanta, GA), MerleFest (Wilkesboro, NC), The Evening Muse & The Coca Cola 600 Speed Street Festival (Charlotte, NC), Johnny & June's (Winston-Salem, NC), the NC Seafood Festival (Morehead City, NC), and the NC Azalea Festival (Wilmington, NC).
Dare showcases her soothing vocals and songwriting skills on her second EP ""Take It or Leave It"" which includes 1 co-written and 5 self-penned tracks. She tapped Nashville recording artist Greg Bates and Ben Jackson to produce the project.
Caroline is involved with many charitable events including Tunes for Tots, March of Dimes, and her local Children's Hospital and Humane Society.
Sometimes you need a friend to laugh with and sometimes you need a friend to cry with. The two-man band Sinners & Saints, from Charlotte, NC, fits the bill for both. Whether they're crooning about heartbreak or tearing it up with joyful abandon, you'll feel happier for having listened. Perry Fowler and Mark Baran infuse their acoustic, country-tinged tunes with compelling harmonies and foot-powered percussion on repurposed drums from an abandoned kit. Since the band's formation in 2011, Sinners & Saints has been gathering a following of fans who turn to their whiskey drinking, shit kickin', sweet loving music for a good time but find something more - an irrepressible optimism even in dark times. We're all sinners and we're all saints, and we're all in it together.
"Charlotte's premier country act is Early Ray! Often compared to contemporary acts like Zac Brown Band and Jason Aldean, they can also scale their show back to a more throwback style in the vein of Old Crow Medicine Show and Mumford and Sons. Depending on what your needs are we can arrange the band and set to fit any occasion.
The band's approach is to invite you along and to be fully interactive with the party. Every song in their set is a sing- a-long classic that your crowd will enjoy! From Garth Brooks, Alabama, Hank Williams to current favorites Eric Church, Zac Brown, Jason Aldean etc. Early Ray will have you singing, dancing and having a blast! Knowing that not everyone may not know the country hits, Early Ray has taken it upon themselves to countrify many popular songs from other genres. Everything from Cee-Lo to Guns n Roses to Michael Jackson and Prince! There won't be anyone left out of the party! Their set list of over 300 songs grows weekly. Got a special request song you wanna hear? Don't be afraid to ask!"
I truly believe that there is a reason behind each of us being put in this world. We are here to find our purpose and to be passionate about something, so we can fully live. My purpose and passion is music, and I have been blessed to know this my whole life. I remember The Beatles, Zac Brown Band, John Mayer, and Coldplay constantly playing in my home when I was young. These artists made an impression on my developing mind. I was inspired to teach myself to play the guitar at age 11 and wrote my first song that same year. Writing has changed the way I view music. There is something about entering the vulnerable state of pouring my feelings into poetry and melody and sharing it with others that has made me deeply appreciate and respect the craft that we artists try so hard to perfect.
After writing songs by myself in my bedroom for years, I decided to branch out in my teens. I became involved in the rock band at my high school and we began to write music together. In 2015, this high school band was nationally recognized by NAMM and earned a visit from the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus where we had the opportunity to record an original song and make a music video. In 2016, I was awarded a scholarship from Tosco Music Party to attend The Swannanoa Gathering in Asheville, NC for my original music. Tosco Music Party soon invited me to be a member of their house choir. I was honored when Singer Songwriter, Ellis Paul, one of my teachers at The Swannanoa Gathering, asked me to open for him at The Evening Muse in Charlotte, NC later that year. This validation created a desire in me to share more of my music with the world. I recorded my first album "I'm a Song" in 2017 which was a learning experience of a lifetime. I am incredibly proud of the record and feel thankful to have created something so special with amazing and talented people who nurtured it well."
Carolina GATOR GUMBO, based in Charlotte NC, is a well seasoned Cajun & Creole band bringing festive music from southwest Louisiana to the Carolinas since the early 90's! This friendly mix of high spirited musicians have sought and studied Cajun/Creole music, dance & culture throughout the southeast. "Leona Had A Party", the band's most recent recording has been met with great reviews:
The Turnstiles have honed their rootsy blend of rock and country by recording and playing live shows in Charlotte and across North Carolina. With original songs running the gamut from driving rockers to aching ballads, the common threads are engaging melodies, strong lyrics, and spot-on harmonies. In addition to rollicking versions of their original songs, The Turnstiles feature an ever-changing selection of covers including Neil Young, The Replacements, Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and The Band.
"Started in 2005 by Justin Fedor & childhood friends, North Carolina's The New Familiars have grown into an Americana Rock fixture in the southeast as well as reaped the rewards of heavy road touring from the Rockies to the Atlantic.
Boasting three multi-instrumentalists, the lineup could include acoustic & electric guitars, mandolin, banjo, pedal steal, and the resonator slide guitar. Talented bass player, Pat Maholland also jumps from upright bass to electric bass depending on the tune.
Having played many of the nation's top festivals, including MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm & Roots, FloydFest and more, the band has found itself on the bill with many greats including Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, & Del McCoury to name a few. Always known for their good time shows, they've been joined on stage by legendary performers like Ronnie McCoury (Traveling McCourys), John Cowan (Doobie Brothers), & Johnny Neel (Allman Brothers Band). Catch them on a stage near you soon!"
"For over a decade Justin Fedor has been touring with Charlotte, NC's alt-country rockers, The New Familiars. As the band's founding member, he's not only a bandleader, but also a songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist playing mandolin, guitar, and banjo with the group and beyond. To quench his creative thirst, Fedor joined psych-rock outfit, Ancient Cities, in 2013 and is actively touring as their bass player.
In 2013, he also turned his attention to more philanthropic endeavors by creating and curating the Tribute To Benefit Levine Children's Hospital. The a bi-annual concert series held at NoDa's Neighborhood Theatre has raised over $50,000 for the hospital so far. The concerts showcase the areas best talent banded together with themed tributes like Tom Petty, The Doors, Lou Reed and many more.
Under his own name, Fedor has also been performing with a full band and more stripped down duo shows with his friend; Knoxville, TN fiddler, Francis Bronson. Together they've performed with acts like Tim O'Brien, Billy Joe Shaver, and Josh Ritter. In 2017, the two made their acting debut in the dramatized documentary ""Born In Bristol"", a film that tells the story of the iconic 1927 Bristol recording sessions. The film also features notables like Dolly Parton, Sheryl Crowe, and Steve Earle and received recognition at film festivals such as Cannes and Sundance. Currently, Fedor is performing shows with The New Familiars, Ancient Cities, and solo all while working on albums with each project."
" I am and always have been Taylor Dean and my main focus is to create a sonic experience for the listener that allows them to feel connected both to themselves and the world around them.
We adore so many genres and styles of music, so much so that we have become devoted to breaking the stigma of conforming to one style of sonic expression and have made it our mission to utilize all genre's into each performance - this simple concept allows us incredible versatility and gives us the sacred opportunity of connecting with someone on an existential level; even if only for a moment, what a beautiful phenomenon."
A southern girl with a spirit as fiery as her red hair, Caroline has been pursuing her dream of being a Country music artist from a very early age. She made a name for herself as a Country Gospel singer starting when she was sixteen. She recorded three albums and topped the Country Gospel charts, with four songs ranked in the top ten.
Caroline's dream had always been in Country music and after spending a short time reflecting and exploring the world of songwriting, it was clear that it was where she needed to be.
She wants to inspire. The music moves her, and she's a songwriter who understands that the hard parts of life - the parts that stick with you - can't always be expressed with simple words. Sometimes, you have to put those words into a song.
Now, Caroline has paired with fellow songwriter and touring musicians Scott Spruill and John Christenbury forming the "Caroline Keller Band." Together they are bringing their Country/Americana music to the people, writing songs that are relatable and relevant. Most recently, the trio was invited to perform at the Sunday Writer's Night at the prestigious Bluebird Cafe in Nashville, TN.