Upon first listening to Bonnie Montgomery, it's easy to mistakenly assume that you've stumbled upon a long-buried track by a legend from the golden era of country/western music. Such is the artistry of this Arkansas native and silver-voiced songstress. Her story is of her journey, but she presents it through a folk/bluegrass/country perspective that's traditional and timeless.
With "Forever", her second full-length album, Montgomery once again delves into classic country sounds and storytelling. Montgomery's stunning vocal chops and ability to draw listeners in with her natural songwriting talent should come as no surprise: her musical roots run deep. Brought up among the never-ending sound of music that flowed through her family's Arkansas music store, her childhood was heavily steeped in Ozark bluegrass, Texas swing, Delta blues, as well as gospel and rock and roll. Surrounded by talented musicians that ran the gamut from performers on the original Sun Records to bluegrass greats and opera singers, Montgomery expanded her musical horizons and began performing whenever possible.
Summer Dean is as authentic as they come.
Newly named 2019 Ameripolitan Outlaw Female of the Year, she puts on a heck of a show! Her raw lyrics, a bare-boned honest voice, and approachable confidence is evident on any stage and set her apart from other women of today's country music scene. From full theater seats to a packed honky tonk dancefloor, Summer's audience falls in love with with the country songstress and quickly become loyal fans. Summer has released her debut album, Unladylike, with plans to release a full-length in 2019. She and her band play numerous venues from legendary dance halls to beautiful theaters, while establishing a firm-foothold in the thriving music scene of Fort Worth. Summer has opened for numerous buzzy artist such as Marty Stuart, Dale Watson, Gary P. Nunn, Sam Outlaw, Max Stalling, The Cactus Blossoms, Mike and the Moonpies, The Derailers and more.
Having opened for acts as big as Dwight Yoakam and The Avett Brothers, the bo-stevens are more likely to be found in the same honky tonk haunts that birthed the music. Traveling from Memphis to Charleston, Richmond to Atlanta, playing within a vibrant and supportive music scene, the bo-stevens is preparing for a second decade on the road. Richard Boyd II, the best frontman in the business, keeps Greg Bell's Hulacaster and Jeff Shu's mandolin and pedal steel and Steven Molega's swingin' snare in the groove.
The roots of this roots band go deep into the mantle of country music. Richard came to love the Tele twang and pedal steel swells of Honky Tonk at his father's knee. In fact, Richard Sr. recorded two country songs in the 1950s just a few doors down from the Trade Street art studio where in 2002 the bo-stevens got their start. And for a Carolina-based band that never left their roots behind, they're proud as can be of their latest release, "Your Crazy Heart." Take their commitment to tradition and mix some rockabilly, a pinch of gospel, and a dash of bluegrass into the stew to serve up a tasty Saturday night.
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