Jamie McLean had a big decision to make in 2006. He could continue to tour the globe as the guitarist for New Orleans' famed Dirty Dozen Brass Band playing sets at Madison Square Garden, Bonnaroo and Japan's Fuji Rock. Or he could do it his way, take the road less traveled and begin to lead Jamie McLean Band. It seemed as though there was only one option. McLean has been relentlessly touring and recording with the Jamie McLean Band, which also features Brian Griffin on drums and Ben Mars on bass. The band has released three full-length albums, Completely (2010), American Heartache (2008), This Time Around (2006) and is set to release an astounding 4 EPs in 2011.
Based in Montpelier, Vermont, the Dave Keller Band's reputation for dynamic, soul-stirring performances extends throughout New England. With more than 1,000 shows to his credit, Dave Keller is a singer-guitarist who has forged a style uniquely his own—intense and soulful, gritty and sweet. Like the best blues and soul men before him, Keller learned his art firsthand from the masters: Mighty Sam McClain, Paul Rishell, Fontella Bass, and the late great Robert Ward. Most recently, Keller was featured as singer and co-writer on Living in the Light, the new CD by legendary guitarist Ronnie Earl. The Dave Keller Band, features three of Vermont's top shelf musicians: Jan Schultz on Fender bass; Brett Hoffman on drums; and Ira Friedman on Hammond organ.
Listening to Katrin sing in a live setting with her acoustic guitar is mesmerizing. When she performs with her band, the influence that each musician brings to the stage turns every song into a lush tapestry. Katrin uses many different guitar tunings in her songwriting, and has created unique versions of cover songs. Katrin is teaming up with legendary drummer and producer Jerry Marotta to record her next CD to be released in June, 2011. Marotta is best known for his work with Peter Gabriel, the Indigo Girls, Elvis Costello, Sarah McLaughlin, and many more popular artists.