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Everything about this award-winning trio is BiG from their stage presence to their sound and their message. They all write, they all sing and they each play a variety of instruments that they’ll pass around during a live performance. Add to that the kind of harmonies that give a music lover goose bumps, a shiver down their spine, or – yep, you guessed it – a BiG WiDE GRiN.

From schools to concert halls, festivals to fairs, museums to libraries, and everywhere in between, Bob is dedicated to a life of presenting, performing and introducing traditional music and its derivatives to those who are already  fans ... and those unaware of its existence.

Extraordinarily prolific singer-songwriter/’net broadcaster DAVID OLNEY has become known worldwide for his intense live performances – especially with multi-instrumentalist SERGIO WEBB – as well as his intelligent compositions recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, Slaid Cleaves, Dale Ann Bradley, Ann Rabson, Kane/Welch/Kaplin and others.

Singer, songwriter and performer, Elaine Dempsey blends a background of folk, rock and gospel-blues to create a dynamic vocal and acoustic guitar style truly her own. Elaine performs her own thoughtful originals, as well as hand picked cover tunes in a solo artist setting or with a band. She has also appeared as a duo with Bill "Sputnik" Spooner, principal writer and guitarist and singer for the Tubes.

Gina Dalmas is an Idie Honky Tonk Country artist hailing from Norfolk, VA.  Gina and her band, The Cow Tippin' Playboys, won the 2009 Portfolio Music Award for Best Americana Music and the 2009 Meona Award for Best New Alt-Country Artist. 

Greg Trooper is a singer/songwriter who has released 11 albums since 1986. Raised in the shore town of Little Silver, NJ he became enthralled by the greater New York area’s rich music scene. He discovered a sort of holy musical trinity in the work of Otis Redding, Bob Dylan, and Hank Williams, with their guiding lights of passion, literary dexterity and plainspoken honesty. It’s one reason Trooper’s music feels equally informed by Memphis soul, Greenwich Village folk and Nashville twang.

Jeff Black is an artist shares their journey with an honesty and passion that lets listeners know they’ve been invited along to chart the course. “This is such an old-school album in every sense of the word,” Jeff says. “It follows a path, and that path is always open to interpretation. But I hope that people might feel the same affirmation I take from writing these words in my journal

On July 10th 2012 critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Jesse Terry released his most courageously emotional music, Empty Seat on a Plane.  Immediately upon release, the new record was featured on iTunes’ Discover This and New and Noteworthy pages“Songwriting is a healing force for me.  I've used it to talk about my turbulent childhood, and to express emotions about love, loss, and hope. Songwriting saved my life—I was in a dark place before it found me,” the NYC-based troubadour reveals.Terry refined his songcraft at Berklee College Of Music, where he studied songwriting and performance.  Two months after graduation, he landed a plum gig as a staff songwriter for a respected publishing house in Nashville, and dove into Music City’s vibrant local scene.

Jimmy LaFave was born in Wills Point, Texas, a small town 30 miles east of Dallas. He began school down the road in Mesquite and by Junior High was making music perched behind his Sears & Roebuck drum kit. It wasn’t long before his mother traded a drawer full of green stamps for his first guitar and the switch to singer–songwriter was in progress. His family later moved to Stillwater, Oklahoma, where he finished high school. Although he has lived in Austin for over 20 years, many people think of him as being from Oklahoma, because of his strong musical ties to the state and what he often refers to as its “red dirt music.” It was in this landscape that he began to define his sound and soak up a combination of his experiences among authentic songwriters from the tradition of Woody Guthrie. Before leaving Oklahoma for Austin, Jimmy did some independent recording and toured the southwest with the first version of his band Night Tribe.

On a rainy Nashville Thursday last October, Justin Townes Earle leapt onstage at the famed Ryman Auditorium to accept the 2011 Americana Music Award for Song of the Year. The triumphant evening capped a turbulent twelve months for the gifted young musician categorized by significant hardship as well as notable achievement including debut performances at New York’s Carnegie Hall and on The Late Show with David Letterman.

has been entertaining the Hampton Roads area since he was 16 years old. Eight years with The Lewis McGehee Group and four years with his own Instant Karma have made him a local favorite with his versatile guitar work and smooth hypnotic vocals. Highlights of those years include opening act for Bruce Hornsby's grammy winning "The Way It Is" tour & numerous recordings still receiving air play.

Kevin and his partners in Kane Welch Kaplin have just released their latest CD, Kane Welch Kaplin Live at the Bluebird for download. Containing 14 of their most-loved songs, it captures the feeling of seeing them live.

Raised on a farm in rural Virginia, Lawrence Lambert started singing as a child with his twin brother, his older brother, and his sister. “It was a great way to spend those quiet nights in Pungo”, Virginia.  Lawrence credits the singing of angels and his circle of friends as his source of inspiration. Nicknamed "the Voice" for his unique vocal style and crystal clear delivery; he wants nothing more than to write the kind of music that will help bring joy and light to the suffering heart. Lawrence has toured extensively as a member of the modern acoustic trio BIG WIDE GRIN. His first solo release, SOUL FOLK,  is now available anywhere Lawrence is and at cdbaby, and itunes.

Lizanne Knott is a beautiful talent. Soft spoken words, intelligent poetic lyrics and a voice that defies any age. A class act all the way around and beloved by her friends and fans alike. A rare artist." Tina Shafer - Artistic Director - New York Songwriter's Circle "Absolutely gorgeous music. We've rarely had as big a reaction to any artist in recent years that we've had for Lizanne Knott" Bob Harris, London BBC2 A long standing member of the Philadelphia music scene and managing partner of Grammy Award Winning MorningStar Studios, Lizanne Knott has been captivating audiences throughout the US and garnering accolades from radio listeners and peers around the globe. 

She started out singing in Chicago bars. Then, barely out of high school, Lucy Kaplansky took off for New York City. There she found a fertile community of songwriters and performers—Suzanne Vega, Steve Forbert, The Roches, and others. With a beautiful flair for harmony, Lucy was everyone’s favorite singing partner, but most often she found herself singing as a duo with Shawn Colvin. People envisioned big things for them; in fact, The New York Times said it was “easy to predict stardom for her.” But then Lucy dropped it all.

Suitable Disguise, the new solo project from Michael Lille was co-produced by Lloyd Maines and 
Paul Pearcy. Special guests include George Marinelli, (Bonnie Raitt band), John Hagan, (Lyle Lovett band),
Ruthie Foster, Sara Hickman, The Sherpas, Dana Cooper, Eugene Ruffolo and Diane French. Lille is also a member of The Sherpas with Tom Kimmel and Tom Prasada-Rao, as well as SGGL, a Washington DC based folk quartet with 4 CD's to their credit and sales of over 150,000 units.

Blending elements of folk and pop, Michael's music intertwines the poetry and lyrical depth of the folk tradition with the infectious melodies and subtle grooves of a modern pop singer/songwriter.

On the strength of his debut independent release, “Things I Failed to Mention”, Michael has opened for John Legend, Jonny Lang, India.Arie, Sister Hazel and Mat Kearney as well as having over 200 radio stations spin his album across the U.S. 

His songs have been featured on multiple hit TV shows including ABC's “One Tree Hill,” “Switched at Birth” and “Kyle XY”, NBC's “Parenthood,”  and MTV’s “Real World”. 

Americana and roots music have evolved over the years, embracing the influences of Folk, Bluegrass, Blues and old time Country. The common denominator is the songwriter who writes with integrity and honesty about his/her experiences. In 1997 Mike Aiken sailed his floating home to the Chesapeake Bay, in Virginia, with a sea chest full of stories earned from years sailing abroad. As a songwriter he put pen to paper and started to draw on his colored and colorful life, from his self-sufficient farming days, raising animals and shoeing horses, to the last 20 years spent sailing/living aboard his sailboat including crossing oceans and being a licensed USCG captain.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Richard left the city to go to college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. He has lived most of his adult life in Amherst, Massachusetts with his wife and two children. Richard received an MSW and worked as a therapist for years with children and families. He has also taught as a classroom teacher in the Amherst public schools. Drawing on his experiences as a husband, therapist, teacher, father and son, he has written songs that impart his understandings of people and their situations in direct and compelling ways.

Shindell's songwriting is truly eclectic, ranging from lighthearted ballads and adulterous love songs, to dirges and diatribes that skillfully skewer politics, prejudice, war and religion. He has a unique ability to morph into the soul of the many and varied personalities he casts as narrators in certain songs--songs that are veritable novellas framed in haunting acoustic melodies, sometimes including cryptic, revelations through the eyes of a woman.

I'm a native Texan replanted and grown in the Carolina Clay. I grew up around music, but abandoned the idea of a career in it when I left home and went to work. After being a janitor at Goodwill, a cook, landscaper and waste plant shoveler. Somewhere along the way I got married and  I found my niche as a steelworker. This kept me on the road chasing a dollar and honing my skills. I spent most of my time in my truck driving out of town to wherever the jobs were and living in whatever hotel I could afford to stay in. Like any steelworker worth his salt, I eventually lost my wife, my drivers license and the ability to stay in one place very long. After a stint at Pearl Harbor, working on Navy ships, I got sent to Norfolk, VA. to work there. The work was steady and the pay was good so I stuck around for awhile. Working seven days a week doesn't leave much room for a social life so to kill the boredom of staring at hotel walls I bought a cheap guitar and started writing songs again. I was reminded of what it meant to be passionate about something again decided that life is too short to spend all your time chasing dirty paper. Music keeps me sane. Its not a choice I make, it's a natural reflex to me. Everything that moves is a rhythm and every noise is a melody. From wheels churning down the interstate to eight pound hammers against the steel hull of a warship. Everyday is a song. The heat, the scars, the dirt, the women, every gain and every loss- we all sing the same songs.

Nothing moves Shane Cooley like writing a song. "I don't know how I'd function if I wasn't a songwriter," said Shane, "It's my way of coping with life." It is because of this that Shane's songs are so easy to connect with; it is why they can give you chills. His songs capture the highs and lows of the world around him. They are songs of innocence and experience. Most of all, there is an honesty to them. "My songs are just as much yours as they are mine," he said.

Shane's second love is clearly performing. Self-proclaimed to be "obsessed with touring," he books his own tours of the United States and Europe. The 25-year-old Virginia native's career has spanned over a decade, and, after graduating from the College of William and Mary, has been full-time. He formed rock bands early on, and finally landed on his feet as a solo performer. He's been compared to icons such as Neil Young and Ryan Adams, but Shane's diverse years have left him with a sound that is undeniably his own.

Shelby Lynne was destined to be a singer. Born a singer. She was raised in rural Alabama by musical parents who stressed individuality and the importance of standing apart from others. A terrible student, but avid reader, she loved the written lyric and a beautiful melody. Around the house she was surrounded by country music from the past, Hank Williams, Dottie West, Waylon Jennings, as well as old 45′s that belonged to her parents stacked high with most all Everly Brothers, Beatles, Elvis. It was the old pop music that really turned her soul on. The harmonies that came so naturally to her from such an early age stemmed from her mother, a naturally gifted singer, who guided the diamond in the rough talent on rides to school on freezing Alabama mornings with her younger sister Allison. They sang three part harmonies to pass the time, which brought the threesome so close in life, and in music. The Mills Brothers, Ink Spots, Kay Starr, Everly’s and anything that needed a harmony – this was the car in which to find it.

Vance Gilbert

Vance Gilbert bust onto the singer/songwriter scene in the early 1990's with the buzz started spreading in the folk clubs of Boston about an ex-multicultural arts teacher who was knocking'em dead at open mikes. Word of the Philadelphia-area bred performer quickly spread to New Yourk City.


Music Festivals/House Concert Resources

AccusticMusic.com works to promote Acoustic Music Performers, Recordings and Venues online. Changes take place here daily, or even hourly. So come on in and check us out!

CD Baby
CD Baby is the largest online distributor of independent music. CDBaby.com (the site you’re on right now!) is our quaint little record store where we hope you will discover your next favorite artist.

Concerts In Your Home
Use this site to learn how to host house concerts, and to find great music acts who would love to play for you.

Cool Dog Concerts
Cooldog Technologies is proud to support original music in Delaware by hosting this series of House Concerts. We're centrally located in northern Kent County, just west of Smyrna and just north of Dover.

Falcon Ridge Folk
Falcon Ridge Folk Festival is a three-day community of folk music and dance at the foot of the Berkshires in east-central New York State.

Festival Finder
FestivalFinder is the site where you'll discover the latest details on more than 2,500 music festivals in North America.

Floyd Fest
Floyd Fest is a Blueridge Mountain Music Festival.

Folk Alley
Folk Alley offers live-streaming music over the Internet 24 hours a day.

Folk Alliance
Folk Alliance International exists to foster and promote traditional, contemporary, and multicultural folk music and dance and related performing arts.

Folk West
Keep up-to-date on FolkWest festivals: festival tickets, lineup announcements, schedules and more!

House Concerts
We are not for profit. Our Our houseconcert booklet, which describes how to start your own house concert series, helps to offset the costs of Folk Alliance.

House Concert Connection
House Concert Connection offers a directory of concerts.

Kerrville Music
The Kerrville Music Festivals are family oriented events which are held each year on the Quiet Valley Ranch, just 9 miles south of the resort town of Kerrville in the heart of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.

Russ & Julie's House Concert
Great website to get you started having your own house concerts.

Sea Level Singer/Songwriter Festival
Annual Norfolk, VA Festival presented by Tidewater Arts Outreach to raise money for TAO mission. The mission of Tidewater Arts Outreach is to uplift the human spirit by bringing live, quality music and arts experiences to people in Hampton Roads who are in homes, hospitals, shelters, facilities and dependent care programs or otherwise are isolated from society.