Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds
Dave and Tim met more than 25 years ago in Charlottesville, VA – before Dave Matthews Band was founded – and have been collaborating ever since. Their rare performances as an acoustic duo allow fans to experience their special chemistry up-close, as they strip down each song to its essence and tell stories. The duo have released three live double-CDs together: 1999’s multi-Platinum Live At Luther College, Live At Radio City (2007) and Live In Las Vegas, which debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Top Modern Rock/Alternative Albums and Top Rock Albums charts in 2010. They most recently performed at the 2017 New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and completed a tour of 18 shows in May and June.
Brandi Carlile’s 2014’s Grammy-nominated album The Firewatcher’s Daughter, reached #1 on the Billboard Rock album chart, #1 on the Billboard Independent album chart and #9 on the Billboard 200. Most recently, earlier this year, Carlile released Cover Stories: Brandi Carlile Celebrates 10 Years of The Story – An Album to Benefit War Child. The special project features cover songs performed by Dolly Parton, Adele, Pearl Jam, Kris Kristofferson, The Avett Brothers, Margo Price, Jim James and more along with a forward by Barack Obama. 100% of the proceeds benefited War Child UK.
Beloved by fans and critics alike, Brandi has performed sold-out concerts across the world, including shows at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Radio City Music Hall and the Ryman Auditorium and has appeared various TV shows including The Tonight Show, The Today Show, Conan, CBS Saturday Morning and Tavis Smiley.
Béla Fleck & Abigail Washburn
“Béla Fleck and Abigail Washburn are two of the least complacent musicians around,” writes NPR Music. “With skill that can border on otherworldly, both push boundaries, stretching their sound beyond bluegrass, across continents and into everything from prog-rock to Eastern instrumentation. They’re also a married couple, which only enhances the seamlessness of their interplay: Echo in the Valley, their new album together, often sounds like the work of considerably more than two people.”
Béla Fleck has the virtuosic, jazz-to-classical ingenuity of an iconic instrumentalist and composer with bluegrass roots, and the distinction of being nominated in more categories than any other instrumentalist in Grammy history. He has brought the banjo to his standard-setting ensemble Béla Fleck & the Flecktones and a staggeringly broad array of musical experiments, from writing two banjo concerts (The Impostor and Juno Concerto), to exploring the banjo’s African roots with Throw Down Your Heart to duos with Chick Corea and Chris Thile.
Abigail Washburn has the earthy sophistication of a postmodern, old-time singer-songwriter who has drawn critical acclaim for her solo albums. She has also done fascinating work in folk musical diplomacy in China, presented an original theatrical production Post-American Girl, performs in a duo with guzheng master, Wu Fei and is a member of Uncle Earl and The Wu-Force.
There is nothing like the sound of siblings singing together. Whether it’s the Beach Boys or the Everly Brothers—or, more recently, First Aid Kit—absorbing the same breathing rhythms and speech patterns adds an element to vocal harmonies that can be pure magic. With the release of I’m Alone, No You’re Not, the mesmerizing, hypnotic sound of the trio known as Joseph—made up of sisters Allison, Meegan, and Natalie Closner—joins this elite company.
Joseph returns with a seven-track EP, Stay Awake, which was released digitally September 15th by ATO Records. The collection, which is available HERE, includes three new songs – “All,” which opens the set, a demo of “50, 60, 80” and the closing track, “Stay Awake” – plus reimagined versions of two older songs and stunning covers of Tears For Fears’ “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” and the Rolling Stones’ “Moonlight Mile.”
Natalie Schepman, who founded Joseph with her two sisters, Allison Closner and Meegan Closner, says, “Stay Awake is a small collection of songs we put together to help ourselves deal with heaviness. It’s a bit of telling it like it is. It’s a bit of a ‘keep going.'”
NPR Music premiered Joseph’s glistening version of “Everybody Wants To Rule The World” on September 8th. Listen HERE.