Interviews

Castlewood, Virginia based 49 Winchester boast a mighty Appalachian sound, steeped in the spirit of country crooners past. As childhood friends who owe their musical chops in part to the rich geographical location in which they were raised (adjacent to none other than the “Birthplace of Country Music,” Bristol, TN), the quintet have been carving out a name for themselves in the alt-country scene for the better part of a decade.

I like to refer to Andy Hall as the silver fox of the Infamous Stringdusters. His wisdom shines through with that full head of wisdom whites and as he said, COVID-19 cannot take away music. That's some wisdom right there. October 16th 2020 he will release his new solo album, 12 Bluegrass Classics for Resophonic Guitar.

If there were resumés for musicians, Suzi Ragsdale’s would certainly end up on the top of the stack.

Michael Flynn is a singer/songwriter with a knack for capturing life’s nuances in chipper, succinct sketches. A longtime contributor to the Charleston music scene under the moniker Slow Runner, Flynn’s latest chapter has him navigating parenthood, solo music endeavors and the new COVID realities in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Grateful Web recently caught up with the musician to discuss the changing times, his unique creative process, and his timely new album, Survive With Me.

The soothing sounds of Zach Gill can be summed up in one word: Earworm. His new album Cocktail Yoga will paint a picture of 2020 inwardly, instrumentally, and with more than just the muted colors of an impressionist painting. Tracks like Playground in Your Soul answer back to his ALO song Dead Still Dance.

If Bob Weir and Waylon Jennings had a love child, it would be Daniel Donato. His epic faces and jittery jumping style is heavily influenced by jam but remains his own flavor and unique style through and through. He calls himself Cosmic Country and he has released his first solo album, A Young Man’s Country.  At age 25, Daniel Donato has been busking and paying his dues for almost a decade already.  After hearing his version of Fire on the Mountain, Grateful Web had to catch up with this young jammer.

Youth is not wasted on this young man, Marcus King. South Carolina born and raised, Marcus brings a soulful empathy to his music in whatever musical muscle he chooses to flex. Recently he performed his Four of a Kind series, live-streamed from Nashville in an empty venue. Each Monday he would take on a different theme, hosting friends like Brent Hinds from Mastodon or Billy Strings and Maggie Rose on another night. He performed his new album, El Dorado, in entirety and the last show featured his rendition of The Last Waltz.

If you haven’t been watching her already, Bronwyn Keith Hynes is definitely a player to keep your eyes on now.  IBMA’s Momentum Instrumentalist of the year 2018 is set to release her first solo album, Fiddler’s Pastime on September 4th.

Next Friday, August 21st, Lotus releases their new studio album, Free Swim, a ten-song hypnotic voyage featuring the best of the band’s strengths, which is to say a sublime mix of rock, funk, disco, and jazz, and - true to form - a healthy dose of catchy melodies and harmonies.

Based in Rome, GA at the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains, The Georgia Thunderbolts are a young, hard-hitting southern rock band who write classic and timeless songs steeped in southern swagger, blistering blues, and raw rock. With a wide swath of inspirations, ranging from southern gospel and Hank Williams to Neil Young, Merle Haggard, Little Feat, and Lynyrd Skynyrd, the band has cut their teeth performing with everyone from The Kentucky Headhunters to Blackberry Smoke.

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