Ed Snodderly (Johnson City, TN) is proof that Southern music is alive and kicking. He uses images from the old and odd Appalachian world combined with his own musical background to create original, eclectic original songs. Several have been recorded by musicians such as: Sam Bush, Missy Raines, Jerry Douglas and John Cowan. The Country Music Hall Of Fame Museum honored him by inscribing a verse of his song, ͞”The Diamond Stream͟” upon the wall in the Hall Of Honor.
Mark Williams (Pittsburgh) has been called the best undiscovered songwriter in Pittsburgh, but after a BurghSong appearance and some prominent opening slots (Joy Ike) word is getting around.His music is raw, authentic, and from the heart, a mix of Americana, bluegrass, jazz, and soul. It is intended to be sung on a front porch, preferably with all of your closest friends and family after a long hard day’s work in the fields, though new and old fans will welcome the news that an album is in the planning stages. BurghSong’s pocket stage is the ideal location to experience the Mark Williams magic.
Rj Cowdery (Columbus) has solidified her place in the world of performing singer-songwriters, garnering accolades at Mountain Stage NewSong, Kerrville, Falcon Ridge, Wildflower! Arts and Music, Rocky Mountain Folk Festival, and Sisters Folk Festival. She plays a clean guitar, flat picking or strumming, stringing chords together to develop melodies built like a proverbial brick house and pours over it all with a voice like butter. Her lyrics are sincere and plainspoken, inviting you to lean in hard and come out the other side changed.
Mark Dignam (Pittsburgh) Born in Ireland, Mark Dignam has released records from 1997’s In a Time of Overstatement, a stark collection of spiritual and political musings, to 2005’s Box Heart Man, chosen as one of WYEP Pittsburgh’s top picks for 2005. Mark has been invited to open for, or tour with: The Swell Season, David Gray, Billy Bragg, Joan Armatrading, Richard Thompson, Mike Nichols (of The Alarm) among others…
Today, when he isn’t touring with his band “The House of Song,” or at home with his family, Mark is in the studio preparing his long-awaited follow up to Box Heart Man, “Re-Build,” recorded live at Treelady Studios in Pennsylvania.
Escaping Pavement From Detroit to Pasadena, to the high seas and then back to Detroit; it’s only when singer/songwriter duo Emily Burns and Aaron Markovitz escaped the neon blitz and car-strewn concrete of the city that they discovered how well their music could bloom when they brought it back to the roots. There is so much life and vitality in the Americana-folk journeys of Escaping Pavement, sprung entirely from an acoustic guitar, a mandolin, and two voices. Fiery passion, wistful reflection, awestruck adventurousness, and heartstring-plucking poignancy, the duo discovers, through song, the range of human emotion and celebrates the purities of what we’ve left behind for the artifices of tech trends, drug stores and cacophonous city centers.
Squirrel Hillbillies From deep within the urban forest of Pittsburgh’s East End, the Squirrel Hillbillies often emerge to share their eclectic mix of acoustic roots music, spanning folk, country and blues. Rabidly social and clawingly curious, they relish opportunities to interact with diverse audiences. They perform regularly at festivals and folk clubs as well as non-traditional venues across the US and the UK. Through a collaborative, nonlinear songwriting process, duo partners Jenny Wolsk and Gary Crouth draw from personal experiences, third-hand stories, and vivid imaginations to craft songs that are unpredictable and quirky yet widely accessible. Their CDs have gotten radio play on stations around the world.