Julia Barry is an indie pianist, singer, and songwriter based in NY. Recently hitting the studio with eight top-notch instrumentalists, she recorded her second CD, “Once, or Twice,” which features jazz- and blues-inspired songs of wonder and longing. Often compared to artists like Norah Jones and Joni Mitchell, Julia’s voice is as gritty and sweet as her songs are kick-you-under-the-table honest.
Sturgill Simpson – vocals, acoustic guitar, telecaster
Hargus “Pig” Robbins – piano
Chris Powell – drums
Robby Turner – steel guitar, bass
Brian “Freedom Eagle Bear” Allen – bass
Bobby “Diamond Bob” Emmett – organ, mellotron
Leroy Powell – steel guitar , backing vocals
Dave Cobb – 12 string electric guitar
Rebecca and Megan Lovell, Larkin Poe, present a full album, collaborating with multiple Norwegian “Spellemann” (Grammy) winner Thom Hell, and their special guest Sola Akingbola from the multi-millon selling band Jamiroquai. The record was recorded in two periods over the two last years, at the studio “Ocean Sound” in Giske, Norway. It started as a project to see what could come of a collaboration between Larkin Poe and Thom Hell, a Norwegian artist Larkin Poe had listened to and liked while touring Scandinavia. Luck brought the two bands together as Thom attended the bands concert, and two visits to the studio later ten songs are presented. Sola Akingbola heard a rough mix of the record after playing at the Nobel peace prize concert in Norway and was so eager to play on the record that he spent his 2 days off on his 2 months Jamiroquai tour to lay down some steady percussion work on the record. Six tracks are written by Larkin Poe, three by Thom Hell, and one song co-written by Rebecca Lovell and Thom Hell in the studio.
After six albums and twelve years of solo music making, roots rocker Rich McCulley is still finding fresh beginnings and new inspiration in life. With his latest record “The Grand Design,” he’s coming to peace with the past few years of loss and hardship and celebrating a better life today, with new love in his life and a young son of his own.
He’s brought his classic, road-tested sound: satisfying melodies, chiming guitars, hummable harmonies, whirling organs… all the elements of catchy roots pop and recorded in a richly-arranged Americana style that is McCulley’s trademark. Ever present is his distinctive gravelly voice (hailed by IndieMusic.com as “a great rock and roll voice”), providing a solid dose of heartfelt character throughout the songs.
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