Joe Topping and his band, The Vagrant Kings are a brand new group that bring a highly original and exciting new sound to the Blues, Americana and Folk scene. With sophisticated song writing, intricate bottleneck slide guitar, Hammond organ, pedal steel and percussion, all combining to create a unique and fresh musical soundscape.
What would happen if Bill Monroe, Layne Staley, Johnny Cash, and Marilyn Manson decided to collaborate, on an album together? Well you can bet it would probably sound something like, Bird in the Tangle, the first solo album by Brett Detar, former lead singer of the emo/indie/rock band The Juliana Theory. All songs on the album were produced and written by Detar except for “A Miner’s Prayer,” which was co-written by Detar and Nate Campany; furthermore, Nashville session musicians back Detar’s haunted vocals and superb acoustic guitar style, throughout the album, with instruments that include the banjo, fiddle, steel guitar, harmonica, and mandolin.
Otis Taylor’s fourteenth album presents a meticulously crafted collection of songs and instrumentals and is only akin to his preceding recordings in that the music again resists easy categorization. Blues and Folk elements are a key part of this, but Taylor’s cutting edge approach also draws on Psychedelic Rock, Jazz and Americana to create a hybrid that he calls Trance Blues.Helping to shape the album are four notable guests including powerhouse guitarist Warren Haynes (best known as a member of The Allman Brothers, The Dead and his own Gov’t Mule), acoustic guitarist Bill Nershi from The String Cheese Incident and singer / songwriter / guitarist Langhorne Slim. Also featured is guitarist Daniel Sproul who has toured with, Eddie Van Halen, Warren Haynes, The Black Crowes and Otis Taylor.”
”Philly rock and roll outfit, Ruby The Hatchet has guitar riffs that push through muddy waters and their lead singer, Jillian Taylor, has a voice that’ll bring the ship ashore. As you jettison the liner, get ready to rock as soon as you touch ground.” —-Philadelphia City Paper