Michael Cleveland is simply one of the best fiddlers in the world. Cleveland will be a part of a big
three-day lineup (Friday-Sunday) at the Whispering Beard Folk Festival
in Friendship, Ind., which also includes The Fairfield Four.
Cedric Burnside learned how to play the Blues at the side of his legendary grandfather, R.L. Burnside. Since then, Cedric has gone on to win
four Blues Music Awards for Best Instrumentalist: Drummer, including
this year. His current band is the Cedric Burnside Project, featuring
guitarist Trent Ayers. The duo’s latest album is Hear Me When I Say.
Brooklyn, N.Y., band Old Monk has referred to its music as “Prog Punk,”
an interesting descriptor considering the two genres were diametrically
opposed back in the day. It reminds me of a scene from the excellent
documentary movie New York Doll, about bassist Arthur “Killer” Kane of
the Proto Punk band New York Dolls, where Chrissie Hynde and Morrissey
are sitting around railing against the excesses of Prog Rock and how it
actually birthed Punk.
Cheers Elephant is a blatantly hook-laden
AltPop band that brings a sense of humor and 1960s-era verve to their
sound. With reverb-a-plenty and blue-sky harmony vocals, the up-tempo
band keeps its big beats front and center.
Coming on the scene in the late ’80s/early
’90s as a new guitar hot shot, Eric Johnson lit up the frets and the
music world with a Grammy Award win for his original instrumental,
“Cliffs of Dover,” in 1991. Though a multi-instrumentalist of the
highest order, he is mostly known for his fluid guitar pyrotechnics.