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The Mastersons (US)

The Mastersons, husband and wife duo Chris Masterson and Eleanor Whitmore, is an American alternative country band from Brooklyn, New York.

Both are deft instrumentalists, and they’ve spent years playing in others’ bands before coming together as a unit. They’re bound by music and an uncommon depth of companionship, they’re good enough to make Steve Earle swoon, and all of that sounds quite nice.

Until 16 and a half seconds into track one, when Eleanor Whitmore begins singing, “The twitch in my left eye came back today.” “Yeah, we’re not exactly gazing lovingly at each other while we’re playing these songs,” says guitarist Chris Masterson. “Sometimes the ‘couple’ thing can seem a bit schmaltzy. We’re more a band tha...

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Mandolin Orange (US)

Mandolin Orange are an American folk duo Andrew Marlin and Emily Frantz.The duo was formed in 2009 in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

Marlin entered the Chapel Hill music scene while completing his first album there in 2008. Frantz grew up in Chapel Hill and has played bluegrass in the area since age 14.

Aside from the occasional bluegrass standard or familiar cover, Marlin writes a delicious array of songs. They span genres from folk to swing (and everything in between) with powerful lyrics and haunting melodies.

Frantz bows heartstrings on the fiddle and occasionally picks up the guitar. Marlin keeps rhythm and picks a tasty lead on both guitar and mandolin. Local fans can’t get enough of their on-stage ch...

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Joshua James (US)

Joshua James is an American singer-songwriter currently based out of American Fork, Utah and Lincoln, Nebraska.

On his second album, Build Me This, the follow-up to his critically acclaimed The Sun is Always Brighter, produced by industry veteran Shannon Edgar, James expands his musical palette to foreboding doom-laden hard rock. Progressing from folkish harmonies, to country twang, world beats and southern home rock while further exploring themes of spiritual searching and heartbreaking loss. Possessing a whispery and intimate vocal style that works its way into the ear peacefully and directly, Joshua James is pitched midway between seminal influences like Bob Dylan and Neil Young.

“I find solace and beauty in dark...

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Anthony d'Amato (US)

Anthony D'Amato (born 27 November 1987 in Blairstown Township, New Jersey) is an American songwriter and singer signed to New West Records. His 2016 album 'Cold Snap' was produced by Mike Mogis and features performances by Conor Oberst and members of Bright Eyes, The Faint, and Cursive.

D'Amato initially gained indie acclaim with his album releases, "Shades of the Prison House" (2009) and "Down Wires", which debuted in October 2010. In 2009, The New York Post included one of D'Amato's songs from "Shades of..." on their year-end "Best of" list and since then he has been increasingly featured in print and online sources including The New York Times, Paste Magazine, Spinner.com, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Slowcoustic. Mr. D'Amat...

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