Emily Scott Robinson
With a clear, sweet voice, Emily Scott Robinson will leave you breathless with songs that are both heart-wrenching and dark, playful and surprising. She writes with raw lyrical power and authenticity, enchanting audiences with an intimate performance every time.
In May 2016, Emily won the Grassy Hill New Folk Competition at Kerrville Folk Festival. She also received an Honorable Mention in this year's Troubadour Contest for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival. In 2015, she won first place in the “American Songwriter” May/June Lyric Contest, as well as an Honorable Mention in the Rocky Mountain Folks Festival Songwriter Showcase.
Emily released her debut album, “Magnolia Queen,” in February 2016. She is currently touring full time, living on the road with her husband in their RV, writing and performing across the country.
John Adam Smith
From the funk of West African jive to the exhilarating tones of the lapsteel guitar, The John Adam Smith Band combines the love of groove with a taste for edge in their roots driven, acoustic funk-rock innovations.
This sturdy North American trio is built on the original compositions of multi-instrumentalist John Adam Smith. Throughout the US, Canada, and Australia John has captured audiences with his integrations of Australian Weissenborn, open tuned acoustic guitar arrangements, and his background in traditional African music. The potent combination of these diversely talented musicians brings the heat when this high spirited trio sets forth to energize the room.
Raised in Missoula, MT John was inspired by his father and artists such as Duane Allman, Jerry Garcia, and Mark Knopfler. John started playing guitar when he was 10 years old and landed his first gigs at the age of 15. John's background is rooted in Traditional West African Music. Since his early teens, John studied with Master Djembefolas including two of his most influential teachers - Dibo Camara and Abdoul Doumbia. Combining these rhythmical roots with intricate acoustic compositions and passionate songwriting, John found a unique original sound. His early bands "Smitty & The Boss", and "CottonWood Draw" developed a lively following in the local Montana scene. In 2008 John started performing as a one man band. During these shows he generally had a guitar in his lap, a slide on his finger, bare feet on his homemade wooden stomp boxes, and an assortment of drums near at hand. John toured around the United States, Canada, and Australia as a solo artist before adding a rhythm section and forming The John Adam Smith Band in 2011. In 2012 John produced and recorded "Ponderosa Skies". This full length studio album was released in June of 2013 at the Top Hat Lounge in Missoula. Ponderosa Skies is a collection of songs John started writing and composing at the age of 16. The album was recorded and co-produced with Chris Cunningham (Storyhill) at Basecamp Recording in Bozeman, Montana. Ponderosa Skies has made it's way to fans throughout the United States, Europe, Canada and Australia. John is currently following life's inspirations and continuing his journey as a musician and story teller. He is in love with the opportunity to share his words with the wonderful folks who take the time to listen.
Rachel Laven is a young yet seasoned singer songwriter with 15 years of professional stage experience. This Texas native is known for turning eyes and ears with her electric vocals and her provocative songwriting. She has performed nationally and internationally at festivals, theatres, house concerts, and small venues alike. Rachel has a new album out, Love & Luccheses, an 11 song Texas Country album, encapturing the last four years of her love life. Make no mistake, however, this album takes on more than romance and heartbreak. The album embraces that new country twang with inspiration from Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, and Chris Stapleton. Songs from this album helped her to win the 2016 NewFolk Songwriting Competition at the Kerrville Folk Festival.
Laven grew up in a musical family in San Antonio, Texas. She performed with her parents cover band at the age of 5, started songwriting at 10, and recorded her first full length album at 13. Now 24 years old, with a college degree from Trinity University, 3 albums with her family band (The Lavens), 2 solo albums, and 1 EP with her bluegrass project band (Sweet 'Shine & Honey), Laven is ready to take on the world as an independent artist.