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“Many male rock stars of the Sixties and Seventies have released memoirs, presenting their version of the time as one of debauchery, pleasure and sexual privilege. When the era’s women tell their stories, though, a darker side emerges. Coolidge tells of her musical success but also the indignities she and others suffered at the hands of some of the era’s greatest talents. Also intriguing — her claim that she was denied credit for writing one of the most recognizable musical passages in rock history, the piano coda to ‘Layla.’”—Larry Getlen

Quotes About The Artists

“To me, Rita Coolidge is a sound, that marvelous, kind of smoky, husky but pure sound and yes she has the hits…”
– David Finkle, Village Voice

Gretchen Peters is a precocious talent…she could sing anything put in front of her.”
– Belfast (UK) Telegraph

"(Kaia) Kater is one of the most exciting roots musicians to come along in years."
—Matt Hendrickson, Garden & Gun

“At David Newman’s concert, the event’s volume knob seemed to go from low-level joy to full-on bliss, the kind you feel after climbing a gorgeous mountain or ending a tough run on a strong sprint.”
The Washington Post

Jimmy LaFave has one of America’s greatest voices. It’s a unique instrument, with startling range and its own peculiar sense of gravity, liable to swoop in and wreck your expectations at any instant.”
Grammy-winning music writer Dave Marsh

“Between their super-tight vocal harmonies, creative instrument choices, and lighthearted songwriting, The Spring Standards are a band that's really hard not to like.”
– Paste Magazine


“A strong literary element to Sam Baker’s work. Some of the most vivid, compelling, truly original songs of any artist working today.”
– Dan Forte, Consumer Guide Taylor Guitars

 “One of the biggest highlights of this year's Folk Alliance International Conference was discovering Ramy Essam. I first caught him doing an impromptu performance in the hallways of the Westin hotel with Kansas City artist Calvin Arsenia. Although both artists had just met, they played together beautifully. They mesmerized everyone that walked by and attracted a captive audience. Later, I caught the full band for his official performance that was both breathtaking and inspirational. His story of overcoming struggle and using music to protest oppression is extremely powerful.
Rhonda Lyne, Midwest Music Foundation

Jaron Freeman-Fox is a willfully eclectic and archly eccentric virtuoso Canadian fiddler, band and host of musos deliver clattering great world-jazz victory parade of a record with celtic and bluegrass roots. Guaranteed to enrapture…”
– fRoots

Eliza Gilkyson is a politically minded, poetically gifted singer-songwriter…one of the most respected musicians in folk and Americana music circles.”
– The Classic Rock Examiner

Maya Kamaty is one of the best new artists to grace this site. Fans of great, female world music with French, Brazil, African, and pop qualities will love it. In fact, everyone will love this one.”
—Matthew Forss, Inside World Music

“There’s an earthiness to (Nell Robinson and Jim Nunally's music) that will almost make you think you are listening to some alternate cuts from a Carter Family session from the 1930s. The writing and the instrumentation are that much old-school sounding that it will no doubt take you back.”
Chuck Dauphin, Billboard, Music News Nashville

“…some of the rootsiest, bottom heavy music ever to come out of the Great White North…Andru Branch is nothing less than stunning.”
– Exclaim! Magazine

“What makes Marley’s Ghost’s music so remarkable is the way the band melds so many different influences into a cohesive sound–not Americana (an industry buzz word) but actual American music.”
— Icon Fetch


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