Sirens on the Mountain 2016 Musical Lineup
From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy — sometimes in a single song. Her last two albums, 2009’s The Truth According to Ruthie Foster and 2012’s Let It Burn, moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations; her latest, Promise of a Brand New Day, released in 2015 on Blue Corn Music, made her a contender once more.
For this effort, Foster put Meshell Ndegeocello in charge as her producer and then got out of the way, letting the lauded singer and bassist call the shots regarding players, takes, and mixing. “I wanted this album to highlight Ruthie’s voice and also communicate her vibe, give a fuller picture of her artistry and ability,” explains Ndegeocello. “She really trusted me with the music and I think we've made something that complements and holds its own alongside the power of her voice.”
“Ruthie's voice is such a singular, powerful instrument, and she has such mastery of it,” Ndegeocello notes. “She can turn it on, belt it out and bring you to your knees, all in an instant."
Foster's magic shines through regardless of who’s producing. Her Grammy-nominated albums were helmed by Chris Goldsmith, whose credits include Grammy-winning albums with Charlie Musselwhite and the Blind Boys of Alabama, and Grammy-winner John Chelew, producer of the album universally hailed as John Hiatt’s masterpiece, Bring the Family, among others. From 2011 to 2013 she earned three consecutive Blues Music Awards, plus an Austin Music Award for Best Female Vocalist and a Living Blues Critics’ Award for Female Blues Artist of the Year. And those are just some highlights of her awards history.
She’s also toured and recorded with Warren Haynes, traded verses with Susan Tedeschi on “The Weight” during the Allman Brothers’ 2012 Beacon Theater stretch; and sang on an episode of the TV series Revolution. She first delivered a gorgeous “Angel from Montgomery” with Bonnie Raitt at one of Wavy Gravy’s annual SEVA benefits; then repeated it with her on The Road to Austin, a loving all-star tribute to the now-late Stephen Bruton that made its documentary debut in the 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival.
Throw all genres and hyphenates together you want to describe her – indie, roots & soul, rock, blues & country – they are alright, and also not enough. Chastity Brown writes songs that are carried deep in the American psyche, the hunger, desperation and confidence that runs through our times. Coming from Tennessee to Minnesota, touring the country, touring Europe, she has had half her own lifetime and million lifetimes gone before her to concoct her powerful sound. She's been hailed by NPR, CMT, American Songwriter, The London Times, and Paste Magazine as a songwriter to watch and recently made her UK television debut on Later..with Jools Holland.. Chastity sets off on tour this April with Ani DiFranco, and Chastity’s new album is set to be released this fall.
Melissa Reaves is known to audiences throughout the US and Europe for her avant-garde, fire driven, deconstructionist approach to rock-n-roll. Reaves has amassed a word-of-mouth following most notably for her experimental guitar work but also for her propensity towards spontaneity and seamless improvisation during live performance. She deconstructs the blues, pushes jazz to the outer limits and burns through rock-n-roll like the love child of Jerry Lee Lewis and the MC5. Most recently Melissa's, "New Rock Song" was placed on the 55th GRAMMY Awards nomination ballot for Best Rock Performance. Melissa Reaves is the real deal!
Laura Blackley is a musican, writer, farmer, radio host, and renaissance woman living in the beautiful mountains of Western NC. She performs with her trio of friends doing Appalachian country-blues, and enjoys folkie solo shows from time to time.
“She’s good. She’s damn good.” Sting’s summation of his duet with singer songwriter Diane Durrett speaks for anyone who’s ever heard her perform. With a blend of raw soulful vocals, sultry tones and strong original songs Durrett has delighted alongside Sting, The Indigo Girls, Gregg Allman, Chuck Leavell (Rolling Stones) and Peter Stroud (Sheryl Crow). In addition, Durrett has opened shows for Tina Turner, Faith Hill, Little Feat, Delbert McClinton and Derek Trucks. In 2010 she was chosen by Grammy award winning producer Brendan O’Brien to record vocals supporting Faith Hill.
Durrett is a down-to-earth-diva. She sings from her soul, writes with heart & humor. Diane brings her southern wit and charm to every event. She's pure entertainment!
Megan Palmer Duo
It is a joy to share Sirens of the Mountain artist Megan Palmer with you. Megan is truly a kindred spirit – a woman who rocks, who rolls, who GLIDES. Her indie alt-country rhythms ride the tide and her graceful melodies smooth the edges. It’s GOOD. Currently – Spring 2016 - Ms. Palmer is poised to release her new album, “What She’s Got to Give.” This album’s energy is forged from the emotional expectations and propelling ambition that drive her recent move from Brooklyn, New York to Nashville, Tennessee. The new cuts bring spunky energy combined with Ms. Palmer’s usual fine melodies. You can catch a glow off of Megan, in a way. We can't wait to hear her perform at Sirens on the Mountain!