Violet and the Undercurrents – The quartet, a true marriage of equals between Vonder Haar, guitarist Lizzy Weiland, bassist Linda Bott and ace drummer Phylshawn Johnson, can do rock and folk, groove-oriented tunes and guitar-driven ones. The band’s flexibility allows it to express an uncommonly deep and wide emotional range, and follow Vonder Haar’s peculiar, magnetic vocal melodies like rivers to the sea.”
The Molly Healey Band – Molly Healey began her solo career in 2015 touring as a looping artist, blending her violin and cello together with her voice into atmospheric and experimental orchestral folk songs, and those first compositions were featured on her debut solo album, Nightbirds. Followed up by Human in 2017, Circles is her third album in only four years. She has grown from the stripped-down looping solo set to a roster of songs that she performs with a full electric band.
The 2019 release of Circles is by far the most ambitious of her efforts. At times, it ventures into tense and driving rock beats reminiscent of Radiohead, and at others, it showcases her folk-rock roots, harking the songwriting style of Dawes or Spoon; all the while lacing nearly every track with full string arrangements performed entirely by multi-tracking herself in the studio. Her classically-trained, powerful voice remains a hallmark of her sound.
She has opened for Victor Wooten, Yonder Mountain String Band, and has played sets at Burning Man and for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Her band members are Zach Harrison on electric guitar, Kyle Day on bass, and Danny Carroll on drums. The Burney Sisters from Columbia, MO, make a guest appearance on the album as backing vocalists.
Artist: Brandon Moore — Genre: Progressive folk
Brandon Moore is singer/songwriter who performs high-spirited, barefoot-in-the-grass-under-funky-stars, feel-good songs with danceable grooves. He has performed in multiple Missouri, bands, including Déjà Vu, Barefoot Revolution, Moore-Healey, Jalopy, The Shotgun Brothers, The Hurricanes and more. Whether a man and a guitar or the core of a full band, Moore’s unabashed joy for life, music and friends creates easy chemistry for playing with a wide range of ensembles.
Moore’s latest album, Down in the Dirt, is the first composed entirely of Brandon’s original songs. Its title is metaphor for his love of the musical community he’s grown in.
Jimmy Rea (of the Hillbenders) partnered with Moore to engineer and envision it. “Jimmy and I would imagine a song the way we wanted to hear it, and I could think of a particular artist I knew who could match that imagined sound,” recounts Moore, enthusiastically. “Each time we played a track, a friend would match the sound in my head, and then the song would morph into something spontaneous and original.”
On stage or around any picking circle, Moore is a product of his environment while energetically creating it — shoes off, face lit up, his melodies and rhythms sparking in sync with all the surrounding music — authentically embracing Moore’s vision of showcasing the sounds and spontaneity he loves.
“Who is Izabel Crane?” is a question with quite a few answers. The simplest is that Izabel Crane is the musical moniker of Springfield, MO singer/songwriter Liz Carney, but it’s more than just a stage name. It’s a somewhat amplified version of Carney herself that can contain everything from to deeply personal truths to folklore-esque storytelling, all shrouded in timeless songwriting and Carney’s rich voice.
Dallas Jones is a local farmer and musician. He has been performing in the Ozarks for over 25 years. With over 350 original songs to his credit, Dallas has eight studio albums, and is currently working on his ninth to be released the spring. Dallas lives on the family farm with his wife, two kids, and their new dog Stella.
Introducing our friendly neighborhood ginger! There is no gold at the end of his rainbow, but there is some pretty amazing music. Avery Mann is a solo singer songwriter who has performed from California to Pennsylvania at only 19 years old! A student by day, at night Avery performs a variety of music including covers and his original compositions. Come see him before he has to get back to his homework!
Justin Larkin is a singer/songwriter/guitarist/suitcasionist from Springfield, MO. In addition to spending the last few years as a part of regionally successful rock’n roll band Mood Ring Circus, Larkin has packed his suitcase full of soul and embarked on a one-man band venture into the realm of Ozark Stomp & Americana music.
Loose Loose is a project that simultaneously appreciates and rejects its genre tags. Loose Loose delves deep into the worlds of Jazz, Neo-soul, and Hip-hop, only to expand into a unique musical setting of its own making.