When you are named for one of the most revered songwriters in American folk music, people expect you to either live up to the honor or crash and burn. Justin Townes Earle has done both in his lifetime.
The Mastersons are much more than the opening act as they write songs for their own band and are sought-after writing partners and players for their friends and legends. Coming out from behind the scenes musically was a little more of a transition than they anticipated.
Alaska native, Todd Grebe, knows about Cold Country -- not just the weather, but his band. After years playing music more influenced by bluegrass than country, his buddy and band mate decided to pick up a Telecaster. The ensuing songs and record took the band back to Nashville, to record with several #CFRalumni.
At a dreary March gig one Wednesday night in the Catskills, the Bones of JR Jones performed for five people. What could have been his worst gig of the year turned into the one where he met a benefactor who funded his first album.
6 String Drag was a regionally beloved Southern roots rock band, who seemingly fell off the face of the earth at the top of their game. Bass player, Rob Keller, tells what happened and how they made it back.