February 22, 2020
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Thanks to Kristen Englenz for the closing song
Though born in San Francisco, Nashville Americana singer-songwriter Josh Gray grew up thousands of miles away in Montgomery County, Maryland. From an early age he showed an interest in language and an affinity for writing. At age 16 he got his first guitar but didn’t play his first live show until 15 years later. When asked what took so long, he simply says, “I wasn’t ready.” This theme of taking time to get things right becomes apparent when you hear his music. His thoughtful and often poetic lyrics stick with you long after the song ends. Josh Gray’s sound is a mixture of the folk, blues, country, rock, and bluegrass that first inspired him to pick up a guitar. He’s a storyteller at heart with common themes being love, loss, and social justice.
John Dennis, a 28 year old Freeburg, IL native, moved to Nashville, TN in 2010 to pursue his unique place among the music there. Though his songs resonate with the influence of many of folk's greats--namely Dylan, Simon and Springsteen--his unique vocals, clever Midwestern-driven imagery, and 21st century socially commentative lyrics earn him his own distinct voice. In 2013 he was discovered by Dr. Bryan Clark of Rainfeather Records--a successful musician and producer in his own right.
Born and raised in northern New Jersey, Jason Erie has spent over ten years fronting multiple bands with numerous stints on the road. After five years fronting NY-based rock band Waking Up East, Jason decided to take a break from music altogether. In 2016, after a four-year hiatus, he moved to Nashville, Tennessee, with his wife, newborn son, and his well-worn notebook, brimming with new material ready to be heard. Northern Americana at its core, with explosions of unhinged emotion, Jason Erie’s sound paints a grimly beautiful picture of suburbanite America in decay. Reminiscent of early Springsteen, his music shines a redemptive light on the shadowed characters living in every corner of the country. With songs composed in a marriage of structure and chaos, Jason Erie mashes Americana storytelling with the punk-rock edge he grew up on. What results is his truly unique style.
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