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Ryan Bingham

George Ryan Bingham (born March 31, 1981 in Hobbs, New Mexico) is an American folk rock/Americana singer/songwriter. He dropped out of school at 17 and was introduced to rodeo bull riding. He learned the emotional aspect of pain early in life, when shuttling between small towns and family members in the hardscrabble ranching communities of West Texas and Hobbs, New Mexico -- and became well-acquainted with the physical facets of pain during his years on the Southwestern rodeo circuit.

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The Embers

There are two bands called The Embers: an American beach music band and a country rock band from Sussex in England. 1. The Embers are a popular beach music band that were popular during the 70's and 80's. They sang the famous "I Love Beach Music". The Embers have been Playing beach music around the Carolinas since 1958. The Band was formed by drummer and band leader Bobby Tomlinson. There first nation wide song was " Far Away Places" in 1969 on the MGM label.

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Bill Frisell

Bill Frisell was born in Baltimore, but was raised in Denver, CO. Once a classical clarinetist, he established a firm base in his traditional harmonic knowledge early on in life. Throughout high school and college he also played guitar in various rock and R&B groups in the Denver area. During high school, however, he became profoundly interested in jazz guitar. In 1971 Frisell attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA, and also began studying with Jim Hall, one of the prominent jazz guitarists of the 1960s.

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Quiet Loner

Matt Hill is a singer, songwriter and entertainer. His recording and live work as ‘quiet loner’ has won him accolades, including Americana UK album of the year 2004 for his debut LP “secret ruler of the world”. Much of the critical praise for that album focussed on Hill’s abilities as a songwriter, particular his lyrics and wordplay. Inspired by the storytelling traditions of folk and country music Hill’s songs also have a distinctly British lyrical bite.

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Shovels And Rope

Shovels and Rope tell the story of a hard time American town at the moment when the sun casts a long shadow from the gallows and illuminates the settling dust. A church bells sits scalded in a heap of brick and smoldering ash. A young man quietly counts his mothers tears through the arc of a hanging noose. New blades of grass begin to sprout on a fresh grave, and the sound of the rusty grinding gears of the passing train beg for changing times that never seem to come. Here, the hard fought battles between hope and desperation leave the heart weary town to buckle under its own sorrow.

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Steve Earle

Steve Earle (born January 17, 1955) is a singer-songwriter best known for his country music and rock 'n roll tinged "alt-country." He is also a published writer, a keen political activist (particularly in protesting against the death penalty in the U.S., as in his song "Ellis Unit One" from the movie Dead Man Walking), and has written and directed a play. Steve also plays a small role as a recovering addict on the HBO television show "The Wire".

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Barzin

Barzin is a Canadian singer-songwriter named Barzin Hosseini. Slow and melancholic, introspective and confessional: These words in some ways describe the sound of Barzin. A project that began sometime in 1995, Barzin was a solo endeavor at its inception. But somewhere along the way it shed its solitary skin allowing a wide array of characters into it’s sound. From amongst a rotating cast of musicians, who occasionally made appearances on recordings and at performances, three individuals slowly became a fixture of this project.

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Peter Wolf Crier

Inter-Be is the debut album by PETER WOLF CRIER, the Minneapolis-based duo of Peter Pisano and Brian Moen. The album was born on a single summer night when Pisano felt a torrent of creativity after what had felt, to him, like an interminably long dry spell. He shared the songs with Moen, and over the months that followed, at Moen's home, these rough-hewed tunes became what they are now: a confident collection of songs, but deceptive in that their very guts still reflect the thoughts of a man in transition.

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Dave Rawlings Machine

David Todd Rawlings is a professional guitarist and harmony singer. He is best known as the longtime musical partner of bluegrass singer-songwriter Gillian Welch. The Dave Rawlings Machine debut album A Friend of a Friend was released in November 2009. Rawlings recorded the album in Nashville, and produced it himself. Co-writers and musicians on the album include Welch, members of Old Crow Medicine Show, Bright Eyes, and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. "It's hard to believe A Friend of a Friend is David Rawlings' first album under his own name."

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