Sara Beth Go

Nashville songbird Sara Beth Go has been in the music business for 10 years. At 18, she ran out of her parents’ front door in New Orleans straight to Nashville, fueled on naïve hopes to become the world’s most profound artist. Her music was young, the seams bursting with hope and sweet but adolescent thoughts.

Sara Beth’s songs, like her life, began evolving and expanding with age, experience and men. Written on her grandmother’s piano, an I-got-unengaged-emotional-purchase guitar, and her iPhone, Sara Beth’s “sadly sweet, sweetly sad, aw-shucksy baroque-pop”* songs reveal a prolific singer-songwriter weathered by the everyday mundanes and Nashville’s music machine. On the road, Sara Beth travels cross-country playing at every venue available, collecting unique fans along the way. “We think we’re so different, but I’ve found by being honest that a lot of us speak the same language. The highest compliment I can receive is ‘You write the things I feel but don’t know how to say.’”

Wish it Had, the fourth independent album from Sara Beth Go, swings from whimsical adolescence to the crooked bitterness of adulthood, from stark reality to shimmery dreams. Love is a serious business. And her self-penned tunes profoundly, yet simply, reflect the gravity of this experience. “I’m really good at choosing bad men. I can’t afford therapy, so I write songs.” The crux of the album is captured with this title track lyric: ‘You thought that your love would scare me/ I wish it had.’ For Sara Beth, hope walks hand in hand with regret. And the soundtrack of this stroll will have you tapping happy feet, sighing in nostalgia, and bracing the pain all in one twenty-seven minute listen.

Butch Ross

Typically the dulcimer is used for playing simple tunes and accompanying the voice, most people can learn a song or two within a few minutes of first encountering the instrument. Which is probably why the one phrase you’ll hear a lot at a Butch Ross concert is “I didn’t know you could do THAT on a mountain dulcimer!” Ross has taken a simple folk instrument and energized it with technical wizardry, inventive arrangements and a healthy dose of rock-n-roll attitude. It’s this groundbreaking and iconoclastic approach that caused ukulele-virtuoso Jake Shimabukuro to comment, “Now I know what a dulcimer is supposed to sound like.”

Annabelle’s Curse

“Annabelle’s Curse is an emotional compulsion. They are a cry of camaraderie to the wasted youth of our generation, an emulsion of the hope and the wickedness in our hearts. Hailing from Bristol, Virginia, an area that throbs as the heart of Appalachian roots music, they have traveled beyond long-established folk to craft a profoundly distinctive and soaring sound. While deeply grounded in musical tradition, each song offers the contrast of strong progression woven with striking banjo and guitar riffs, evocative lyrical harmony, stirring imagery, and infectious energy. They lovingly produce dynamic and explosive music dealing with powerful themes of the human condition that resonate with each listener. Annabelle’s Curse has generated a family of followers moved to stomp until the floorboards split, clap until their hands are numb, and howl until their voices crack. Together, they burst.”