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Josh Damigo

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 16, 2014 2:12:09 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artists, Country, Rock

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Josh will cheerfully admit that he averaged less than a dozen people a show when he first began playing San Diego coffee houses. But he garnered diehard fans in the process, sold a few thousand copies of his homemade EP, Pocket Change, and picked up few awards along the way.

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Austin Davis

[fa icon="calendar'] Sep 10, 2013 8:40:03 AM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artists, Bluegrass, Country, Jazz

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Austin Davis was fortunate enough to have been able to study basic to very advanced techniques with both Kerry Jones and Alan Munde. From single string practices to jazz in bluegrass a form, he soaked in as much as he could before joining the Josh Abbott Band. As a founding member,  he has enjoyed trying to incorporate different styles of banjo into country music.

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Dan Hochhalter

[fa icon="calendar'] Aug 5, 2013 5:27:26 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artists, Country, Dierks Bentley

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Keith Urban

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2013 11:56:02 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artists, Country, Keith Urban

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Multi-instrumentalist, New Zealand born Keith Urban was raised in Australia. Though best known for his acoustic and electric guitar playing, he also plays 6-string banjo, bass guitar, mandolin, piano, sitar, bousouki and drums. In 1992 Keith moved to America, worked briefly as a session guitarist in Nashville before founding his first band called The Ranch. From 1999 forward, he has had a string of hit singles and albums, and in 2002 he won his first Grammy Award for "You'll Think of Me" from his "Golden Road" album under the Capitol Record label. In 2001 he won the Top New Male VocalistAward at the Academy of Country Music Awards and the Country Music Associations Horizon Award. For Keith Urban’s sixth studio album, Get Closer, the singer-songwriter dives even deeper into the explorations of love and relationships that have established him as one of the world's biggest country music stars—while also extending his rock & roll side, as his hard-charging guitar work reaches new heights. The album is the follow-up to 2009's Grammy-winning and platinum selling Defying Gravity, which entered Billboard's pop and country charts at Number One, and spun off five Top Ten hits, including the chart-toppers "Sweet Thing" and "Only You Can Love Me This Way."

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Joe Bonsall

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2013 8:42:30 AM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artists, Country, Oak Ridge Boys, Tenbrooks

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The first banjo music that I ever heard was as a kid. That strange Philadelphia phenomenon called the String Band, as in MUMMERS. (See my essay, A Trip Back Home at josephsbonsall.com.) One hundred guys wearing feathers and strumming banjos is quite an assault and, although I got a kick out of the pomp and fun of these groups as a child, I never aspired to put on a pair of purple tights and a headdress and march down Market Street strumming my brains out.

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Kacey Musgraves

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 24, 2013 8:06:01 AM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artists, Country

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After listening to Same Trailer Different Park, the Nashville-based singer-songwriter’s first album for Mercury Records, it’s clear that this is a girl who has something to say. A true language artist, Kacey nimbly spins webs of words to create the quirky puns, shrewd metaphors, and steely ironies that fill the record.

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Eric Church

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 22, 2013 12:31:11 PM / by David Bandrowski posted in Artists, Country, Eric Church

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Revolution has cast a spark in mainstream country music, and outlaw rebel Eric Church is to blame. Since the release of his first album, Sinners Like Me (2006), Church has led his pack one-by-one through retrospective songwriting, invigorating live shows, and a hard-boiled attitude soaked in blood and sweat, and ice cold beers. Perhaps that’s why his recent No. 1 singles “Drink In My Hand” and “Springsteen” have accomplished RIAA Gold and Platinum certification, respectively, and his first headlining arena tour, aptly titled Eric Church: The Blood, Sweat & Beers Tour, is experiencing record-breaking sales and prompting rave critical reviews. Moreover, there’s no doubt since the release of his ground-breaking RIAA Certified Platinum third album CHIEF, his tenacious tribe of disciples is demanding the world’s help in catapulting their ‘chief’ of country music from smoky barroom songster to headlining arena superstar.
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