Independent Artists Spotlight

White Owl Red

The perfect album for a road trip… the tracks all bear repeated listening.”
~ Alan Fitter, AmericanaUK

White Owl Red is the music of singer/songwriter Josef McManus. It features drums by Kyle Caprista (Chuck Prophet, Megan Slankard), Guitars by Gawain Mathews (Mickey Hart of the Grateful Dead, and Ben Lee), and backing vocals by Leah Tysee. Americana Ash, White Owl Red’s first album, debuted on the Americana Music Association Charts and remained there for 14 weeks in 2014. Naked and Falling, the second studio album by White Owl Red, received international acclaim and airplay in 2017 and 2018, and was ranked in the top 100 albums of 2017 by Alternate Root Magazine. Existential Frontiers is the third album by White Owl Red, you can check out a few tracks below and then head to WOR’s website Here to hear all three albums and get your White Owl Red – Existential Frontiers 2-Record set on vinyl, mastered at Abbey Road Studio, for purchase now! Limited 500 first pressing.

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Steven Graves

“How Long”, Steven’s 8th CD, leans more heavily toward the roots rock realms and even explores a new side with elements of gospel, soul, and R&B. Even so, there’s plenty of Americana, Country, and Jam/Dead influences present throughout the CD and like all of Steven’s music is woven together by finely crafted songwriting. The title and chorus lyrics of each song tell a story. The whole and extraordinary musicianship by Steven’s touring band and special guests. How Long couldn’t be any more perfectly timed given the current state of our world, music, and culture. The music connects the listener with a “collective consciousness” and desire for a more peaceful world all the while laying down undeniable and “impossible not to like” deep pocket grooves!  

To learn more, grab the CD and see the tour schedule, check out his website Here.

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Gary Blackburn

Like most artists, music has been his passion for a very long time. As a youngster, listening to his heroes that shaped and influenced him into what he is now, Gary still looks to have his own personal style. When you listen to his songs, Gary’s intention is that “Gary Blackburn” comes across, instead of, “Hey he sounds like whatshisname”. It has been a very long journey from his early days of playing at friend’s parties and wedding ceremonies to the present. Now Gary feels like he can say, “I have paid my dues to sing the blues”. Those few close friends who know Gary will understand that, and when he gets up on stage you can see, feel, and hear the emotion when he performs. Okay, enough of the tortured artist. As a Singer/Songwriter, Gary brings together his smooth vocals and stylized guitar picking to form his own unique sound in the Country, Blues, Rock genre. With such influences from James Taylor, Hank Williams Sr. to Dwight Yoakam. Developing his own personal style to his originals, blending old school with contemporary, along with an intimate and emotional stage presence, you will no doubt connect with his musical performance. Currently, Gary is front man in the Gary Blackburn Band. Check out a few tracks from Gary’s new album, Streak of Gray, below and then head to his tour schedule & booking information Here.

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Beth Wood

Beth Wood’s The Long Road, is the Portland, OR.-based singer-songwriter’s 11th studio album. Raised in Lubbock, Texas followed by stops in North Carolina, Georgia and Colorado, Beth tours the country performing over 100 dates a year at clubs, house concerts and festivals. The new album was produced by Tyler Fortier at The Rye Room in Portland. Guest artists include Anna Tivel, Jeffrey Martin and Peter Mulvey. To find out more about Beth and the new album, check out her website Here.

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Grand Old Grizzly

“If rock ‘n’ roll ain’t killin you, you probably ain’t doin it right!” These words echo above the din as you try to digest the lyrical feast that is Grand Old Grizzly’s latest work, Pure Country Pyrite. The Houston band’s third studio album is a jailbreak of western Americana wisdom and gulf coast grit.

The songs on Pure Country Pyrite explore themes both poignant (“Awkward” takes a look behind the curtain of a relationship that’s outlasted its shelf life) and peculiar (“Gundowners” sardonically explores the tale of a pair of murderous rampaging lovers on a crime spree). There’s salty barroom rock ‘n’ roll in “Papa Was a Radio” and touching heartbreak in “Sunlight.” At the end of it all, Grand Old Grizzly always does a great job leaving the listener wanting more. This is a record that will make you want to catch the band live, hoping to learn the stories behind the songs. But it’s also a road trip record filled with songs to sing along with.

Dripping with irony and humorous wit, Grand Old Grizzly is a band on the cusp. Check out a few tracks below and find out more at their website Here.

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Ron Kalmakoff


“An emotive tenor that soars”.
Canadian singer/songwriter Ron Kalmakoff is “simply one of the best vocalists around”. Originally from Saskatchewan, Ron has been part of the West Coast music scene for many years. He has released 7 albums and 9 singles in North America, Europe & Australia; has done several Canadian concert tours and made numerous TV appearances. Ron now makes his home on the Sunshine Coast in British Columbia. His new single, Long Long Time, is a much anticipated musical return from fans and followers since his last album, Turn Around, recorded 8 years ago.

A few of Ron’s musical influences are Vince Gill, John Legend, Eva Cassidy & KD Lang. “Long Long Time” was written by Gary White.

Check out “Long, Long Time” Here.
And you can find out more about Ron Here.
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Kyle Johnson

Kyle Johnson is a singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Seattle Washington. His music contains elements of folk, rock, and hard rock. He moves between genres and his writing and music contain an underlying rawness and emotion. His music is molded by his life experiences and he’s not afraid to bare his soul. From triumph and love to abandonment and depression nothing is off limits. He is also known for his rich breathy voice and intelligent thought-provoking lyrics. His songs may contain acoustic guitar, bass, violin, Native American Flute, ocarina, electric guitar, and drums. Raised in the Pacific Northwest his music oft times reflects the dark and gloomy fog of winter. Adopted at birth his struggle to find his identity has shaped his musical journey and led him down dark pathways to the past. His Native American influences come from his Yakama ancestors. He has released two studio albums the latest being The Dragonfly and Oak and several singles including My Descent and Shells.

Check out a few tracks:

You can find out more about Kyle on his webpage Here.

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Raven & Red – We Rise Up

Raven and Red is a Contemporary Country/Folk group whose music is acclaimed as “very entertaining with warm melodies and even a slight commercial edge,” (Country Music People Magazine, UK). Now based in Nashville, the group is comprised of classically trained musicians from Georgia and Pennsylvania. Brittany Lynn Jones and brothers Mitchell Lane and Cole King “all already have impressive musical resumes and, more importantly, a ton of talent. On their first full-length album of original material, their harmony vocals are gorgeous throughout, and so are their melodies and violin-, banjolin-, and mandolin-spiced instrumentation,” (No Depression). Their newly released album, We Rise Up, has been enthusiastically applauded as “a perfect bridge between tradition and modernity” and an “outstanding debut with razor-sharp and sometimes goosebumps-inducing singing.” The trio “knows exactly how to hit the right chord with the listener,” and according to Glide Magazine, “Their tight harmonies, adept musicianship, and shifting genres will keep you engaged.”

Raven and Red creates music “with heart, soul, abandon, and great care.” Their songwriting style “effortlessly nestles into the timeless tradition of the Trans-Atlantic folk idiom” and is influenced by artists across multiple genres, including Celtic, country, rock, classical, and American folk music. They aspire to reach audiences with “stories wrapped in beautiful, acoustic songs” and “the disarming honesty with which they bring their music” (Lust for Life Magazine). Raven and Red has been compared to such legendary artists as the Eagles, The Stone Poneys, and The Byrds.

Check out a few tracks:

You can find out more about Raven & Red Here.

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Darren Senn’s new album, Detrimental Tendencies, has arrived!

Darren Senn thrives on engaging his audiences with storytelling and simple, yet well-crafted songs. Through his slow and steady songwriting journey the past twelve years, he has taken away the most precious lesson; honesty is the only way. His often melancholy humor is balanced with plenty of keen insight, ripe with colorful stories and revealing admissions of his shortcomings and how he moves past them with whatever grace he may stumble upon.

Darren was born and raised in Eugene, Oregon and currently resides in Lake Tahoe, Nevada. After playing regionally for the remainder of 2018, he is planning a nationwide tour for 2019.

Check out a few tracks:

Detrimental Tendencies
Before The World Blows Up
St. Helens and Harry

To find out more about Darren and get the tour schedule, click Here.