Sylvia Rose Novak Band
Sylvia Rose Novak has been called "a musician in a class all her own". Whether she's fronting her band as her own bass player, producing her own albums, or improvising five-part fiddle arrangements, it's hard to deny that Novak is not your average songwriter.
Music has always been a facet of her life, so much so that her parents remember that she started to sing before she could talk.
Raised on a steady diet of folk staples including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, and Joan Baez, rock and roll music such as The Who, The Beatles, REM, and The Eagles and classic country like Willie Nelson, Johnny Cash, and Eddy Arnold Novak grew up surrounded by music.
In 2018 Novak released her third full-length album, "Someone Else's War". In "Someone Else's War", deemed "Obsession-worthy" by PopDust, Novak's remarkable lyrics and growing talent as a producer shine throughout. Novak navigates her way through commentary on human nature and the country's current political climate while drawing inspiration from such sources as Cormac McCarthy's "The Road," creating a moving personal statement both lyrically and musically. "Someone Else's War" rolls up and down like a highway, introducing itself with an airy lament in "Wildflowers", and culminating with the closing track "Santa Ana," a devastating and powerful composition [about the 2017 California wildfires] that will leave listeners haunted.
Chris Rattie & The New Rebels
For Chris Rattie & The New Rebels, 3 is the magic number.
The band is a roosty, and dynamic three piece, whose sound ranges from raw, elemental rock n roll to harmony driven acoustic ballads. The New Rebel's sound is simultaneously anthemic, cathartic, and intimate. Chris Rattie's crafted tales of lovers, losers, and dreamers wrap themselves around hard driving rhythm, greasy electric guitar, and gritty harmonica, forming a rough and tumble fusion of rock, blues, country, and folk.