Martha Bassett was raised on the bluegrass and gospel of her native West Virginia farmland. Classically trained, Martha is blessed with a crystalline tone, a remarkable range, and sultry delivery. Her performances are known for their emotional honesty and visceral impact, making everyone in the room feel she’s singing directly to them. Her musical inspiration moves effortlessly through swing, jazz, folk, country, and rock guaranteeing playful variety at her live shows. Mixing originals with choice covers, she navigates sexy torch songs, rip-your-heart-out ballads, and slinky groove tunes with ease supported by a band equally comfortable in acoustic and electric settings. With her fourth disc, The Goodbye Party, Martha explores longing, anger, loss and love. The songs are heartbroken and wistfully triumphant. No Depression describes Martha’s music as “intricate and resoundingly captivating, each song takes me further into a scene.”
Regularly seen on stages at Merlefest, the Eastern Music Festival, Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival and concert venues throughout North Carolina and Virginia, she’s opened for Lyle Lovett, Tony Bennett, the Avett Brothers, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Jim Lauderdale, and Chuck Prophet. Martha contributed music to the Sony Classics film, “Junebug,” as well. Her tours have taken her up and down the east coast and into the Midwest. To find a show near you, go to www.marthabassett.com.
Cashavelly Morrison is an Americana-Alt Country singer and songwriter. Her debut album, The Kingdom Belongs to a Child, was released in October of 2015 to rave reviews and received an Independent Music Award for Best Alt Country Album. No Depression called it "a remarkable pearl" being one of the most "thoughtful, delicate, and elegant albums" they've heard. Famous Last Words named it one of the best albums of 2015, and Huffington Post called it "honest, evocative, and intoxicating." Her songs blend together the traditions of American roots, the ballads of Appalachia, and represent a confessional gateway into her deeply held values.
Morrison has experienced a lot since the release of her highly-acclaimed first album. On a personal note, she gave birth to her daughter. On a more global scale, she watched the 2016 election of Donald Trump play out amidst the protests of the #MeToo, Black Lives Matter, and March for Our Lives movements. As working musicians and the parents of two young children, all of these events weighed heavily on the minds of Morrison and her husband, guitarist/banjo player Ryan MacLeod, as they crafted the music and message of Hunger, her newest album, set for release on November 3rd, 2018.
The crux of the album is laid bare in the title track, with its Wild West slide guitar accenting a violent vision of the vulnerable being hunted by those in power. “This song’s meaning is representative of the meaning of the entire album,” Morrison says, “that those in power who use the disadvantaged for their own personal gain are making a toxic, malignant bargain—a bargain that hurts them as much as it hurts others.”
Dan River Girls
The Dan River Girls are three sisters from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. They play bluegrass, Celtic, jazz, pop, and traditional American music.