Hailing from Richmond, Virginia, Woody Woodworth & The Piners are part of the newest revival of Virginia music. Established in 2016, the Piners are named for the bygone expression to Pine – a deep longing for something or someone.
Influenced by Virginia’s deep musical history and Appalachian culture, Woody Woodworth & The Piners fuse storytelling with country, bluegrass, and rock and roll to create a sound that can be described as Appalachian Alt-country with a steady shot of southern rock and roll.
Woodworth’s down-home stage presence and honest vocals are backed by a no holds bar honky-tonk twang, lonesome harmonica, sawing fiddle, and driving rhythm section that draws you in and leaves you longing for a time not forgotten.
Woodworth, a Virginia native, was born and raised in working-class family where music was an integral part of daily life. At an early age, he was introduced to the sounds of Dolly Parton, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Wayland Jennings, and Johnny Cash through his beloved grandparent’s obsession with the Grand Ole Opry and country music.
Woodworth became intrigued by regional tales woven into the music, and started writing his own songs at the age of twelve. His mother, a self-proclaimed “southern-rock-hippie," educated him on sounds from the late 60’s and early 70’s and introduced him to the best of Bob Dylan, Neil Young, Charlie Daniels, The Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker Band, and Lynyrd Skynyrd among many others.
As a songwriter, Woodworth embodies the heart of Appalachia with his haunting melodies and tales of love, loss, and the American spirit. Woodworth writes songs of the blue-collar working class that are easy on the ears and heavy on the heart.
Woody Woodworth & The Piners released two singles in 2020, Cherokee Maggie and Long Way Down, and a full-length live album titled Live at Richmond Music Hall. The band is set to release its second studio album in 2021.
Giles McConkey is a four piece jam-rock act hailing from Richmond, VA. The band primarily performs in the mid Atlantic and is coming off of their first full length album release. The album, Reason to Feel, is a 10 track LP recorded at Spacebomb Studios in Richmond, VA. The band has been recently featured in Relix magazine, covering the release of the new record."
Mitchel Evan is a singer-songwriter from Richmond, Virginia that has traveled the country exploring new landscapes and soundscapes. A young, yet experienced writer, Evan has found his voice and style through years of developing his craft living in Colorado and touring the western United States. His songs are honest and confessional while maintaining a sense of hopeful humor and wit. Evan's performances radiate charisma, conviction and confidence that comes only from writing scores of songs and playing hundreds of shows. Backed by his new 4-piece Americana band, Mitchel Evan & The Saboteurs are quickly making a name for themselves in the American Southeast.
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The Dirty Grass Players, a four-piece new-grass band from Baltimore, is known for having one toe-tappin’ foot in traditional bluegrass while pushing boundaries with their blazing musicianship. Composed of Connor Murray on bass, Alex Berman on vocals & banjo, Ben Kolakowski with the guitar & vocals, and Ryan Rogers on mandolin, they have been bringing their growing fanbase a down and dirty performance for over five years.
Their ability to seamlessly transition from down-home bluegrass to spirited improvisation makes each performance unique. Mix in some Allman Brothers, Pink Floyd or a dash of southern rock and you’ll quickly understand what they mean by “Dirty Grass”.
Entering into their seventh year together, The Dirty Grass Players just released their 2nd studio album, “Beneath the Woodpile”. Put together with alluring harmonies, lyrics, and melodies, the band presents a sound precisely at the crossroads of traditional and progressive bluegrass. This isn’t just another run-of-the-mill bluegrass album or band; it’s cathartic and dirty grass.
For the past several years, Netflix subscribers have been raving about Satan & Adam (2018), an award-winning documentary that tracks the unlikely, decades-long partnership between Sterling “Mr. Satan” Magee, a Mississippi-born bluesman and prophet, and Adam Gussow, a younger white harmonica ace. Joining forces on the streets of Harlem in the 1980s, riding out the racial turmoil of that era—murders in Howard Beach and Bensonhurst, Spike Lee’s Do The Right Thing--Gussow and Magee end up becoming a national touring act and Living Blues cover story. The duo falls apart after Magee’s 1998 breakdown, then reunites in a late-life comeback story that leaves viewers profoundly moved.
Magee’s nephew Rod Patterson, aka “Sir Rod,” was one of those viewers. An Atlanta-area singer, dancer, and motivational speaker, he contacted Gussow in December 2019 with a proposition: Why don’t we team up and keep my uncle’s music—and your music, the Satan & Adam songbook—alive? (Magee, it turned out, had lived with Patterson’s family down in Florida only a couple of years before Gussow hooked up with him in Harlem; the two younger men had both been mentored into the blues by the same master musician.)
The result of that conversation was a debut album, an exciting new act, and an explosion of creativity and brotherhood that can’t be denied.
Featuring Patterson up front, Gussow on amplified harmonica and drums, and Alan Gross on electric guitar, Sir Rod & The Blues Doctors offer a powerful mix of down-home blues, old-school soul, and uptown funk. Come Together, released in the summer of 2020, highlights Satan & Adam favorites, including "I Want You," "Sanctified Blues," and "Seventh Avenue," stirred together with "What'd I Say," "I Feel Good," "Little Red Rooster," plus the catchy jam-band single, “Come Together,” a Gussow-Patterson original that speaks prophetically to the COVID-19 crisis and the virus of racism.
Come Together also features a remake of “Freedom For My People,” the powerful anthem that was excerpted on U2’s multi-platinum album Rattle & Hum (1988). A composition of Magee's that preaches hope and yearns for justice, it’s a showcase for Sir Rod's soulful vocals. "So Mean," another Patterson original, is an aching slow blues--just the singer and his keyboard, crying out to the woman he loves, with Gussow seconding the feeling on acoustic harp.
Abby K is a bassist, vocalist, and songwriter from Charlotte, North Carolina. She picked up the bass at age 13 after being influenced by Gene Simmons at a KISS Concert. Months into her musical journey, she was 1 of 3 bassists in the United States selected to attend GRAMMY Camp in Los Angeles, CA. Abby was soon later invited by the producers of America’s Got Talent to audition for the show. She claims that her proudest moment was when Nita Strauss joined her onstage to perform Iron Maiden’s “The Trooper”. Since then, she has developed her own style of musicianship which is commonly described as the love child of Steve Harris (Iron Maiden) and Lita Ford.
In the spring of 2021, Abby K became an independent artist and announced that Crispy Borell and Diego Vargas will be joining the band as co - lead guitarists. Recently, the new lineup released the title track of their upcoming album, “Pay Attention” as a single.
Half Past Dead:
Passion, perseverance, and dedication.
These are three words that best describe the history and attitude of Half Past Dead. Hailing from the streets of Richmond, Virginia, Half Past Dead is the hard rock dreamchild of four outcast musicians with a vision. Centered around punchy guitar riffs, intensive drums and bass, electrifying vocals, and impactful lyrics, the quartet of misfit rockers create music that is both hard-hitting and heartbreaking. HPD fosters a big-picture perspective on life and strives to show the world to care about what matters most in it.
In March of 2020, Half Past Dead dove straight into the process of recording their first full-length album titled "Kiss The World Goodbye". With a fresh set of new band members, HPD is ready to return to the spotlight! Half Past Dead has released three singles from their upcoming album! Listen to The Evil That You Make, Show Me The Way, and The Deal on YouTube!